I just finished the fifth audio book in the series and it was amazing. I don't know what I will do now because the next book is not finished. I've even watched all the HBO shows four or five times. Please hurry with the next audiobook that follows this one. The reader was fantastic also!
Roy Dotrice is amazing. Hundreds of characters and voices bring The Song of Ice and Fire to life. Listening to him is my favorite way to consume these stories.
I feel like you can tell that the narrator doesn't watch the TV series. I realize this isn't required but it meant that the voices he chose for various characters felt really off to me. Mind you, I read each book before the associated season, but it still woukd have been better if the narrator took more influence from the HBO series (assuming he doesn't). It felt like some chapters were kinda ruined regardless of whether the narrator is fmiliar with the series or not, especially Victarian Greyjoy.
some charcters were absolutely spot on though, especially Roose Bolton in my view. So ultimately I can't give it 5 but I can't give it anything below 3. The variation really made it easy and fun to listen to on say the bus at 2x speed. this story has many many characters and that the narrow or gave each their own flurry did indeed make it an easy relaxing pleasure to follow. That alone warrants a 4. I enjoyed with what time-efficiency I could follow this intricate story and it would have been impossible with a monotonous narrator.
If you're reading A Dance with Dragons you are already probably a fan of the ASOIAF series and all that comes with it. That being said it wasn't my favorite of the 5 books so far, but the story was good with enough twists and turns to keep you guessing.
I generally like the narration and appreciate the variety of characters Roy Dotrice is able to present, but he changes the pronunciation of character names between ASOIAF books and changes the accent of characters between books too, which is annoying.
The narrator made all of the women sound like Irish senior citizens. Even Daenerys who is supposed to be a beautiful young girl. It was very distracting especially after having watched the HBO series and put faces to the voices.
After book 4 I had thought Dotrice had amnesia or something but he returned to his usual badass self for book 5. Martin continues to amaze of course and, of course it's not over. Looking forward to book 6.
I just couldn't get enough! What's next? Roy's voice transports you into the story though the occasional switch in accents made me struggle to remember who's talking.