Two months before Game of Thrones on HBO was set to start, I like so many other people in the world, never heard of the books the new TV show was going to be based on. What prompted me was the massive amount of promotion. Winter is Coming made me ask, “What the hek is this?” and I never looked back.
I became an instant fan, not from the books but from the idea of a fantasy book being made into a TV series. Then the more I read about ASOIAF the more intrigued I became and that is when, a month before airing on HBO, I as a book reader had to read the book first just to get the nuances and references I saw blasted everywhere.
Did I need to have prior knowledge before watching Game of Thrones on HBO? No, but I am glad I did only because as a book it is beyond good and definitely worth your time. But speaking of time, I knew that I would not have any in regards to finishing the book before the airing so I opted to listen to it in audio format.
That was the best decision I could have made, because the treat of hearing Roy Dotrice, the man of a thousand voices (and he was in the Guinness book of world records) was very much a delight to my ears. And when he got to the part about Ned Stark and his beheading, I literally choked up not believing what I was hearing, and choked up again upon seeing.
Because he was such a great story teller I had to continue on hearing him and book two (A Clash of Kings) was even better than book one. By the third book A Storm of Swords (though I had more than enough time to read leisurely) I was absolutely hooked and was even more of a fan.
But then book 4 A Feast of Crows (which is actually half of A Dance With Dragons and not as much a favorite as the prior three) came to me and I was not only heartbroken, but angry that the publisher opted for a completely different voice actor, John Lee, who not only made book 4 hard to get through, but he completely ruined all of the characters for me. And he couldn’t really seem to grasp how to change every character’s voice sometimes sounding so similar I’d gotten lost in the story.
Now with book 5 A Dance With Dragons recently come out I jumped on the audio book wagon and was happy to note that Roy was yet again at the helm. Unfortunately, while a great voice actor, he changed certain character voices to the point that I am now going to be getting the book to read to finish. For me, having gotten all audio books one right after the other, I was able to catch right away all of the differences exhibited by Dotrice and now, I am sad to say I can’t enjoy him and I blame the prior voice actor.
Am I the only one? If you listen to the audio book, were you able to detect the small differences in some of the voices in book 5?
Overall, like so many other folks in the world, I am definitely eagerly waiting season 2 to start, and having book 5 to read should help the wait.
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