Amazing, Vivid, Devastating
Well of course I can't help but compare this story to others in the series. A Song of Fire and Ice as well as Clash of Kings
I have only listened to Roy Dotrice during his reading of this series and I am amazed by his extraordinary performance and the life he brings to these characters.
The entire marriage scene between Sansa and Tyrion. I wanted it to end- I was just too angry that this was happening. I've had my issues with Sansa since she put so much of this into motion being a dreamy eyed girl over the vile Joffrey but now I think she's learned her lesson. Enough! Give the girl a break!
Moving on to Book 4- A Feast For Crows!
I am about to finish the third book and that will probably be it. The author has a preoccupation with boring characters like Auria and Sansa Stark. He keeps introducing more characters both major and minor.
The genealogy references get tiresome as well. No wonder this story plays out much better as a series than in the book. The story can be particularly difficult to follow without constantly having a map in front of you. Overall, I am very disappointed with how this story just drags and drags.
However, I will say that the narration is amazing and that has kept me going. Each book averages 33 hours and one can only listen to so many Irish,Scottish and various British accents for so long.
This is the most involving to date. I am really sucked into this one. Great storytelling. It took a while to get used to Mr. Dotrice, but he does an admirable job and I am completely charmed by his narrative skills.
Yes. Parts 1 and 2.
I don't know if I would listen to it again soon. When the TV Series comes back out I might revisit it. It is very wordy and goes on a bit.
You can not believe the twists and turns the plot takes. Some great moments turn into absolute horror and some horrible moments turn into a good change of events for your favorite Characters.
I don't think anyone could do much better, this is a very difficult book and he does an amazing job. You really feel the era through his voice.
The bloody wedding, I shall say no more!
I am downloading the next book right now, so I think you can imagine I have been enjoying the series!
The book was hard enough to get into because Roy Dotrice made all of the voices of knights sound like elderly British royalty, even the warriors. I can even begin to explain the horror of it until the 4th book when he changes all the voices of most of the lead characters. The only one to stay the same are the Imp and Varies. The rest are so different I had a hard time remembering who was talking. Strong Belwas when from a large boastful voice to that of a teenage girl. and Arya Stark changed her too, it was awful, terrible. Do not buy these books until they are rerecorded by someone else. Read them the old fashion way, the story is awesome, an epic tale and the Director and the Producer ruined it. Roy Dotrice is not to bad if his bosses would have kept him on track.
The Red wedding
I have been with Audiobooks for the past eight years and recommend Audiobooks to everyone.
I read the first two books in the series could not put them down. The plot of this book is equally compelling. However, in over a decade of listening to dozens of audio books this is perhaps the worse narration I've ever encountered. Towering women warriors speak like truculent tomboys in high pitched voices. A truculent tomboy evokes a wizened crone. A beautiful and sensuous queen sounds like a frumpy librarian. The voice of one of the most powerful lords in the land is reminiscent of Winston Churchill's. Despite that the story itself makes this a worthwhile listen especially if you don't have time to read the books. I hope the publisher sees fit to change the narrator when the remaining books in the series are recorded.
Immigration lawyer in Kansas City. I like Character driven dramas, fantasy (monsters, magic and witches oh my!) and coming of age stories. Favs include: The Book Thief, The Game of Throne series, Harry Potter Series, Dresden Files, Nightside series, anything by Neil Gaimen, 100 Years of Solitude.
It is a long book, but I would listen to the whole series again.
Love the characters and all the treacherous story twists
He does a great job with the voices
There is a cut in this recording that leaves out about 100 pages of the book. I had to go to a book store and read what I missed.
I absolutely loved this book. I'm "reading" through the Song of Ice and Fire series, and though I enjoyed books 1 and 2 very much, this one blew them away. Every single character in this story is a total badass. With that said, I think that, while the story is superb, the performance ranks at the very good level. I like Roy Dotrice and I think he does a commendable job with what must be an extraordinarily difficult narration task. Occasionally, however, I don't like the way he dramatizes a certain character's voice. I don't care for the accent that he gives Tyrion, for example. Given the overall brilliance of the series, and his generally quite good management of challenging material (so very very many characters), I can overlook this, however. I highly recommend the series, and if audiobooks work for you, I say spend the 2 credits and enjoy.
Tolkien's series of "Ring" books...well-imagined universe, beautifully-drawn characters and great story-telling.
Yes...too good a story.
Dotrice is making a MESS of the narration. The voices are terrible and, when he resorts to "channeling" Winston Churchill for Lannister père, it gets to excruciating...even embarrassing.
Hope you change narrators for subsequent installments. Too bad it's too late to do the whole thing over with a different actor. Why on earth didn't they get somebody like Jim Dale?