Apart from a very good narator, the story in the first book doesn't take too long to start building some momentum. Characters are well rounded and very detailed. Scenery is also very well painted and easily takes you on a journey to a fantasy world.
John Snow is hard to place in the future of this series, but being the outcast, he immediately gets your attention as someone who will play a main role in the future books.
The performance by the narator is excellent. If Spielberg had to cast someone himself, I don't think he could have chosen someone more apt. Just listening to Roy's first few sentences immediately sketches the scenery and characters supberbly.
Win or die in the game of thrones.
It is in the top half
Tyrrien - He is an intelligent character who seems to have a good moral compass and he also provides a lot of comic relief
This story has not yet reached any great heights, there are a lot of long conversations and plots to follow. It is not action packed, but has enough to keep me interested
Author of My Zombie Dog
This is one story where I think I'd like to also read the print version, but thoroughly enjoyed the audio.
How could you pick one favourite character? The novel delves so deeply into each character, they are well rounded and all have flaws and strengths. I wavered between loving and hating every single character. The dwarf was especially endearing.
Wonderful reader. I've listened to a lot of audiobooks and the reader can easily distract or ruin a book. This reader has a wonderful voice for fantasy and epic tales and depicted the characters well.
I have only purchased and listened to the first 2 parts. I tried very hard to get into the book, but I just couldn't. Kept waiting for something to happen and almost all I got was background information. If it hadn't been for the terrific reading by Dotrice and his wonderful accents, I would not have gotten as far as I did. I am told by so many that the series is fantastic, but I just don't get it. Have purchased it on Kindle, so hopefully I will enjoy it in printed form more.
I love listening in the car on the way to work. I like history and stuff.
The narration alone is marvellous.
The characters and the sheer size of the story, epic.
His voices are wonderful.
I may have liked this book and been able to have gotten more than an hour into it if the narrator didn't sound like he was trying to read a novel written in the 1800's. He sounds like he is more suited to Sherlock holmes, or a novel about Pirates.
Saying that, I believe these books could be good if one reads them, rather than listen. As far as I could bare to listen, I was able to appreciate G. Martin's style, however, this sort of novel, with constant changing scenes and locations, true medieval theme and a plethora of characters needs a narrator suited to the task.
Best to steer clear of the audio with this one folks - go for the good old fashioned pages in hand and let your own mind create the voices in your head.
As always with the first of a series, it takes a while to get into the novel as characters are being introduced and setting explained, however I would have been driven to push on with this novel not only if the audio was better, but if things moved faster.
I really feel this may have been better with different people either acting out the various voices, or, since separate chapters are about the perspective of different characters, perhaps one person could have represesnted each character's chapter.
Additionally, I feel the narrator could have slowed his speech down a bit, you know, paused at poignant parts of a paragraph. I felt he rushed it.
G. Martin's books are highly favoured by many, so don't let the audio wreck it for you, be intrigued through either the tv series, or read the book yourself.
Hot romance/Sci Fi we're so lucky to have Audible to feed our book addictions. I love walking my precious dog Sydney & listening to my books
Great story line. Will be reading more of this wonderful series. Keep them coming. Totally keeps me wanting more :)
The voice acting is very good and it is a lot more convenient than a paper copy (Even though I have it on Kindle!)
Jon Snow, you cannot say no to an under-dog
He has a very listen-able voice and very good diction
YES, but it would take me 32 hours of no sleep and lots of coffee
I am a bit of a fanboy, sorry
The story is refreshing. The narrator, Roy Dotrice, in my opinion adds to the text, and is not a mere recital. I downloaded this due to Leo Leporte's recommendation from This Week in Tech, and I must say that i beleive it lives up to the hype.
That said, i am sure this is not for everyone. Listen to the sample and if you dont love the narrator then avoid as it will just ruin it for you.
Absolutely loved the TV series and so thought I would listen to the audiobook (as I have no time to read). Major disappointment, found it really hard to follow.