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.
If you look at a sample of the text it is quite unwieldy and often poorly constructed both in content and pacing for breath; in my view a good book is always one that can be read out loud, and this isn’t such. The internal logic of the themes often goes astray with characters or occurrences not fitting with what had gone before.
The reading is very metered, but uninteresting; more a shopping list emphatically spoken than a drama. All the phrases are the same length, in the main.
The voices chosen for the various characters sometimes seem bizarre (maybe George R. R. Martin had a hand it them); they didn’t entice to follow the character, but grated on my ear. Families that one would expect to have similar accents don’t necessary follow that formula.
An exercise in how intricate a story can be written; many characters, but none to care about. I listened enough, but didn’t finish the fist part.
No. I much preferred John Lee, who although used accents, did not lay them on so thick that I had to strain to understand what he was saying - as Roy Dotrice did.
There were several characters that I had to rewind to figure out what they were saying, and frankly that defeats the purpose and ease of having an audiobook. Don't over complicate things. Keep it simple.
Don't get me wrong I appreciate voice acting and giving the characters individuality - but please, why did he make Tyrion WELSH and then have the rest of the family have a completely different accent! And there were several minor characters I just couldn't understand at all, he laid the accent on so thick!
Accents are all well and good, but keep it understandable please.
No. There are parts of the story that get a bit long-winded, and even though during those parts Roy Dotrice's accents got BETTER.