I have enjoyed this series very much, and looked forward to the last book enthusiastically. I havn't been able to finish it - although I still hope to - because of the narrator's take on Daneris Targaryen's voice. She is one of my favourite characters, and in this version, she sounds like an old witch. It is such a jarring voice I'm surprised it got through the editors. I have hundreds of Audible books, and this is the first time I've felt compelled to write a review.
Roy Dotrice changed Danny's voice other female characters....its horrible. Without consistency, there is no reason to bring Dotrice back as narrator for any future books. Random House Editor Team....where were you on this one? I wish someone would pay me for doing nothing useful!! I will be sending in my resume promptly...always dreamed of such a cush job.
I've always liked this trilogy, even though the author takes things in some very confusing directions. In this case, it's more of the same. Lots of intrigue, wide cast of characters (including a few more to look in on), unexpected events (even major characters not immune), and the plot threads still remain mostly unresolved without any major hints on the horizon (I guess, this is my major frustration--no sense of impending closure).
At least, in this book, almost every major character gets a few moments in the narrative. Big improvement over book 4.
I'm dissatisfied with the narrator. He does an awesome Tyrion, but every other voice sounds too similar to Tyrion's. Danerys sounding like a female Tyrion? Meh... not insipiring.
After slogging through 49 hours of Roy Dotrice's narrative, I was hugely disappointed with the ending of this book. The narrative of the women's voices was truly awful, and I found myself wandering away from the story periodically. George RR Martin's website says one thing about the Song of Ice and fire update.... DONE! But this book does not wrap up the story. So now we wait for a couple more years and hope the narration will be better...... unless this really is the end of the story, which would be terribly disappointing
The voices in this audio book are absolutely terrible. One never knows who speaking and the women sound like men. The story line is excellent but each time the narrator switches characters one really never knows who is speaking.
I am very disappointed with Audible for letting this poor quality on their site. The book should be re-produced with someone who knows how to narrate properly.
While Martin continues his story in the newest installment of A Song of Ice and Fire series, perhaps the continuity was lost or the performance was just so disjointed that I felt let down. The readers performance was by no means engaging though Martin's penchant for details sometimes disjoints the listeners tracking of the story which also detracts and calls note to the reader's lack of range from character to character.
Yes, it is necessary listening for those who loved the previous installments of these books, but I was neither satisfied with the speed of story's progress nor with the reader's performance.
His range of voice differentiation was not easy to follow and it seemed that all characters had the same inflections and emotional capacity too. It was a reading, not a performance by someone who can project the characters as they have been written through so many books.
I have enjoyed the whole series. Its edge - the complicated plots... But Roy cannot do female voices. Every woman he tries to deliver sounds like the old hag from the "Princess Bride". And as she would say... "Booo!" I find myself imagining the text so I can objectively look at what the female character is saying without the demeaning voice.
I do love the Imp. What a great character. George is great at making many of the characters grey as well. Just when you're sure that someone is pure good or evil - he muddy's it up so that it can be hard to choose sides.
One last criticism: What is George's obsession with describing each bland meal? Do we really need to know the intimate details of medieval fare 7 times a chapter? It's as annoying as the late Robert Jordan's constant referrals to exposed cleavage and reddened cheeks. Puhlease.... I'm pulling my braid here. (Another light Robert Jordan jab.)
Of the hundreds of books I have listened to , this narrator is probably the worst I have ever listened to. Characters are lost in his brogue; his "female" voice is that of a 95 year old crone with a ninety year history of smoking. Don't ruin George Martins' books with this narrator again.
This book might have been good if the narrator did not sound like he was 100 years old. It is made worse by the fact that there are so many characters and he sounds the same with each one, and they all have a mouth full of marbles. Danny sounds like she is 100, and frankly sounds like all of the other old men in the book. If I had not just wanted to get through the series I would never have purchase this book. Audible, stop being so cheap and pay some younger people with some talent to change their voice a little.When there are this many characters, you should be able to afford more than one person to read it. My recommendation, read the book, don't listen to it. It is too distracting.
This massive novel is slow and plodding and resolves no major plot lines. If you're a fan of the series, I won't ruin the end, but be aware a major character of the series and the book is killed off for no apparent reason other than the author wanting a zinger for the end.
Also, I found this book to be even more profane and pornographic than the earlier books. There is more action in bedrooms than in battlefields.
My advice, if you just want to follow the plot line, find a synopsis online and skip this tortuous book, or better yet consider the series over and move on.