I never listened to Roy Dotrice narrate Books 1-3 which I heard he did a good job with, but now - now 7 years later - he's horrible.
I'm not an age-ist but I looked him up and he's 88 years old and it shows! He wheezes through sentence and doesn't even have enough wind to finish without taking a breath which adds up to a weird cadence that's both distracting and very annoying.
A narrator of epic fantasy needs to not only cover the expositorystuff, but also to give distinct and accurate voice to each character so that the listener can get fully immersed in the world and story the author had built. Dotrice's vocal characterization repertoire falls far short of this requirement.
People have called his narration lazy, but I just think he doesn't have the chops anymore.
By far, the most egregious thing is his intepretaion of Daenerys. Absolutely jarring-cronelike voice just destroys any immersion.
I had been hoping to enjoy this on my commute. Now I wish I coud get a refund of my 2 credits since I'll be reading this on my Kindle instead.
I love this series and this book was a great listen. I guess I'm just getting frustrated with so many novels that now have to be a trilogy, or longer. Alas, everyone deserves their 3 (or more book deal. Be that as it may, if you're a fan of the series, you have to listen to this one as well. As for the performance, Roy Dotrice is a great narrator. According to what I've read he uses a different British Isles accent for different parts of Westeros. I can't tell the difference between the accents, but I can tell the voices, and to have a different voice for so many characters is amazing. My favorite is to listen to him as Barristan Selmy, his weariness and doubts about his life's work make him more than Barristan the Bold.
Sorry Roy, but you totally ruin this recording. I am only two chapters in, and the reader's voices for dialogue are comical, and not in a good way. Dotrice makes this long novel impossible for me to listen to. I cannot focus on the story with his horrendously jarring voices jolting me every time he switches to dialogue. Definitely one you should add to your Kindle or buy the book and read rather than try and listen to. This is the first time I have been disappointed in anything I've gotten from Audible. I will be avoiding anything else narrated by Roy Dotrice.
Dany's voice is absolutely TERRIBLE! Why oh why wouldn't Roy Dotrice go back and do some research into his own work before picking up where he left off after narrating "A Storm of Swords"? He's an actor, right? Isn't that what a good actor would do? Research his roles? It's not just Dany's voice either, Melisandre, Brienne of Tarth, flashbacks of Tywin Lannister, and then using the same voice for Lord Varys as Illyreo when Tyrian is sent to Pentos. It's so disappointing to invest so much time into a series....150 HOURS total in books 1-4!!! I say we deserve MORE THAN THIS!
I was really let down, because I felt like Roy Dotrice did an amazing job narrating books one thru three. Unfortunately, It's not just the Narration that leaves you feeling like someone left you out in the cold without a blanket when you finish this book.
To be honest with you, I forgot that Arya and Bran Stark were even a part of this book half the time. Which is sad, because Arya is one of my favorite characters. I hated the way George R.R. Martin split up books four and five saying that he felt it was important to tell the "whole story" for a few characters in each of the books. If he had already written the full story for all the characters and it was so long he had to split it up into two books, and then decided to split the characters into two different books, why did it take him seven years to write the next installment? It wasn't bad...It was HORRIBLE. It took me a month to listen to it. There were times I forced myself to listen to it, so I could just be done with it.
I'm hoping book six get's better. I'm going to give it a chance, because I want to know what happens with Bran, and Arya, and I want to know if Catelyn breathed her evil life into Brienne like I think she did, and if she killed Jaime or not. Let's hope that Dany isn't so wishy washy, and that if Roy Dotrice does narrate the next book that he decides NOT to give Dany that voice of the old crone woman that he did in this book.
I loved how Roy Dotrice has done previous books, but this book was a little off. First off, the last book he did was marvelous and had so many different voices for the characters. This one, he only seemed to have a handful and I hated the way he portrayed Danni. I know the fan base is going to demand Roy again for the next books, but I hope he gets some of the spark back that he had before.
I was worried about this one. I read a lot of bad reviews. Yes, some of Roy’s voices have changed, which is annoying, but there’s 49 hours to get used to it. The actual story is still great. I don’t understand the griping, I think George is doing an amazing job. Can’t wait for the next installment, and I don’t care if there are another 10 books to wait for, I’ll read them all.
The change in voice especially what has been done to young women is upsetting. It is confusing for the listener when trying to decide why the lovely Dragon Queen sounds like a old lady. I was spoiled by the previous narration.
Before listing to DwD I listened to all 4 other books first since it had been so long. I was very pleased with DwD but not too thrilled with Roy's reading. Actually I like John Lee much better. I agree with the others that Roy changed his characterization for Dany and Melasandre and it was very disconcerting. And he changed the pronunciation of some names. In fact, all of his women's voices are bad. However, the story is so good you get where you don't care. Dany and Arya are my favorite characters and I really didn't get enough of them. I hope we don't have to wait years for the next installment. I want to know what happens to everyone!!!
Once again George saw fit to kill another character I really liked...
Where is this going???
Will there ever be a forseeable ending?
I'm an eater of Words.
From the beginning of the narration I was irritated. Roy mixed up his character voices from the first time around. He used voices form characters that were killed. He also pronounced character names differently. Ex. Instead of Brienne (Bry-een) Roy calls her (Brian).
When George R. R. Martin was writing this book he didn't remember every name, character description etc., so he went back, checked his work and wrote the book. So why is it that whenever a new narrator picks up another narrators work in the middle of a series they use different pronunciations? It is really disrespectful to the author and listener. Have some respect for the craft. And for Roy to come back after so many years and forgetting his voices and what he called Georges characters is extremely unprofessional. This is a great book but weird narration.