One of the best books in the series is nearly ruined by Rot Dotrice's narration. To hear Tyrion spoken by him you'd think he was one of the small folk. Just awful inflection. The narrator of AFFC was amazing and should go back and record all the books himself!
I listen to a lot of audiobooks.
The narrator got a lot of bad reviews in the first two books. I have been willing to listen nonetheless and have not been so bothered. However, after listening to the first three books I feel like I can't stand it anymore. My problem mainly lies with the fact that he repeats the same accents quite often. Anyone who is gruff gets a pirate like accent. Anyone exotic gets a bad Russian accent. And in this book, one slave girl gets an incredibly offensive Asian (Chinese) accent... MY GOD. This guy is a treasure trove of stereotypical accents!
Also, in the last book, when he first introduced Jaqin Hagar (probably getting the spelling wrong on that), the accent was different from when it showed up later, which was quite confusing to me as the listener.
I really wish that he would vary the voices and sometimes just STOP the Pirate speak for every damn character. It distracts from the words and does not actually takes away from my imaginings of the characters. I am sure reading a whole book on tape is difficult. Just wish it was a little LESS of the acting and a little more of the book as it was intended.
(btw, I listened to a Neil Gamin book narrated by Tim Curry, who did a fantastic job at walking the line between acting the characters but not too heavy on the accents. Very enjoyable listen!)
I could not stop with this book. Well written and the author has no problem killing off main characters. The shocker at the end just makes you want to get right to the next book. Really enjoyed the time listening.
I'm so glad I found the Game of Thrones series (thanks to HBO). The characters are vibrant, the world they inhabit is compelling, and the complex political intrigues that George RR Martin spins for them are endlessly interesting. The narration in this book is fantastic as well - Roy Dotrice does an excellent job of conveying the personality of each character. There are so many characters and such a large world in this storyline that you may wish to download maps and lists of characters.
I dont usually write reviews, but this is an amazing series on audible. I couldn't stop listening to it. Fantastic story, and fantastic reader!
This series is great. I read the first two books but really wanted to listen so I purchased book 3 here. I am laboring thru the listening as I am very disappointed in the narrator I wish I had listened to the sample before purchasing.
Unfortunately, Roy Dotrice makes this book harder to follow than it needs to be. A great book. A horrible narrator. Audible, please get John Lee to read this book!
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I am writing this review based on the first four books of this series overall.
There is a LOT going for these books, good character development of many strong, interesting characters (every one with their own fortes and flaws), a superior writing style with interesting vocabulary and a lack of clich??s and many of the other faults found in most fantasy novels. The majority of the chapters are good, a few chapters (at least one per book, excepting book four) are among the best to be found in the genre. Yet I did not come away pleased. The story moves from one complication to another, one interesting character to another (some of the characters have a half-dozen or more names/personae), but there is little resolution. Some sub-plots come to an end, but there is not a resolving. The story seems to have become more a fantasy soap opera than a novel; a well written and compelling soap opera, but a soap opera never the less. The only technical flaws that annoyed me were a few minor anachronisms and some grating crows and half-wits. The narrator for the first three books had VERY strong character voices (which might be too much for many). The narrator of the forth book erred in the other direction (in a book with so many characters character vocal differences can be a good thing). Somewhere in between would be nicer. This was much more of a saga than an epic, more good writing than literature, more a series then a story. I will not be listening to any more unless I hear that they finally and successfully resolve. The first book was the best of the four, with the next two being nearly as good, the fourth was much weaker.
These books are fantastic and this is probably my favorite one out of the four that have been written. I've listened to these audiobooks four or five times now while at work. They're definitely worth the money! =)