Say something about yourself!
The book is worth listening to. the performance is the only complaint I have with it and it does not take away enough to prevent some one from enjoying it.
Someone with more vocal range and a little less sense on drama. Maybe Ray Porter. there is much continuity in the characters voices from book to book now. In book 4 Dani's interpreter sounds very Asian and book 5 she sounds like she is from London. Many characters seems to turns Scottish as the books went on too.
The narration. Despite his age, Rooy gives a fine performance.
It's only made it stronger.
He does by describing things in a lot of detail.
Nothing at all.
Do not Follow Me. Learn to lead.
yes it helped me understand that my life could be worse.
ENDING? There is no ending. I have listened to all 5 books and I still have no idea where this story is going. It's like Days of Our Lives with swords. Don't worry if you pass out while listening you'll be able to keep up with the non existant plot when you run off the road and wake up.
Roy, we should do drinks. You're a good guy and you did a good job. I listened to the story not the voices.
Yes it was like elevator music in the car. It kept me from running the Bluehairs off the road.
This series is a very complex story that is difficult to follow and impossible to predict. I'm sure there are people out there that can explain the plot but I'm not one of them. If your life is so bad that you need to zone out and escape into another, this is the way to do it. But undestand it is pointless.
Within the Fire and Ice books, this is probably in the middle of the five books I've listed to. As far as all of my audiobooks, I would rank it in the upper 25%
Another major character "bites the dust". Almost as hard to take as the "red wedding"
The narrator makes everyone sound like their about 70 years old and the women, especially Dany, sound like an old man. I would recommend that he have someone else read the female parts, at least.
My interests run to psychology, popular science, history, world literature, and occasionally something fun like Jasper Fforde. It seems like the only free time I have for reading these days is when I'm in the car so I am extremely grateful for audio books. I started off reading just the contemporary stuff that I was determined not to clutter up my already stuffed bookcases with. And now audio is probably 90% of my "reading" matter.
I have a number of quibbles with this book, which may lead some to consider this a negative review. Therefore, let me say right at the start that I love this series and I do not regret one minute of the many hours it has taken to listen to the first 5 books.
Book 5 covers the same time frame as book 4 only focusing on different characters. That puts a solid limit on how much the story can advance. As always in this series, Martin relies on the dialog to move the story forward. He's really good at it, but sometimes I wish he would resort to some old-fashioned exposition and just jump ahead. The problem is that we already know most of the facts the characters are going to consider. If you love the characters and like to hear them talk, then it's no big deal. If you are conscious of the fact that we have a long wait ahead of us before book 6 comes out (and who knows how long till book 7 and possibly book 8), then you'll have to forgive me for being a bit impatient.
Another reason for my impatience is that some of the questionable details of Martin's imaginary world are starting to wear thin: bodyguards appointed for life, an ice wall that lasts 1000s of years without maintenance, multi-year weather patterns that are a big deal in one continent but not in the other, the absence of technological advances in a world that seems to have all the resources ours does, medieval empires of a scope unimaginable in our own world, royal families with almost no members after centuries of unbroken dynasties.
Martin has gotten much better about overusing certain vocabulary since he started this series. Unavoidably, he still gets attached to certain words and phrases. 'Much and more' and 'little and less' are two that stood out in this latest volume. And even though he never strays from the emotional truth of his characters, I couldn't help but feel he made some missteps in this book as far as certain dialogs between characters of different ranks or classes.
Yet for all that, this series is still an amazing exploration into human nature. It is fascinating to watch the main characters discover the perils of leadership and agonizing over the right decision. Just as it is fascinating to watch other characters discover the result of their own hubris. It is hard to think of a single character in this series, whose future we are not interested in discovering, regardless of how we may feel about them. Just the fact that Martin has us rooting for multiple characters, even knowing that they will eventually be in conflict with each other, puts this series in a class by itself.
Last book and this book have been a disappointing time vampire. After book 3, I had looked forward to more plot twists and reasonable story movement. Instead, separation of characters so completely from each other that I felt the momentum was completely lost. Who edits these books and where were they?
This story is fantastic. I've read the book before listening to the audiobook and have caught a lot of new details. This is probably my favorite book so far in the Song of Ice and Fire series. If you have liked the other books, you will love this one.
Ser Davos Seaworth. How can you not love this guy? He is humble, talented, loyal, kind, and wants what is best for everyone around him. Even though I'm not sure I'm a Stannis fan, it's impossible not to love his Hand, Davos.
Roy's voices are incredible! He is the best audiobook narrator I've ever heard. Little bonus - he actually plays the role of the pyromancer in Season 2 of Game of Thrones on HBO.
It drives me insane that the chapter breaks are incorrect. You can't just skip through chapters because all the breaks at at random points in the text. I am especially annoyed by this because I'd like to relisten to A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons in chronological order (mixing chapters of those two books together) and it's impossible due to the screwed up nature of the chapter breaks in this audiobook. PLEASE fix this.
Yes, if I had an extra 49 hours!
The dragons. I don't want to give spoilers.
He is a wonderful narrator, although his female voices can be laughable.
I am a Physics and Engineering student.
I've read good reviews about Roy Dotrice and I don't see it at all. I found him to be one of the worst narrators I've listened to. He uses the worst voices for characters. They do not fit the character's description and a few times I couldn't understand what he said because apparently he figured that character should be hard to understand. Not only do the voices not fit they sound very stupid. I wish they would have found a new narrator for this one.
As for the book, I have grown bored with reading (or listening to) them. The first three were excellent, I couldn't put them down. "A Feast for Crows" was so hard for me to stay interested in I decided to buy the audio version. I feel the same about this one. It just drags on and seemed forced, like he wrote it just because he needed to get something out there. The television show is turning out to be much better than the books, and when is that ever the case.