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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.
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.
"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