Wow, after all these years what a let down! The plot is even more confusing than it was after the last book. Nothing happened that moved the story forward. In fact, one small step forward, one giant step back. Roy did a horrible job on the female voices. And more new characters. How old will I be when the next book is finished?
Please read the many poor reviews and save your credits this book may not be worth the read to some folks BUT this production is of such awful quality any one who has already burned two credits deserves some sort of compensation for this travesty
I'm not sure if George decided to let the TV series keep his fans hooked or what, I loved the books and was so looking forward to this newest installment in the series,but the story Spiraled out of control and completely lost all of the former suspense and intrigue that kept me up all night, Looks like all of his energy is now focused on the mindless masses preferred medium that is the television, as a side note, Roy needs to listen to his own previous readings to jog his memory of how he used to read the parts. Sorry, but I will NOT be continuing the journey, and from what i have read i will not be the only one.
Ditto to all of the reviews about the narrator...I mean I cringe everytime I hear Dany's voice. And the story in many parts of the book are downright boring. I mean who cares about half of the characters? When I saw that the book was 49 hours long, I thought "cool this is going to be a fun journey." I am halfway through and debating on whether to finish.
Riy Dotrice is a fantastic narrator, in fact he won a Guinees Book of World records for voicing over 500 chartacters in Thrones, If you enjoyed Georges' series thus far you should be aware that there are many plot twists and unexpected events. This book is no different. I made a silly assumption that I would be hearing Dany's Dragons going north to the wall to fight the White Walkers, an epic battle of sorts but there was no real battles at all. Tyrion pov's made the book the worthwhile with hilarious jests and jokes with his biting wit, The flow of the series seems to have had its head chopped off but still fantastic imagery and insight into the human condition visualizes in our minds. Regardless of endpoint
A Song Of Ice and Fire started off with such wonderful possibilities, such rich and well developed characters and a highly detailed world that fired the imagination. The series slowly went downhill as Martin's fame grew, until he clearly hit a wall in "A Feast For Crows" which went nowhere as the story arc spiraled out of control. 5 books into the story, In "A Dance with Dragins" Martin still sees the necessity of introducing dozens of new characters and factions while leaving countless story arcs dangling undeveloped and unfinished, it's as he has lost control of the narrative and suffers from ADD, there have been so many new arcs and characters introduced that it becomes impossible to have any empathy whatsoever for the incoming characters, reading Martin becomes a chore, something to get through, a sort of drudgery, not unlike the tortured paths he sets his characters upon.
The world he creates for us, once seemingly so rich and detailed has become a tedious and tiresome place. As I read this I can only trudge through it, wondering what has become of the characters that were once central to the story (while also wondering what has become of that central story) all the while watching an assemblly line of new characters and story arcs come along Martin's assembly line all the while not caring one whit about any of them. After two duds back to back , in half a heartbeat, I have decided to get off the George RR Martin bus, the remaining novels, should his lordship Martin choose to finish them, will not be purchased or read by me. I would rather be flayed alive than spend another couple of months listening to these tedious books.
Roy Doltrice, with his shallow voicings (I swear I think he only has three characters voices in him) hasn't helped Martin's cause any at all.
Had to knock off a star for Dany's voicing and a few inconsistencies with pronunciations but I otherwise enjoyed Mr. Dotrice's narration. I also enjoyed GRRM's storytelling despite the plot not moving forward enough for many readers. This book focuses far more on the characters than the meta-plot but sets up the next book for an explosive start.
I sympathize with the comments about the voices, However Roy Dotrice still does a good job and I enjoyed the story. If you like the other ones you will like this one.
I agree with one of the reviewers who stated “(obnoxious voices (the female voices are terrible, and accents for many characters seem inconsistent with their birthplace and status)”. In fact the voices were so bad it was all I could to get through the book at 2X speed. I loved the series up to this book but I truly wish I had not spent 2 credits for the Audible version of this one.
As stated by several folks, the narration by Roy Dotrice was brutal. Beyond brutal. It's one of the worst narrations I've ever heard. I'm only on the second part of the entire download and I'm quitting. And if the narration wasn't bad enough.......
The book itself is also a huge disappointment. I just can't take any more of it, so this one's going in the trash can.
Save your credits and wait for HBO to get to this book. The wait will be far less painful than listening to, or God forbid actually reading, this complete waste of time.