I have listened to all of the Game of Thrones audiobooks. Loved al of the story lines. Rather like listening to a fantasy of all the real life middle age European, Mediterranean, Russian and Asian wars all together all in one epic saga. I loved it and cannot wait for more.
What I strongly disliked was the narration by Roy Dotrice. His young girls and women sound like 80 year Disney film witches. His older women sound like men. Basically all of his characters sound like little old Irish Leprechauns from movies; or just Irish, Scottish men, one Italian accent. A French accent. But mostly just loud and obnoxious. This is not the Roy Dotrice I recognize from television performances. Names are often mispronounced. His regular reading voice is fine.
The other thing I disliked was the lack of a proper Table of Contents in All of his books. I love listening to audiobooks because I have difficulty reading because of a shredded optical cord and trapped muscles in one eye. I do tend to fall asleep. I try to make bookmarks when I start feeling tired but it doesn't always happen.
Roy Dotrice delivers an such a great performance to an already fantastic story. I'm not much for fantasy novels, but this book proves it's not the genre that makes for good writing.
Clever dialog is rare. This book has it in abundance.
the narrator did fairly well, but the voice he Gave Danny was awful.. the HBO show has been out long enough, he should have let that guide his choice of voices.. after seeing and hearing her there, I could not accept his choice of voice for her here.
The book was good as always and so was Roy! I enjoyed the story but the end left me wanting more. I don't think he tried to tie up any part of the story he left it open for our own interpetations or maybe for other books to be written. Love the seris and will listen all over again. It would be nice to know what happened to the youngest of the children, and how everyones story turned out. I guess the good thing is I can write the ending how ever I want and when I re-listen I can change the ending again and again if I want to.
This is one of my favorite books in the series. It is a bit difficult to understand at times because the names and words are strange, but the narrator does an excellent job of portraying different characters and inner dialogue through voices and tones.
Roy Dotrice is a fantastic narrator who brings the story to life. He voices over 300+ characters in this book alone, each with their own personality. And the man is 92 years old! The story itself contains a ton of interesting and engaging chapters that leave you teetering on the edge of your seat in anticipation. Where the fourth book was a bit confusing and seemed almost out of order. This fifth book harnesses the chaos and intrigue of ASOIF again. The ending is a large cliff hanger for almost every character that sets up book six for great success. A must read.
I give the narrater credit for keeping up withe all the caricatures in all 5 books, some of them sounds the same but its okay it is understandable.
If you listened to 1st 3 books your good you really don't need the additional 80 hours of nothing, for all the caricatures are build up from the beginning of the book it leads no where even the DRAGONS THEY DO NOTHING So why would you listen. VERE disappointing. Sorry if this is a spoiler...