This book is wonderful, better after watching the HBO Game of thrones. The book adds more detail, making a stronger story.
I had originally watched the TV series, and listening to this really brought back to life the story. I have an hour commute to work and this made my drive a great ride.
Sadly, Roy Dotrice does not fit as the narrator. It is simply not appealing to listen to his voice, especially in the scenes with sexual themes or rape. Neither are his voices of certain types of character, like "unsavory" characters.
The story's amazing. I've already read the books the traditional way and wanted to re-read by listening to them. Unfortunately Roy Dotrice was not the man for the job and I could not get through book 1.
Absolutely not. The biggest thing that annoyed me about the performance was his pirate voice. I think this included Old Nan and a few others. I kept waiting to hear the phrase 'scurvy dog' and 'land lovers'. Absolutely ridiculous and horribly distracting. Completely ironic to the tone of the book.
His range and nuance is terrible. I'm used to great performances where each character has a distinct voice: David Aaron Barker, Kate Mulgrew, Will Patton, RC Bray. These people have talent for audiobooks. Roy should stick with his obvious wheelhouse: Shakespeare.
This ASOIF may be one of the most intricate and well thought out worlds and stories since Tolkien. It deserves better than the what it got from Roy. Please do over.