Great book, the series keeps getting better!
Roy Dotrice is fantastic!! He does a great job individualizing the characters with different voices. His narration is one of my favorite parts of listening to this book!
Roy Dotrice does a marvelous job of portraying these complex characters through the use of different accents, cadences, and tone.
This is an epic fantasy, rich in details for characters and locations. While magic is a part of the story, the political machinations of this world is the true focus. Therefore, it is quite unique for the umbrella genre it inhabits (Epic Fantasy). Of course, Lord of the Rings comes to mind, as well as The Wheel of Time series (Robert Jordan)...but this is only a superficial comparison. This series is unique.
He does a great job with Catylin Stark (spelling?), but I just love his work with the Lannister males-Tyrion, Tywin and Jaime.
Yes and yes.
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."