First half of the audio was OK and then the last half I couldn't put down. I love the way no character is safe.
The third in a great series. I could not wait to for the next twist in the story for each character that I have grown to like or hate. Just when I thought I knew what would happen next, I was suprised and sometimes shocked. Thank you Mr. George Martin, for taking my minds eye to places and peoples so long ago with such incredible detail. Thank you Mr. Roy Dotrice for bringing to life all the characters and giving each a personality and presence with your excellence as reader and actor. I know only one certainty of the Game of Thrones series; I will not be fulfilled until I have listened to them all.
I actually could not finish the series because every twenty minutes or so the narrator would decide to slobber-lisp in a faux scottish accent or badly imitate a shrieking crone voice from Macbeth. Eventually I got so annoyed I could no longer concentrate on the story. Read the book instead.
The story is good and solid. the intrigues are a little less heavy and the story feels more like a dr zjivago than a machiavelli.
Anyone who does not belive he can shift between thirty voices and eighteen accents when he only has two of each.
I will never again buy a book narrated by Roy Dotrice.
This third book of the series continues with pretty much the same cast of characters who were featured in books I and II. And the new characters are appealing and their narrative fits in well with the overall story line. There is a good deal of action and a sense of increased danger as the story progresses. I'm looking forward to book IV.
Probably. I'm most of the way through book 3 and beginning to get tired of the "historical" asides that add little to the plot line, and I'm beginning to wonder if I'll make it through the marathon of all seven book (as they become available). I'm also viewing the HBO series, which is pretty faithful to the books. Roy Dotrice is incredible. I generally don't like "dramatized" books with multiple readers. It is an astonishing tour de force how many separate voices and personalities Dotrice can create.
Joffrey's decision to decapitate Ned Stark.
Mostly I was entranced.
Two credits per book is a lot. It is indicative of how addicted I have become that I plan to purchase all the books (as they become available).
the narrator is very good and does a variety of voices. He has a pleasant voice and makes the story interesting
I have noticed a few editing errors, such as lines being repeated, but it's not a big deal and doesn't detract from the book.
Possibly was great but long not one to listen twice
The red wedding. Like Catlyn, but the epilogue intrigued me.
Oh the tangled webs we weave
Can not wait to listen next one
former nuclear scientist
Martin has developed an extremely detailed and engrossing world of dragons, awakening magic, political intrigue, war, and death... lots of death. Martin is not adverse to killing off major and minor characters, and all the loss of life gets numbing and hard to listen to after a while. I had to stop for a few days after one particular scene where some of my favorite characters were killed off.
Dotrice continues doing a good job of different voices for different characters (except women, he has trouble with young woman or non-noble characters). I still dislike his take on Tyrion, to whom he gives dramatically rolled Rs in an accent that differs significantly from that of Tyrion's family. But his cadence, timing, and interpretation add color and depth to the book that I just don't get from reading it.
The writing can be off-putting. It's a different world, we get it, but Martin can't "divide" or "split" anything, he has to "pide" it. In narration, he can have 24, but in dialog that's "four and twenty." He does give different POV characters different voices; I love how Arya's chapters have lots of "stupid" in the narration! The interwoven scenes work perfectly to communicate the larger situation in Westeros and the other continent, giving us specific reasons to care even as he moves entire battles and major deaths off-page to keep the story moving.
The Game of Thrones advances in this book; major twists predicted in Dany's visit to the House of the Undying play out in surprising ways, and one's heart breaks for the luckless few who have compassion and humanity - they tend to suffer almost as much as the "smallfolk."
I would definitely recommend this audiobook to a friend. There is so many events occurring that I couldn't stop listening because I had to know what twist it would take next.
I love his voice and how he portrays individual characters.
Martin's books are engaging, and this is quite possibly the best of them. There's more epic twists packed into this particular story than in either of the preceding two books. I don't think it's much of a spoiler to say that once again Martin shows how willing he is to just off major characters out of thin air...though sometimes that doesn't work out the way you'd expect...
I found the book incredibly painful to listen to, however. I'll confess to preferring straight-up readings over dramatizations, but even having said that, there were passages where Roy Dotrice made my ears bleed. Anyone who isn't a main character has an accent like a Dickens orphan. His Walder Frey bears an uncanny resemblance to the old man who "didn't want to go on the cart" in The Holy Grail. His Davos Seaworth bears an uncanny resemblance to the Sea Captain from The Simpsons. Tyrion Lannister sounds more than a little bit like the Lucky Charms leprechaun. I can't for the life of me figure out how he arrived at the pronunciations of "Brienne" of Tarth (Bry-EEEN) or "Petyr" (Pa-TIRE) Baelish. And the accents slip in and out occasionally in mid-conversation as well.
A great book lessened by the need to suffer the narrator (hence the medium rating). I'll steer clear of Dotrice in the future unless there's something I simply have to get on audio, and for which there's no other alternative. Still, I concede that it could just be me. Listen to the samples, paying particular attention to the character voices, and know that it never gets better than that.