Dotrice has not keep his voices/accents consistent for the characters. He did a good job on books 1,2, & 3. It makes it difficult when going on to book 4 and then to book 5.
I want to know why, when I skip back trying to find the beginning of a chapter, it often does NOT go to the beginning of a chapter, but instead to the middle of some chapter. This makes it hard to find your way around the recording.
If you are this far along in the series you know it is an epic adventure. While the series is still quite good, and there are a many threads still worth following, it would appear that Martin's fascination with the minutia of his world has begun to weigh it down.
This was the first of the series I tried in audio form. It will also be the last as the narrator's cartoon issue accents caused me to turn it off and return to reading.
I loved the whole story, and this is book 5. It needs an book 6.
I loved the way it jumped back and forth to all of the different characters. There was not a single man character. It then seemed like more than a single story, told by one person.
I have read the physical books, but the reading and the way hess does it, adds a depth that i didn't experience before.
I would have loved to but I don't think I could stay awake thru 40 hours of story. I sometimes set it aside to digest what i just heard.
HE NEEDS TO WRITE A SIXTH BOOK TO WRAP UP SOME LOOSE ENDS!!
My spouse and I have always enjoyed listening to audio books, sometimes separately and sometimes together, and talking about the plot and characters. We greatly enjoyed the first three books of this series and muddled through the fourth book. We are half-way through A Dance with Dragons and, for the second time in over 10 years of being audible listeners, we are quitting a book before we get to the end.
In a nutshell, this book was annoying and extremely disappointing. Like other reviewers, we found the narrator's various voices tedious and bothersome. But we could have endured the poor narration if it were not for the extremely poor story line. What happened to all of the action from those first three books?
This story went on and on and on....but nothing was happening. There appeared to be more on an emphasis in this book on how degrading certain characters could act towards other characters. That seemed to us to be a cheap and disgusting way to fill pages.
Like many other listeners, we waited with anticipation for this book and quickly purchased it as soon as it was available. That was a big mistake. We will not be purchasing any more books in this series or even from this author. So, we will never know how the story ends. It's a price we are willing to pay to save ourselves from the boredom of listening to one more word.
I love the story and characters, and the richness of the world George R. R. Martin has created. I'm in awe of this man's imagination.
I can't really answer that without spoiling the story.
I've listened to all the Ice and Fire books read by Roy Dotrice, and in this one, his S's seem to be much sharper than his other performances, and once you've noticed it, it becomes hard to ignore. Also, some of his voices have changed. Daenerys sounds like an impression of an old woman, and Melisandre suddenly sounds very tame. There was an evil in his voice before, I wish he'd kept it that way. Despite my nitpicking, the man is a very talented actor and I hope he reads the next two books when they're finished.
The last couple chapters were pretty shocking. Martin knows how to keep you hungry for the next book.
Martin's writing style can be kind of annoying at times. Anytime the raven's in the room with Jon Snow, you will be made painfully aware of it. Also, Martin seems to measure everything in halves. It's always half a heartbeat (which is repeated a lot), half a hundred leagues, half drunk, half tired, half stained, half mad, no one ever fully commits. Again, I'm nitpicking but I love theses books as read by Roy Dotrice, and I'm waiting patiently for the last two.
Writer did not keep focus on original characters. Too many new characters introduced. The story ends without many conclusions. Talk about never ending story... After 49 hrs., who cares?
See above. There are too many scenes with endless prattle. Too little action for a saga of this length.
Reader does not remember pronuciation of main characters of the story.
Earlier books in the series seemed to have something of a direction. Other than a reminder that, "no good deed goes unpunished." This was a very poor final.
I have read all of the prior books so far and this audio book is my least favorite. The pronunciation is of names is different and the story is meandering. I loved the early books, so am disappointed with this effort by both GRRM & RD.
I hope it can be.
No, Martin didn't finish it. He left everything hanging. I realize that's how life is, but there were just too many characters left and nothing was concluded. Really? I spent how long listening to this series and then there is no ending? OMG! What a waste of time.
No, just Martin's.
Therian. Not sure of the spelling.
The end. It really made me mad.
I guess I would have liked to have known that the last book was the way it ended. I wouldn't have bothered with any of them. Now, I probably won't watch the HBO series because there is no conclusion.
I have listened to all of the Game of Thrones books and enjoyed them all. If you have listened to one and enjoyed it you will probably enjoy another. The voices the reader uses for each character does change some from book to book but there are so many characters and then new added characters in each book...how could they not change.