The story's still strong and just as good as the rest of the books. My only problem is that Roy Dotrice, now 4 books in, changes up the pronunciation of the names and the voices he does each character with. It's a bit hard to change gears since he's basically just shuffled around how the characters sound. After you get used to that, it's just as good as the others.
I enjoyed book 5 better, but this was an excellent book. I am just more interested in the characters in 5. Oh and the books do need to be read in order, because 5 brings 4 back in at the end.
Epic, Epic, Epic
The voice actor changed the way he pronounced names, and changed the accents of the characters. Mildly disappointing and confusing. Still a great story in the series though!
Another great hit
the whole beginning at the iron islands was a snooze fest and almost had me giving up, but the great narration got me going after a brief pause. Maybe George could have broken this part up through out the book a bit more.Grouping it all in the beggining when we wanted to see what happened to all of our favorite characters, was a bit discouraging.
Roy Dotrice makes this story come alive!!!! His narration is the best i have heard. he gives everybody their own voices.The only complaint i have about his narration is that he changed peoples voices and the pronunciation of some of the names in this book after being consistant in the other books which threw me off a bit and took some getting used to. He spoiled us with the other books keeping everybodies voices consistant.
I really like his voice, yet he has changed the speaking voice of characters and pronunciation of different names. It really pulls you out of the story if you've listened to the first books.
Roy Dotrice changed his character voices in this book. Characters like Littlefinger and Arya had completely different voices. Somehow Petyr sounded like Stannis in this book; very very different from the previous books. And his pronunciations of names like Petyr and Brienne were different in this book. He had multiple pronunciations for Brienne. This was soo very distracting for me. Did the producers of this book not notice this? Roy may have forgot which voices to use but it was the responsibility of the producers/directors/the entire team to maintain consistency across books. Very disappointing. I would fire them all and rehire an new team. Consistency would have made this better.
Very character driven as usual.
With a different production team, yes.
Aggravation because Roy's character voices and name pronunciations changed.
This audio book needs to be re-done. You need to maintain consistency across the different books.Very disappointed with this one.
Roy Dotrice's performance is difficult to follow. As others have commented, he pronounces names of major characters differently, and uses strange voices. I found it difficult to tell whether a character was thinking a sentence or speaking it aloud, or telling which character was speaking during conversation.
I have never heard so much background noise in an audiobook either. It sounds as if the narrator is bumping the microphone, and rustling papers almost constantly. Several throat-clearing-type sounds should have been edited out or re-recorded. Poorly produced, and a major disappointment from the first three novels.
ALL of the voices have changed from the first 3 books. This made listening through this volume IRRITATING, but doable given that the book itself seems a great bridge to the 5th volume.Why do most of the voices now sound like "popeye the sailor" with and without a cold? Why do young men and boys sound like they are 60 or 70 years old. Its almost like they are being played by different players. All of a sudden " Pet-tar is now Peter and sounds like Stanis".... I am disappointed as well as confused.
Definitely, the stories are great!
Only 1 or 2, not a long series where he changes the voices.
Beware the Imp.
You can skip onto book five and not really miss much here. The story itself fills in a lot especially with the Iron Men but a lot of it can be skipped over in the grand scheme of the overall story.
Absolutely disappointing! Everything past the 39th chapter was just static. Even deleted and re-downloaded the book onto my ipod twice and low and behold...same problem. Could hear the whole story on my MAC...but that isn't very practical when your running.