Yes, it has excellent character driven narrative. The narrator performs many many voices extremely well.
One of the main characters is killed...it was awful. There are many small moments where the characters are teaching the young about the nature of life and the world. Ned Stark tells his children that "The lone wolf dies when winter comes - but the pack survives." That quote is worth the whole purchase price for me.
The man is brilliant. He performs men and women of different races, ages, and sizes. He performs animals as well. Brilliant voice actor.
Yes, When one of the main characters dies I was saying no no no - to my ipod. When the leader of the Black watch speaks to a character about where his true duty lies and that he belongs...got a little teary eyed at that. The conclusion was AMAZING
I listened to this book because a friend recommended it. An excellent friend indeed! On to Book 2!!
Your Brother in Christ
Story of Betrayal
The story has a lot of great characters and vivid scenes. There is a lot of story telling for your money in this book.
I have not listened to any of Roy Dotrice's other performances but this one makes me want to listen to more.
This book has the ability of bringing a person through lots of emotions.
It's funny, but for as sex obsessed as the HBO series supposedly is, it doesn't play near as much of a role in the book. It's there, but it doesn't seem to be as central.
Say something about yourself!
The narrator has a really good sense of the theatrical and a good sense for the inflection and moods that are set in the book. The does not however have the vocal range or acuity for a story with this many important characters. Many of the knights are done in the exact same voice and even some of the women. The voice used for a character may change during the course of the book as well. if Roy Dotrice narrated and there were other voice actors in the audio play it would enhance the story. The director for Roy Dotrice does do an exceptional job.
The TV show is so different from the books that it's like watching a whole new story.
I have had problems in the past reading this series, basically, with every chapter I'd feel more like drinking. Drinking gives me migraines, so you can see the conflict involved in reading this book. That being said, I have thoroughly enjoyed this book being read to me. Mr Dotrice does a wonderful job bringing voices to each character, I'd say bringing them alive but Mr Martin's writing does that well enough.
Can I list the reader as my favorite? I'd really love nothing more than for the lot of them to drop dead. Well, I did like the lady marrying the barbarians. She was interesting. I hope she wins.
For one thing, I didn't feel like pausing the book to think of all the ways the problems could be solved with a good dose of mass murder. I've always thought the book well written, but having the characters illustrated though a second medium of sound made their antics enjoyable rather than maddening. He carefully considered and does his best to provide each character with their own distinct voice. Also I didn't feel the need to drink to get though the book, which meant no migraines for me.
No, I didn't even feel like drinking. I just had fun.
Don't drink and read. Things get weird. Also, this guy, if her reads anything else you should give it a listen. This man is a true storyteller, a craft long dead except to a few.
To get the obvious out of the way, the story is fantastic. It's huge and lyrical, brutal and shockingly real. If you, like me, have already seen the HBO show, the book is still worth a read for some of the subtle changes, and of course a huge amount of extra backstory and information.
It's too bad, then, that the narration is pretty bad. Not enough to ruin it, but it could be so much better. Most of the characters, even the women and children, should like old men the way it's read. And the actual old men suffer from so many over done vocal defects that they're hard to listen to. Varys is particularly bad, sounding like he is constantly salivating to the point that it's rather gross. The accents are also inconsistent. Some of the Dothraki, for example, sound like barbarians. Others sound like English nobles, for no apparent reason. The only voice I think he absolutely nailed is King Robert. With such a large cast, that's an abysmally low success rate.
Add to that the fact that he can't decide how certain names are pronounced. Joffrey becomes Jeffrey quite often. Arya is sometimes Aurya, sometimes Aerya, sometimes Aya, and occasionally Ara. He also insists on pronouncing Petyr as "P'tar", which makes little sense (I could see "Pet-eer", or "Pet-eyr", or even "Peter" as in the show, but not "P'tar").
As I said, it's not enough to ruin the book, but it did make it hard to get into initially, and is constantly irksome.
No I wouldn't, but only because I don't listen to books more than once.
I have to admit that I've already seen the series on HBO so there weren't a lot of surprises, but it was nice to have more details to "fill in the blanks" that the series lacked.
His performance was ok, but he has a lot of trouble getting out of character. By that I mean he doesn't change his voice when he moves on to being just the narrator. Not very clear in my explanation but I don't know how else to put it.
Moot point right?
Not having to read an 800+ page book, and being able to read this series during commutes to and from work.
The only other non-trilogy book series I've read is Stephen King's The Dark Tower series. I think George R.R. Martin's Fire and Ice series is already off to a much better start than Dark Tower, only because Marin writes every scene with purpose. With King it can get frustrating because he adds a lot of "fluff" and sometimes you never know why certain things were added into a scene, or what is driving a character's motivations or dialogue.
So far I've been quite pleased with F&I and am eager to continue on in the series.
He did a great job on having different accents for the various characters...and there were plenty of them!
No extreme reactions, but very dramatic and well written.
Although lengthy, I felt that Game of Thrones was great start-to-finish. Without going into details or spoilers, I thought each character was developed in an excellent manner and there was never a story arc that felt rushed or out-of-place.
I also have to admit that I was apprehensive to begin the series since most of the low-rated reviews indicated that the sex, language, and violence was gratuitous. I did not feel this way at all. There was little-to-no vulgar language and nothing perverse or offensive. After watching the HBO series, there is (for some strange reason) a large amount of unnecessary language and nudity that is not part of the book.
I'm eager to press on in the series and felt that every page added to the overall story.
Pros: Every written word has purpose to the story and there is not any "fluff" that some authors use, just to add more pages.
Cons: The very end of the story (which I won't go into to avoid spoilers), but none really.
Bottom line: an excellent beginning to a series that I am eager to read more about.
STARTS SLOW AND THEN PICKS UP LOVE IT COULDNT GET TO BOOK 2 FAST ENOUGH
I WOULD IF I HAD THAT MUCH TIME
I love this book I have read the entire series twice.
The Book is excellent
The narration on this book is HORRIBLE. He is reading so fast that you can't keep up with who is who and its almost as if there is ZERO punctuation.
I came from the wheel of time and I love magic. this one is more of politics with a smidge of magic thrown in. towards the end of the book, it got really interesting so im planning to read the next book
aria, cuz she's a badass
hes really good. all of them. i didnt think i could love another narrator after the 2 who read the wheel of time but roy dotrice is so darn good!
no it can be too much intensity and not enough moments of laughter love or humor