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
Started reading this and struggled to dig in initially. After hearing friends reviews jumped back in and was quickly swept up. Have thoroughly enjoyed the story development, the strategic / or lack there of moves of the lords and leaders, sadly nobility is possibly rewarded as much in this story as in the real world overall well done Mr Martin & to those who turn it aside because of its slow start give it another go & try not to think of it as just another medieval tale.
I think that the audio gives it more life - Roy Dotrice is a phenomenal narrator - his many voices brought the book to life for me. The only reason for buying the book as well, was to be able to read when I lay in bed. I started believing these were real people, because of Roy's narration.
The characters are complex and realistic - I wondered at times if this was fact or fiction. The descriptions of scene and character enables one to create strong visual images of the text.
Tyrion Lannister by far - he is the most charming character of all. Love his determination, courage and wicked sense of humour.
Most definitely - but of course we can't always have what we want.
This is a "read" you will never regret!
Classics, history, historical fiction, marketing, Napoleonic stuff and of course 'Boys own Adventure'. This is my bent. Occasional self help as well.
What everybody else saids about this book and the series in one way or another true. I believe if you are into fantasy fiction then this will not disappoint.
Long, involved, riveting
Everything. The story has a cast of THOUSANDS but everybody is well crafted.
Honestly? I would never be able to sit and read a book this long - I would cheat and read only the chapters about my favourite characters. Roy's voice is calming and a pleasure to listen to and you barely notice the passage of time.
Yes. I listen in the car on my way to and from work. I have to FORCE myself to bookmark and go to the office. I nearly missed a meeting once as I wanted to listen to the next bit.
I know the book is long and the audio needs to be split for ease of download. HOWEVER, it would be SO NICE if the splits took place at the end of chapters. It is REALLY ANNOYING when the audio stops half way through a conversation.
It's amongst the best I've listened too.
An intriguing story with interesting characters and extremely well narrated