I am completely enthralled by the characters and story of "A Song of Ice and Fire", but in "A Dance with Dragons", I have a hard time with the narrative by Roy Dotrice. Specifically, his interpretation of Danyrous and Asha and the younger characters. They sounds like old hags, and not at all like a young girl queen or river rebel, and especially not like they appear in the TV series.I find that generally the young characters in the book sound too old, or ill. I enjoy more Mr. Dotrice's interpretations of the more mature characters, but this is a story about young people, and he cannot present them adequately.
The method used by the author to split the character's stories into 2 separate novels is difficult to follow. I hope the author will return to a more traditional format for the next 2 books.
Mr Dotrice should consider the projects he undertakes and his ability to portray the characters. A dance with Dragons is a less than memorable read because of the narrative.
I have read printed versions of the first 4 books of the series, and if Mr. Dotrice is the narrator, I will return to the printed versions for the last 2.
This book was a little slow to start and this book and book 4 overlap in many places. But definitely true to the Song of Ice and Fire. It leaves many open questions making it hard to wait for the next book.
Definitely better than book 4.
This series overall is the BEST i have ever read.
Aria. You gotta wonder her is character is going and who she is going to become and what repayment she is going to give to the Lanisters.
Would have been nice if Roy Doctrice had relistened to his characters voices and enunciations of their names.
Many characters had different voices from previous books.
He pronounes BREANNE before and now it sounded like BRIAN.
The Red woman sounds completely different than before.
Overall it was good reading though.
A great story with lots of twists and turns.
One of Tolkin's works.
No. In the first three books he was outstanding in giving each character a unique voice of his/her own. In the fourth book and this book all the characters sounded the same, their voices had changed. This was very confusing and made the listen not as enjoyable.
Tell Roy Dotrice to listen to the voices he used for the characters in the first three books before narating the next book.
Roy Dotrice is my favorite reader on Audible so far. He really brings the characters to life. YOu don;t just get a reading of the material, you get a true performance from a master story teller.
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In Book 4 of SOIAF (Feast for Crows), Roy Dotrice was a little off on his character voices but in this Book 5, thankfully he is back! I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this reading as every twist and revelation was exciting and made even more so due to the author's vivid and often times graphic details.
The SOIAF is an amazing story all around and this Book 5 is happily more of the same. I am a fan of the many, highly-detailed, larger-than-life characters, locations and magical creatures/elements of George R.R. Martin's world. Daenerys remains one of my favorite characters and her dragons...well, they are sure to quench any fantasy seeker's thirst. It is more than obvious George R.R. Martin is a genius author and master storyteller.
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.