Unfortunately, Roy Dotrice makes this book harder to follow than it needs to be. A great book. A horrible narrator. Audible, please get John Lee to read this book!
I got interested in this book because of the HBO series. Whereas I found the tv series somewhat tedious and kind of hard to follow, I absolutely loved this book. I really enjoy how the author focuses on one character at a time and presents the issues and problems from that character's viewpoint. I found myself really rooting for the characters. (If you enjoy more nuanced characters and not sure who to root for, this is not the type of book for you. While there are a few characters whose side you're not sure, it's pretty clear from the beginning who the good guys are and who the bad guys are.) The narrator does a really good job with the voices and cadence of the story. I can't wait for the second one.
I determine how riveting a book is, if at the end of my long workday and the end of my commute home, I'm not ready to jump out of the car until I listen for just a few minutes longer. Even more so, that I plug in my iphone and set it into the cradle of my alarm clock, setting the timer for just another 15 minute listen before going to sleep. A Game of Thrones is that riveting and more. This "ain't no girly book" by any means and you have to be prepared for a little gore and more than a few shocks.
Quite possibly in the same class as the Tolkien Trilogy or Dune. A big, multi-volume story with well-developed characters, and tough, plausible story line development, well seasoned with bits of fantasy.
I tried. I really did but I just could not understand the Narrator, Roy Dotrice. I am not British but I watch Doctor Who and Top Gear so I think I can handle the English accent just fine.He reads too fast, I admit this is probably a product of me not understanding him. All his voices sound similar, man, woman and child, they all have a cockney accent. The story so far has been riveting but it takes entirely too much of my concentrating and rewinding to enjoy. Be sure you listen closely to the sample before you purchase. I didn't because the reviews were so positive.
I really enjoy listening/reading the inspiration for the latest, hot, new show, but for the life of me I was unable to listen to this audiobook. It was very difficult to listen to the narrator. I found his slurring and mumbling very distracting, thus mashing the excitement out of the story.
This is a terrific story with interesting characters and locations, but the choice of narrator entirely spoiled it for me. I eventually gave up well before the mid-point of the book. While the narrator does a good job of adult male voices with (various) regional accents, his inconsistent pronunciation of personal and location names, his odd pauses in the middle of sentences, and his flat, often monotonic narration, punctuated with sighs, made this an extremely irritating listen. I think I will buy the hard copy book.
I completely disagree with the most recent reviews. The narrator does nothing for the characters. I can't tell one from another. You want to get a narrator that distinguishes characters, listen to Jeff Gurner read Daniel Suarez. Dotrice is just boooooring. I would agree that Martin writes like Tolkein, if you are talking about the Hobbit. It really is slow to get started. Since I used up 2(!) credits on the thing, I am going to bumble my way through it. But it in no way compares to the 1 credit Wheel of Time series.
I won't rehash the story as hundreds of other reviewers have done but to simply say that to listen to Game of Thrones with Roy Dotrice's expert narration immerses you into a different world, one that you will be reluctant to read. It's the longest audiobook I've ever listened to yet I found myself dreading the end. Simply fantastic!