How about a modicum, a molecule of whatever fire lived in the author when he wrote the first book?
No. I understand sometimes the business of writing gets in the way of the art, but craft goes a long way, too, which speaks more to professionalism and some ounce of respect for readers, especially dedicated followers. What I just experienced was complete disregard, disrespect, and at the end outright disdain aimed directly at me from the author.
I had the sense that every choice he made for this story was done with a diabolic laugh, solely intended to disappoint the reader. Seriously, I felt intentionally repelled.
This was my first listen at Dotrice. I read the first books myself. I've heard great things about the reader, but I've also heard very bad things about his reading of this particular book.
I'm in total agreement with the detractors, but for different reasons. Most of the existing complaints were regarding the lack of continuity in character voices between the first three and this one. I don't have that history, but I can certainly say that Dotrice, and/or his director (if there was one) put about as much care into his performance as the author did.
I couldn't tell most of the characters apart. He did do some voices, but they all sounded like variations of the same three elderly people. The only difference being some were toothless, some were, well phlegm-y, and some were toothless and phlegm-y.
I really hope Mr. Dotrice is doing OK health-wise. I could easily see something like that having affected his performance, and it wouldn't be fair to allow for it. Whatever his condition, I did not enjoy this reading. I had to listen to a lot of the sections several times just to figure out who was talking. A lot of that is on the author, but not all of it.
Sigh. All of them.
This is the last book currently released in this series. I was hoping to see more people waking up and doing more. We see the main character that caused so many problems do something the people outlawed the church to do in all countries. We see another do everything he can to grow past people’s perceptions of them. We see the ‘Mother of Dragons’ lose her way. Does she find it? We have to wait for 2014 to find out. We also see many people no seeing the truth before them. They also try to enforce their views and lifestyles on others. We also see the arrogance of kings didn't end with the death of the last king before Robert. Someone once said if you raise someone without a touch of reality you end up with a tyrant. Will this be true here? The stage is set for the next round in the only game to play, ‘The Game of Thrones.’ I would like the narrator to back to the original voices they used for the characters for the first three books. It's hard to listen a whores' voice come from a child.
Not sure, depends on their tastes.
Tyrion, he is clever, inventive, kinda moral, caring and funny.
Almost, but broke due to Gore!
I don't know I haven't read the books
The different voices for the charachters really were distracting. Towards the end of the book Terrell sounded like Tywn Lanister and the Iron born sounded more Irish. REALLY BAD I would make Mr. Dotrice redo the audio.
It was hard to stop listening, the story was excellent and I couldn't wait to hear what happened next.
I don't have much new to add to what has already been said. There are little nuggets sprinkled sparsely throughout this book that remind you why you loved this fantasy series in the first place. Unfortunately, you end up completing this not because it's good, but because you've already invested so much time in this series. How you cram so little into such a long book is still beyond me. The writing is still good so the experience isn't painful, it's just infuriating as not a whole lot happens beside traveling around.
A note on the narrator. Holy crap, I don't know how you read Daenerys and think you should make her sound like a hobgoblin. Yuck
The twists, I want know what is next!
That would give it away.
Write faster, please.
I don't believe it.
Tirian, the imp. He seem to be the smartest in the bunch. He seemed to be able to size up a situation and act accordingly. He also realized his own stupidity, took it in stride and never stopped plotting his escape without much heroic bravado except when it worked to his advantage. His smart mouth kept me entertained.
If any it might be the scene when Brandon and his company entered the realm of the children of the forest.
trust no one John Snow!!
With man on the brink of extinction, it seems ludicrous to be fighting for a throne, burning lands, killing live stock and killing subjects. It also seems absurd to bring wild dragons that are not easily controlled or killed and that can destroy so easily with fire, into the world, all for the sake of power and a throne. Think about it, winter is coming from the north and fire(dragons) from the south. The mind boggles at how the rest of this story will play out.
Keeping the same voices from earlier books.
Proper chapter breaks.
Less new characters.
New characters that did not go anywhere. The possible death of an old character that I guess Martin just got bored with. Cersei and Jaime were hardly in it.
Yes. His work on the last four books was marvelous. For some reason the voices of the female characters in this completely changed, for the worse.
Tyrion's tale was marvelous.
The chapter breaks were not set up right. I often like to finish a chapter on my Kindle before bed. Even without whispersync this would have been easy if Audible had set up the chapters properly like in the previous book.
Somebody with insomnia. To paraphrase Robin Williams from the movie "Good Morning Viet Nam", this book should be played for "people who don't respond to strong drugs".
I was sort of Ok with the first 4 books, (they too were a bit long winded) but this one sets a new record for providing the listener (or reader if they have the print edition) with more information and descriptions than is needed. It almost seems like the author was being paid by the word. As an example, nobody "needs" to know every piece of clothing a charactor is wearing, what material each article is made of, what color each piece is, it's texture, what the buttons are made of, so on and so forth, "EACH" character (who by the way, many of whom seem to make no pertinent contribution to the advancement of the story) is wearing. What seems to be even worse is the the fact that Martin seems to think that the Listener/Reader wants to know the smallest detail and spends way too much time describing every morsel of food a character eats. I like eating, but I really don't want or need to know (mayby slightly exaggerated) where each biteful came from, how eash course was prepared, what color the food is, how it smells, and so on. I think you get the picture. Anothing I found is that there way too many charators, too many story lines, and the time between one story line until he gets back to it takes way too long and makes the story really hard to follow.Another thing that is annoying (and boring) is that way too many times, a chapter just seems to stall. Charactors just sitting around talking for what seems like hours, getting into minute details about histories of lands, kingdoms, family trees, etc. that again, doesn't do anything to advance the story.If one was to take out all of the page filling fodder, it would it make the story shorter and way more interesting.
Although he does make an attempt at doing voices, his reading is dull and monotonous. Between the story and Roy's reading, I can only listen for short periods of time, and for an audio book that is 49 hours long, it's going to take quite a while to get through this story.
That list is WAY too long
Although I have listened to the first four books, and was not overly impressed, I do plan to suffer through the rest of this one. But, that having been said, I think I'll be hard pressed, if at all, to get Book 6, and however many others may come after that.
After an engaging 2 or 3 books, Martin, in Book 5: A Dance with Dragons, gives us page upon page of filler. It's as if he learned to write on the staff of an aging television soap opera, grinding out small story after small story just to fill the pages and keep the checks coming. This series started out to be grand adventure and is now a directionless exploration of the minds of so many characters that have so little to do with the larger plot. Helping to further limit our enjoyment of this "new classic" is the embarrassing narration by Dotrice. His inappropriate and inconsistent accents (think pirates and leprechauns) are laughable and he can't seem to use them only when the characters are speaking. Also distracting is his inconsistent pronunciation of some of the characters' names. His mistakes are so numerous that the audio editors cannot have closely monitored his output - the recording seems to have been done on the cheap. Recommendation: If you have read the 4 preceding books in this series, you must make up your own mind. With so many hours invested, you will likely trudge on through this one. For me, I am through with this series.