Yes, because the whole series is good...so far
Arya sailing to Braavos, becoming a killer and then going blind
Jon becoming the commander of The Wall
Never say never
Yes. I am sucked into the story and will finish the series. The reader has been reading this series from the start, so i will stick with him. I do not choose audible books based upon the reading talent, but i am much less likely to listen to a book (as opposed to reading it) if I don't like the talent. Mr. Dotrice would not deter me from listening to an audible book.
No changes - this is Mr. Martin's story and I am along for the ride.
Passible. His women all sound alike and he does not read the characters as I would imagine them. Somewhat unfair comparison as many of the characters have actually been portrayed on screen, and readers now how a visual and audible impression.
I love this series and I've listened to all of it on audiobook. Suddenly, Roy Dotrice, who has made the series memorable for me, forgot how to pronounce character names & changed their voices. Maybe he recorded this book before going back to do the others?? Combine this with the fact that this book is a departure from the others and doesn't focus at all on some of my favorite characters, and it was a big disappointment.
Better performance by Roy Dotrice.
Yes because the others were excellent. But I won't get the taste of this one out of my mouth for a long time.
The long slog to nowhere in book 4 was such a letdown compared to the excellent 1thru3 that I went looking for spoiler reviews to decide if book 5 was going to pay off on the investment. (reasonable assumption if books 4&5 were supposed to be one book right?)
Hilarious review of book 5 at Amazon iced it for me. I am out.
Look for review title "Twentyfour Characters in Search of a Story" (review has 1100+ "helpful" tags)
...on the otherhand, if you select books based on minutes per credit...
Many reviews talked about the narration and how the voices changed from the first books. I thought it wouldn't bother me all that much, but I was very mistaken. It's amazing how very very distracting and aggravating it is to know a character and then have thier voice just completely change. I found myself being so angry and frustrated throughout the book, that I was unable to enjoy it at all. I just wanted to be done with it and was wishing I could get my money back (this is before i found out you CAN return a book for a refund) and also I really wished I could somehow write a review to the editor of the audio book and ask them if they even listened to it or actually approved the changing of the voices? I feel like a book as high in demand as this one would have an editor that would nix this awful kind of performance before it actually got sent out. It's just so awful, I know it sounds like somthing trivial but it is seriously damaging to the enjoyment of the book. Just so awful.
1st Phil gigante. Best voice I've ever heard, and way way way better at accents and languages. I've downloaded several books just because he was the narrator. 2nd frank muller. I just like his voice.
It's already a tv series and honestly the very first time I've ever liked the show better than the book.
Seriously send a message to the narrator and editor of the series and tell them they made narrating faux paus so bad throughout the series that they really have no business in being employed doing audio books. Ugh just so so awful. Who does that?
Read to learn
The first three books were far better, the former (crown of swords) best yet.
Overall the plot is thickening nicely and it seems more intense than previous versions. As the characters age, the author performs excellent / artful character development.
Changed voices, accents, and various pronunciation errors between the previous version and this one spoils the story.
For the most part; however, most of the Ice and Fire books are 30+ hours, so i prefer multiple sittings!
Voice Actors: For the love of god, if you start a book, stay the same throughout the series. I've already abandoned 3 series because of the voice actor being incapable to decide how he wants to pronounce the character names.
I read some reviews that were critical of how Roy Dotrice changed his voices for some of the characters and even the way he pronounced certain names. However, I hardly noticed a difference. It could be that it's been a while since I listened to book 2 or that I'm just not that sensitive to this kind of thing. I felt I noticed a distinct difference in the voice of Aria Stark, but wrote it off to her aging and maturing as a character.
At times I wish the story would move along a bit faster.
The fourth book of the series virtually abandons the main characters you have been following over the previous 3 books and introduces a myriad of NEW characters that you don't care about. Most of which have (seemingly) little impact on the storyline as you are familiar with it. With a story that already has dozens of characters to keep track of, this tactic seems like little more than stretching the story out unnecessarily.
The narration was also off-putting. Roy Dotrice, after skillfully keeping track of all those characters for the past 3 books, suddenly changes voices for nearly all the legacy characters in book 4. He also changes the pronunciation for several of the places and characters. Whoever signed off publishing this audiobook clearly didn't give it a listen.
Disappointment, and clearly convinced me I can quit reading the series without feeling any need to get the next book.
The first three books were excellent in nearly every detail. Save yourself the disappointment and don't bother.
They spent too much on agonizing details and periphery subplots
yes!! I won't be buying the next in the series! I hear it is even worse with boring subplots, etc
didn't read the book
The adventures don't get to far fetched as some fantasy epics. And though a long series the characters don't seem to repeat adventures.
Easy to listen to and follow
has a good balance of plausibility and fantasy