If there's a chance in hell that I ever pick up another George R R Martin book it will be in another 10 years to see if anything has happened.
Roy Dotrice does only three voices in this series.
1) Old Irish Male (All Male voices)
2) Old Irish Female (All Female voices)
3) Leprechaun (Children)
The Narration is extremely frustrating and ruins the experience for me. One character to the next sounds as if they are 100 years old with strep throat. HBO did a fantastic job and this is such a departure. Don't waste your credits and buy the book instead.
I have loved this series from the beginning. Was so excited to listen until I heard Roy's performance, was very sad what they did to this book.
I think the narrator aged to much to do the female voices. Everyone sounded like an old man with the same tone of voice. I never knew who was talking in conversations, and rarely did you understand the end of sentences. Run-ons and same voices, very disappointed in the performance.
If the first three books were written in the same slogging drawn out style that books 4 and 5 have been written, this series would have flopped hard. I've read dozens of series that started getting poor reviews half way through and I really couldn't understand why. This is the first series (fantasy or otherwise) that I can honestly say has frustrated me to the point of quitting on it.
My opinion is that R.R. was more interested in his story and characters in 1-3. No character was safe from being neutralized or eliminated in this "game of thrones" being played but he did it with care and for the plots best interest. In 4-5 he seemed to go away from good plot and good writing to settle for the shocking, the crude, the gruesome, the sexually explicit, and random violence. Does he think that is why his books sold? How many times must I read the line "beads of water trickled down her breasts" for example? (Boring after the 5th time in a few hours of reading.) Yes all of that was in 1-3 but it was used as spice in a good plot, not the plot itself.
Yes R.R., I'm sure it is a lot of work and toil to create and continue this complex of a story. I'm sure you want to maximize your dollar out of this creation of yours and so have extended it out and watered it down with weak side stories. There has been little to no advance in the plot since the end of book 3. I think it is due to lack of effort, not the lack of places the story can move.
Finally, it is your story to do with what you will, but we the fans have invested time, money, and emotion into this series. It has promised quality in the first 3 books and you have taken advantage of our loyalty and commitment to finish this series by giving us 4-5 (which are clearly 'make-money' books). I'm sure life is real busy with offshoot endeavors that need not be mentioned here, but please return to what made you a loved and successful writer - care for your story as a whole and your readers.
I love this series of books, until now. Splitting the story into multiple books that are occurring on concurrent timelines is OK if the books are released at the same time. Waiting years to find out what is happening to the other characters sours the experience.
No, I would not recommend this book until at least the next book comes out. I think there must be at least 2 more books coming. One that is supposed to be concurrent with this one, and hopefully, one that ties the 2 books together. Reading this now is probably a waste of time.
I normally love having the same narrator for a series of books, but this narrator has arbitrarily changed the voices for the characters from earlier in the series. I hate his choices for this book. The continuity of voice and characterization are ruined.
No. This is a partial story, and I'd wait for the full story. I hope that's only a couple of years off, but I'm afraid that the HBO series is the focus, and it's years behind this book.
This has been a great series until falling into the muddle that is this production. This audio book should be redone to restore continuity with the previous books, but I doubt that will ever happen. The paperback version is a better choice.
This series just never ends. There's never a real closing to the books. They just lead to the next book. Characters die and new characters are introduced. And it just keeps going.
It seems as though Mr. Martin doesn't know how to write and ending so he just keeps writing. Will there ever be an ending? There was for me. If he decides to write a Book 6, I won't be reading/listening to it.
The narrative reading was excellent. The voices and dialog, not so much. I know it has to be difficult with all the different characters. And by the time he got to this book, who knows which character is which anymore?
His choice of voices for many characters was bizarre. He uses this old crone for the beautiful Dragon Queen and other inappropriate voices for many others that are all similar. I would rather he not try to do the odd impersonations and just change his infliction where needed. Extremely annoying to listen to him.
This series has jumped the shark. I think Martin never really had a solid structure for it and is just writing a soap opera now.
I'm forcing myself to keep listening to a Dance With Dragons because I addicted to the series. Dotrice has destroyed my enjoyment by making all the women sound like old hags! Even when describing Dany as a beautiful, young girl....he manages to make her sound like a horrid old crone.
And way, way too many new characters introduced. And none that I can find an affinity for.
The other books and readings were wonderful but this one is just inexcusable.
Before I purchase another Dotrice Dragon book I'll wait to read reviews about the narration of book five....if there is a book five.
all the fluff
to much drama
After audio reading all 5 books went back and reread the first 3 books a 2nd time.
I love books!
Don't get me wrong, I'm an avid ASOIF fan and have read/listened to the series several times thus far. But this book 5 A Dance with Dragons was a bit boring, the characters disappointing, and nothing really getting resolved or moving along. If I would guess I would think that George was not quite sure where this series is going. Maybe his a bit preoccupied with graphic novels, short stories, TV show, etc. This book is just OK but when compared to the previous books in the series I was left wanting and empty. It is however a must read if you love the series but I would have felt equally filled with an abridged version of this one.