Has anyone noticed that great chunks are missing from A Storm of Swords that are showing up in A Feast for Crows? Unless Martin suddenly decided to start jumping around chronologically...
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I didn't love this book as much as I found it to be necessary to get to the next installment. Book 3 ended with some very big cliffhangers after exciting events that had taken place so when I started book for I was expecting a continuation of those events. That's not what I got and it took me a few chapters to get into what I was hearing. That's not to say this book doesn't have some "big" things happen and as I listened, it became clear how the writer is trying to bring things together. I still give it 4 stars because overall this is a very intriguing story. One item of note: It sounded like a couple of the voices changed from the previous books. That took me a minute to get used to, as well. The reader is fantastic in all the other books but I gave him 3 stars this time around because he confused me a bit with not being consistent.
I must recommend it as it is part of the series. How else would we get to book 5?
This installment was very focused on Jaime and his sister Cersei. Jaime has become one of my top 5 characters in this series.
I am reading this series and opting to not watch the TV show. The audio format is convenient but there are so many characters in the story that not having any sort of visual has proven to be difficult for me when trying to remember who is who especially when someone pops into book 4 that hasn't been mentioned since book 1. Thankfully book and subsequent TV series has become so popular that there are some pretty detailed Wikis that have been created for this series. I recommend looking a couple of them up when you start to get lost or can't remember a character or event that is now becoming a front and center plot in book 4. You'll find the history of characters and events to be helpful. Just keep in mind that the TV series isn't following the books exactly so you'll want to make sure the source you are using is regarding the books not the TV show.
I really enjoyed the first three Game of Thrones books, however, after listening to them, narrated by Roy Doctrice, this one is almost painful because there is a new narrator who pales in comparison, and who has taken it upon himself to form new pronunciations of major characters' names.
I liked the new voices and perspectives - i.e. the expansion of the "Game"
He changed the pronunciations of names established earlier in the series, and gave various beloved characters obnoxiously affected voices that were difficult to listen to - overall a devastating change after the talents of Roy Dotrice.
I still can't decide!
Bring back Roy Doctrice for books 5-7! That's the only reason I subscribed to Audible in the first place. I think Random House had the original contract - what happened? Why is it a new company?
I'd kinda have to just to keep them going on the series
Take out some of the boring useless conversations that happen every character narration.
Go back to the old voice for aria!
Literally just listened to get to the next book.
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No... life is short and many good stories to read and listen too... but loved this one!
All the moments of Jamie over coming his handy cap are simply grand... Cersei being jailed YES!
Sometimes but wanted it too last forever.
Just that I am not getting all the negative reviews about Roy's performance... I guess they should all try doing a moving dramatic unabridged reading. He was marvelous. And all his voices through out seemed constant to me.
I almost didn't buy this because of the string of Dotrice-slamming reviews that top the "most helpful" list. The haters are wrong.
I've listened to the previous three books and many, many other audio books and Dotrice is an absolute treasure throughout. His emotion, articulation, timing, myriad character voices, etc. bring these books to life unlike any narrator I've listened to before.
True, this book is not as perfect as ASOS, which stands out as one of the truly great fantasy books of all time. There certainly should have been some fat trimming in Feast to speed things up, but at the sentence-level, Martin's writing is still spectacular even if the narrative is slow-moving and sometimes tangential. Plus we miss Dany, Tyrion, and others in this book.
It is also true that Dotrice makes a few errors that I consider quite minor in the overall evaluation of his performance. Yes, he changes his pronunciation of Petyr and, most jarringly, Petryr's voice, for example. I wish he hadn't. But how strange is this collective freak-out about Dotrice given that this is otherwise an energetic and captivating 34-or-so-hour performance that moves between literally hundreds of characters and their voices.
In the end I suppose I'm happy to have had the lowered expectations going into Feast. It's simply not as good as the remarkable books that preceded it. But these histrionic reviews are bizarre overreactions of people that are, perhaps, too invested in Martin's wonderful but -- sorry for the spoiler -- fictional world. Get out more, people! For the rest of you, listen, be patient with the meandering, and enjoy!
I love the world created in the story, but it is so drawn out!
The depth of the writer's story universe.
I just never got connected to him.
Well, it obviously has one.
No, probably not.
I have both read and listened to all the books, and the change in narration style after A Storm of Swords was absolutely heartbreaking. A man off the street could have done better!
Who reads Damphair and pronounces it Dam-fair?! Its obviously Damp-hair!
None of the voices of the main characters bear any resemblance to their prior incarnations.
Its maddening. I can't believe there's no such thing as an editor for audiobooks?
I think I will go back to reading the novels and forget this hot mess.
He was a 4.5-star reader in the previous books. I enjoy his voice and most of the portrayals of the lesser characters, but his consistency and pronunciation errors are just unforgivable. 2 stars is me being generous.
As other reviewers have stated, I found it disappointing to the point of being insulting that the editors let the narrator's dramatic shift in the pronunciation of the characters' names, and their accents, make it through. Not what you expect for the fourth installment of a series. Even worse, there are several instances where it is inconsistent. For example, Dotrice goes from the "old" pronunciation of Brienne to the "new" pronunciation, and BACK, within the same POV session - sometimes only a sentence removed from each other. That is just unforgivably sloppy editing.I've always had some issues with the way Dotrice chose to handle accents. It made no sense to me that Robb Stark sounded more like Robert Baratheon than Ned Stark - it's not like he'd been fostered down south. There seems to be little rhyme or reason to placement of accents on characters. And I've just accepted that all children and most women will sound like uneducated whiners.But this installment takes it a step further with the dramatic shift in a character like Petyr, whose way of speaking was so much of how we perceived him. Overall, extremely disappointing. Some have offered up the years between production for the changes, and I understand that presents a challenge, but one just has to look at Michael Kramer's excellent work on the WoT series to see that it doesn't have to result in such a significant drop in quality.
As for the story, I didn't mind as much the shift away from some of the major characters, probably because I restarted the series from the beginning when I started listening, and so I didn't experience the disappointment of waiting for Book 4 for years only no to hear my favorite characters. We'll see how I feel after Book 5, because there's no denying that the story is very bogged down and plodding at this point...
I loved the story. I'm really enjoying the series.
My only negative is this. I love the reader BUT the pronunciation of some of the names as well as the established voices for some of the characters have changed from the first 3 books. It is a small thing but you get used to hearing things one way so to have them all change for the 4th book was a little strange.