I am an Australian woman who enjoys reading many different styles of books, from history to sci fi and mystery to poetry. I also love to listen to the same whilst not paying attention to other things. I aim for my reviews to be short and succinct so that they are easy to read.
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.
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.
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.
"A Game of Thrones" - so long as you're ready to bear the weight of a vast number of names and lengthy descriptions of... well, everything, this is certainly not a book to pass up.
Roy Dotrice seems an strange choice, when you begin - he has a gruff tone that feels a little odd.. His talent, however, is made plain the instant he begins to read character dialogue: he imitates and impersonates well, and copes so excellently with the multitude of characters this particular book present that, midway through, the audiobook itself starts to feel a bit crowded. I'd say, therefore, that he takes some getting used to - except it only takes a few seconds, so no worries there.
As for the book itself, well, High Fantasy isn't for everyone, it must be said. This book is not immensely thick when you hold it in your hand, and the audiobook is far outstripped in length by other works, like Robert Jordan's "The Eye of the World." Yet it remains a heavy undertaking, dense with both its eagerness to show off a rich, medieval-esque fantasy world, and a thick, convoluted plot that requires you pay close attention to the many, many details.
This is not light-reading - anyone taking on this series, like many from the same genre, is taking on a quest as much as the characters in the story are. But by the Seven Hells it's well worth the effort.
great book one of the best i have ever read, probably the only one as well
Started reading this and struggled to dig in initially. After hearing friends reviews jumped back in and was quickly swept up. Have thoroughly enjoyed the story development, the strategic / or lack there of moves of the lords and leaders, sadly nobility is possibly rewarded as much in this story as in the real world overall well done Mr Martin & to those who turn it aside because of its slow start give it another go & try not to think of it as just another medieval tale.
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 think that the audio gives it more life - Roy Dotrice is a phenomenal narrator - his many voices brought the book to life for me. The only reason for buying the book as well, was to be able to read when I lay in bed. I started believing these were real people, because of Roy's narration.
The characters are complex and realistic - I wondered at times if this was fact or fiction. The descriptions of scene and character enables one to create strong visual images of the text.
Tyrion Lannister by far - he is the most charming character of all. Love his determination, courage and wicked sense of humour.
Most definitely - but of course we can't always have what we want.
This is a "read" you will never regret!
Classics, history, historical fiction, marketing, Napoleonic stuff and of course 'Boys own Adventure'. This is my bent. Occasional self help as well.
What everybody else saids about this book and the series in one way or another true. I believe if you are into fantasy fiction then this will not disappoint.