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  • A Game of Thrones

  • Book 1 of A Song of Ice and Fire
  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
  • Length: 33 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,776
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,858
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 10,865

The complete, unabridged audiobook of A Game of Thrones. HBO’s hit series A Game of Thrones is based on George R. R. Martin’s internationally best-selling series A Song of Ice and Fire, the greatest fantasy epic of the modern age. A Game of Thrones is the first volume in the series. Summers span decades. Winter can last a lifetime. And the struggle for the Iron Throne has begun.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story, Difficult Narration

  • By R. Moorhouse on 10-06-12

Amazing Story, Spoiled by Poor Narration

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

Reviewed: 25-09-18

I have avoided Game of Thrones on TV as I knew I wanted to listen to the audiobooks so went into it knowing very little about the characters and storyline other than a few references picked up here and there. It took a little while to get to grips with who everyone was, and I'm still a bit confused about some of the fringe characters to be honest, but a few chapters in I was hooked and found it very addictive to listen to.

The thing that spoiled the book slightly for me, however, was the narration. I listen to audiobooks very regularly and have never come across such bad narration before! Roy Dotrice seems to run out of breath mid-sentence, making the meanings hard to follow. He uses the wrong intonations or stresses the wrong words so you have to mentally figure out what the author intended the sentence to be read like, which is very frustrating! He also changes Tyrion's accent from Lancashire to Welsh part way through and changes how he pronounces certain characters' names throughout the book - Joffrey becomes Jeffrey, Petyr is pronounced Pet-Arr, then Pet-Ear - maintaining consistent voices and pronunciations seems like a basic requirement for a narrator. I will be continuing with the series on audio for now as I don't have time to read the physical books and the storyline is so enthralling, but if you have the time to read them yourself I would recommend doing that over the audiobook as the narration is so bad. I can only hope they re-record this series with a better narrator (Rupert Degas would be great) before I get much further!

  • Rivers of London

  • Rivers of London, Book 1
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,870
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,524
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,512

My name is Peter Grant, and until January, I was just probationary constable in that mighty army for justice known to all right-thinking people as the Metropolitan Police Service (and as the Filth to everybody else). My only concerns in life were how to avoid a transfer to the Case Progression Unit - we do paperwork so real coppers don't have to - and finding a way to climb into the panties of the outrageously perky WPC Leslie May. Then one night, in pursuance of a murder inquiry, I tried to take a witness statement from someone who was dead but disturbingly voluble....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • brilliant original story great narrator

  • By valb on 05-08-11

Different and Really Enjoyable

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-08-18

Found this to be a really interesting spin on a police procedural/detective drama. The supernatural elements were woven in well, but there weren't so many as to make it ridiculous - it's our world, just with a little something extra. I loved the narrator - he captured that no-nonsense London cop attitude perfectly and the other characters were all distinct and the accents really good. Overall, a great listen and I will definitely be continuing with the series.

  • A Skinful of Shadows

  • By: Frances Hardinge
  • Narrated by: Tuppence Middleton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111

Twelve-year-old Makepeace has learned to defend herself from the ghosts which try to possess her in the night, desperate for refuge, but one day a dreadful event causes her to drop her guard. And now there's a spirit inside her. The spirit is wild, brutish and strong, and it may be her only defence when she is sent to live with her father's rich and powerful ancestors. There is talk of civil war, and they need people like her to protect their dark and terrible family secret.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Imaginative and dark

  • By pmswatson on 19-11-17

Loved it!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-08-18

Really enjoyed this book, so different and enchanting. Felt like I was really invested in the main character right from the start and loved the relationships she developed with the spirits and especially with bear. Would recommend this to anyone (and have been doing so!)

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  • Wars of the Roses: Trinity

  • By: Conn Iggulden
  • Narrated by: Roy McMillan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 783
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 739
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 740

Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Wars of the Roses: Trinity, the second instalment in Conn Iggulden's thrilling Wars of the Roses trilogy. 1454: King Henry VI has remained all but exiled in Windsor Castle, struck down by his illness for over a year, his eyes vacant, his mind a blank. His fiercely loyal wife and Queen, Margaret of Anjou, safeguards her husband's interests, hoping that her son Edward will one day know the love of his father.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Queen Margaret and Richard, Duke of York

  • By Norma Miles on 11-05-15

Poorly Edited

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

Reviewed: 11-06-17

Loved the story and performance and will continue with the rest of the series, however, as other reviewers have mentioned. this recording has been poorly edited and contains lots of repeated passages and misread sections, which should have been removed.