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.
The good guys actually start making head way.
When the lord of lightning dies and comes back.
When the Dog tells Aria to stop trying to think of ways to kill him.
OK, so I got most of the way through the first book in the series before giving up. My gripes then were essentially my gripes now. I am not a big fan of Roy's narration. Some of the voices are ridiculous, and most of the guy voices sound like pirates or stodgy old Brits. The women sound like they should be in Monty Python and the Holy Grail. It is true, though, that the voices for each character are more or less individually recognizable. That's a good thing because my second gripe is...
DANG, there are a lot of characters in this series. It's hard to know when a character is introduced whether they will be inconsequential or hugely important. I like to keep track of things like this in a story, so this in particular drove me nuts for quite a while.
The last thing I'll mention on the minus side is that there is a boat load of detail. Too much in my opinion. I lose track of what is going on and who is currently present in the story for all the detail. I don't care what your cloak is made out of, just move it along!
Now, after all that, you're probably wondering why I bothered to part with four more credits to get the second and third books in the series. Well, at the risk of sounding low brow, I'll tell you. I LOVED the first season of the HBO series. There... I said it! All the issues with the hokey voices were addressed with excellent casting. All the extraneous characters either evaporated or faded into the background. All the long descriptive passages became beautiful sets and locations. I got a good grounding in the story, saw the developing big picture, and promptly got the second book after I finished watching the first season.
Now that I know how the more important characters are handled in the book, I just resign myself to letting the other characters sort of wash over me without giving in to my OCD and trying to keep them in order. I got an app for my phone with a Westeros map on it, and descriptions of the houses, religions and characters. That helped. The mental pictures of the actors from the HBO series help me to keep the characters straight, too. At times, I just let my eyes roll back in my head when the Roy-ness gets to be too much, or there is a multi-paragraph description of what people are wearing.
I'm most of the way through the third book, and there is a real story arc developing, and quite a few surprises. On the whole, I'll admit that I am now enjoying this series despite my strong negative reaction to the first book. I think I will see this one through...
Loved the book and performance, was disapointed in the recording of the first 2 or 3 segments, my down load had pops in the audio.