The language is incredibly vulgar. I don't mind cuss words here and there, but this book is saturated with them. There is also some rather explicit sex in the story as well. It is all incredibly distracting and ruins the enjoyment of the story. I had to quit after only an hour.
Yes. His reading of the text is great.
Absolutely, and I have :)
The political intrigue is completely engrossing, and the characters are phenomenal and presented very well.
His acting certainly fit the story but at times it seemed to detract from the flow. Overall very well done.
I have recommended this story to others.
First off, I've been a member for a couple of years and this is my first review. I felt I had to write something as this book irked me so.
I don't believe I would waste my time to try and get through another book by Mr. Martin and Mr. Dotrice. It was only until the last part of the four parts in Book one of this audio book series that I finally was able to understand somewhat the plot.
Delete about 200 or so miscellaneous characters. I found it impossible to follow the storyline with all these various names that really had little if anything to add to the plot. I felt sorry for the reader as he was trying to make up voices for the many characters and a few of his female voices were definitely sounding masculine.
It was either Dotrice's or whoever edited the Audible.com or most likely both who should have proofed & corrected the errors that made the audio book, at least for me, impossible to understand at times. Dotrice at numerous times throughout the reading would stop reading, have a long pause, and then began reading the same material that was just read previously. Very distractingly!
This book made me feel a certain amount of frustration and anger. This was shoddy work and never should have been released by Audible.com. It tends to make me wonder if the writer reviews his own work after the reader completes the book or if he even bothers to actually listen to his books at all after the reader finishes recording. Does not show me much pride in the author's own work. It was not very professional!
Proof your work before releasing it to the public.I found it hard to understand all the wonderful reviews this audio book received. As I said in my headline,
The convenience of listening where ever I am. I dont have to put the book down. I take it with me.
SPOILER ALERT: The dragons hatching at the end!! Great cliff hanger -
The best - each character clearly noted.
I loved the energy of ned's youngest daughter - Ariel.
I admit I haven't gotten far in this book so perhaps it gets better as it goes on but so far I'm just not enthralled enough to continue.
I might try listening again if I run out of credits and have nothing better in my library
I adore British literature from the Victorian Age through World war II, primarily, and fantasy, but also enjoy mysteries once in a while.
Unrelentingly violent, blatantly sexual in a non-loving way, and tragic...that made it a huge disappointment for me as, after all, it is such a best seller.
A bit of humour interjected would have helped.
I feel neutral about the performance itself. I did find myself wandering away from it at times.
Elements of the plot were intriguing.
All men must die
Roy Dotrice consistently mispronounces names. For instance, most the time he will say Bran, but every once in a while it becomes Brian. Same thing with Joffery and Jeffery. The accents for the characters are limited, and not consistent from book to book. I do like his voice for purely narrating the story though.
There are a lot of parts in the book and overall series that are moving, but most of those are spoilers
I like a dark story and unhappy endings...but for some reason I did not like this book. The book does have interesting parts and some good characters...but I do not think I will be reading anymore from this series.
The only way I can describe the book's author is abusive. The author created characters that are so unlikable I almost can't stand reading about them. Also, the way the author craps on everyone else is off-putting.
I cannot put my finger on the reason I do not like this authors writing. Here is my best explanation of the authors delivery: Two guys are at a party...the first guy will tell a joke and everyone laughs. The second guy will tell the same joke to a different group of people...not only does the second group not laugh but they think "what a prick". This author is the second guy.
Lots o lords
I like that when they switch between characters that they tell you which character that they are switching to.
I like all the characters that say eh? you know eh?
Highly recommended. Now I'm looking forward to watching the series on HBO. The characters draw you in..........