Characters and plot line. Everything was believable.
Arya, she's smart and courageous. I can't wait to listen to the next book to find out what happens to her.
No I haven't but I thought he did a very good job.
Yes and no. It is a very long book, it was definitely heavy at times but it was also exciting and interesting.
I am a pharmaceutical rep. who does a lot of driving which leads to a lot of book listening!
The tv series is amazing, but the actual audio book it just WOW! I am a pharmaceutical Rep. so I drive around a lot so I have plenty of time to listen to this book. Sometimes I do not want to get out of my car because this book is so good.
Imagine two columns, Column A headed "yes, please" and Column B headed "no, thanks." When you think about what you enjoy in an audiobook, into which column would you place each of the following?
—knights and swordplay
—ritual barbarian sex
—animals with preternatural powers
—fantastic buildings with inconceivable supply and waste-removal systems
—teenaged and pre-teen heroes and heroines in adult roles
—wenches and whores
—blood, LOTS of blood
I had thought I was up for all of the above. In my youth, my Tolkein paperbacks were limp from exhaustive rereading. More recently, I've been a fan of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. However, 33 hours of irony-free fantasy proved too much for this listener. Around hour 25, when bastard Jon Snow saves Lord Jeor from a midnight attack by a wight assassin, he is rewarded for his courage by being given the sword of Valyrian steel (whoo-hoo!) that has been passed from father to son in Jeor's family for five centuries. While part of me was busy noting the emotional significance of this gesture for Jon and calculating its implications for the plot...I also found myself giggling at the sword's name (for the record: Longclaw). Am I the only person who finds this epic story a bit silly?
Fantastic content! Great twisting story of betrayal and uneasy alliances.
nothing is like this that I've read.
Hodor-- not that he is a complex character, but I chuckle nearly every time he speaks Hodor's "dialog".
The scenes leading up to a major character not faring well... it was painful to listen to knowing where it was going (I had seen the TV show first).
Negative Ghost Rider.
Probably, this just isn't a good fit for him despite his talents.
I do believe that was George's intent.
Roy Dotrice is clearly a theatrical speaker. Some parts will literally make you cringe though with a slight annoyance (with some reviewers I've seen, slight is an understatement).
Half the time the "unique" voice he portrays for each individual character doesn't seem to fit whatsoever. Not only that, he'll even have a different voice for the SAME character at times. He even did it with Tyrion (right after Brann is pushed off the ledge and Tyrion joins his family for breakfast).
Also occasionally his dialogue, depending on the character, can be a bit....slurpy. It's kind of disturbing even sometimes.
The thing is, he really is a GOOD voice actor. It just didn't work for this story in my opinion. I didn't let that take away from the total experience like some reviewers. I was able to look past those faults in narrative and formulate my own version of expression in my head whenever I felt it was needed. At times, Roy did a great job actually.
That's the thing about audio books that some people let ruin a good story even. You have to take the words and make them your own despite the theatrics of the narrative.
While on the surface, A Game of Thrones may look like a typical fantasy if you haven't bought into the HBO show's hype. As I quickly discovered, AGOT was less goblins/elves/wizards type fantasy and more focused on relationships, politics, families, and betrayals. The setting comes to life in the story. George RR Martin has crafted a detailed world full of rich history and mystery that unfolds as the story progresses. It's hard to keep up with the multitude of characters, but the main ones will stand out and be memorable. Martin doesn't just create one-dimensional stock characters: he inserts real people, with unique ideas, ambitions, and dark sides. In the end, I feel that this first step into the AGOT series will be a worthwhile journey, as I plan to listen to all 5 books this year.
Difficult to pick. Tyrion Lannister always had the best quips, but Jon Snow felt like the most genuinely heroic character.
This was my first time listening to audiobooks, and he set a such a high bar. Mr. Dotrice puts all he has into acting out the story. He definitely helped to elevate the material and bring George RR Matin's writing to life.
I wish I had 33 hours of free time, but yes, I would.
I've recently come to the conclusion that I don't care for series. But this turned out to be an exception. I found this book one to be interesting in and of itself and not just a setup for the books that follow.
Fantasy worlds are also not my first listening choice, but I was enticed by others' positive reviews, and I'm glad I gave it a go. I was drawn in by the interweaving characters and story, and the transitions between them were nicely done. I do want to visit them again!
A fan of fantasies, thrillers, horror, epic-fantasies, darker stories and general literature..
At the top of them, i find it to be better than LoTR since it's darker, more realistic (Character-wise) and it has more character and profoundly witty conversations..
How the story doesn't present to you all of the Fantasy elements right away but rather give you bits and pieces as you go along to make it more mysterious and satisfying!And the fact that you get to be in the characters' heads and see their valid reasoning behind every move they make..
The scene where Syrio Forel, Arya's trainer had this very profound conversation with Arya Stark"Do you pray to the gods? -Syrio"The Old and the New." -Arya"There is only one god, and His name is Death. And there is only one thing we say to Death: 'not today'." - Syrio
I wanted to, yes..But it's too long for a one sitting..
Roy Dotrice did an amazing job at narrating the book, but he tried too hard to give every unique character a unique voice.. (Hard enough to make you have to rewind to undestand what he said)I would've enjoyed it much more if he had used his own voice..
Books, Art, Animals, and the void.
Anticipation, blood, and awsome
a more interesting sexyer version of LOTR
I wish he would have more variation and no sound so ridicules with his women's voices.
well yes, but you can not because it is longer then a full day but i did listen
to 5 to 6 hours everyday.