I read and enjoy almost all genres, but spend most of my money following interesting, evolving characters in series.
I rank the series in with Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series. I admit I had to go back and listen to the beginning again just to get characters and descriptions fimly set in my mind. But I've done the same thing with Wheel of Time. I can firmly place myself in the fantasy world Martin describes. I have now read all of the series so far and can recommend it to other lovers of epic fantasies or to any reader that enjoys getting to know characters and following them in a series.
No...audio books will (in my opinion) never be better than reading a book.
Ben Stark, the Head of House Satrk, of Winterfell. A good man, trying to do right by his king, family and people, when most people want him out of the way.
When you play at Thrones...be merciless!
A good adult and mature teen read.
Since this is not the type of book I'd typically sit down and read, I found it much easier to engage in it via audio. The inflection, tone and story-telling gift of the narrator makes this book a great listen!
The performance of all women characters in this book is pretty interesting. Dotrice's best performance comes in with the Maester.
I loved it! Dramatic, intriguing, captivating. Deep backgrounds, rich characters, beautiful descriptions all converge for a very satisfying experience.
I am a Youth Services Librarian at a public library and I love my job. I am also a runner and I love listening to great books while staying healthy. That's Elsie in the picture...she is my favorite running partner and typically perks her ears up during the tense portions of the books :)
I hate to be the person who jumps on a band-wagon and obviously this series is a huge one right now, but I really enjoyed this novel. I see this series as a cross between Lord of the Rings and Pillars of the Earth, which just makes it fantastic. The reader is not my favorite, but he's not the worst either so it's ok. It took me a bit to get used to the cadence of his voice, but once I adapted I enjoy his gravelly tones. Highly recommend this series and I have already downloaded book two.
Roy Dotrice really gets into the story, changing his voices for characters, changing inflections based on the events (i.e. faster during action sequences, louder/softer when necessary, etc.). Makes it really easy to "forget" that you're listening to a narration.
Yes the reading of the different voices for the characters made the story flow very well. My interest now is to watch the HBO series to see how they drive the story.
Ned was very good at expressing what was the correct thing to do, but his wife was good at expressing the correct way to react to the present situations which proves to be more intuitive for the time.
No first time. He was very good. The story line has so many characters I can see it getting be a bit much.
Yes when Ned's youngest daughter had to run away of being caught and held capture it was very well detailed how she got away and her lessons she was taught from her instructor. Also, his fight scene with knights was really well written. I found it gripping and moving.
A very enjoyable listen. I am having a little difficulty keeping all the storylines and names straight. I find the progress of the story very unpredictable, unlike some books where you know the hero wins the day. This is not that sort of book. Be prepared for bad things to happen to any character.
The book has so many characters and subplots that you pick up more details with each listen.
The imp got a lot of good rejoinders.
Roy's gravelly voice adds texture to many characters that sounds right for a medieval context. One nit, though: almost all of the characters end up sounding old.
That would be quite a long sitting.