He shouldn't have been reading this book. Fact is he was just too old. We all like to think the editing team didn't do their job but I'm sure they did try to work with Dotrice. He was just too old to put out a quality audio and random house was under pressure because they knew the fans wanted Dotrice back so they just went with it. That's how it likely played out
Cut out the weaker storylines. It's clear in hindsight a lot of these were thrown together in afterthought for completeness' sake.
No, it's the worst of the series.
Roy, you've done a great job narrating the series up until this point, but you've completely destroyed your reputation in my eyes by not taking the time to go back and remember the voices you used for the different characters. Hearing them all speak with someone else's voice is like fingernails on a chalkboard. My favorite voice was Dolorous Edd, but you've essentially killed that character and replaced him with someone I don't know. :-(
Pace of the 4th book is a little on the slow side and with several of the main characters missing, this book doesn't deserve the 5 stars I'd give the first 3 books. Roy Dotrice makes it all worthwhile though, stunning narrator who will keep you hooked regardless!
Great story, but Roy Dotrice changed his pronunciations. He hanged voices too. It took a while to get used to, I hope it's different for the next book.
Roy Dotrice is a fine reader and has done very good work on previous ASOIAF books. However, this reading is a challenge to get through. A completely different reader or a straight reading (no character voices) would have made this a 5-star experience.
As many have stated, the choices for character voices are a horrible distraction. Young girls sound like old crones, wizened scholars sound like blubbering small folk and character name pronunciation's are all over the place, often changing back and forth within the same chapter.
I imagine this series has to be among the best selling for Audible. They really owe the listeners a re-recorded version of this particular installment.
I personally don't have a problem with the characters Roy portrays being slightly different than previous books. the change is not super noticeable. if you really like the books, it won't effect your enjoyment of this narration.
I also prefer Roy's portrayal of Samwell in this more than in previous books.
Great story originality thanks to RR Martin. The ability of the audio narrator is impressive considering the number of prominent characters. Thoughtful... and impeccable story telling.