I love these books but Roy Dotrice does a terrible job in performance. He mispronounces names, and worse yet he changes pronunciations multiple times in a chapter. Caitlyn name pronounced as Cat-a-lyn, Kate-lyn and Cat-lyn. Bran become Brian and Joeffrey becomes Jeffrey. Lazy performance and not worth a nickel. His voices are stale and too many sound alike.
Excellent story - I've read the books several times. Narration took a little getting used to, but I just came from the exceptional narration of Dunk & Egg audiobook. It took a couple of chapters to get used to this narrator's style. He's an older Englishman and voice is somewhat like talking with a mouthful - that actually suits assume of the character voices (Pycelle), but strains the imagination for the female & youth characters. Overall quality of recording is great - no background and surprisingly lacked that obvious change you often hear when stopping & restarting the recording (I notice a change in volume & slight pitch on other recordings). All in all I enjoyed this telling. I would only recommend not listening to this right after The Knight stories.
I finally got to listen to the first book. LOVE!!! It really makes the HBO series make sense. Take the time to listen to the books if you can.
Roy Dotrice does a fantastic job reading. He has an awesome range of voices!
Fantasy All Day Every Day!
I have watched every episode of the HBO series and it does not do the books justice in my opinion. I watched the series 1st and read the books 2nd. The books are AMAZING!! This is how I do it. I have all the Game of Thrones books at home. I read when I can and I listen when I can't or don't want to. Either way I am always plugging through this Epic Story! Roy Dotrice is the best narrator out there and is right up there with Robert Inglis.
This book made me laugh more than I thought I would. George is a hilarious writer and that doesn't come through on the HBO series.
If you like the show you NEED to read or listen to the books. I would listen/read. You can't beat Robert Inglis voices. They are so well done! It's hard to put this down.
Filled me in on the whole story not covered in the HBO series
His ability to give all the characters emotion