Many people have complained about Roy D's performance of this book, since he did alter some of the character voices. I don't think most people realize, however, that he actually was given a place in the Guinness book of world records for acting out the most character voices in a single performance--over 500 of them so far in the whole series. He still did a magnificent job narrating this extremely long book. Not to mention he is like 90 years old and in ill health. Seriously people are whining so hard about his performance, and it really wasn't that bad!
As for the book content, it was greatly entertaining as usual, although I thought it was a bit slower moving than the previous books. It ended with a bang though!
Disappointed that the same reader from all the books can't get names right in this book, changed how some of the voices sounded and basically just ruined the experience.
sad, I love these books an now just scream at the radio saying your saying it wrong.
how did this get past the editing???????
I really didn't enjoy how the voice for some of the characters changed in this book. Even though the book was interesting, I lost some interest when many of the main characters from the previous books kind of stayed in the background in this book and didn't have many chapters dedicated to them.
Fantastic performance by Roy Dotrice... yes, even if a few voices have changed. Or a few names pronounced a bit differently. Given the length of time between Mr. Dotrice's recordings of the first three books in the series, and this one (about a decade I think); and his own personal circumstances during that time, his performance can't be faulted.
Great book!!! Too subtle for some though. Following on from Storm of Swords it seems slow and lacking direction, but for those of us willing to peck away at its exterior you'll find all sorts of interesting detail to feast on...
I've read the entire Song of Ice and Fire series (four times) and loved it! But Roy Dotrice doesn't have the voice for Martin's story or characters. I was disappointed and annoyed by his attempts to give each character a personality: Doran Martel isn't an old man, and shouldn't sound like one. The story credits Areo Hota with a deep bass voice, something Dotrice doesn't have the range for and probably shouldn't have attempted. I'm sorry to say I won't be buying audible.com's audio for the rest of the books.
Impossible to say. Dotrice's vocalizations didn't fit the character descriptions; whatever strong emotions I should have felt were left flat by the reader's inappropriate tonal quality.
Dotrice would have served listeners better if he'd simply read the story in his own speaking voice and not attempted to "perform" voices. His renditions were flat and did nothing to set individual characters apart. Dotrice simply doesn't have the range or abilities for so massive a project.
Well, I've watched the HBO series from Season One through Six three times, so YES, I would go see the movie!
I give the book itself five stars; but I've taken two off for the audio version. While I like Roy Dotrice as an actor (he reads the entire series, I believe), I just can't get accustomed to his voice for A Song of Ice and Fire. He's a professional, and I'm uncomfortable criticizing his work, but his attempts to do character voices set my nerves on edge. Doran Martel isn't elderly and shouldn't sound like he is. The story credits Areo Hota with a deep bass voice, something Dotrice doesn't have the range for and probably shouldn't have attempted. I'm sorry to say I won't be buying audio for the rest of the books.
It was a bit scratchy compared to the previous books. oddly enough the accents of the characters were different then in the other books and changed through out the performance. other than that, great book. worth the time to put in.