Welcome to a new feature known as "Talking Book Tuesday" where we review audio books.
For the inaugural edition, we will review George R.R. Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire", the first book in the Game of Thrones series.
Game of Thrones : A Song of Ice and Fire Book 1
By George R.R. Martin
Reviewed by: Jennifer Chretien, Reference Librarian
For those who are not familiar with the juggernaut that is Game of Thrones, it is an epic fantasy series that takes place in a land where preternatural events are on the horizon, murmurs of a sinister old enemy's return are occurring, and in Westeros the King's second in command died a suspicious death. These events have a domino effect that puts the 7 Kingdoms and beyond in peril as 5 Kings prepare for war.
This is a fantastic book, full on mystery, adventures, tremendous character development, and so much suspense. There is magic, swordplay, and courtly intrigue afoot. Unfortunately it is a pretty substantial read and it takes quite a bit of time for many to get into it. That is the great thing about the audio version; you are sucked in much faster and more easily from having the book read to you than if you have to plod along and read it. Imagine it as story time for adults!
The narrator, Roy Dotrice, has a soothing voice and is able to create distinct voices for each character - even women and children. He is a master at projecting intrigue and suspense. I highly recommend a listen to any fan of fantasy, anyone interested in seeing why the book reading viewers of the tv series make such a fuss, or just want to read a great series.
Rating: 4 stars