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.
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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.