A full array of voices and personalities
I laughed and cried with and for the characters
I am getting so tired of this series; too much war and killing and machismo. The narrator does a good job with his differing voices, singing and emoting that it keeps it interesting. But even if he were the greatest narrator, I have already decided the series will rate no more than 3 stars at best with the lack of Text-to-Speech and loan-ability. Just the Audible version alone is costly, the book, just an e-book, is costly too. That is the most insulting thing an author or publisher could do. I doubt it is the author. By the way, I do think the author can weave a great story, Just not my kind of story. I will continue to read/listen to the rest of this series if only to be able to hold my own when my adult children or others discuss it.
I am growing tired of all the gore and negativity towards women. Was hoping that the people beyond the wall might be evolved away from Violence! Geeze Why do Sci Fi writers never think that intelligent civilizations MIGHT evolve away from the typical gore and violence.
The books were fun at first but now I am growing tired of everyone being the same. Cruelty is not that prevalent in life, these books show man as cruel, heartless and stupid.
Bran, John Snow
I am done.
The story is complex and interesting and the cast of characters is HUGE! I could keep them all straight due to Mr. Dotrice's excellent narration and his ability to create a different voice for each character so that you knew exactly who was speaking. This made the story come to life for me and made me feel as if I was actually right there at Winterfell or King's Land, enjoying not only the sights and sounds, but even the smells. I highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys stories from 'the old times' .
My favorite characters .... well, it has to be the dire wolves!
Mr. Dotrice enriches the experience by adding personality to each character, making them come alive and be 3 dimensional.
Although listening to this in one sitting would require quitting my job, if I could have, I would have!
Amazing! The twist and turns in this book will have your jaw hit the floor multiply times. This is the book that sets this series apart from any other. Just hope HBO can do it justice unlike season 2
I'm a writer myself, so I'm very picky when it comes to literature. I'm eclectic in my reading tastes from nonfiction to fantasy and read at least two books at a time. I prefer listening now, at the end of a very long day when my eyes are tired from working.
Having read the first two books in the Ice and Fire series, I wondered how Martin could keep up the pace. He didn't disappoint! Book Three, a Storm of Swords, is amazing. There are so many twists and "that didn't just really happen" moments that I had trouble not listening during work time.
The reader did have some strange pronunciations, though he may have been sticking to Olde English, as in Medieval Times, but overall, his performance was very good. I had no trouble distinguishing among characters.
This listen is VERY well worth it, especially if you enjoy fantasy, though this is serious fantasy, indeed!
Things are heating up! I love these stories! I've also become used to the inconsistencies in Roy Dotrice's performance. After all, as another reviewer pointed out, he has alot of characters to try and keep up with and so the 4 stars not 5. Still, don't let that stop you from getting this, it is a GREAT story! I actually considered buying the next books and reading them but that would make for some very boring commutes to and from work and as the saying goes- in for a penny, in for a pound- and I am in!
Yes, yes, most definitely yes! Although a little disclaimer (and a little SPOILER as well): you have to be something of an emotional masochist, and be prepared that some of the characters you have come to know and love from the first two books will fall on some hard times, and some even die. However, if you have read the first two books and are looking for an emotional thrill ride, this is the book for you. It's exciting, dramatic, sexy, and at 47 hours it's going to keep you busy for quite some time!
By far the most gut wrenching moment is 'The Red Wedding', when Robb and Catlynn die...Robb Stark was my favorite character, and I was sincerely upset after reading that.
2 come to mind that were especially badass: (***SPOILERS***)
1) Danaerys seems as though she is going to sell Drogon to the slaver. Instead she gives the man that chain Drogon is attached to, and when Drogon won't come at his 'new master's command, she goes "Dragons are no slaves" and whips him in the face!
2) Jeoffrey's death...think we can all agree that was a long time coming.
Roy Dotrice reads this so well! I love his voices!
A great escape, richly rendered with compelling characters, imaginative plots and vivid imagery. Ideal for the car or hiking trail.
Very Well Done
Great story, very hard to stop listening. Roy Dotrice does a good job with the reading.