The narration was horrible. The narrator sounds like he has emphysema. He's frequently wheezy and short of breath. The narration also repeats. Reminded me of listening to an old record that was skipping.
The story might have been interesting if the narration had been better.
Someone with a much stronger voice and healthier set of lungs.
couldn't get that far into it... I think the story could have been good, but I couldn't get past the problems.
I wouldn't recommend it to anyone. Maybe I should watch it on HBO instead.
Loved this story but not too crazy about the narrator. Quite often the beginning of a paragraph got repeated as if he lost his place while reading and started it over again. I will get the 2nd story in the series because I am hooked but I don't think it is worth 2 credits. I will probably just buy it outright. If this was a great performance by the narrator, I would gladly save up 2 credits for it, but it isn't. Audible should put it down to 1 credit like almost everything else is.
You can figure out how it is going to end seven days before it happens. And he takes a week to make it happen.
He could have written it in about one chapter instead of 50.
There is no suspense; you can figure out the plots, all of them, in the first few pages yet you have to wade through hours and hours of listening to get nowhere.
The narration had frequent glitches--repeating sentences--thus the lower score on performance. Excellent story, but you might need a playbook to keep up with the characters (unless you've seen the series). I found it to be a bit long and towards the end, I just wanted it to END! With that said, it was worth the time to listen.
No. I don't think so. Not any of the first four books.
It's 50% incredible and 50% so dry and boring that I didn't know if I could stay with it to get to the parts I cared about. I think it could have been edited and been much better. There are too many characters that just float in and out of the story lines for no purpose. Everyone has multiple names or nicknames to confuse everything. The people that I really fell in love with were killed off or so beaten up (or down) that I was afraid to keep listening. Some of the main characters aren't mentioned chapter after chapter. The author gets you interested and then drops you. One of my favorites disappears for a whole book. I'm not sure if he comes back or not. Instead you are bombarded with a lot of boring detail and more minor characters. The author is so self indulgent it's exhausting.
I pretty much hate the reader. He really is good at playing old men with no teeth. He has many different voices but they are all old men. It's disconcerting to be hearing a young girl or supposedly handsome young knight with the same voice! He slurps and overacts so much that it's distracting. Sometimes you can't even understand what he's saying.
My main complaint is that it's unfulfilling. George Martin writes great characters. He makes you care about them but then he leaves the reader hanging with little or no outcome. Not even small victories are allowed. After a hundred hours of listening (four books so far) I want more satisfaction. I will say that I'm sucked in and probably finish it hoping for some kind of a decent ending. If I knew in the beginning how I would feel this far into it I probably wouldn't have started the series.
I think I would say don't bother.
The story was OK, but Martin is no Tolkein whom he seems to want to emulate. The violence was not frightening and the descriptions of sex was more disgusting than anything else. He seems to show an interesting mixture of having powerful women and yet treating women in general in the way that some sort of misogynistic porn producer might.
There are interesting characters and he develops them very well. It's just that Martin's writing is fairly boring. I don't mean the story, I mean the writing.
I don't want to paint a terribly bleak picture. The story does hold your attention and keep you waiting for what is about to happen. I would have liked to have him develop more of some of the characters I cared more about, but then that is personal preference.
Finally, the narration is just atrocious. Dotrice seems to think that all fantasy characters speak with an accent somewhere between a brogue and a Sheffield - Cockney mix. Several characters have their voices change halfway through the stories, and in one case in the middle of a book. At first I thought he was trying to demonstrate a significant change in the character, but no, it is just a mistake.
All in all, I give it a "Meh".
I love this story but the narrator's terrible reading made it so annoying I almost quit listening. A good reading needs more than just the ability to perform multible voices. I will read the rest of the series.
I really disliked his female voices. Many of them, including Daenerys Targaryen sound like old hags.
The audio edition is good, barring a few issues.
The multiple threads are handled deftly, and are presented well
Roy Dotrice sounds like he is reading the book for the first time. Lines that clearly have specific inflections are read flatly. His accent ranges from British to Scottish.
No extreme reaction
Please edit the book to eliminate the doubling up of sentences that occurred at the end and beginning of each CD.
This book likely is a great story. As a book to listen to - it's tough. There are a lot of characters and a lot of voices. I needed a cheat sheet of characters to keep the story straight. While it's 33 hours of narration, if you want to follow the story and all the characters you'll be repeating sections of the book. It takes a lot longer to fully ingest this story.
I eventually gave up on the listen and read the paperbook. I'll go back and listen again though.