ROBIN HOOD, BUT BETTER. BOOK REALLY GIVES GREAT DETAILS OF THE TIME.
SEEMS TO HAVE RIGHT VOICE FOR ALL PARTS.
BE IN THE MIDST OF THE FIGHTING...WITHOUT THE DANGER.
I CAN'T WAIT TO GET THE OTHER BOOKS OF THE SERIES.
Detailed, exciting, epic
The author did not just hang on to his favorit charecters, he keeps you gussing about who will take on the lead role. So many good charecters to love and want more of. His attention to detail about the world and the people living in it are just amazing.
Hard to chose, but when they beheaded Stark it made me hate George for a bit. But at the end of it all it was a big part of the story.
Yes, for sure!
Just get the book already :)
You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take. —Wayne Gretzky
I'm tired of reading people whining that this book could be shorter... Guess what the bible could be shorter too - is a history about a guy who dies to save other people.
I whatched the first season on TV then bouch the audionbook. This book is good BECAUSE it's story is complex and intricate and it takes mastery to do that, I don't care how long it is - It's a masterpiece.
a little complicated with lots of details to remember......but a good story, kept my interest...........already downloaded the second installment
The first few hours/chapters are fairly slow in the build up, but once this story starts unfolding, it truly takes hold and keeps you interested for days and days of enjoyment. The first three books in this series are fantastically narrated by Roy Dotrice, he does an AMAZING JOB at giving each character a unique voice that helps to enrich the story. The story itself, is indescribable. I'm blown away that such an awesome series isn't as well known or as popular as the J.R.R. Tolkien or Harry Potter books. Please give this book a try, it's a fantastic read.
I loooooooovvvve books!!!!!!!!
This book has it all. Intrigue, drama, heros, heroines, sword fights, love, betrayal, spies, sex, buffoons, magic and so much more. And best of all a great narrator. Bravo to Roy Dotrice. He allows the characters to come alive and because there are so many characters he is able to give each one their own voice. A rare talent indeed! I got this book during the one credit special and wish the others in this series were for one credit too but this book is sooo worth the 2 credits that Audible charges.
Like all great books, it drew me in and I got a sense for the protaganists and wanted to know what would become of them. Some are good, some are evil and they are not just simple characters but complex ones. This is not a predictable book either. I didn't think that I would be able to get into this book based on the excerpt. I also did not initially like Roy Dotrice's narration, from the excerpt. Having gone ahead and made this purchase at the urging of a friend, I can say that I'm glad that I did. I will definitely get Book II and I very much like Roy Dotrice's narration. His voice fits the historical setting and his versatile impersonations of the many characters is really wonderful. His narration brings to life the story and all the cast.
This amazing book combined with Roy Dotrice's gifted narration left me simply enthralled. It simply blew both my husband and myself away. In two words: buy it. My advice: back it up frequently, hide it under the bed, guard your copy jealously and well.
Martin's characters are endearing, without any forced sympathy on the writer's part. The plot is lithe and strong, driving forward and branching neatly into subplots. Martin takes many points of view, sowing empathy in the reader in the most unlikely places, something not often seen any more in fantasy writers. I scoffed when I read a reviewer comparing him to Tolkein. I openly admit I was wrong. He's that good.
As for Roy Dotrice, what can I say? A master of voices and accents, inflections and clarity. He reads very complex subject matter with true feeling. He sings, smiles, scoffs and growls right along with the dialogue. What a brilliant choice for this book.
In short, I'm a picky reader and listener. If you like the genre, if you mourn the loss of Tolkein and his ilk, jump on this.
As a fan of Sean Bean, I got caught up in the HBO promos for this series. Knowing nothing of the genesis of the story. I understood it had something to do with a board game and was prepared to be disappointed. I was very surprised to be gobbled up whole by the characters and plots. Roy Dotrice as narrator is an excellent choice, setting the perfect tone and tempo for this novel. I try to limit my epic fantasy intake but this award winning story is worth every minute. I just hope the other books in the series doesn't start to ramble for word count like other books in this genre.
I can add nothing about the plot and writing that others have not already said. It is a great plot and great writing. But what I find unique is the intense identification I have as a reader with so many different characters. I love the fact that I am cheering for more than one, more than two, indeed, more than three protagonists to each/all win the day. I feel that I know and love Robb, Jon, Arrya, Daenerys, Bran and even Tyrion. I want them all to win. I cannot recall any other book I have ever read where I have cared so much for the interrelated connections between so many different characters. I feel I know them and I want them to succeed, and I want them to come together so that I can cheer for them as a disparate whole.
This is not just fantasy. There is really not that much fantasy in this book. It is really great character development no matter the genre. I strongly recommend this book. And Roy Dotrice is a fabulous narrator.