I would change Roy Dotrice being the reader of this audiobook. I'm not sure who to blame for his lack of consistency as far as the last three books are concerned. It is very jarring and takes me out of the story. A story of which needs your complete attention.
Daenerys sounds like Lucky from the Lucky Charms commercials.
The individuals voices needed to be more consistent.
Well seeing how it's a show, nope.
Please do not allow the same producer and reader to perform the next books in the series, please!
While I agree with the hundreds of other reviewers complaining about Roy Dotrice's apparent amnesia surrounding his performance in books 1 through 3, my review of the book and its narrator is positive nonetheless.
For the entire fourth book and more than half of the fifth, I was distraught by Dotrice's altered voice-acting. However, I have now sufficiently digested my chagrin and have reassessed the new Dotrice without the comparison to the old. The result is newfound admiration and satisfaction.
The most obvious example of combined story-and-narration-quality comes in chapter 62, where Martin writes and Dotrice relates the account of Jon Snow's interaction with Tormund Giantsbane. Even if the entire saga had been wry and painful to listen to up to that point, I would have read it all SOLELY to experience that section of the fifth book. It is a passage that paints an epic event, seen through the eyes of legendary men, from a palate of stern seriousness, well-put wit and humor, tense socio-political balance, extraordinarily colorful detail, and gravity, splashed with a touch of fantastic ridiculousless. And Dotrice acts it all out in a way that leaves the listener astounded, thinking to himself, "how on earth does he know which voice to use when? And how the eff can he sort them all out on the fly?! Incredible."
The only unsettling question that remains in my mind is how and why does the story progress from the account of one character to the next in the fashion that it does?
The bottom line is that if you are reading this review, then you have likely listened to the previous 4 books in the series, which means you basically have no choice but to listen to the 5th. BUT, you should NOT be dreading the experience as I did initially, and as so many other reviewers would have you believe you should. Quite to the contrary, you will thoroughly enjoy this listen.
Sci-Fi & Fantasy Reader
I'm having a hard time rating this book. On one hand, it was very good in many respects and yet I don't think it was as good as some of the earlier books in the series.
The things that I liked about the novel are all the same things that I liked about all of the previous novels. Martin is a master at telling human stories. Some of the characters you come to love and some you despise, but they are all almost impossibly realistic.
Another thing that I like is that characters don't have good things happen to them just because they are good and vice versa. Sometimes good things happen to bad people and sometimes bad things happen to good people. Tat makes it almost impossible to predict what will happen.
Unfortunately, there were some problems with A Dance With Dragons. One thing that this novel had against it from the start was the hole that Martin dug in book 4. He only told the stories of about half of the characters so the first half of A Dance With Dragons was set during A Feast of Crows. That made the timing of events in book 5 pretty difficult to connect with book 4. It also pretty much insured that nothing important would happen in the first half, because otherwise it would have become known to the characters covered in book 4. In fact, nothing really big could have happened or it would have broken the continuity of the story.
One thing that I'm torn about is that, looking back at this novel, the longest of series known for its immensity, I realize that somehow not that much actually happened, and yet I still loved it and was even a bit disappointed when I got to the end.
Perhaps the greatest evidence is Daenerys' arc. I feel like Martin is a bit stuck there. Obviously, the story is driving toward Danny conquering/uniting Westeros, but she acquired power so quickly that now it seems like Martin is just padding out her story, because he still has two more books to write.
The upside is that Martin's writing is so good that it hardly seems to matter if the plot is meandering. The characters are so compelling that it barely matters if the are waging war or tending the garden. Despite the flaws, the book is still good enough to earn 5 stars from me. I'm really looking forward to the next novel, whenever it gets published.
I started reading this book on the Kindle, but it took forever to finish, it was just too boring. Then I bought it on audible, set the speed to 2x and just powered through it. So what I disliked was that it was just so slow and boring at times. When it gets exciting, it is really exciting, but there weren't many places where I felt drawn into the story.
This was one of the worst books in the series I think. It was way too long and I just wanted it to end.
He reads faster than I can, plus I can set him to 2x speed.
Well, it has already been made into a TV series, so this question is quite irrelevant.
It finally got further into the stores of Jon Snow, Daenerys Stormborn and Tyrion Lannister, and was a far more interesting and engrossing book than Book 4.
This book has made me more excited about the next book in a series than any other series has done before. I know I'll be purchasing and reading Book 6 the minute its available.
I found that the narrator had change the tone of voice for some characters between Book 3 and Book 5, especially his female characters. All of the main female characters had the same tone and inflection in their voice, thus not enveloping me as much. I also listened to books 3, 4 and 5 back to back, so I still remembered the voice he used for characters like Daenerys and Arya which now were far different.
I want to feel good when I complete a story & am a little harsh on depressing ones. There are a few sad ones that I love but not many.
This story is so deep and well written I am going to go into withdraws until the sixth book comes out. I was unsure about this one but I was not let down. This series is an absolute must for a fan of this genre.
dont know.. always listened to the audio
Roy does a good job, a little off here and there but who cares about nuances when you have such a good story teller
It's a very strange and large problem that the chapter divides on the audiobook do not correlate to the actual chapters in the book. I never know how long until the end of any given chapter.
I would highly recommend this audiobook to a friend because, as many others can attest to, George R.R. Martin is a phenomenal story teller and never fails to impress with an endless array of twists and turns.
Arya is a favorite character of mine and her chapters are wonderful.
When you finish a book or series and feel sad because the characters are no longer in your day, you know you had a good book!