Too many new characters and plots so late in the story. You dont get enough of the characters that you want.
Roy Dotrice needs to go back into his previous narrations and refresh himself on how these characters first sounded because I feel he did an awful job on this book. Everyone sounded the same. I was extremely disappointed because he was great in the previous four books. Also, the unneeded characters that make the story drag and drag.
Only if the reviews I read are positive of his narration. The reviews of this book are spot on. An almost 50 hour book, maybe 5-10 hours that I actually enjoyed. : /
George R R Martin never ceases to amaze me with his ability to weave such an intricate and entertaining story.
Is anything comparable to George RR Martins books?
Roy Dotrice gives life and personality to each and every character he portrays. I especially loved his portrayal of Tyrion Lannister.
This book is far to long to listen to in just one sitting.
Loved this book!
The least helpful reviewer on audible.
How can the first three books be arguably the greatest work of fantasy fiction ever, and then the fourth one be complete garbage and this one is barely any better. Arya's portion is this books only saving grace in my opinion. Even Tyrion's story leaves me going, "WTF"!
Come on, George, where's the "Song of Ice and Fire" I fell in love with?
Its a rattling good story, with political twists that Machiavelli would have found clever.
Its such a great story, but the narration is a distraction. I swear that all the characters sound like the late Bob Hoskins-even the women! When Mr. Dotrice reads as the narrator its quite compelling; his character voices get in the way of a fantastically imagined world.
The performance by Mr. Dotrice was ill suited to the characters that we've come to know and love. They all have a kind of "gurgling old man with emphysema" sound which is not so bad for the male characters but is atrocious on Dany. When you think of Dany you think of a beautiful young girl Queen and Roy Dotrice makes her sound like a 75yr old woman with a three pack a day smoking habit! It was almost distracting enough to make me give up on the book and it really made me wonder who edits or reviews these audio books for quality control purposes?? I'm sure Mr. Dotrice is a fine actor but someone should have waved the red flag at the first hearing of this awful performance and saved the listeners from hearing some of our favorite characters ruined.
The plot of the story (if you can consider the mismash of characters on the road to nowhere a plot) moved at the speed of molasses in winter. After the first three books where the reader had to brace themselves for what might be around the corner, book 4 and 5 were huge disappointments but I think book 5 was worse than 4. I cannot imagine why it took so long to produce what amounted to barely plausible meandering storylines. Again, I ask..where is the editor?? After the first 3 books and a 5 year wait, I expected much more from the "American Tolkien."
I did not have the pleasure of listening to the first three novels and after hearing Mr. Dotrice, I was thankful for it! I understand from other reviews that Mr. Dotrice did a much better job of voicing the characters in the first three novels but I guess he neglected to familiarize himself with the way he originally voiced them. The editors involved with these projects should take a bigger role in ensuring there's consistency across these novels. Names should not be pronounced differently from novel to novel and 13yr old girls should not sound like they're in desperate need of an AARP card.
The fact that Game of Thrones has now made it to television only makes listening to this audiobook a more horrible experience as we get familiar with the television versions of some of our favorite characters.
This book was so much better than the 4th book, which was awful. It returned to the GOT that we all know and love. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book and can't wait for the 6th book.
the narrator ruins this story, his voice is unlistenable and he renders the females characters in voices best suited for old women. I wish I could return it.
The narrator was great.
The whole thing.
I like how he gave each character their own distinct voice.
Don't get invested in any character or they'll die.
Write faster George!
I want there to be dragons. But it looks like we're saving any real dragon scenes for the end of the series, whenever that will arrive. Yes, I'll listen to the next one, but only because I'm so hoping for something better.
The rape and horribleness. This aspect of his writing is completely unnecessary, yet filling more pages in each book.
Roy Dotrice does an excellent job of not only differentiating characters, but also dividing them up into regional accents.
Disgust. Seriously, George, back off the porn. Please.
A step up from a Feast for Crows but still the writing and series is starting to fall apart under its own weight. Lots of time spent on tangential characters who do not add much to the narrative. Also agree with the other reviewers on Roy Dotrice...the narration is painful..he seems to have no feel for the story. Being this many books in I felt compelled to finish the series, but truth be told Ill think twice when the next book is released.