"I'm sorry Mr Dotrice"
I wish I had listened to a sample first, and then I would have avoided downloading this. I'm sorry Mr Dotrice, but your narration did nothing for me - except to convince me to buy the book and read it for myself. My fault, I will not make the same mistake in future. The story sounded wonderful, but after a couple of hours I became so distracted and frustrated with the narration, that I deleted it from my iPod. It may work for you, try the sample.
"Some useful background information"
I have only just started this book, and although I am enjoying it, I did find it slightly hard to follow. As some of you may know - this is now a successful HBO drama which is shown here in the UK. If you go to the HBO website, you will get some useful background information relating to the characters and storyline.
I love the story but why oh why choose Dotrice as the narrator. Awful. he turns even major characters into country bumpkins. He can't even remember their names!
"Great Story, terrible naration"
A compelling fast paced story badly hampered by a really bad reading.
Many of the youngers charachters in particular are voiced as if they're in their sixties.
"Good book, bad audio"
Fast becoming a classic story, but read on the audiobook like it was a 1940's BBC radio drama. Little or none of the individual characters were brought to life, although it was all very clearly annunciated. Back to reading it again for me.
"Great Book, Not So Great Reader"
The readers bizarre portrayal of Drogo and Tirion makes for hard listening at times. Overall it is just about bareable!
"Have you got a strong constitution?"
You will need a strong constitution to get through this excellent series of books. If you have watched the TV series, it is tame compared to the books. At first I hated the readers voice. He made even the gentlest child sound like a hatefull crone. Then I came to realise as the story went on that this was a cruel world being conjured, filled with pain, malice, greed and torture and that this was normal life there. I had to have a break from this story a number of times, sometimes for a week just to gather the courage to continue to listen. You, like me will probably be taken to the depths of dispair repeatedly, having all hope for the hero's dashed time and time again. There is also love and bawdy titilation from some unlikely characters that put finishing touches to this masterpiece.
Beware all ye who enter these stories!
Loved the story, but got really frustrated with the narrator, which is very distracting in an audio book. Everyone sounded drunk and weak. Decided to read the rest myself and am enjoying them a whole load more.
"An enthralling story"
There are several reviews here which express far more eloquently than I could just how good this story is so I'm not going to comment on that aspect, instead I'll comment on the listening experience provided by the audiobooks.
1. I do feel that it helps for a newcomer to the books to have seen the TV show, the story in non-linear at points, jumping forward and then backtracking, this can be a little disconcerting, you may wonder if you've accidentally skipped over a chapter somewhere. I certainly had to rewind on a number of occasions.
2. A few reviewers have suggested that Roy Dotrice doesn't do a good job with the narration. I disagree, I rather like his reading style but, whoever produced the recordings should be embarrassed by the fact that at certain points characters are renamed and worst of all one character's accent suddenly changes from Northern English to Welsh, I thought I was hearing things at first. Given the number of characters and the scope of the book I think on the whole he did a good job, but someone dropped the ball somewhere in the edit suite.
"Personally I liked Dotrice.... but..."
Unless I'm hugely mistaken only half of the book itself has been uploaded for sale. (yes, I know it's split into two parts but the second part ends with 'you have reached the end of a download but not of the book' message and, having asked friends, they've said the two parts of the audiobook only get to 2/3rds of the book itself. No answer from audible twitter on what the score is. Maybe there's another part to be uploaded later? Who knows.
Anyhow: I liked the narrator but found it similarly hard to work out who was who etc. I put it down to the naming convention in the book itself, I was enjoying what I was listening to anyhow...