I read Dance of Dragons before I downloaded this audiobook, so I already knew what I was getting myself into. Most fans of this series are aware that the quality of GRRM's writing and pacing in books 4 and 5 are inferior to the first three novels. I'm in agreement with the general consensus, although the end of Dance of Dragons starts to pick up and the last quarter of the book leaves me optimistic that this series could end on a high note. Obviously, I enjoyed the book enough to give the audiobook a try because my experience with Audible has taught me that a good narrator can really enhance a story.
I think this book is definitely worth READING especially if you loved the first three, but please don't make the same mistake as I did and download the audiobook because the narrator ruined it completely for me. I'm not even sure if I can finish it, it's that bad.
I've heard from others that this narrator was really good on the first three audiobooks, but I can only comment on what I know from Dance of Dragons. The best way I can describe it is that if you like the idea of listening to a cranky old man/chrone rambling for 47 hours straight, maybe this is the audiobook for you. . . It just takes you out of the story when Dani, who you know is supposed to be a beautiful, young queen, sounds like an old hag. The biggest flaw in this narrative is that there are too many characters and plotlines and the narrators use of similiar voices and inflection for all characters just makes the story close to incomprehensible. Also, very, VERY annoying.
Due to the popularity of the HBO series, I am really shocked at how bad this audiobook is.
I feel ripped off. Not by Audible, which I can't say enough good things about, but whoever The Powers That Be are behind the current GOT money machine who are cashing in on this POS audiobook.
Bottom Line: if you are a diehard fan of this series READ a Dance with Dragons. If you are more a fan of the TV show, you probably won't like it. No matter what though, don't buy or waste a precious credit on this audiobook!!!
It's an awesome jam-packed book, much like Book 3... if you're a series fan I need not say more.
Roy Dotrice (the narrator) doesn't do very well in terms of various character voices. I mean it must be hard for one person to read for all, but it's really bad. Every character sounds like an old, wrinkly, haggard, unisex person that has smoked 2 packs a day for an eternity. Danny's voice - almost unbearable, at times I had to focus more just to keep track of who was talking in scenes with heavy dialogue.
As narrator he's good though.
Hard to listen to with this narrator.
They're all equally disappointing because they all have this same narrator. AUDIBLE, please do yourself and your listeners a favor. Please find another narrator.
When it comes to dialogue, this narrator fails. He's hard to understand because he often gives his characters lisps and wheezes and spittle. Many of the inhabitants of Westeros sound like they came straight out of a Lucky Charms commercial. Well, Lucky Charms + 900 years old + emphysema. He has particular problems voicing Daenerys Targaryen; she sounds like Spongebob Squarepants on helium.
He calls attention to himself constantly with his cringeworthy accents. He detracts from the story.
When this narrator is just reading he's not so bad. The moment he launches into dialogue, though, it's over.
Please find another narrator. Please at least give us a choice.
Author of Kindertransport
I think Dotrice does a wonderful job bringing these characters to life.
Martin tends to abandon storylines and introduce new characters in the thick of things. I'm still waiting to find out what happened to Bran and Rickan.
Gritty; Human; Surprising. As ever, Martin keeps you one the edge of your seat. The world is gritty and lived in, it feels like a past era where the good guy doesn't always win, and justice doesn't always prevail... but there are those people (imperfect as they are), who seek the greater good, and a true justice. Despite the fantasy genre, the world and the characters deliver a true human experience and leave you begging for more.
Well no spoilers, but the Jon Snow story line is what I'll be chewing on for the next year.
His versatility in a world with so many characters is truly impressive. I can follow the characters just by the personalities he bestows on them. Roy has great talent, and I feel like a kid listening to his Grandpa tell stories - granted they are not appropriate for children.
Yes, though at this length isn't not likely to happen.
The story line runs concurrent with the previous book. So you get to revisit some of those favorite characters you haven't heard from in a long time. Personally, these were characters I liked more (generally speaking), so it was a lot of fun for me.
Say something about yourself!
The narrator's needs to have more than one nasal voice for female characters. There is the same inflection post-rape as there is for finding something curious on the ground. All are high pitched, nasal, and extremely hard to listen to. Additionally, I had to fast forward through any section where men were "Arguing" as it was a completely garbled in my head.
Please find a different narrator.
A great story progression from the slow Feast for Crows. This book moves a lot faster and has a bit more action. The only problem with this audio book is that the audio is not synced with the chapters. The actual chapters in the books don't end when the audible chapter ends. Only slightly frustrating, but still doesn't allow you to use the sleep functions.
Too many new characters and plots so late in the story. You dont get enough of the characters that you want.
Roy Dotrice needs to go back into his previous narrations and refresh himself on how these characters first sounded because I feel he did an awful job on this book. Everyone sounded the same. I was extremely disappointed because he was great in the previous four books. Also, the unneeded characters that make the story drag and drag.
Only if the reviews I read are positive of his narration. The reviews of this book are spot on. An almost 50 hour book, maybe 5-10 hours that I actually enjoyed. : /
George R R Martin never ceases to amaze me with his ability to weave such an intricate and entertaining story.
Is anything comparable to George RR Martins books?
Roy Dotrice gives life and personality to each and every character he portrays. I especially loved his portrayal of Tyrion Lannister.
This book is far to long to listen to in just one sitting.
Loved this book!