This is my first time hearing, narrator Roy Dotrice. He is phenomenal. If you have listened to the Harry Potter books and are familiar with narrator Jim Dale, then you can appreciate the significance of the comparison. It is like watching a movie. And the book gets off to a great start, not having to wait for action.My friend who is not on audible, has been trying to read the books. She is having a harder time getting it through them. I am so glad that I chose to listen to the books. I can't get enough. I have just finished the 2nd book and going onto the third to catch up with the series on HBO.This is my first time reading a fantasy novel, and I only did so because the HBO show was so good. So many twists and turns, you never know what will happen next.
Hair dresser for 25 years. Mother of two boys. Love Stephen King.
Yes, it has everything,Intrigue, family, passion, loyalty, battles, honor, kings, dragons.
Maybe Lord of the Rings.
No but he is great.
There are so many you can't even pick.
His voice captures you in time... it is TOTALLY AWESOME
The second I started to listen... and from there on
Every one. Each character is so well depicted, the whole story is so engrossing.
It almost cost me a Divorce... was so enthralled, my husband got jealous....LOL
I have purchased and listened to, A game of thrones, A clash of kings and I am on A storm of swords and cannot wait to get on to the next one. I purchased A game of thrones to listen to on vacation. I was instantly addicted. I have purchased season one and season two of the DVD's of the HBO series and have pre ordered season three which comes out in February of 2014.... cannot wait
I'm sorry, but a narrator not dropping a characters' voice in between dialog is distracting and not good narration. His repertoire of voices seems to vary between annoying squeaks and rough growling. Not impressed.
Good intrigue and we'll written.
A different narrator, perhaps.
It's already been done.
I hated to have to turn my ipod off. I would listen to it whenever possible. Now that I have finished the first one, I can't wait to download the second one to continue the journey.
Inconsistent - in inflection, in pronunciations.
Martin's stories are lush, evocative, wonderful experiences to let your imagination run free with imagery. Can't say enough good things about the writing. The implementation to audiobook could have been so much better, though.
Typical simple CD rip from Audible... they didn't remove the sentence repeats between disks to make the digital download experience a seamless one. Haven't tried burning this one to disk, but something they do puts the splits in different places than on the original recordings on other books I've tried to burn.
I'm debating whether to read the rest of the series with my eyes rather than my ears because of the performance. That's unfortunate. I love listening to epics on my travels.
My daughter has been after me to read (Listen to) this series for quite a while and I am glad she was persistent. Great story, good narration. Well developed characters, easy to follow even with so much going on. Only disappointment was it seemed to just stop. Whereas most series books come to a "pause point" that leads you to the next book, this one seems to abruptly end. So, of course I'll have to read the next one.
Traveler. Artist. Dreamer.
I cannot say enough great things about these books. I was hooked immediately and I rarely want to turn this off. This book is filled with so many twists and turns that I often found myself gaping in astonishment! The character development is also fantastic. Roy Dotrice does an amazing job of slipping in and out of different voices.
Yes, I would say the same for all the books in the series that I have listened to. I can't believe how talented the author is. He has been able to tie so many aspects of the characters together and leave you guessing at the same time. Strong imagination and writing skills that I wish I had.
For this book I would say Aria. Smart- alleck take no guff and laughs at the way her sister tries to maintain her courtesies.
I am not sure that even Robin Williams could have done so many believable voices as Mr. Dotrice did with this book. It really made for an enjoyable listen.
Left me in awe, all the twists and turns that leave you guessing.
Have listened to 3 out of 5 in the series so far, great work and I never used to like the old mid-evil stories. I love this though.
I would listen to parts, especially those of my favorite characters, because it would be a simple recall, since each chapter is titled. After finishing all four books, I think it would be interesting to go back to the first awhile.
My favorite character is Tirian, in the first book, because he is highly intelligent, practical, but is an underdog who recognizes injustice and deals with it creatively. He seems to be the one who will be a hero later on.
When Bran scales the towers and accidentally witnesses something he shouldn't, I was riveted, and actually had to rewind and listen again.
Actually, yes, I listened to most of it on a long trip, and was anxious to get back to it.
I would recommend this book for a long trip when you are able to continue listening. I love the way Roy Dotrice interprets the characters with his voice, and his smooth delivery of the terminology of a medieval period. I especially enjoyed the format of weaving the various characters together in time so effectively by developing each character throughout an entire chapter.