I like a dark story and unhappy endings...but for some reason I did not like this book. The book does have interesting parts and some good characters...but I do not think I will be reading anymore from this series.
The only way I can describe the book's author is abusive. The author created characters that are so unlikable I almost can't stand reading about them. Also, the way the author craps on everyone else is off-putting.
I cannot put my finger on the reason I do not like this authors writing. Here is my best explanation of the authors delivery: Two guys are at a party...the first guy will tell a joke and everyone laughs. The second guy will tell the same joke to a different group of people...not only does the second group not laugh but they think "what a prick". This author is the second guy.
Lots o lords
I like that when they switch between characters that they tell you which character that they are switching to.
I like all the characters that say eh? you know eh?
Highly recommended. Now I'm looking forward to watching the series on HBO. The characters draw you in..........
Ghost writer of over 100 unpublished works...;).
If you have a high tolerance for meandering storylines that may prove pointless or unfulfilling, then there's actually a lot to like in Game of Thrones. A varied cast of characters deeper and more complex than you'll find in, say, Pillars of the Earth; tragedy and triumph on an epic scale; a little bawdy and steamy thrown in the mix. If you're want to be absorbed and quite lost (in more ways than one) for many, many hours, Game of Thrones is a solid bet for you.
That being said, I won't be buying the 2nd book. I loved Dotrice's interpretation of the characters, but the story simply wasn't there for me. There's a difference between leaving a cliffhanger and just abandoning entire storylines until the next book. I found Game of Thrones quite unfulfilling in this regard.
On the whole, quite enjoyable and mostly well-thought out.
Each Character goes by many different names and it made it difficult to keep track of which character was talking or being talked about. Honestly I watched the series around the same time I was reading the book and it helped immensely to keep track of what was happening and who was who. The story does draw you in eventually and the end really makes you want to read the next book. So even though I gave it only a 3 I will get the next book to see what happens.
Yes, if they are good readers. However, I would use the disclaimer that it can be confusing.
The narrator was good but not great.
I already have.
Not for young readers
Not better, just different; if you like audiobooks, it was reasonably well done.
The narrator sounded like an elderly man, and, as such, he made most of the characters sound like old men, even the young male and female characters. He also made minor errors regularly, like calling Prince Joffrey
Roy Dotrice was the only reason I listened beyond (incestuous sex scene) part 2 (of 4); he made the misery enjoyable for a time. I believe someone may have been urinating in Martins Cheerios each morning (rape scene) before he started writing.
AGoT is a miserable soap opera where story lines just get strung alone ad nauseam until the betrayal is revealed (another incest scene). Each session of listening leaves me in a terrible mood. The entire book is the political fantasy equivalent of tantric sex.
(sex spoiler alert) the rape scene where the barbarians fight over who gets to rape a girl first and the victor chooses another woman to rape instead of the one they were fighting over.
GRR Martin doesn't even care about the characters, why should I care?
buyers remorse has never been more (rape scene) depressing
Story is gripping!
Eddard Stark is such a great character. He is the father and husband we all want and a true man of honor.
He uses his voice like an instrument, changing it to match each character's personality and mood.
Game of Thrones is to books what LOST is to television series. George RR Martin's day job is TV writer. He begins by writing three books that really suck you in. You will become very attached to all of the many characters. After that, be warned: the story does not resolve. You will get a dream sequence when you want plot resolution. You will get three new characters and their back story when what you want desperately to know what happens to the character you just read a thousand pages about. Just because half of one of the first books is spent on a character central to the plot does not mean you will ever find out what happens to that character. On the other hand, characters you don't care about at all because they have no bearing on the past or future plot will get 5 chapters. Some characters just disappear.
My husband and I watched six seasons of LOST. It nearly gave me high blood pressure that the events of the first three seasons had nothing to do with the second three. I wanted to pull my hair out when the plot lines that drew me in were never revisited. I wanted to scream when a new character was introduced instead of seeing an existing characters story to it's end. My husband did not seem to care as much and was happy with the
John Snow, because of his struggle for identity.
This is the Lord of
I wish there were 34 hours in a day so that I could have finished this in a day.