Roy Dotrice delivers one of the best narrations I have ever heard (and having been an Audible subscriber for over 10 years, that is saying quite a lot!). He really sets the mood with his accents and character voices, glad to see he does the rest of this series also!
Don't want to give away any spoilers!!
As I mentioned above, Roy's accents and character voices are all done superbly and really do add to the ambience.
I believe HBO has already done this :)
Get this one, you won't regret it!
You very easily get drawn into the storyline.
Character establishment was handled well. There was also good development during the course of the book.
Needs some work.
All in all a good narrator but he didn't draw me in as much as the story.
Engaging, Sinister, & Adventurous
The most memorable part of Section I was the interaction between Tyrion Lannister and John Snow on the wall. The tenderness that Mr. Dotrice was able to bring to this portion was very touching; so much so, that on my drive home from school I was crying.
Mr. Dotrice does an admirable job with providing a voice to the characters. There are so many characters that at some point giving an individual voice to each becomes an cumbersome task, which does occur throughout the first section. There are also a few instances when the narrator inadvertently meshes a previous character's voice with the current character. His female characters for my personal taste either sound a bit shrilly or off from my perception.
All this aside, Mr. Dotrice brings each character to life. He provides an amazing voice to the older male characters, especially those who are a bit large. (However, for my personal taste the only fail was with the voice of Varys.) I appreciate the voice he gives to Magister Illyrio Mopatis, the Lord Commander Mormont, and King Robert Baratheon.
Considering a series has already started, I am partial to "Winter is Coming."
George R. R. Martin is very descriptive almost to the point of excess. In the written form this could be an obstacle for many readers. However, in the spoken form this makes it easier for the reader to become engaged in the scene. Though at times I had to skip back a bit due to my wandering attention.
The story is wonderful. The deceit, passion, and rivalry is entertaining. With the addition of Dire Wolves, White Walkers, and Dragons it makes a great story, magical.
“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies…The man who never reads lives only one.” (George R. R. Martin)
I can't...I tried but came up with nothing.
That's a tough one. Tyrion is probably my favorite. He's got the best lines in the book. Eddard Stark is another great character for the first book in the series.
He handles the characters well for the most part. It might have been better to have a woman reading the female point of view chapters but overall his narration is good.
Not really. I saw the series on HBO before reading the first book in the series.
I'm not a big fan of Epic Science Fiction. Then again, I don't have much experience reading or listening to much Science Fiction in general. However, I highly doubt most Epic Sci-Fi is this good. The books in The Song of Ice and Fire series are some of the best books I've read or listened to period. The scope alone is impressive. I would highly recommend all of the books in this series.
This was a great audio book. Not for the prudish or those easily grossed out. There is sex and violence throughout, but the characters are written well and the book grabs you from beginning to end.
Roy Dotrice gave the book a good quality read. Women's voices were never weak or manly. The only down side is some of the more... gruff... characters were hard to understand due to the gravely nature he gave them.
I have already watched Game of Thrones season 1 on HBO, and I am completely obsessed with the story. It is well developed and captivating, and I really enjoy all of the characters, even the ones I actually hate. I definitely reccommend the book or the show - for adults though, the content is very mature.
I started the frist book after I had seen the whole season, and the show follows the books exactly. That being said, I won't want to read ahead because I enjoy the show so much, but on the flip side the book can be a little boring if you have already seen the show. So perhaps it would be better to read the books first instead, but I guess it is a matter of opinion... and I haven't really decided on mine yet.
I really did not care for the narrator of this book though. His voice was not pleasant to listen to and his performance of the different characters (esspecially the women) was not well executed.
I didn't read the print version, but I can't imagine otherwise. Roy Dotrice does an amazing job of voicing every. Single. Character. Each one is distinct and recognizable. I don't think I even could read the print version now, I've grown so used to his voices.
I'd like to say Jon, but really it's probably Tyrion. Sure, his family sucks, and he's far uglier in the book than the TV show has cast him, but he has to make up for his physical deformities by being cunning and intelligent. In a world where some characters seem unbelievably stupid (Cersei, Sansa, some of Robb's bannermen), I appreciate a character that practices thinking and skepticism on a regular habit.
Tyrion's battle alongside the Mountain clans. It was great to see a character believed by all to be weak could carry his own in battle.
Yes, but my body couldn't stay awake and attentive for 40 hours.
I just finished Clash of Kings in a week. This series is wonderfully addictive!
No, not a huge fan of the narrator, and there is a lot of repetition/bad editing in the recording.
I think his voice is well suited to the general theme of the book, but he often repeats his accents for unrelated people. It can be disconcerting and confusing.
The plotline was riveting, but there is no way that you could listen to this book all at one time.
I don't own and didn't read the print version but I have listened to this book 4-5 times and enjoyed every minute.
Impossible for me to pick one moment as my favorite.
The characters come alive. They are like real people. I believe I can see their personalities even better with the inflections, accents, stutters, laughs, cries and cheers. I think I can even smell Flea Bottom from here.
YES, YES, YES!
If this book were a woman I would marry it, and I'm already married.
Loved the book and preformance. Fills in so much on the Mini Series ... Books are wonderful ... Get them ...
Bran being pushed from the Tower, The kings Hand after his death. The reality of a imature and inbread King. The Imp as an unsung hero... Logic and not necessarly being a fan of his Brother and Sister. Love and can't wait till book II for Danaries to really grow into her place as Queen.
The Last with Danaries
Danaries losing the love of her life.