***Spoiler Alert ***I greatly enjoyed listening to the first installment of this epic tale. My only qualm, and it cost Martin a star, was the zombies. The introduction of these undead characters was brief and unresolved. I'll read book two, but if Martin doesn't weave these characters in to my satisfaction, I'll abandon the series.
The narration for this audible book is one of the best I've heard (and i've listened to nearly 200 books now). The story is incredible, and I can't wait to start listening to the 2nd book!
I know everyone else seems to love this book and series (especially after the TV series started up), but I just didn't care for it. I was willing to put up with the crude elements of the story (there are many), if it paid off in the end. But the story just took too long to get anywhere and never really went anywhere all that great. I will not be buying the rest of this series...Just not my thing I guess.
George R. R. Martin is a master of world building and a brilliant author. This audio performance truly brings Mr. Martin's words to life. This is a must have for fans of A Song of Ice and Fire.
I would give it 4 stars if I didn't feel I had overpaid for it. Granted it is long but it is not so outstanding that I will buy any more of the series UNLESS they become 1 credit or maybe a sale.
I have to say, based on the many rave reviews I read about this series, I was expecting something spectacular. In that respect I was a little disappointed. This story is epic in scope, but it didn't knock my socks off. The most difficult part for me was the feeling that I didn't really like most of the characters I was supposed to, which was a bummer for me; the only person I really enjoyed at all was Tyrion, who frequently made me laugh. Everyone else had so little to redeem their selfishness, stupidity, depravity, or outright dullness. I tried to hold out hope that by the end of the story, I would feel some sense of closure or completeness, but it was not to be. It left everything hanging for the next installment, which I frankly don't even care enough about to spend another credit on. The narrator was very good, and the story was well written, but I just didn't like it.
Once you get a handle on all of the different characters and families, Game of Thrones makes for a gripping story. Unfortunately, the characters as read by Roy Dotrice would be a better fit for a Warner Brothers cartoon. A comical example is over the top pirate accent given to one of the ships captains. Arrrrgggg. Its hard to take the story seriously when half of the characters sound like an elderly Foghorn Leghorn with a bad cockney accent.
I'm so glad I found the Game of Thrones series (thanks to HBO). The characters are vibrant, the world they inhabit is compelling, and the complex political intrigues that George RR Martin spins for them are endlessly interesting. The narration in this book is fantastic as well - Roy Dotrice does an excellent job of conveying the personality of each character.
Maybe I'm just not the target audience for this book. I've listened to it and the two subsequent books after learning about the HBO series. I find the narrator really grating, and the length of the books is almost intolerable for the amount of plot movement and character development. There certainly is some, but it is SO slow. The narrator makes almost everyone sound like an old man and his singing is tiresome. Clearly I'm in the minority, but where was the editor of this book? This is one time when the movie will be much better than the book.
It was a little slow to start, but once into it, can't put it down. I have it on three computers and on disc so I can listen where ever I am. Addicting, especially since HBO is doing the series. Very close to the books too I might add. Enjoy both!