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A song of Fire and Ice

I have been listening lately to the audio book series that starts with A Game of Thrones. I’ve never seen the show on HBO, but it’s difficult to miss the buzz it has created.

When I go to a library to pick a new story to hear while I’m driving around, I don’t usually have any agenda. I just peruse the selection until something jumps off the shelf and says “Listen to me!” That’s how it happened with A Game of Thrones. When I finished a couple of weeks and 31 hours of listening time later, I was rather caught up in the characters and story. That’s when I discovered A Song of Fire and Ice is an ongoing series and I’m not sure they’ve all been written yet.

So back to the library and I get the second recording in the series, A Clash of Kings. It’s another +/- 28 hours of listening time, and between the author’s, George R. R. Martin, story and the reader’s, Roy Dotrice, accents and characterizations, it is completely engrossing, entertaining medieval tale.

I’m now in to the third recording in the series, A Storm of Swords, and the characters are becoming real to me. I’ve spent so many hours, already, getting to know their ambitions, dreams, strengths and weaknesses, I understand how they react and interact with each other. It’s an interesting situation. There are villains you really don’t like, heroes who art heroic, characters who are put upon with no control of their lives while history swirls around them. It’s honestly very engrossing.

There are two more books in the series with audio versions totaling nearly 80 hours, and there are two more labeled simply as forthcoming. I don’t know if I’ll ever watch the series on HBO. I’ve seldom seen a movie that improved on the book version. At this point, I know what these people look like, how they dress, what they think and do. Someone else’s vision may not be as good as mine. Time will tell.

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