I did not like the narration of this book; it was a struggle to get through the first book. So much so that I am going to read instead of listen to the rest of the series. Everyone sounds old, aggressive, lecherous or feeble minded.
Yes, its a good story, well told.
No one part stands out far above the rest. Some of it is a bit mundane, the rest makes up for it, and some!
At the start I didn't rate him very highly, I thought his voices were all a bit too much the same.
About half way through I realize he is very good. I am not sure if its because he got better or I got used to him. Ether way, I hope he continues to do the rest of the books.
Having seen the TV show, there was not too many surprises.
It fleshed out a familiar story as only a book can do.
George R. R. Martin - yes
Roy Dotrice - definitely no
Any narrator could have done a better job than Roy Dotrice. It was dismal. I couldn't even listen. I wish I hadn't bought all the books before hearing how hopeless this guys is.
I have read all of the books and am re reading by audiobook. This is one of the best series I have ever read and I would like to read more George RR Martin beyond A Song of Ice and Fire. I would not listen to another reading by this narrator.
There are too many characters for one narrator. Young characters sound like they are elderly, many characters are made to sound very simple, voices are applied to text accidentally, character names are mispronounced. I was very surprised about the number of errors in what is quite an expensive product full price. I would have thought the sections with errors could have been re recorded.
Another option would have been a dramatic reading with many actors contributing to get the voices right.
The story is great but the narration is uninspiring and puts me to sleep. I think i will have to read this one in hard copy or ebook to fully appreciate the story.
Intonation does not change even when the plot is tense and action packed. Almost monotone.
I loved the story and the way it is told by the author not the narrator. First person perspective, and there are a lot of persons.
The best thing is the set up of the story line.
I will have to listen to more of his performances, he is the narrator of the other books in this series. So I am have no choice.
I read that a lot of people love his acting. I just find it really annoying. A lot of huffing and puffing for the distinguished people. He also uses a lto of spit. Women sound like hardend men. Some young boys/men sound like 50 year old barbarians. But the most annoying for me was the constant breathing in through the nose to sound distinguished. Together with the wetness/ spit talk of certain characters made it really irritating. It is not as bad as Daffy duck just enough to annoy me.
Also a lot of times you cannot distinguish the characters cause they all start to sound the same after a while.
But some people absolutely love his voice acting.
Yes the voice acting made me cringe from time to time.
The story is so good that even Roy Dotrice's voice acting can't stop me from buying the other parts.
Great story and well done...a few times the names are said wrong but you know who the reader is on about... I dislike how the one book has been split up into 2 parts... this just seems like who ever recorded the books is trying to charge us twice the price for a single book, now i know the book in parts is 16hrs long each part but it is ONE BOOK and we shouldnt have to pay $13 for the 1st part and $13 for the next!
Looks like a difficult book to read but the audio book makes it so much easier.
Daenerys, she is such a well written and interesting character.....well all of them are
No i haven't
I did cry on the bus 3 times!
Just a great story line. Can be confusing to read but I personally read the book and listened to the audio book at the same time and it made it so much easier!
I am an Australian woman who enjoys reading many different styles of books, from history to sci fi and mystery to poetry.
I have been very lazy and not managed to read these books even though I have been hearing about them for ages. So I decided to listen to them. This is the first of the series and I am not disappointed so far. I am glad I decided to listen,
NARRATOR - the narrator is good. He is not the most exciting narrator I have heard and sometimes his accents make no sense whatsoever; for instance one person in the family will have a different accent to everyone else, very odd. Every now and then his inflection is a little "off", but that is so rare, that it isn't intrusive. That being said he lets the story speak for itself.
STORY - The story is a great one and I am looking forward to the next book in the series. I am glad that I decided to listen rather than read though because I can listen whilst doing other things and with a story this intricate I may lose track only reading on weekends.
I would recommend this to anyone that likes a bit of drama and a bit of boys own fantasy sort of thing.
One of the best - good voice acting and a story to go with it! The story is similar to the TV show but approaches some things differently, so if you enjoy one, you'll like the other and it won't be like doubling up!
So different to other books, each chapter is from someone else's point of view.
While it is in a fantasy world, it stays on the border of realism, with only thin strands of fantasy woven into it to make the story much more intricate and compelling without being overwhelming.
Ned Stark as the ultimate good guy and Tyrion Lanister were excellent. Varys was a little unexpected but amusing.