I would consider the audio edition better than the print version. The Voice acting is amazing and Roy Dotrice has more voices and accents in his repertoire than I have voices in my head (that sentence didn't come out exactly as I'd planned, but you get the idea). This became a much more engaging novel when heard by such an astonishing actor.When a character is called on to laugh Mr Dotrice laugh's in the character's voice. He laugh's, sounds astonished, plaintiff, frightened or angry all in character. His voices are all unique and believable. This is not a simple narrative. This is a masterful performance.I have no experience with the televised version of this novel and now I don't even want to see it. This novel and this performance take me away to a different land and time. I would just be disappointed if I watched the film version.I would absolutely recommend this audio book to anybody who is a fan of this genre.
I LOVE Game of Thrones on HBO....The book was FANTASTIC!! I can't wait to sink my teeth into the next one.....I am even more addicted to the show now that I read the first book. The narration is WONDERFUL....a very talented narrator.
maybe if I had chosen another book
Maybe another Ken Follet
He just did not draw me into this book and I found it a painful listen.
Yes, in the future I will not be swayed by the rating and popularity of a book. I realize we all have our favorites and that's what makes reading so personal!
Most likely not, I'm just not a fan of fantasy.
he was a bit monotone for my taste.
didn't get that far into it.
No. The first half of the book spends way to much time introducing you to all the characters, instead of introducing them as the story goes. The last third of the book was the only good part. I heard the second book is the same way:(
Voice does not change enough to separate characters, which might have helped with first half of the book. And a third of the voices he just gave a speech impediment to.
frustration that i had not downloaded an additional book so i would not have to listen to this one.
I love reading, have since I was very little. Reading to me is fun, relaxation, acquiring knowledge and so much more. No particular preference for a genre or writer, I will read anything well written. Once gripped by somebodies style of storytelling & writing, I am likely to read everything he or she has written.
As I haven't read it in the printed version, I find this a hard one to answer. However, Roy Dotrice is absolutely top notch as a narrator and definitely adds a whole lot extra to the experience of getting acquainted with the "Game of Thrones"!!
The whole book is memorable, its cast is superb, the different story lines are many and sometimes confusing, but always interesting. Naming one or more memorable moments would spoil the book for new readers, so I won't mention any.
I will say however, that I find "A Game of Thrones" a more than worthy successor to that other series I just finished: Robert Jordans "The Wheel of Time"
The tomboy Arya Stark
it had a very good story
The book does not need to be as long as it is at times I found myself wishing the Arthur would just get on with the story.
I had a hard time getting into Game of Thrones - the reviews were so good, and I have heard good things about the show - but I just couldn't get into the book. Maybe my expectations were too high? I think it's just not my genre - maybe others who like this genre would like the book more. The narrator did a great job, but even so, his performance wasn't enough to keep me going. I didn't finish it.
I wasn't able to listen to the book. I got about 15 minutes in and had to turn it off. The narrators voice didn't grab me at all. Will have to read this one on my nook.
This is a great story, but the production of this audiobook was awful. At several points during the book, sentences are repeated. The end of chapter 126 is missing, and chapter 127 is a repeat of the intro.
There's also a lack of consistency in the pronunciation of names of places and characters. Prince Joffrey is often referred to as "Jeffrey", for example.
The narrator uses different voices for some characters, but unfortunately often keeps that voice when he reads the narration around the dialogue. For instance, if the text were to be: "Ned, said Catelyn, wait a moment", he would read the entire thing in Catelyn's voice, including the "said Catelyn" part. That's jarring and takes you out of the story.
It would have been interesting to have a different narrator for each character's point of view. But that's a matter of taste, I suppose. The poor editing, on the other hand, is inexcusable.