Screenwriter, director, parent, wife, AVID reader, and Audible addict.
In this, the third book of the Songs of Fire and Ice series ( the first was A Game Of Thrones, now brilliantly on HBO), author George R.R. Martin spares no detail in creating the bitter cold approach of Winter and the horrible creatures it unearths. Equally riveting are the human characters, as they battle each other and their own fears using sex, politics, murder, lies, treachery, and dragons - all to win the game of thrones --- all to win the place of King. Narrator Roy Dotrice is brilliant. The book is heavy on characters- and it is near to impossible to keep them all straight - but Dotrice makes the main characters recognizable and unforgettable.
Spellbinding! My 3rd listening book on this serie. I simply just want to do nothing but listen to the whole thing in one sitting. I only get the chance to listen while driving back and forth to work. Life has a hold on people that don't have the leisure of time to enjoy. We have to work. At least I am getting through it a little at a time.
Entertaining, Great Characters, Terrific Story
There were alot of I cant believe that just happened moments in this book!! This has been my favorite book out of the series so far. I cannot wait to listen to the rest.
One of the best books in the series is nearly ruined by Rot Dotrice's narration. To hear Tyrion spoken by him you'd think he was one of the small folk. Just awful inflection. The narrator of AFFC was amazing and should go back and record all the books himself!
I listen to a lot of audiobooks.
The narrator got a lot of bad reviews in the first two books. I have been willing to listen nonetheless and have not been so bothered. However, after listening to the first three books I feel like I can't stand it anymore. My problem mainly lies with the fact that he repeats the same accents quite often. Anyone who is gruff gets a pirate like accent. Anyone exotic gets a bad Russian accent. And in this book, one slave girl gets an incredibly offensive Asian (Chinese) accent... MY GOD. This guy is a treasure trove of stereotypical accents!
Also, in the last book, when he first introduced Jaqin Hagar (probably getting the spelling wrong on that), the accent was different from when it showed up later, which was quite confusing to me as the listener.
I really wish that he would vary the voices and sometimes just STOP the Pirate speak for every damn character. It distracts from the words and does not actually takes away from my imaginings of the characters. I am sure reading a whole book on tape is difficult. Just wish it was a little LESS of the acting and a little more of the book as it was intended.
(btw, I listened to a Neil Gamin book narrated by Tim Curry, who did a fantastic job at walking the line between acting the characters but not too heavy on the accents. Very enjoyable listen!)
I could not stop with this book. Well written and the author has no problem killing off main characters. The shocker at the end just makes you want to get right to the next book. Really enjoyed the time listening.
I'm so glad I found the Game of Thrones series (thanks to HBO). The characters are vibrant, the world they inhabit is compelling, and the complex political intrigues that George RR Martin spins for them are endlessly interesting. The narration in this book is fantastic as well - Roy Dotrice does an excellent job of conveying the personality of each character. There are so many characters and such a large world in this storyline that you may wish to download maps and lists of characters.