I am only on part 1 but already I am totally disappointed in Roy Dotrice's performance. I was upset that Book 4 was done by a different narrator and was looking forward to hearing Mr. Dotrice again. Unfortunately, he doesn't seem to care enough about the gig to even bother getting the character's voices right. How hard is it to listen and review how he performed them last time? Daenerys, Melisandre, and Brandon Stark have all been screwed up. Daenerys is the worst, with Mr. Dotrice using something like an old innkeeper wife's voice for the girl queen. I might as well also mention that charging two credits for Mr. Martin's work feels a bit like robbery.
It took so long to write this book, apparently he did not want to finish it. AND he did not. So much left hanging. And if he tired of writing about someone, he just killed them or forgot about them. So disappointing. Yes, there were sections of the great writer and then there was................. Had really waited for this. Oh, well...
I just love this series. And I'm glad Roy Dotrice is back-but I must agree with the other reviewers about the change in Danaerys voice! Ack! Perhaps there is a reason though-maybe in the future books, she'll be older, and the new voice will suit.
Please, George RR Martin, sir, keep writing!
This book is much better than Feast for Crows. I don't mind the slow pace, I just don't see how it can be wrapped up with one more novel. Roy did a wonderful job with the narration, some voices are not the same but I still find in much better than Mr Lee. Can't wait for the next book, just hope Roy's health will not decline.
This is not a series for every reader. It is bleak, gruesome, and harsh. What makes it all bearable is that it is written so well, and the story is so compelling that you keep reading (or listening) even when you don't think you want to know any more. A great listen.
First of all - go re-listen to #3 and #4 BOTH, as this book starts at the end of #3 and runs parallel to #4...at least for about the first 2/3 - and it really helps because so much happens in #3, and since things are happening parallel to #4, it is good to have those details fresh in your mind.
Second - this is not the last book. I was under the impression it was...and, well, it's not. There are two more...coming...I sincerely hope...in NOT 6 YEARS THIS TIME, PLEASE.
It is nice to have Roy Dotrice back. He's 88 years old. If I can narrate a book half as good when I'm 88...heck, if I even live to 88 I'll be happy. Lee was a fine narrator too though - I suspect we'll have him back for the next one.
The story is awesome, if you liked books 1-4, then you don't need a review to know you're going to get this one. I'm a little annoyed with some of the characters...and Mr. Martin, as usual, doesn't seem to have any issues killing ones I like (which is no less than I'd expect from him).
This book was everything a feast for crows was not. They are both good books but the lack of several love characters in feast made the book a little harder to get through. On the flip side a steady diet of those same loved characters in dace made for an outstanding book. As is typical of Martin each chapter is better than the last and the book and series keep growing to its ultimate yet unknown conclusions.
Another great book in the series. Great new adventures for my favorite characthers Arya, Tyrion Lannister, Daenerys, and Jon Snow...Unfortuantely there's quiet a wait until the next book is released in March 2112. Enjoy :)
I finished book 5 about two weeks ago, and I'm still mourning the loss of A Dance With Dragons. I've listened to books 1 through 5, totaling 200-something hours - all while either walking my dog or painting my house. The story is fantastic, and it never got old for me. I love both of the narrators and I trust George R.R. Martin to continue his writing for as long as it takes to finish as he sees fit.
I love this book but i would NOT recommend listening to it, even though I liked listening to books 3 and 4. Roy Dotrice, the reader, pauses at weird times and overall sounds like he's about to keel over and die while reading. I've taken to play it double time since he reads so slowly, and the way he does women characters is to make them all sound like PMS-ing harpies. Also, the audio book is about three times more expensive than the hardcover. Save your credits and buy the hardcover. This reading gives me a headache.