Ever read Robert Jordan and wondered what it would be like to listen to a gleeman?
Well, Roy Dotrice certainly earns this title. The narrator is even better than the author and together they combine an iresistable combination that got me hooked on audio books.
I love the A Song of Ice and Fire series. Roy Dotrice does a fantastic job as a narrator, he really brings the characters to life for you. I highly recommend this book and the books that follow.
This audiobook is a great start to a vast and epic story. I think Roy Dotrice is an awesome narrator. His voices are well fit and greatly add to Martin's characters. His voices are distinct and recognizable. It is clear that he puts a lot of careful thought and creativity into his voices.
I think what I like best about Martin's writing is the opportunity to step inside the minds of so many well developed characters. The setting for this story is very large and complex, but you get to see struggles from all sides and many view points. Characters find themselves in outward struggles with other lords and houses as well as inward struggles with family and duty. Aside from the fantasy/science fiction aspect of the book, much of the story feels like it could be "real life" in the place and time it takes place.
I started with A Game of Thrones and enjoyed it so much I downloaded A Clash of Kings and A Storm of Swords shortly after and have not been disappointed. Once I was done with them, I started listening to them all over again.
I hope Martin can finish up the series (supposedly 6 books when complete) and I hope Dotrice is able to narrate all of them. I've heard that the next book, A Feast for Crows, is due out this July and I can't wait to see it on audible!
This was one of my favorite books. It is well written and the reader does an excellent job. The reader does an incredible job of keeping the character's voices different so you know who is "talking" at any given moment.
If you are:
* looking for a story with clearly good or evil characters
* looking for a story with a happy ending (good people do not die, the good guy always wins)
* easily offended (sexual descriptions, discrimination, foul language, etc.)
* looking for a world similar to Tolkien's
Then this book is NOT for you.
However, if you are looking for great fiction with realistic characters then in my opinion, you will find none better than this. Roy Dotrice does an excellent job of reading, and I thoroughly enjoyed they way he brought the story to life.
critic at large
This is storytelling at its finest, both Mr. Martin's writing and Mr. Dotrice's narration. A downloadable map and genealogy somewhere would make it a little easier to follow at the beginning, but even without those the story just sweeps you away.
I would have to completely disagree with the reviews here that take issue with the reading of this fascinating story. I would rate any audiobook according to three criteria - one, the writing (just as with any book); two, the storytelling (for, when a book is read to you, you are truly in the grips of a storyteller); and three, the reading (a strory well told is much enhanced when it is also well read).
As a book, and judged on the writing alone, this is an amazing and fascinating tale. Martin blends together a history of the realm, a study and narration of differing cultures, an intimate look at family histories and an epic tale of fantasy. In so doing, his descriptive talents are sometimes simply awesome. When you get to the part where a character first dreams of his encounter with a crow, you will truly know you are being treated to the talents of a great writer.
The storytelling itself grabs ahold of you and refuses to release you. You will probably find yourself driving in to work a wee bit slower or perhaps pausing in the parking lot of your office after your morning commute as you hang on while being pulled along by the pace and plot changes of a well told story.
And as for the reader, his abilities to give unique voice to the characters adds so much to the characterization of the author. One understands more about the complex character that is the "imp" because the reader has imbued so much more into the character just through the use of his terrifc reading talents. There are many other examples where the reader seems to have latched onto the character's nature and then passes it along so well, with meaning and depth solely through his voice talents.
If you are a fan of excellent fantasy writing, a story well told and a story well read - I highly recommend A Game of Thrones.
The series is one of best i've ever read/listened. The story is so deep. The reader does an excellent job, each of the hundreds of characters has a distinct voice that remains consistant throughout all of the books. Just awesome!
Roy Dotrice is a tremendous talent. Never have I heard a narrator bring a story more to life. The actor's dramatic interpretation of the text aided by his wide range of accents and voices breathes Fire and Ice into an epic and richly crafted tale of Magic, Kings and Dragons. Three Cheers and 5 Stars to this incomparable writing and narrating team. Here's hoping they will continue to collaborate and add to this gripping and engaging series.