So, I tried to read this book (unsuccessfully) for a long, long time. I just couldn’t get through it. Every time I got to a chapter of a character I wasn’t particularly fond of I would put it down and not touch it for months. So I tried the audiobook, and low and behold, SUCCESS!
We all know what A Game of Thrones is about. It’s about a group of families doing awful things to each other while claiming it’s got something to do with ‘honour’ while they fight over a fancy chair.
As for the actual story, I ended up loving it, despite hating so many of the characters in it. How did one person think up so many nasty people!?! And this is only the first book! But there are also good, honourable people in there too. I thought before I embarked on this little adventure that I would love some character’s chapters, and then groan my way through the others (or just stop listening, like I stopped reading so many times before) but I actually really enjoyed all the POVs.
As for the audiobook, it was quite well done, but there were some frustrating aspects. The tendency for the narrator to switch between “Winterfell” and “Winterfall”, and “Goffrey” and “Geoffrey” did get a tad annoying, but not as annoying as pronouncing “Petyr” as “Pay-tar”. Why? How? It makes no sense. And just basic regular words were also mispronounced at times (but strangely, not all the time. Do they not have an edit function?). But the narration was enjoyable overall. It was definitely listen-to-able and I didn’t find myself tuning out at all.
If you’re having trouble getting through this one I would definitely recommend trying the audiobook version.
I rate it 4/5 stars.
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