A Game of Thrones is by far #1. I'm not fond of medieval stories and got this book on recommendation from a friend and was completely sucked in after the first 20 minutes.
That's just it. I didn't have a favorite character. I enjoyed every perspective and every story. I did have plenty of characters that I felt strongly about, but no favorite.
Roy Dotrice is the perfect narrator for this story, but also no favorite comes to mind here. Some of the performances of the female characters made me giggle at first, but I didn't even notice further along.
I generally don't like fantasy and "knights and kings" type stories, but A Game of Thrones completely captivated me from the start. I looked forward to listening to it every day during menial tasks and exercise. I finished the book in 4 days and will probably listen to it again before moving on in the series.
Yes I would listen again. My first audio book and now I am hooked.
The first Bran Chapter
I have resisted purchasing this book or watching the series for no real reason that I can accurately remember at this point. Once I started listening to this story (having never watched any of the series) I was hooked. The narration by Roy Dotrice was fantastic, and very pleasant to listen to. Now on to book 2!
Loved it! The actual show stays very close to the story line.
The whole story was good
I would not say that the time I spent listen to this book was well spent. The performance was excellent, but the story just wasn't everything I heard it was. I didn't like the characters and just couldn't get into the story.
I didn't care what happened to the characters. There were a few that I was curious about their story, but some of them I didn't even love to hate them.
Roy Dotrice is a reader I'm going to keep an eye out for. Listening to him read the story reminded me of how one of my favorite teachers used to read. He puts himself into each character, even the minor ones! He made an uninteresting story bearable.
I won't be reading it again, but I am glad that I found out for myself.
Just goes to show that just because everyone loves a book, doesn't mean YOU will.
I was first a fan of the series on tv. But as the series keeps throwing in all these names of people and places throughout the seven kingdoms gets easy to get lost in some of the many different stories going on. This first book really helped me to understand more clearly who is who and their connection to what. .
The reader, or rather performer is really good. He really gets into all the characters very well without too many of them sounding alike. He also uses just enough drama to keep it a real theatre in the head without going overboard
One question I have about this author.....Does he ever sleep? If you look at this series there's several books and each of them are listed at 30 hours or so. That's a lot of writing, but so far in this first book....It's damn good writing. A bit like Tolkien, but with less of a mystical aspect to it. None the less it's also just a really good story and helps me chew up a lot of highway in my semi....I'm looking foreward to all the rest of the books in the series
It is an excellent story with depth to make you think it is a real world with real people.
The character development
Roy's voice is perfect for the story. I have always enjoyed his narrations.
The reader does not have many vocal ranges as some the characters sound alike a during the reading.
Great sort of like Stephen Kings Dark Tower series.
He is not a great reader but does a good enough job to keep you interested.
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I read through the other reviews of this book and series a couple of times. The majority of them fall somewhere between very appreciate and rave reviews. In fact, somewhere in the middle of this book, when I considered just giving up, I went back and reread the reviews trying to get a grasp on what all the fuss was about. That was a helpful thing to do, I finished the book and I'm happy that I did.
* The narrator (once you get used to his growls and other inflections) is truly excellent and very engaging.
* The plot moves along with good pace and is never entirely predictable. There are several mini-cliffhangers throughout which are entertaining.
* Way too much gore for this listener's taste -- both to animals and humans. I did appreciate the fact that these scenes were neither prolonged nor sensationalized.
* Some of the political plotting (liberally mixed in with counter-plots) got a little tedious.
* The story gets off to a rather slow start, which is exacerbated by a long list of characters that need to be introduced (and then remembered by the listener).
Maybe if I were watching the HBO series I would feel more empathy and anticipation. But I'm not watching; and I'm just not empathizing. Bottomline: my weariness at some of the plain meanness overcame my curiosity at what would happen next. I won't read any further in this series.
Not really. I gave it a try because it is so popular right now
There seems to be no objective. Just wandering through time. I prefer goal oriented plots.
He was fine