Upon finishing all the "A Song of Ice and Fire" books, then re-rewatching all the "Game of Thrones" Blu-Rays (including commentary tracks and extras!)..Show More » and finally watching Comicbookgirl19's amazing "Epic Histories" on YouTube I was feeling extremely deprived, even the Christmas gift of a "Game of Thrones" colouring book couldn't quench my thirst for more Westorosian stories.
Thankfully upon browsing all the George R.R. Martin offerings on Audible I stumbled upon this gem. Now the audiobooks of "A Song of Ice and Fire" somewhat put me off due to Roy Dotrice's narration which I found off putting. Harry Lloyd on the other hand has such a silky, enchanting tone I would honestly buy an audiobook of him reading out every take-out menu ever printed just to hear him speak. I say he should be locked in a room and forced to record all of George R.R. Martin's works and then all other literary works deserving of his soothing tones and masterful delivery. ;)
As to the story, I honestly can't get enough of this world and the history leading up to "A Song of Ice and Fire" is even more intriguing than the series itself. As always Martin has produced engaging, well rounded characters and a well paced story that enriches this fantastic world.
The book is great and the narrative is good but some of the pronunciation choices are quite weird. In what world does "Brienne" pronounced as ..Show More »"Bra-y-in"? I cringed every single time she was mentioned. There are some inconsistent accent choices as well. Some very high-born characters have peasant accents. Accents aside, the emotion and the the flow of the narrative is quite good.
Story is excellent! Roy Dotrice's voice is growing on me. I originally didn't think I could stick with these audiobooks because of the reading, but no..Show More »w it feels like my grandfather is reading to me and doing the voices. Really loving the whole series.
In this, and its companion book, though read by the same person, who'd been reading the *last EIGHT* instalments of this EPIC; I come to two books, wh..Show More »ere main Characters' names have changes [Cat-lyn is now Kait-lyn]. Main places [Myhr is now Meer] & the list goes on & on. I overlooked the *odd* mispronunciation of words such as lichen, et al, through the first 6 books, but- Really; A few ppl have *not done their jobs*, not just the narrator… this *has* to be edited etc too. It's frustrating, takes away from a wonderful story, & is sloppy work from many, who are making much $$$$. Surely there was a pronunciation guide - & surely it *should* have been used consistently. Very, Very Disappointed.
Tedious. Most avid fans of the subject matter only
As a physical book, with illustrations and all, this book works really well. If you want to read about Dorne, you just thumb through to the 'Dorne' se..Show More »ction – it has maps and you can find the bits and pieces that you want to read through, without having to go through everything else as well. With this audiobook, you listen to everything from the dawn of time onwards, through every Aegon, Aemon and Aerys, through where one Aegon kills the other Aegon and so on and so forth. If you are intensely interested in the subject matter, this will be fine and you will have a great time. I enjoyed it for the most part, but I will freely admit that I am the horrible sort of person who goes online and posts in forums regarding the series.
I do not think that the casual reader will get the enjoyment out of this that they would get from the physical copy of the book.