I like listing to hours on hours of descriptions of meaningless tabors and battle flags this is your book. Get on with the story already!!!
The book has no flow, it more a less 6 different stories with no coherent connection and split up and placed in random order.
And who ever told the reader that he could sing should be flogged.
If you like long never ending, meaningless soap operas this is your book.
If you want a real book about knights and such try Ken Follett's "Pillers of the Earth".
I have never spent more time listening to a book in parking lots when I couldn't break away. This book combines richly layered characters, engrossing dialogue, and tons of intrigue, all perfectly brought to life by an amazing narrator. For 35 wonderful hours I was in another place that I can't wait to get back to!
Maybe I have missed it but I wish books had ratings on them. I just dont care to listen to books, such as this one, that talk about putting perfume on a character's labia, or a brother giving a sister a titty twister, etc. That is just in the first hour. I didn't get past there, that was enough for me.
This is a GREAT series and Roy Dotrice is so good a narrator that you'll be disappointed in most of the other titles you download. For example, there are two characters who are brothers and they both have an accent. He's able to give them both the same kind of accent with enough of a distinction that you can easily tell them apart.
The story is fantastic, though NOT for anyone under the age of 18 due to its graphic (sexual and violent) descriptions. The best part about these books is that you really don't know what to expect. This is, of course, unlike THE LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy where there are clear good/evil distinctions and you just KNOW that Frodo will prevail in the end. Having some characters that you love to hate and others that you hate to love makes for an awesome time...
I'm eagerly awaiting A FEAST FOR CROWS which is the fourth book in the series...
Being fairly new to Audible, I trusted the reviews that were out there for this one, and they were spot on. I had not read Game of Thrones before listening to the Audible version, but Roy Dotrice does such an excellent job as narrator, that I had no issues following the story or keeping track of the characters. This book has not only helped me pass 1 and 1/2 hours a day of commute time but has actually made me look forward to the commute. I would highly recommend it to any, especially those with even a slight interest in the genre.
I listened to the prologue 3 times and still didn't really "hear" anything. Not sure if it is the content or the narrator, but after an hours walk I still had no idea what was happening. I have no desire to try again. I am so done with this one.
I just finished this and won't be listening to any more ... it's painfully slow to start. I feel like I've gotten to the end and the premise for the series is now maybe in sight?! I won't spend any $ finding out if I'm right because the story line isn't that good to start with.
This first installment of the "Song of Ice and Fire" series is one of the best listens I've had the pleasure of enjoying since I started with Audible. The characters are aptly described without going into such minute detail as to become boring. The storyline is completely unpredictable and keeps you on the edge of your seat wondering what will transpire next! I absolutely love the narrator of the story! His change of accents and tones gives the story an added flair that only enhances the experiance.
Now starting into my 3rd volume, I am saddened and dissappointed to learn Mr. Dotrice will not narrate all of the series but rest assurred the story will be worth the listen even if the narrator changes (no offense to Mr. Dotrice!)
The story could have been interesting, but after only 1 hour, I had to stop! The narrator has such a dreary, slow, and monotone voice that the book was no longer worth listening to.
Loved it, longed for it, was dissapointed at the end. There was no closure!! I don't want to have to wait for the next book to be published. It's just not fair!!!