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  • A Game of Thrones

  • A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1
  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
  • Length: 33 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111,096
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96,581
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 96,464

Winter is coming. Such is the stern motto of House Stark, the northernmost of the fiefdoms that owe allegiance to King Robert Baratheon in far-off King's Landing. There Eddard Stark of Winterfell rules in Robert's name. Far to the north, behind the towering Wall, lie savage Wildings and worse - unnatural things relegated to myth during the centuries-long summer, but proving all too real and all too deadly in the turning of the season. Yet a more immediate threat lurks to the south, where Jon Arryn, the Hand of the King, has died under mysterious circumstances....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Review of First 5 Books

  • By DCinMI on 09-12-13

How many ways can one man pronounce Catelyn?

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-13-17

Would you consider the audio edition of A Game of Thrones to be better than the print version?

Absolutely not. Somebody should have given Mr. Dotrice a style sheet or pronunciation key. And perhaps also reminded him that very few of the characters are grizzled old men.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Roy Dotrice?

Anybody.

Any additional comments?

I read and enjoyed this book so long ago, I thought it would be a nice refresher to listen. The narration is painfully slow and Mr. Dotrice's inconsistent pronunciation of names and places is maddening. There are so many characters to keep track of in these books, but listening to this might leave you thinking there are three times as many!
I also hated his creepy Varys voice and daft-sounding Tyrion.

74 of 80 people found this review helpful

  • The Essex Serpent

  • A Novel
  • By: Sarah Perry
  • Narrated by: Juanita McMahon
  • Length: 14 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 696
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 655
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 653

When Cora Seaborne's brilliant, domineering husband dies, she steps into her new life as a widow with as much relief as sadness: her marriage was not a happy one. Wed at 19, this woman of exceptional intelligence and curiosity was ill-suited for the role of society wife. Seeking refuge in fresh air and open space in the wake of the funeral, Cora leaves London for a visit to coastal Essex, accompanied by her inquisitive and obsessive 11-year old son, Francis, and the boy's nanny, Martha.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Kind of 'Year in the Life of..' story.

  • By Midwesterner on 07-13-17

Okay story, excellent performance

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-13-17

What does Juanita McMahon bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I alternated between reading from the (gorgeously jacketed) hardcover, and listening to the audiobook. Juanita McMahon is excellent. Her voice is soothing and easy to pay attention to, and she gives distinct voices to the many characters without things getting silly.

Any additional comments?

I didn't hate it, didn't love it, I can't even really say I liked it, but it was OK. The writing is beautiful, in that I reread some passages several times over because I just like they way the words were strung together. However, the story itself did not engage me. There were many elements that held great potential to be more interesting to me than they actually were. One problem was that I think there were perhaps too many themes and plot threads, each explored too shallowly to really shine. And none of the characters successfully captivated me, least of all Cora Seabourne.