I'm frequently skeptical of books that are hyped. But a friend recommended GOT to me a few years ago and since I think she has good taste in books, I finally found the time to dig into this series. I'm glad I did.
For me, the best part of GOT is the world building. George R.R. Martin has created a totally engrossing, believable world filled with interesting characters. I found myself thinking about the story between periods of listening, wondering what would happen to the characters.
I'm not an expert on the medieval period, but it feels like Martin got it right. His rich detail helps to get the reader totally engrossed the world of GOT. And I love the intrigue of the royals and nobles.
This book is also full of surprises. I loved that. So often, by the end of the first three chapters, I know exactly what will happen. Not with this book. You never know what's going to happen. I didn't see things coming.
The only negative thing I can say about this book is that at times, the descriptions get too long and go on and on. Especially after I was through the first part (of 4), some things seemed repetitive. He could have back off on some of the descriptions of the same things over and over.
But I was so engrossed in the story, it didn't overly bother me.
Now I've got to get to the second one. I want to know what happens!
I was drawn into Ned Starks' story immediately. And his children are all likeable, but I'm most interested in John Snow.
But my favorite character - the dire wolves. The are, I think, collectively an intriguing character.
I planned to read these books, but never had the time to commit. I'm glad I chose the audio book. Roy Dotrice's voice characterizations bring the story to life. And because he created different voices for each of the main characters, it helped to keep them straight (which is helpful for a book with so many points of view and so many characters). Roy Dotrice was a perfect pick for this book.
I did want to, but it's impossible. It's far too long. I listened to it mainly on a long drive in my car.
I love Mr. Martins books, but watch out. Nothing is sacred with him. It takes courage to turn the page! He makes you fall in love with all his characters, even the ones you hate. The narrator is awful, but the book is so good that you can get past it.
I don't this book works very well in audio format. There are so many characters andplotlines to follow that it would be much more enjoyable on paper- where you flip ack and forth and annotate more daily. I listen mostly in the car and found myself losing track of who was who.
The time period and the author's attention to detail
No real negatives
Bought the video of the TV show, wish I had bought the book instead
Not well spent. Too difficult to relate one chapter to another.
I like Bernard Cornwell and Lee Childs.
The narrator was awful, too many poor attempts at British accents, few of which were relevant. No explanation of why a Welsh accent should pop up in the middle of Northumbrian and Southern accents
I like fantasy as much as the next but I had trouble relating this to British history, clearly one of the attempts being made.
This book was so hyped up, that I was expecting to be swept away by it. I honestly didn't make it very far, so it may not be the most accurate review. Everyone just keeps being killed off. Every scene seemed to have an icy chill, and every location seemed to smell of blood. It seemed very cliche.
I actually played the beginning a couple of times to get the characters straight. Once I did, I didn't want to stop listening! I'm hooked....
This is a first. I think Roy does an awesome job.
I haven't finished listening yet. I have the e-books but this is so much better. The gentleman, Roy Dotrice, is a great narrator. I'm very grateful for the opportunity to get to listen to this book. It brings it to life for me. Far more better than trying to read it all.
In book 1, A song of Ice and Fire, when the men came upon the dead dire-wolf and her pups. The 5 pups were given to the 5 legitimate children, then the illegitimate son was able to find one for himself. I just love things so loving and emotional.
As I said above, He brought life to the story.
I liked the politics and maneuvering the most.
Some of the characters seem too extreme - this family is all good, that family is all bad. The grey characters are the most interesting.
Tyrion Lannister. He isn't a hero but he seems to have the most growth throughout the book.
No. I could barely understand him half the time. His accents made many of the characters sound drunk and mumbling. I had read the books beforehand and this reading ruined my mental picture of what these people were like.
No. I stopped listening about halfway through because I couldn't stand the narrator.
It is an unpleasant shock to come to the end of the last published novel in a series when you know the author hasn't finished writing the series. What if he has a heart attack, or someone runs him over? I mean, what about ME?
While it is getting difficult for me to keep track of all these characters and I sometimes have to go online to figure out who someone is (or was), the saga continues to fascinate me. The author has no problem with killing off major characters, which kind of adds to the suspense. (Is he going to off Aria? He wouldn't DARE! Would he?)
The narrator charms me less. He has only three or four "voices," and many of his female characters whom you would expect to have more refined voices due to their noble birth and upbringing sound like Irish fishwives (or maybe Irish fishhusbands).
Drumming my fingers. Waiting for the next installment.
TO MUCH DIALOGUE!
The way the story was formatted and with no real plot
Most of the book