Sci-Fi, Fantasy geek and some horror, King style. I also enjoy fiction based on real science (Contagion) and apocalyptic reads. Odd ain't I?
YES!! I started this series in book form when I saw it was soon to become an HBO series and was hooked in about 15 pages of reading and would venture to guess that if you enjoy fantasy this could very well become your favorite, its now mine.Like I said I started reading this back when I saw Game of Thrones was coming to HBO. At that time I had just heard of Audible and decided to give it a try with the next installment of this series and just purchased the first one I saw, not noticing that there were more than one option available when it came to narrators. I can not begin to tell you how great a job Roy Dotrice, does with this entire series. I discovered my oversight when it comes to narrators, when I ordered the next book in the series and was disappointed it wasn't the same guy doing the narration so I called audible and they allowed me to switch versions to the Dotrice narration.Now if you like fantasy and haven't been living in a cave, you're familiar with George R.R. Martin and most likely are reading this series but if you haven't listened to Roy Dotrice narrate these books you're missing a LOT! In fact calling what Dotrice does narration doesn't do it justice he actually PERFORMS these books.My only problem is that Martin doesn't write fast enough and with at least 2 more books promised in the series it may take another 5 or 10 years to get to the conclusion.So, get started on this series today and take your time, maybe by the time you listen to the first few books Martin will have pounded out the rest of the series.
Roy Dotrice, is, as I mentioned in the review, the best performer I've ran across!
I've loved reading since I first learned. However, as a victim of motion sickness Audible is a savior. Getting my fix on the go!
As with the rest of the series, A Dance With Dragons delivers. This book had most of my favorite characters that I missed in the prior book. Tyrion, Dany, Arya. All with stories that kept me interested and emotionally vested.
I finished the book and just want him to keep writing so I can (eventually) get this story resolved!
The characters voices continually change from book to book and even from chapter to chapter. It's unnerving to hear strong characters sound like leprechauns, and hear the same voice used for different characters. The changes have occurred throughout the whole seres. I finished dance with dragons last week, and have listened to the rest of the series. The storyline is captivating and you can't get enough! Most of Roy Dotrice's male characters are wonderful, but the female character voices don't do the characters justice.
Yes, I can see it continuing in HBO's series, but not so much a movie. There is way too many characters and story lines to interpret in a movie.
Overall I would rate the books 5 stars!
“Never laugh at live dragons.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien
Roy Dotrice is still the best performer out there. Sure, some of his characters have taken on a different voice and maybe he pronounces someones name differently, but come on people! Dotrice still delivers an amazing performance on an already amazing epic tale. If you enjoy TGOT then you cant miss out on purchasing book 5. Don't let a few bad reviews ward you off. Its Game. of. Thrones. and Roy Dotrice is one of the best at what he does.
The first book was a surprise. It was really engrossing. I have reviewed the first 3 books.
The author is being pushed too hard I think. I would rather wait 5 years for something of quality.
He still writes great characters. The narrator still does a fine job. But the story has lost it's momentum entirely.
I promised myself to stop listening after the first 3 books based on the reviews. I bought 4 an and 5 anyway based on hope. But the overall poor reviews are correct. The books are boring and drone on and on about nothing. Albeit I already voted with my wallet didn't I?
I would absolutely recommend the printed version but the audio version is painful to listen to.
The narrator took so much away from this story. Everybody sounded like a dirty old man or an ugly old washer woman especially Danerys. He took a strong character (Danerys) and made her into an insecure ugly old hag. He sounded like he was out of breath most of the time and he only had at the most 3 voice styles. Overall the book is an excellent story but I really wish I had gone with my first feelings when listening to the preview and bought the printed version and just read it myself. A waste of a month’s credit in my opinion.
As with the fourth book in the series, Roy Dotrice's voices are inconsistent from the first three. In some cases they don't even remain consistent within this book. Stannis Baratheon's accent, for example, changes in one scene from the accent with which he has been voiced up to this point in the series to the one previously used for Euron Greyjoy, AND THEN BACK AGAIN IN THE SAME SCENE! Sloppy work. Really poor.
Not at this point...
Have some sense of hope and optimism...
I like Dotrice
The Stark children...
The ending sucks...
What happened to the voices. Daria sounds like a old hag. Book 4 was narrated by John Lee, who is much much better. Doltrice did a good job in the first 3 books, but this time he's voices almost ruined the book.
I stumbled on Games of Thrones by happy accident. Prior to the HBO series I found George RR Martin while looking for a great storyteller with good long books. Others have told me that they do not enjoy his books because of the large number of characters. I think that the audiobooks resolve this issue for me. It is easier to identify with the large number of characters by listening to Roy Dotrice read.