Roy Dotrice is an awesome storyteller, but he constantly mispronounces, or changes pronunciation of, words/names. Also has a tendency to change the voices of characters that he portraits over the series. if you can look past those things though, he does an excellent job at telling the story at a pace most can enjoy and be content.
After the first three books which were superbly written and narrated, I was so excited to listen to books 4 and 5. The narration was SSSOOOOOOOOOOO off and full of mistakes that kept distracting me to the point I decided to stop listening and read the books instead. The narrator and the producer didn't double check the characters' voices and the pronunciation they used for the first three books. I feel like they didn't respect the listeners.
Of course! Roy Dotrice was one of my favorite narrators until I listened to parts of book 4 and book 5 in these series. Since then, I decided to stop listening to the books narrated by him. I wish this book was read by another narrator and I had the choice to listen to that one instead.
It'd be grate if book 4 and book 5 could be re-narrated with the old character voices and pronunciation.
An 18 year old female character shouldn't sound like an aged coal miner. Nor should a young boy have the rasp of a fifty year old with smoker's lung.
From what I could understand of the plot, I enjoyed it. However, the lack of dynamism in Dotrice's voice made the many characters undistinguishable, leading to utter confusion.
Anyone with more voice acting experience. A story with this many characters demands a narrator with significant range.
The story is fine, but the inconsistency in pronunciation of names and character voices was almost unbearable at times. Whether it was a case of Dotrice getting old, or they couldn't re-record parts, I was so lost from the story when characters, like Arya for example, suddenly had a thick accent in her early chapters and then none all of a sudden near the end of her story. The pronunciation of 'Tyrell' changed twice in the same chapter! Someone had to have noticed all the inconsistency when they recorded these. You can also hear him turning the page in this book as well. The other ones were better-not perfect, but seemed more polished than this was. NOT an example of professional recording at all.
Mr. Dotrice does well when it comes male voices, but his female voices are very hard to accept. Every female character sounds like an old hag! It was especially distracting with Daenerys, and Arya.