I was looking for a new series and a long one at that. I like fantasy-type books well enough, but only high-quality ones... there are endless mediocre books and series to be sure. This series was just what I was looking for though!
It starts out quite slowly; as other reviews mentioned, there is a tremendous host of characters and there are so many simultaneous plots going on! It took me a good 3-4 hours to warm up to the narrator and familiarize myself with the characters and what was going on.
It is definitely worth it though. By the time the momentum finally builds up, you're hooked for the duration. And what a duration! I listened to this for weeks and finally finished it up on a return 20-hour road trip. I can't wait for the next installment.
Great writing, great plot, very good narrator. I wish there was more variation in the voices, but honestly with so many characters I can't fault the narrator for running out of accents and voices. The many varied voices he *does* do are superb and he's dead-on emoting a vast array of character types, moods & emotions. The only way they could have possibly handled it better would be to have another narrator or two just for side characters and/or females or something.
This one will keep you entertained and riveted for quite a long time; and this is just book 1!
I highly recommend it.
This was just a good book for me, not great. I found the story interesting after I got the hang of it. First, you are introduced to several different story lines and over 50 characters in the first two hours. After the first hour, I started jotting down notes to keep the characters straight, and after another couple hours, I was able to work it worked out.
This would be a really good book for those interested in fiction about politics, power, war and intrigue. I was hoping for a bit more fantasy, and this is not it
This book is fantastic. Very enthralling - I find myself actually looking forward to my two hour commute each day! the story is complex and full of twists and turns, and you will be engrossed in the character's lives. I highly recommend it.
I loved it and would definitely recommend this to someone who likes the fantasy genre. The characters are well developed and the plot is intricate but engaging. I can't wait to listen to the others in the series. The reader did a wonderful job. His command of different voices makes the story come alive.
Believable characters that are well developed. No cardboard good vs evil. Excellent plot, good pacing, and no character is safe. This is not your predictable medieval fantasy epic. I also enjoyed the reader and thought he did a fine job. If the rest of the series matches this first book, I will be very pleased.
Roy Detrice has a captivating voice and his execution of this brilliant work is top notch. I've already read all the books published so far, and evening knowing exactly what is about to happen I still find myself with heart racing, biting my nails on the edge of my seat. This is a character driven story and the depth and feeling I've developed for them is incredible. My heart breaks and soars chapter by chapter for House Stark.
I've been listening to audio books for about 15 years and have only ever not finished listening to two. This was the second. With a few exceptions the characters are unlikeable and the few I was able to connect with were either killed or treated so poorly that I wanted revenge that never came. I admit that the last eight hours of the book may have contained some of what I feel is missing but trying to muddle through all these words to find a plot that isn't really there was not worth it to me. If you like prose for the words and poetry this may be a good book for you but if the want a transparent author who paints a vivid picture in as few words as possible, this is not the book.
I read this book first before I listened to it. I really enjoyed the royal politics, and political manuvering, but had to mentaly adjust the ages of the children up 5 years to make it feel more inline with the presant idea of childhood. I Would not suggest this series for younger readers, but have still found it one I've been drawn into.
With respect to Tolkien, this is simply the best Fantasy Fiction ever written. There are already extensive reviews out there that you can read on how good this book, and series are, so I'll just add to the chorus.
Concerning the audio version, it took about a Chapter or so for Roy Dotrice to grow on me, and after listening to the first 3 books, you will miss him sorely by the time you get to A FEAST FOR CROWS, where the reader changes, due to an unfortunate scheduling conflict. I sincerely hope Mr. Dotrice returns for A DANCE WITH DRAGONS.
I listen to this entire series at least once a year.
If you are a regular listener of long, complex audiobooks you should have no trouble with either the narrator or character names in this series. There are many, many characters with unusual and often similar names. I listen while I run so, it has my complete attention (and is a welcome distraction). It takes some getting used to, but sticjk with it. I can't imagine a more perfect narrator for this style of book. His gruff voice lends itself well to the story.
I am a big fan of long, epic fantasy fiction, and this one is very engaging. An important note to any who may have children or teens who love Lord of the Rings and other fantasy fiction, this is not PG. It is pretty explicit in language and action.
If you like this also check out the Lords of the Otori series - the best audiobooks I have ever heard.