Ok, I scanned the other reviews and didn't see anyone mention this so I'm wondering whether it is just my download but there are entire sections of this book that repeat parts of Book 4. Not just a rehash of something the exact same recorded material. Part of chapter 8 in this book were copied from chapter 6 of Book 4.
Did no one else come across this in their download?
1st let's agree that George RR Martin is a brilliant writer. This series is well written and for the most part the story, sub plots and dialog is great. However, this story never wants to end. He keeps repeating the same sequences: Anyone who is honorable and good will be built and and then destroyed. Anyone basically evil he will either create situation to get you to like them or they will slip out of their dirty deeds. Early on is was interesting, but after happening to many times it just gets predictable. I just wanted the story to come to a conclusion. I am skipping chapters now and this will be the last for me.
I'll read the final 2 books of Game of Thrones when GRR Martin releases them. After 5 books you definitely want to see how it all ends.
Kind of a spoiler question so I'll not answer
I loved Roy Dotrice's work on the first books, but the voices and pronunciations change so drastically that it is off putting for most of the book. Roy is a great narrator outside of the character voices in this one.
I am also watching the GOT series on HBO.
It seems like Martin writes himself into corners and then has to back track and create characters to make the story line work. There is a pretty big change in style from books 1-3. I wonder how well the story line will wrap up, if Martin has to rush in writing the final books to stay ahead of the TV series.
Recommended with reservations. If the audiobook is the best way for you to experience the story, go for it. If you have the time to read it, however, you'll enjoy it better.
This is far from Dotrice's best work. Daenerys especially sounded nasal and annoying. Also frustrating was the lack of tonal differentiation between the spoken word and thought. This can lead the listener to think that internal dialog is being spoken and understood by other characters, completely changing the nature of the conversations.
Frankly, Dotrice made it sound as though he was bored, and would rather be elsewhere. He failed to being any life into the story this time around.
The general production quality of the book is wanting. It's frustrating enough that it's not whispersync enabled, but the audiobook chapter markers don't even align with the physical book chapters helping the reader to switch between media. I like to listen in the car, while at home or during lunch breaks I read instead, but trying to align one with the other is tiresome.This is inexcusably sloppy work on the part of the publisher.
It just goes on and on and on without going anywhere. New characters to remember, great old ones pushed to the wayside. I bought this book just to be able to finish the series hoping in vain that all the lose ends from the previous 4 books would get tied up and make sense. I'm not even finished listening to this one and I feel that getting through the final 2 chapters will be a chore.
Didn't anyone bother to edit this?
The story really begins to sprawl. There is so much going on that twenty hours sometimes pass between mention of some of the main characters. Quentin was a particularly frustrating example for me. There was lots of character development and time dedicated to this character and yet... well, you'll see what happens. Developing a character to accomplish this event in the plot strikes me as absurd. Martin would have a tighter, more satisfying story if he had cut out some of this peripheral nonsense.
The narrator Roy Dotrice makes no effort at continuity. He utterly fails to match his voices in this book with those in the previous books. His renderings of Melisandre and Daenerys are abysmal in Book 5. Previously he gave Melisandre a deep, passionate voice. Daenerys sounded distinctive, elegant, and proud. Now they sound like some uneducated prostitutes that Tyrion might gently insult. Stannis once sounded austere and utterly focused; now he sounds like a an unhappy castle guard. And Dotrice continues to pronounce names differently at different times for no apparent reason other than carelessness.
Nevertheless, it's a fantastic story. If you've made it through the first four, you should keep going because the characters and action continue to be great.
Yes, because I have read this series many times and am waiting for the next installment.
The way all the characters work together, how nothing is sacred, don't be shocked by anyone dying or having something horrible happen. Like real life! And the story completely absorbs me.
I know it's difficult to do both men's and women's voices, but sometimes the men just sound awful, like old women. Everyone sounds old, and really in these books, people are younger than the same types of characters in other books. It might be better not to do such extreme voices, just enough so we can differentiate in conversations.
Well...as we know, HBO is already broadcasting Game of Thrones. For the most part, I think the casting is good. Except I picture Cersei as absolutely gorgeous, and although Lena Headey is lovely, she is just not what I picture. Arya: great casting! Did not really like the casting of Catelyn Stark or Lysa Arryn. But most of the casting is excellent.
The narration suffered from lack of continuity. Despite having narrated earlier books, the performance by Dotrice was abysmal. Voices constantly changing, and none of them ever really fit the character. Distractingly bad narration.
Sci-Fi, Fantasy geek and some horror, King style. I also enjoy fiction based on real science (Contagion) and apocalyptic reads. Odd ain't I?
YES!! I started this series in book form when I saw it was soon to become an HBO series and was hooked in about 15 pages of reading and would venture to guess that if you enjoy fantasy this could very well become your favorite, its now mine.Like I said I started reading this back when I saw Game of Thrones was coming to HBO. At that time I had just heard of Audible and decided to give it a try with the next installment of this series and just purchased the first one I saw, not noticing that there were more than one option available when it came to narrators. I can not begin to tell you how great a job Roy Dotrice, does with this entire series. I discovered my oversight when it comes to narrators, when I ordered the next book in the series and was disappointed it wasn't the same guy doing the narration so I called audible and they allowed me to switch versions to the Dotrice narration.Now if you like fantasy and haven't been living in a cave, you're familiar with George R.R. Martin and most likely are reading this series but if you haven't listened to Roy Dotrice narrate these books you're missing a LOT! In fact calling what Dotrice does narration doesn't do it justice he actually PERFORMS these books.My only problem is that Martin doesn't write fast enough and with at least 2 more books promised in the series it may take another 5 or 10 years to get to the conclusion.So, get started on this series today and take your time, maybe by the time you listen to the first few books Martin will have pounded out the rest of the series.
Roy Dotrice, is, as I mentioned in the review, the best performer I've ran across!
I've loved reading since I first learned. However, as a victim of motion sickness Audible is a savior. Getting my fix on the go!
As with the rest of the series, A Dance With Dragons delivers. This book had most of my favorite characters that I missed in the prior book. Tyrion, Dany, Arya. All with stories that kept me interested and emotionally vested.
I finished the book and just want him to keep writing so I can (eventually) get this story resolved!