An epic story that renews faith in fantasy novels, matched only by amazingly vivid narrations.
This collaboration truly has no equal.
I am honored to have had this complete experience.
The only negative thing I can say about Roy is he frequently doesn't pronounce character's names the same way he previously did. That's a little distracting, but he is a phenomenal voice actor!
I love Arya's story! She and Tyrion are by far the most interesting characters.
the way the reader gives every character a different voice makes it much easier to keep up with who is supposed to be talking. and with the story jumping from character to character one can get lost easily.
I'm obsessed with this series and can't wait to get to the 3rd book. I'm a lover of LOTR so I was hoping for more wizardry but this'll do.
Other reviewers have mentioned the mispronounciations and other quirks to which Mr Dotrice seems prone. I agree---if I hear the word "gallant" pronounced "gal-LANT" one more time...
My biggest issue, however, is the dialogue.
Every character, with the occasional exception of Arya, sounds like a drunken, unintelligible halfwit with a mouthful of marbles. Not one single voice sounds natural. I can't tell whether or not Tyrion is supposed to be Irish or Pakistani.
Not only are the voices unnatural and absurd, but so is the actual dialogue. The slow, disjointed way he narrated, with random, unnatural pauses and emphasis, makes William Shatner sound like David Attenborough. The tenor is also embarrassingly wrong; he reads the words without acknowledging the feeling behind them, like he's not even paying attention to what is being said. Simply put, nobody speaks like this! After every sentence, I found myself wanting to repeat out loud the way it should be read, with a natural flow and feeling. I could have narrated circles around this guy in elementary school!
Ditch the stupid accents and focus on the words you're reading, and your listeners will be less inclined to throw their iPods out the window in frustration.
Update: I wonder earnestly if Roy Dotrice has ever had a conversation. He certainly doesn't understand how to read one aloud.
I'm convinced his only qualification is his British accent.