Dotrice's performance of the fantastic material keeps his reading of the series head and shoulders above the crowd of audiobooks vying for my attention
it was a quick listen and interesting but if there is another option for a reader, I want it. Roy Dotrice is painful
The book itself is excellent, as is the series as a whole. The audiobook is badly weighted down by the narrator. It's unfortunate, but the narrator seems only capable of making characters - any characters - sound like elderly/aged men. It's very difficult to avoid being distracted when the voice of relatively young male characters sound like they are 65 year old toothless men with Scottish accents and profound lisps. Worse, he will intermittently break into and out of these strong, nearly cartoonish accents (one of which sounds like the worst and most cliched "pirate" that's ever been) for characters and will also change which characters have which accents. A straightforward reading in his own voice of the words on the page would be preferable, for me.
The others in the series, for obvious reasons. Another obvious comparison is the Lord of the Rings novels because of the layers of backstory, history, and world-building details that Tolkien used to take and keep the reader in the world that he built.
Roy Dotrice wasn't done any favors when being called upon to narrate a novel with such a vast array of characters - a better choice truly would have been to have an ensemble cast or to have a variety of narrators for each POV character (A younger woman for Chapters involving Dany, Sansa, Arya, etc; a younger male for Bran, Robb, and Theon chapters; an older man for Ned, Tyrion, Davos, etc). Having Mr. Dotrice voice a 14-15 year old girl/woman in Dany is unfair to him and very off-putting to the reader, especially in scenes which are more adult in nature.
If not an ensemble, I'd have selected a narrator whose repertoire of accents extended beyond Mr. Dotrice's revolving selection from Swarthy Pirate, Slobbery Lisp, Scottish, Irish, and ordinary English.
Clearly, I'm not a fan of the narration. Beyond that, it didn't elicit any visceral or emotional responses, really. The power of these novels is in their ability to immerse the reader in the world that Martin has created and keep him/her there; Dotrice detracts from that and I am resentful as a result.
This is my second time reading/listening. I read it and all the books available the first time @ 2009 before the HBO series came out.
Now I've seen the series up to date and decided to re read the books. I usually can not re read/listen to books because I get bored but this series has so many interesting characters so many fantastic twists with mysteries human intrigue, magic, dragons, Giants, it just doesn't get old. I don't know how GRR Martin did it. I'm in awe of his story weaving skills and looking forward to the next book AND the next episode! Thx
There is so much more to this book than I had thought. I like the story line and the characters more than others. Narrator does an awesome job. Just sucks you in from the start.
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