The story is exciting, suspenseful, gripping and the reader is fantastic.
Too many to count. It is a complex and richly developed book with multiple dense story lines. I could not put it down.
All of them - he is an amazing performer and reader.
The film has been made - my tag line would be "hang on to your seats"
Anyone who likes to listen to books has to listen to one read by Roy Dotrice. It is a great experience and pleasure.
Incredible world and detail. A roller coaster ride that often hits the unexpected.
In this book he has a wide range of voices, and he does a great job bringing the vast amount of characters to life.
Wanted to, but couldn't with how long the book is. My daily commute flew by listening to this book.
Prepare to be hooked and want to get the other 4 books. Books 1-3 Roy does a fantastic job reading, the performance takes a hit after the 3rd book as he seems to limit his voice range in characters and changes the voices of some of the characters, but still worth reading.
Once you start reading this prepare yourself to read the other 4 books that are out and be anxiously anticipating George to finish his next book.
If you love to lose yourself in a book – this is a great book to do that. If you love to lose yourself in a book that actually has a resolution, then not so much. I like to experience a book that leaves me with, a good feeling or at least some sort of satisfaction, this series is not it. After reading the reviews from the last book (to date - book 5) there is still no resolution, so prepare yourself. I am giving up on this series. however; I did like the way it was written, and the imagination of the author, but I’m moving on to another series! If you choose to read some of the reviews of the last book – heed the spoiler alert!
Not a big fan of the Narrator - but he will grow on you!
Classic Epic Story
Tyrion Lanister. He is intelligent and sly.
Its not always good to be King!
I really like this book. It is a little slow to get started. I think that is because they are setting the stage for the inclusions of a ton of characters. Probably most like the Robert Jordan Wheel of Time series in style.
Winter is coming. But after listening I'm still not sure why that is a big deal.
the narrator was ok for the story.
some laughable moments, or am i just sick.
I like the book series and HBO series. that being said, and here it comes, (BUT), it does have a-lot of paddiing in the story line that you could do without. just be ready for a looooong ride when you start the series.
I love the "Song of Ice and Fire" series by George R. R. Martin. It is a well written and complex adventure with a wealth of different characters as well as several twists and turns in the plot. It is a real shame that they did not get someone better to read the books.
The voices Roy Dotrice gives to various characters detracts from the story and makes some of it difficult to understand. I particularly dislike the slobbering, slurred voice Dotrice uses for Lord Varys and the snotty, snobbish voice he uses for Little Finger. Dotrice also is not very consistent in which voice he uses for a character. At one point, Ser Barristan Selmy sounds like a strong and capable knight, but later - Dotrice makes him sound like a doddering, old fool.
It would have been much better if Roy Dotrice had simply read the text without trying to use different voices for the different characters.
I love George Martin's Game of Thrones, and as much as I loved the story line in this audible I found the narrator to mumble a bit more than I am able to listen to. There were times when I had to have the volume up quite high in order to hear what he was saying.
I am a loyal watcher of Game of Thrones and I love that this first book follows the first season. This is a great companion to the show. I love getting the extra details to scenes I have already seen. The narrator does a great job with the reading and very easy to understand.
The show is so true to the book that listening to the book now just gives me more details. I love it all.
I have not; but I enjoy his voice.
As a long time customer I am usually very pleased with the recordings provided by Audible. However I am massively disappointed with the Game of Thrones series. I was first introduced to this series by HBO but wanted to experience the books more thoroughly. The book itself is very well written with three dimensional characters the like of which are not often encountered in contemporary writing, sadly. I am not normally a fan of fantasy fiction but there is something so exceptional about George R. R. Martin's vision that I was sucked in almost immediately. Despite the complexity of the story and the large number of characters it is possible to maintain the thread of the narrative at all times. The immensity of the imagination involved in creating the history and worlds as well as all the characters boggles the mind.
When I started listening to the first book it seemed well narrated. I bought the next two in the series anticipating many hours of listening pleasure. However, about halfway through A Game of Thrones I began to realize that Roy Dotrice only really has two or three voices, consisting of (a) old and creaky, with variants of toothlessness and high pitch, (b) moderately normal but with weird accents and (c) well there isn't really a (c). Some of the youthful characters are voiced with disconcertingly elderly and creaky voices (Theon Greyjoy comes to mind). Also the reading is rife with contradicting pronunciations of names, and even outright errors (such as "Bray" for "Fray"). I realize this is a massive undertaking but it is so far below the standard of some of my favorites like "The Road" that I am hard pressed to understand the rave reviews of other listeners. Yes the book is great, but this audio recording is not up to standard. Given the massive number of characters it would have been a far better choice to assemble an ensemble cast that could have provided, for example, some real female voices. I have decided not to listen to the rest (although I optimistically purchased A Storm of Swords and A Clash of Kings before starting into my listening adventure) and have purchased the hard copy books to read and imagine instead.