By now everyone knows that this is an epic series but the production of the audio books falls short. The narrator's voice is tolerable at best and down right excruciating at times. The voice he chose to use for Missandei is simply terrible. It's painful to listen to.
Also I found it incredibly irritating that the audio chapters (not the actual book chapters) breaks fall at illogical points in the story. Would it be so difficult to align them with the book chapters? Most irritating of all was that the individual download breaks also occur at random. Mid chapter, paragraph, sentence.... doesn't matter. Oh you're in the middle of an epic battle that will determine the fate of at least one of the most beloved characters? Seems like a good time to hear "This audio book has been broken into multiple parts to bla bla bla..."
Roy's performance and the writers style of storytelling, a perfect storm of awesome
I drive a lot for work so hearing the book is the best way to pass time listing is the best way to enjoy the ride.
When I put this book on my kindle, the chapters were not broken up along the actual chapter lines. When skipping forward to the 'next chapter', it would merely advance across an evenly spaced interval, leaving you sometimes in the same chapter that you were currently in or in the middle of the next chapter. This made it very difficult to keep my place and proved a very inconvenient technological hurdle that I hope will be repaired. I also have books 1 and 4 on the kindle, but they work without this problem so this seems specific to this book.
I'm not a Fantasy fan, but I've loved Game of Thrones since I tried it because I heard it was good and was 5 stars. I really like it. But the choice of HOW to see it is another hard one---TV Series, read (kindle or physical book) or audiobook. Turns out ALL are excellent but I especially liked this audiobook because of the dozens of amazing voices and accents Roy Dotrice comes up with that seem to EXACTLY fit the characters. And he pulls it off flawlessly with excellent timing. If you've read the book or watched the show, you'll still enjoy it all over again with a different viewpoint if you listen to this audiobook adaptation.
Yes, This is a amazing piece of literature.
I can't say I love them all
Best book so far
Yes I cried laughed and dreamed
Book 3 in the series matches the length of Stephen King's The Stand. Of course The Stand was a one book deal and A Song of Ice and Fire seems to go on and on. Although I enjoy the varity of characters and different storylines I could certainly do without the endless chatter between everyone. Seems like there's far more talking than the action of battle. I thought that if I heard, "Hodor, Hodor, Hodor," or "You know nothing, Jon Snow," repeated for the millionth time I was going to shut the audio book off.
Just to give you an idea of how bored I got at times, I'd listen to a different audio book after listening to every other part of the six part book. I just had to take some breaks away from this mammoth book.
Overall, performance and story were all good, just needs a serious edit or an abridged version.
My blue tooth radio in the car....
the Kings Hound. just waiting for him to not be dead.
his cHaracter voices are some times just strange but it doesn't matter the story line
is great. I read the review for the 4th book and am a bit unsure if i am going to like it as it says he kind of forgot what voices he had used in the last ones he had read.
but no bother i enjoy the listen i have on the way in to work and home.
no it is why to long for that and if it had been shortened it would kill the story.
I like it better then the hbo show as it is different from it and yet the same.
I cant wait ti read the real book audio books are great but a good reading book with your own eyes and mind is so much better.
Roy Dotrice is masterful in his reading of the novel. He gives a distinct voice to each character,
George RR Martin writes so well that many of the scenes are memorable. But the Red Wedding is up there as the most memorable because of the sure horror i was feeling while listening. When he ends the chapter with Arya hit in the head with The Hound's axe, I had to stop listening and look up on the internet whether or not she was dead.
When Tyrian escapes from the castle and sneaks up to The Hands Tower and gives his father what he deserves.
The writing is superb. I never know what to expect. Anything can happen. Main Characters can die. It is unpredictable and exciting. Roy Dotrice is a masterful performer.
This book is all about medieval war and all the horrors that go along with it (beheadings, dismemberment, rape and murder) and many of the victims are children. I have listened to over 100 hours in the hopes that something good might happen but it never does - just more of the same. The writer and narrator are good but the story is just too violent and depressing for my taste.
I love this series, but I don't think I'll listen past the 3rd book. I don't know what's with the narrator. It seems like most of the characters in the book talk like old decrepit pirates. and I've noted that the reviews on the books after this one have many complaints about the narrator. I had to force myself to finish it because his voice bothered me so much -- and I loved the narrator in the first 2 books, so I don't know what happened! This breaks my heart, because I so wanted to listen to the next 2 books, but I've been scared away.