I could actually finish listening to the book. The files I downloaded were corrupt and I have been waiting for them to be fixed.
I loved the book however the Narration was awful I cannot stand to give the book a bad review but the Narration is so bad I would strongly recommend reading the book and spending your audible credit elsewhere.
Roy Dotrice does not do the work justice. The female characters all sound like old North Country serving women from some low rent historical drama. With younger women this is particularly jarring, Daenerys sounds like she is 103. I will avoid any audio book read by Roy Dotrice in the future.
I just loved the whole book and cant wait till the next one comes out. Its something you just can stop listening to and Ray Doltice also makes it come alive.
They were all wonderful characters, but my favorite is Tyrion.
An easy read and very exciting
Lannister- the imp. exceedingly humorous. very dry wit
reads with great emotion leaving breaks when relevant for emphasis
when tyronne saved them all and joined the free swords.
When I drive, I read... uhm listen. I like SciFi, Fantasy, some Detective and Espionage novels and Religion. Now and then I will also listen to something else.
I was priviledged to listen to the whole "A Song of Ice and Fire" series this year. George R.R. Martin is a tremendous storyteller dishing up a very complex story. While winter has been coming in the previous books in Westeros, it is here in "A Dance with Dragons." The players in the game of thrones have changed, favourites have fallen and new one have risen. Be warned - don't get to attached to a character in this fantasy epic, you will most probably come to regret it at some or other time. Georg R.R. Martin is telling a story of epic proportions where individuals are just like bricks in a large tower.
It is of utmost importance that you start listening from book 1 "A Game of Thrones" otherwise you will not grasp the positive uproar to the series. Book 2 is called "A Clash of Kings", 3 "A Storm of Swords" (broken by the publisher into an A & B part) and 4 "A feast for Crows." (Unfortunately book 4 is currently available at Audible except to USA listeners. It is the only book not read by Roy Dotrice. Its read by John Lee. So you will have to make a plan.)
Roy Dotrice is an excellent voice artist and has become synonymous with "A Song of Ice and Fire." While you might struggle to listen to him in the beginning, you will want no-one else to read this magnificent story by book 5.
So put some time aside. Take a deep breath and start to listen to the 21st century's "Lord of the Rings." But don't expect anything "Lordish" or "Ringish."
I am only half way through part 1. I am enjoying the story so far, but may alter my rating after I finish the whole story.
The narrator is fine with male characters and absolutely awful with female characters. He has one female voice-- shriveled old crone. This works fine when the character happens to be a shriveled old crone, but for Daenerys? The narrator didn't do his homework and is showing his lack of range.
This book was like reading a phone book and a menu. Dull new characters introduced rather than progress the storyline of any of the interesting ones.