In fairness to Mr Dotrice. the first three volumes with their 500+ characters were recorded at the end of 2003. Books IV and V were recorded eight years later. A huge undertaking for any narrator, as most novels have 20 or less characters.
I hope I am as vigorous and still able to work as well as Mr Dotrice when I am 90 years old. It does take a moment to reacquaint to the series, but it is not as severe as some protest.
A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies… The man who never reads lives only one. ~George R.R. Martin
Roy Dotrice, is one of the most out standing reader I have ever heard.
this book is mesmerizing, it both makes you laugh and cry, and ponder deeply.
this book is well worth getting, it is ((not)) a disappointment.
I love this book; I have made it thought the whole series very fast. I would like to warn you that A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons run concurrently with each other. Which drives me crazy, I would rather have a really long book with the events in order as they happened. I had to stop listening to this book so i could go search the net to make sure i wasn't losing my mind. I just wish i had, had some warning so i wouldn't have been so confused. But once I got over that little bump i really enjoyed the story and was very happy to meet up with some charaters that were missing from the last book.
I can't hardly wait for the next novel!!
Expatiations, numbing & disappointment
I was stunned that such a good story teller couldn't find an ending that was equal to the whole story. I must say it was one of the worse endings that I personally have had to endure and to me that was a shame.
I pretty much enjoyed most of them, but I did notice a quality fall off in the later books. There were just too many to have a significant difference that would allow for a positive identitification of who they were while going through the books. He did a great job and deserves kudos for it.
There was potential for a great finish, but Martin's need for the never ending detail of a particular scene can wear one out. In reflecting on the whole story there were few really feel good points throughout, pretty much a disaster for one group or another. Really no real winners or true losers because in the end everyone lost.....
I was expecting the series to end in a furious climax but it turned out to be a fizzle and a big diasppointment to me. Perhaps most will like it, but for me it was too many loose ends and questionable ends for the different cast members that I followed throughout the story. He spun a great tale only to lose it at the end.
Stop naming and describing every bit part and unnessary extra in the story, it's like you are trying to reinvent facebook
I certainly will not buy anymore in this series. Should have been a 3 or 4 book series. I guess more profits are made from an endless series
Roy Dotrice was the saving grace for this series, his performance was without compare. Considering there were about 14,000 characters, he did a remarkable job keeping them apart
Confusion, So much time was spent describing the names, dress, and personal habits of insignificant characters, it was difficult to keep track of the multitude of story lines Mr Martin let this story splinter into.
Simplistic example, but imagine if the author of The Wizzard of Oz tried to split off story lines on each of the characters, including the aunts and uncles back in Kansas, how muddy the story path would have become. Then if he tried to name each flying monkey, describe it's garb, outline it's family history, and special appitites, the story would have been 8 books and fallen apart just as this series has
Have not read the print version but this was done extremely well
Aria she was fiesty independant and brave. Her adjustment to all the different situations was great.
He brings the characters to life. I can picture them in my head. He does a great job with accents and both the male and female parts
Look for suprises and shocks
A feast for crows (book 4) had me a bit down, having fallen short of this author's usual brilliance, but in this installment he comes back with a vengence. Possibly the best book in the series. The only downside is the narrator, Mr. Roy Deutrise (sp?). This narrator did a wonderful job on past books, but for some reason, inexplicably forgot his past readings. Where he used to voice Denaeris as a dulcet toned young girl, he now voices her with an irish/scottish accent. Cersei now has the same voice as Tyrion and Jaime. Arya has some strange cochney accent. Pretty much all female characters were given new voice. Perhaps so much time passed between releases that he forgot the hundred hours of voice he had already lended to these characters, but its not a good change.
Clash for kings. The only other book as great in the series.
Jon snow scene came as such a shock i rewound five times for another listen. Et tu brute?
HBO did a fine job with the series, but what happens when first time film director Derek Holmes makes one massive installment into a 90 min film? Disaster!!!!!!
Roy Dotrice is outstanding!
I really admire Dany, Tyrion, and .. well.. its hard to pick! Martin is extremely talented and takes the time/effort to build his characters and weave the most extraordinary of tales.
If food and water were available, yes.
A return of the cast of characters that made the first 3 books so interesting. Some stories drag on in the begining but the book is always filled with :O listening moments.
I find myself caring more about the iron born in this book. In book 4 I didnt understand why I should care about people who had previously been "the badguys", but in book 5 they all take on a much more sympathetic tone.
This performance is a somewhat return to the performances of books 1-3. Several great voices make returns such as Dolorous Edd, while others sound awful like the new Danny. Overall, not quite the performance of books 1-3, but way better than book 4.
I dont know why reviewers were seemingly so negative about this book. I considered not getting it after reading some but am glad in the end that I did. This is a good listen that returns suspense to the series, and the performance of Roy Dotrice is better than in book 4.
Too old to rock and roll; too young to die.
Once was enough.
It all starts to blur.
For those of you who loved the first four books!
Dotrice is good at doing male voices but his female voices are sad. He's done a marvelous job so far overall.