No, the narration is a bit tedious. I imagine it is difficult finding a voice for so many characters, but eventually they become typecast and begin to sound alike. Unfortunate, because it takes away from the story.
Denares is a strong character from the beginning, even when she is a simple slave. She remains strong and resilient as a sought after queen with dragons in this book.
Yes, for sure. I already went back through and listened to the other books again. The content is fantasy noire on a grand stage, and when Dotrice fleshes it out in his amazing vocals, I can't help but be enthralled.
All the scenes involving the Knights of the Watch. Love them!
When he reads, it's like I'm sitting around a campfire in the middle of a scary forrest listening to an old, grizzled elder recite the stories of the tribe. I don't even remotely get that when I read a text.
I'm a 31 year old software guy with a degree in History with 3 hour round trip commute to work every day... You know I'm listening to as many books as I can! :)
Seriously? All of it! This book is HUGE! But Dotrice keeps it interesting and the plot thickens so much in this book!!! READ IT!!!!!
Yes, all of this series. Not as good to be honest. He changed the voices of a couple of main characters not only from all the other books, but half way through this one as well. With that being said, I would listen to NO ONE ELSE tell these tails. He's juggling 30 something characters! He really makes these books for me. I hope that he gets into reading other stories.
No, but I enjoyed every minute of it.
I can’t say I have ever been a big book on tape guy, but now with all the traveling I do, I’m really into it! This was one of my first series and I think it will be hard to beat! Get into these books, and if you know of any other amazing series please let me know!
I Like scifi-fantasy, non-fiction, historical fiction genres. Liked Wot, Got, Pillars of Earth, Century trilogy. Last read: Maritan. luvd it
First 80 percent of the book is really slow and moves at crawling speed. GRRM is excellent at what he does but with this book being the biggest, it just felt like forever. The last 15% does pick up good speed and cover a lot of characters but still not good enough to cover up for the slow beginnings.
The series was going great for the first 3 books and then it started going downhill. And this book takes it further down. Still better than a lot of fantasy books i have read. I expect wonders in the next installment considering the climax in this book.
I highly recommend it for people waiting for redemption from characters that seem to get away every time, so definitely worth a read if you have come so far. Roy Dotrice seems to not carry the same voice over from his earlier books he gave to every character, but that pinch feels only for a few chapters and then you get over it.
So i started reading this series thinking this might be the next Wheel of Time. My friends said this book was gritty. The characters were quite developed and almost real. Ends up, this book is gritty and real.....boring. A lot of talking to other people, people dying, and beyond that not much happening. This book is sensationalism at its best.....or is it worst. "Ohhh a author that kills off characters. It must be good."
I would not recommend this. Get something worthwhile like "King Killer Chronicles" or "Wheel of Time" series.
In fairness to Mr Dotrice. the first three volumes with their 500+ characters were recorded at the end of 2003. Books IV and V were recorded eight years later. A huge undertaking for any narrator, as most novels have 20 or less characters.
I hope I am as vigorous and still able to work as well as Mr Dotrice when I am 90 years old. It does take a moment to reacquaint to the series, but it is not as severe as some protest.
A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies… The man who never reads lives only one. ~George R.R. Martin
Roy Dotrice, is one of the most out standing reader I have ever heard.
this book is mesmerizing, it both makes you laugh and cry, and ponder deeply.
this book is well worth getting, it is ((not)) a disappointment.
I love this book; I have made it thought the whole series very fast. I would like to warn you that A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons run concurrently with each other. Which drives me crazy, I would rather have a really long book with the events in order as they happened. I had to stop listening to this book so i could go search the net to make sure i wasn't losing my mind. I just wish i had, had some warning so i wouldn't have been so confused. But once I got over that little bump i really enjoyed the story and was very happy to meet up with some charaters that were missing from the last book.
I can't hardly wait for the next novel!!
Expatiations, numbing & disappointment
I was stunned that such a good story teller couldn't find an ending that was equal to the whole story. I must say it was one of the worse endings that I personally have had to endure and to me that was a shame.
I pretty much enjoyed most of them, but I did notice a quality fall off in the later books. There were just too many to have a significant difference that would allow for a positive identitification of who they were while going through the books. He did a great job and deserves kudos for it.
There was potential for a great finish, but Martin's need for the never ending detail of a particular scene can wear one out. In reflecting on the whole story there were few really feel good points throughout, pretty much a disaster for one group or another. Really no real winners or true losers because in the end everyone lost.....
I was expecting the series to end in a furious climax but it turned out to be a fizzle and a big diasppointment to me. Perhaps most will like it, but for me it was too many loose ends and questionable ends for the different cast members that I followed throughout the story. He spun a great tale only to lose it at the end.
Stop naming and describing every bit part and unnessary extra in the story, it's like you are trying to reinvent facebook
I certainly will not buy anymore in this series. Should have been a 3 or 4 book series. I guess more profits are made from an endless series
Roy Dotrice was the saving grace for this series, his performance was without compare. Considering there were about 14,000 characters, he did a remarkable job keeping them apart
Confusion, So much time was spent describing the names, dress, and personal habits of insignificant characters, it was difficult to keep track of the multitude of story lines Mr Martin let this story splinter into.
Simplistic example, but imagine if the author of The Wizzard of Oz tried to split off story lines on each of the characters, including the aunts and uncles back in Kansas, how muddy the story path would have become. Then if he tried to name each flying monkey, describe it's garb, outline it's family history, and special appitites, the story would have been 8 books and fallen apart just as this series has