I would definitely recommend this audiobook, as much for the story as for the telling. GRR Martin liked Roy Detrice's performance so much that he gave him a role in the series on HBO. I've read the books, and now decided to listen to them, and the story just gets better and better.
The characters are amazing, complex and fascinating... Tyrion remains one of my favorite out all the books I've read, and that's quite a lot.
I've listened to all five books of Ice and Fire, and I find him to be perfect for the job.
Rare are the authors who can make you utterly dislike a character at the beginning of his story, only to end up getting rather found of the guy in the middle. This is a book where (without giving away the plot) you have to take a break from reading to be able to digest the twists and turns of the story.
Be warned though, tome 6 is not finished yet, and GRR Martin is notoriously slow in finishing his books.
I haven't read the print version, but I always enjoy the effort put in by the audio book reader. Its like listening to a performance.
I will finish this series but I don't think that I will read anything else by George R. R. Martin. He writes in a very realistic style but that is not the reason that I read books. I read them to escape reality. I would like for there to be at least 1 character that is able to come out on top. That isn't the case with Martin, every character he writes gets never is able to have a good life. They get betrayed or killed or have some other tragedy strike them. It gets to the point where it is almost predictable. Chances are if Martin is writing about someone from their point of view, that means that this character is doomed to some sort of tragedy.
He is great
It frustrated me that no ones life ever works out.
I don't know
sometimes he reads a little slow.
OF COURSE!!! (although I don't want to wait)
Part 1 of 6 of the audiobook: the chapters end mid-way...in other words, if you skip chapters on your iPod, you have to scan to find the ending/beginning of the chapter. very frustrating
I am a proud Mexican woman that loves words and reading/listening to books. I also believe that only through knowledge can we achieve progress.
I like the stories over all but the voices are driving me crazy! why not pick a pronunciation of a name/place and stick with it?
This is truly an epic series and perfect for the habitual listener such as myself.
The detail and depth of story and characters is astounding and I never tire of it even after the second or third time through.
That said, if I die before this story has finished I promise to come back as one of "the others" and .............well, you get the idea.
Come on George, let's get to it and move on.....Roy and I are both getting old and you've got lot's of other places you can take us.
Just like all the other books in a Song of Ice and Fire series, this is an highly entertaining tale with twists and turns that always keeps you guessing what wil happen next. Roy Dotrice's reading brings the story to live and you end up carrying about all the characters, good bad or ugly. I highly recommend this book to anyone even thinking about reading a fantasy tale!
The voices that the narrator uses for the characters aren't consistent from the other books in the series. He makes young girls sound like old crones.
Following the story through the series of books is so enjoyable. I am so vested in the lives of the characters.
Yes, I would love to find out what happens in the future.
Yes I will before I listen to next one.
The narrator "Roy Dotrice" should try to keep the same voices, it threw me off a bit with this book and with the previous book. Dani sounded like an Old Crow.
Yes, because I can't read print anyways.
I like the nice and bloody parts.
He has a good range of voices that he uses, but the voices for the women; that should be left to women anyways.
Yeh, a blind guy making a film about this book, really? What kind of question is that?
First-rate. Top-shelf. As bad as A FEAST FOR CROWS was, A DANCE WITH DRAGONS makes up for it. Readers disliking A FEAST FOR CROWS should *not* stop with that thumbsucker. Finish it on Wiki and move on to ADWD.
The new one. No spoilers from me, but someone so shocking and unexpected has appeared that it - literally - made my jaw drop. OMG.
Roy Dotrice took a lot of (unwarranted, in my book) criticism for A FEAST FOR CROWS. I just don't see it. Dotrice is as good as the game, and easily one of the best readers out there Not as good as Frank Muller, certainly, but definitely up there - and doing a totally appropriate performance in this whole series.
Relief, mostly. I hated the heck out of a FEAST FOR CROWS, and from the very first *word* - literally - I loved A DANCE WITH DRAGONS.
Dragons are really, really extraordinarily dangerous. As characters and readers discover. Once they get big enough to eat bulls and horses, it's unwise to turn your back on them - or even get anywhere near them - unless your name is "Targaryen."