The story is great. The narration is ok, but very occasionally hard to understand, which seems to be a cardinal sin in audio book narration. But my biggest complaint is in the formatting of the audio download. The chapter markers do not match up to the breaks in the chapters of the book, making it realistically impossible to find a spot in the audio book unless you just go start to finish. I will not be purchasing any more in the series until I am assured that this is not the case. I have submitted this feedback to the Audible staff weeks ago and received no response.
I can't get over how much we love listening to the books in this series. We start our day over coffee and tea and Mr. Dotrice giving life to Mr. Martin's characters. It's remarkable the way the tales of so many are woven so tightly, with such detail. It's impressive to say the least. I love how vivid the lands are, the faces, the armor, the clothing. The personalities are etched in your mind as if you actually know them, although many you would not want to. How the author kills one you love and spares one you detest, while keeping you interested is a wonder in itself. Can't wait to read, or in this case, listen on!
The third book i've read in this series...and a it is finally becoming a much more palatable story. The various story lines are finally coming within the same area that it makes sense to have them in the same book.
The story's amazing - but that's hardly news, at this point. The narrator of this audiobook, however, could afford to take it down SEVERAL notches. Granted, the cast of characters sprawls from many different regions and varies from young to very old to high born to (literally) dirt poor - and voicing them is not a task that I envy. However, the words "he said" or "she said" pretty much cover it. This guy is in that sound booth acting his BRAINS out, and it gets pretty frustrating to listen to. He's given many characters totally unnecessary dialects that interfere with, rather than illuminate, character. And, he's clearly no spring chicken in his own right, so when he lays on impossibly thick "old man" or "old poor lady" voices, those characters sound about THREE HUNDRED YEARS OLD, and have prompted me to pause the narration in frustration many times.
Between's Martin's writing and Roy's portrayal, the Ice and Fire world is so complete I almost had to remind myself the books are fictional! As a rule, I'm not a huge fantasy fan, but found this absolutely engrossing. Martin's detail and Roy's performance make the characters come alive - set in a world that realistically doesn't always have a happy ending, they feel three dimensional - each possessing flawed personalities and complex motivations - I found myself empathizing with even the seedy and grotesque... A must listen for even those who don't venture into this genre.
I'm a retired nurse and my husband owns a machining company. We live in a small town 30 miles East of San Diego. We love to cruise!
Lots of surprises here! I wish Audible had the Roy Dotrice edition of Book 4. I decided to wait for it rather than hear it read by someone else.
Martins story again rivets me to the end. Roy is perfect for these stories and encompasses the personalities of the characters very well. With all the twists and bends this saga continues to prove why Martin is a great author.
Yes. His narration is NOT the issue I have.
ABSOLUTE ANGER!!!!!! There is way to much animal mutilation OVER KILLL (no pun)
in this book. Does the author have a
GEORGE R. R. MARTIN IS A TOTAL PIG!!!!!!
This is a long long audiobook, but some of the scenes are absolute gems. I love the evolution of some of the characters like Jaime Lannister since Book 1, who started out two dimensional and then develop a great deal of character. Likewise the religion around the Lord of Light, which starts out looking like a phony cult, but by the end of book 3 you're really beginning to wonder. I love the way some of the marginalized characters like Jon Snow, Tyrion Lannister, and Brienne of Tarth are actually some of the strongest ones.
The story is great, but the vocal performance is simply outstanding. It's astonishing that he's able to find unique voices for so many characters.
No question. Tyrion Lannister. He gets the best lines, is the most sympathetic and misunderstood character, and has the most compelling vocal performance when coupled with the dialogue.
When Jaime Lannister kisses Tyrion near the end.
Bankruptcy attorney residing in South Florida. Love fiction and fantasy books, salsa dancing, writing and spending time with my husband
I was really conflicted by this book. The story itself is good but it keeps getting more depressing with every book. Hardly does anything good ever happen. There are enough sub-stories so I find it hard to believe the story would not be good if every now and then something good happened to the Starks. After reading this book I was really depressed but I cant get myself to stop reading because I have invested so much n the story that now I feel like I have to finish. If you do not care at all for happy endings then you'll love it and will not mind how depressing it is. But if you like happy endings, this is not the right book for you. In sum, engaging and depressing at the same time.