I second, third, & fourth all the other complaints about Mr Dotrice's lack of preparation for this book. My only other complaint to add is I didn't care for Bran's new voice either. He is still way better than Mr. Lee but we all know he can do so much more, so why didn't he?
I very much enjoyed the scenes with the dragons but thought they were too short. The stone men / gray men was an enjoyable scene as well. Most of the story was just slow and boring. When something actually happened it was great but other wise it felt more like
I thought the narrator was TERRIBLE!! Everyone sounded old. By everyone I mean EVERYONE! I listen to a lot of books and I have listened to many readers. In my opinion, when a reader takes you out of the story simply by the way they read it, that's bad. And this guy does it over and over and over and over... and, wait for it... again and again and again. Not only does everyone sound like they are morons and/or 80 years old (nevermind most of the characters are 20 something or younger) but he takes a breath every 5 words. It is very distracting.
The first in the series that I listened to (and didn't read from a book) was book 4. That guy never distracted me. I knew the moment the chapter started by voice alone what the POV was. I've read reviews that the reader for book 5 is the same for books 1-3 and that he was good for those. Maybe he was, I can't say. But I can say that I won't listen to another of his readings for this series (assuming I get the next one at all).
Bottom line: disappointed and distracted.
Dotrice, yes. Martin, no.
Not written it. He should have stopped after the first three. Or, edited this one by cutting 50%. He also made previously appealing characters - Tryion, Danni - unsympathetic. Tyrion went from being smart, witty, compassionate and courageous, to being a dissolute whoremonger. Danni went from being a strong heroine to a pouty teenage girl bored out of her mind and boring the reader. Nothing happens - people spend the book traveling to nowhere.
Yes and no. He was superb in the first three books. In this one, some of the voices changed. Danni sounds more like a pouty Cockney teenager than a charismatic warrior queen. In the previous books, Milisandre sounds like a seductive, dangerous sorceress. In this one, she talks like every other character.
Disappointment and anger - a real letdown. The first three books were great (not as good as Tolkien, but very good). This one is so different - flat, dull, boring - I wonder if Martin even wrote it. Maybe he's like Tom Clancy - has a huge following, has contractual obligations, and hired a ghostwriter to do it. Maybe he's tired and out of ideas. Maybe he's just wrung all he can out of this saga.
Characters have been saying
Enjoying audiobooks daily!
I love Roy Dotrice and I got Asha, Jon, Tyrion and Dany back.
SPOILER! Jon Snow getting stabbed Julius Caesar style. Not ok!
Tyrion Lannister is my favorite Dotrice character voice.
No. This book is massive and needed to be dealt with over time.
GRRM is an amazing author. Read/Listen to this series. Join the hordes!
Roy Dutrice is back! That is worth three stars, regardless. However, Martin has become slower paced and down right ponder-some with minimal forward movement of the story. Add to that Martin's increasing crudeness. It was not nearly as enjoyable as anticipated.
Have listed halfway through . . . so disappointed so far . . like all others just hate the reading by Dotrice who lost it on the female voices . . cannot tell one character from another . . he was so good in previous volumes . . i would agree that Davina Porter would do a much better job . . . so far the plotting to too slow, I want to get into the story and make something happen . . . too many characters i do not care about . . . will stick with it just to see how much worse it can get very disappointed in what was my favorite series. . . hope for improvements in the future
I'm slogging through this audiobook, mourning the fun I had with the first three books. As everyone has mentioned Roy Dotrice forgot the voices of the female characters and made them all sound the same. He also sounds tired of narrating the series in the first place. I suspect he turned down A Feast For Crows because he was sick of it, but they must have paid him extra to come back for this book because there were so many complaints. He got his revenge by doing a bad job
Martin forgot the plot he was developing and went off into the never never land of gruesome violence including auto-cannibalism (geez, who ever heard of eating your own fingers), lengthy, boring, travel and battle plans ( we can cut them off at the Twins) and confusing new characters. Its as if he felt that if he was sufficiently shocking readers wouldn't notice that he'd dropped the plot ball.
Anyway both Dotrice and Martin are no spring chickens and I'd be surprised if there is another book. Martin's characters will probably outlive him. If there is another book why not try a different, but equally talented narrator. How about a woman? Davina Porter who narrates Diana Gabaldon's books is incredible and does both male and female characters believably in all kinds of Irish, Scottish, English, Gaelic accents. She would be fabulous.
Anyway, I truly hope that Martin gets back on the horse (or garan) and stops lopping off heads and putting them on spikes in the next book. Someone should do a count of how many heads wound up on spikes in this book.
I thought the story's flow was fine. I started reading the story after this book was published, so I didn't have the wait others did for this novel, so perhaps I wasn't as disappointed as most people. I thought it was similar to the first 4, with somewhat of a drop-off much as in FFC. The big thing that irks me, is the pronunciations change even with the original narrator. I dislike narrator switches as in the last book, but almost worse when the same narrator begins pronouncing names and cities differently than before. ie. Petyr, Asshai
And the story goes on and on and on and on with detail after detail after detail. The only reason I listened to this one is I have committed so much time to the other four books. The endearing characters were seldom spoken of except John Snow, and the noble and good characters were killed or pushed aside. Uh...
I am only on part 1 but already I am totally disappointed in Roy Dotrice's performance. I was upset that Book 4 was done by a different narrator and was looking forward to hearing Mr. Dotrice again. Unfortunately, he doesn't seem to care enough about the gig to even bother getting the character's voices right. How hard is it to listen and review how he performed them last time? Daenerys, Melisandre, and Brandon Stark have all been screwed up. Daenerys is the worst, with Mr. Dotrice using something like an old innkeeper wife's voice for the girl queen. I might as well also mention that charging two credits for Mr. Martin's work feels a bit like robbery.