it's a story that defies the imagination full of twists and turns and unexpected outcomes. it's also vicious and nasty but i suspect life in the middle ages was as well.
he's so good. he makes all the characters come alive and drives the long narrative so the pace never slackens.
though I loved the story the accents used were all over the place
people from the north given southern English accents while other members of their family had northern ones
and the same for the southerners
no consistency with the narrative
The story and the added information you just can't get from the TV series
Getting to know some of the characters a bit better
The reader isn't consistent with the names he pronounces, he does all young people and women with the same voice - his - and his annunciation is not great in general. I wish I could hear it with a good reader
Speaker, Leader, innovation consultant, kilt-wearer, South African.
Roy Dotrice's narration does full justice to Martins' varied, complex and human cast of characters.
I can't wait to read the next one!
This is part one of the first book in a series of five or six, so clearly there is a lot of time for things to happen. Parts of this book were really gripping, others required massive concentration, if not just to remember which character is which and how they are all related. Unfortunately, large portions of the book are just pointless and boring, and don't seem to have any relevance to the whole story. that said, this is certainly a marathon and not a sprint, and keeping that in mind got me through the sloe bits. About two thirds in, I listened for about 3 hours, and literally nothing happened. Im going to continue reading (or listening!) to the second part of the book, if it's still not picked up in might give up and watch the show instead. The narrator does a great job, although for some reason, tirions accent changes to Welsh half way through and I'm not entirely sure why, the first accent was better.
Epic, enveloping, exciting
Bran. Because he's one of the few characters who is not a jerk, and has great potential as an underdog.
No. Many of the voices he puts on for the lesser characters are ridiculous and distract from the story. It sounds like his tongue has swollen to the size of a grapefruit and as such, I look forward to those characters leaving the scene.
The story is exactly what we already know - a gripping page-turner with endless character details and intriguing twists. The TV series follows the book exactly, almost word for word but I was surprised in places at how much exceedingly pointless detail is included describing characters who are never seen again, and irrelevant passing scenes. This slows the book unnecessarily.
I am not convinced by the voice of the narrator. Why should Tyrian be Welsh when none of the rest of his family are? Accents vary and seem sometimes irritating. I would have preferred a more 'classic' narrator.