Roy Dotrice is a phenomenal voice actor! There are so many characters is this book and he had different voices for each of them! The story keeps you enthralled from start to finish, and the way it is written every little detail immerses you into the world that the author has created! If you are a fan of this genre, you will definitely enjoy this book. For first timers, it will be a hard listen because the book uses a lot of Old English language that may throw you off course.
Sad but beautiful. The TV series has made me love the books, and wonder what's wrong with George Martin. I hate the animal violence and rape. But the dragons being birthed make so much sense of Dany's horrible ending to family life. My favorite TV characters are still the same in the book: Dany, John, and Brendon.
If I'd only read this book, I would have quit long before I got hooked. But Roy Dotrice brought so much life, intrigue and excitement to the stories and made each character so unique and so real that I kept on listening until the story itself became interesting enough to stay with it. If I decide to go on it will largely be because of the qualities of his work.
WARNING! This is not a plot summary review. This is a book v. show review/ discussion ONLY. If you want a plot summary, Google should have plenty! ;-)
I've heard far too much about the awesomeness of GoT the series (both book series and TV show), so have finally decided to bear down and do this thing before I hear any more spoilers about the show!
Thing is, I watched the first season of the show before I started the books. I can now tell you the show appears to be a VERY faithful adaptation of the book. So much so that I actually got bored with the book a few times because I already knew what was going to happen. And Martin is very Tokienesque in that the man likes his details (which can slow it down as well). So, if you are already invested in the show, it may be hard to go back and read the entire series. Especially when you consider each book is a 30+ hour listen. However, having read the first book, I already feel like I understand the characters WAYYYY more than the TV show would give me the chance to, and in some ways, even though there is a lot between now and the latest book to change them, I probably still know the characters better than people only watching the show, because I'm getting so much backstory and personal motivation through the book. So, if you are in the market for going hard on Westeros, for sure read the books!
Now, the rub. I hear the show is caught up with the books, and as of next season, the books and the show will diverge in places (I hear in only minor ways, but given Martin's penchant for leaving nothing sacred, I wouldn't be surprised if they are completely different).
So, it kind of seems that unless you're in a similar situation to myself and haven't really gotten too far into either, you almost have to pick a side for your own sanity. But if you're in the same boat I am, follow me and do both!!! But if you do, I strongly recommend reading a book, then watching its corresponding season. Otherwise the book may be too slow and daunting.
As for whether I liked it, my level of commitment to both forms of the story should be a good clue that I loved it, and I am obsessed. Officially!