This book was so hyped up, that I was expecting to be swept away by it. I honestly didn't make it very far, so it may not be the most accurate review. Everyone just keeps being killed off. Every scene seemed to have an icy chill, and every location seemed to smell of blood. It seemed very cliche.
I actually played the beginning a couple of times to get the characters straight. Once I did, I didn't want to stop listening! I'm hooked....
This is a first. I think Roy does an awesome job.
I haven't finished listening yet. I have the e-books but this is so much better. The gentleman, Roy Dotrice, is a great narrator. I'm very grateful for the opportunity to get to listen to this book. It brings it to life for me. Far more better than trying to read it all.
In book 1, A song of Ice and Fire, when the men came upon the dead dire-wolf and her pups. The 5 pups were given to the 5 legitimate children, then the illegitimate son was able to find one for himself. I just love things so loving and emotional.
As I said above, He brought life to the story.
I liked the politics and maneuvering the most.
Some of the characters seem too extreme - this family is all good, that family is all bad. The grey characters are the most interesting.
Tyrion Lannister. He isn't a hero but he seems to have the most growth throughout the book.
No. I could barely understand him half the time. His accents made many of the characters sound drunk and mumbling. I had read the books beforehand and this reading ruined my mental picture of what these people were like.
No. I stopped listening about halfway through because I couldn't stand the narrator.
It is an unpleasant shock to come to the end of the last published novel in a series when you know the author hasn't finished writing the series. What if he has a heart attack, or someone runs him over? I mean, what about ME?
While it is getting difficult for me to keep track of all these characters and I sometimes have to go online to figure out who someone is (or was), the saga continues to fascinate me. The author has no problem with killing off major characters, which kind of adds to the suspense. (Is he going to off Aria? He wouldn't DARE! Would he?)
The narrator charms me less. He has only three or four "voices," and many of his female characters whom you would expect to have more refined voices due to their noble birth and upbringing sound like Irish fishwives (or maybe Irish fishhusbands).
Drumming my fingers. Waiting for the next installment.
TO MUCH DIALOGUE!
The way the story was formatted and with no real plot
Most of the book
My first book will be released sometime in 2015. I hope for late spring, but it might be late fall. It will be about dragons and civics.
I started having problems following along when I noticed that he does the female characters with the same voice he does several of the male characters. This along with his reading showing as much emotion as any of the robotic villains in the Doctor Who series left me with no ability to remember a single thing about the story halfway through part 3 of book one. I have never been left so clueless about a story as I was after trying to listen to this one. You would think that with such a high profile book, they could get a better reader. He might have been ok if only given a few of the male characters, but they really need to get a woman to re-record the female character parts at least to save this thing. I had such high hopes for these books and now I can firmly say that I will not be listening to any of them until they get a better reader. I seriously wonder if these books are any good or is it just hype?
I got lost and was confused several times with all of the names of the characters and locations but I stuck it out and started over a couple times and glad I did! Turned out to be a great story and am about to buy the second one!
Amazingly detailed and interesting. Many different characters that the reader does a great job with.
It's way to much for one sitting and since the book doesn't really have an end, it's best digested in small pieces.
Sometimes the narrator will repeat sentences, paragraphs and even entire chapters in this recording. Very odd...