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
I won't repeat what every other review has said about the narrator, except to say that I totally agree with them. It is very difficult to follow the storyline. When I finished the previous book in the series, I wanted to immediately begin "A Feast for Crows." I only had 1 credit in my acoount and since I have become a member of Audible, I have rarely "paid" for a book, waiting for my credits to accumulate if needed. But I was so hooked on the series, that I bought this book without reading the reviews, not dreaming that the narration would be so below standard. I have very little time to ever sit down and read a book, however, had I read the reviews, I would have either waited for my credits to accumulate, or I would have bought the written copy of the book and read it. I have not read the reviews for the next book in this series, but did read a review for this book that referenced the sub-par narration of book 5. I will read the reviews for that book and if they mirror the ones for this book, I will not buy it. I will definitely pay for the written book.
I would say both by the novel and the audio performance this series is at the top of all audio books i have enjoyed.
The cast is so ensemble it is a difficult question for this series but for this book in particular the redemption arc of Jamie Lanister is especially compelling. It's is a truly complete picture of a broken man on the precipice.
I believe Mr. Dotrice does a masterful job of weaving seamlessly through multiple characters.
All of the above.
This series truly lives up to the hype. It defines what modern fantasy/scifi is and can be. A picture of realistic humans struggling through a limitless world. Martin constantly glides between the fantastical and the realistic with such ease it is easy to lose yourself in the tale.
After the tremendous storyline and great performance by Roy Dotrice, Feast for Crows was a major disappointment. I went through the first 3 books in two weeks and have limped through this one over 5 weeks. Not only is the story rambling and could have been cleaned up to less than have the length but Roy must have not cared about the characters or even remembered the voices he used in the previous books. Very disappointing. Now on to Book 5...hope they have corrected the series or it will take me months to complete.
From the start this one didn't grab my attention for a long time. What did grab my attention was changes in the voice narration by Roy Dotrice. Sigh! Hopefully A Dance with Dragons will restore my faith
I would recommend the first three books, and then recommend to stop there.
After the first three books there were so many good stories that were left open and I was so excited to hear more, but all the people I wanted to hear about were not there. Instead, there was just more and more people introduced and it felt like I was hearing about a cousins brothers former roommate that did something I didn't care about. The people I care about might be in the 5th book, but after this one and the poor reviews of the fifth book, I guess I will never now.
Yes he is a good narrator.
No, I actually stopped once in the middle and went to a different series, but came back and restarted it and listened to it hoping I was going to find what was in the first three. I didn't.
I loved the first three, this one felt like someone walking around writing about random stuff with little importance. There was a few times where the story would get going, but then the chapter would end and it would be off to someone less exciting.
I am listening to the books without the break of years in between and it is irritating as hell that the voices for a lot of the characters have changed. Especially the female voices are completely different (and worse than before). Why use the same narrator and not check the previous recordings? I blame the narrator and the producers equally.
This book is puzzle pieces jumbled together. The first chapter alone left me 'huh?' until the very end and the story introduces such a lot of new characters (and viewpoints) that it left my head realing. It's not bad, just incomplete without the next part. What I missed most? Tyrion! (well, no more spoilers) What I liked most? Sam got a larger part and the storyline around Sensa.
Yes, if you are reading the series, you need to read this one
Yes, I want to complete the series
He pronounces people's names differently than he did in other books, and uses completely different voices for them which is very difficult to listen to when you have listened to all of the books back to back.
no. too much dreaming and remembering
This book completely leaves out Tyrian, Denaryes, Bran, and other favorites that I was hoping would continue in this book. Most of the book is other characters having flashbacks or dreams.
If you invested time to listen to the previous books- you need to hear this one. It is another piece in a great story. Alone this book is slow and a little boring but as part of the whole story it is well worth listening to.
There are some revelations in character development late in the book that really surprised me- and not in the way of previous books. Perhaps it is because the largest part is slow, and tedious that these little developments are that much more unexpected and gratifying- its a long journey to get to it but ultimately it was well done.
I don't want to give any spoilers but towards the end of the book when a secret alliance between two houses is revealed that we do not know about- that was a jaw dropping scene to me, and I was totally blindsided.
i was bored with a large part of the book but floored a couple of times, as previously mentioned.
I did not find the voice performance as horrible as others seem to- it was slightly annoying in that it was different from previous performances- which gives a little hiccup in continuity- but it does not ruin the book for me- the performance is fine - just different. The book is very slow and not a lot happens, its not as engrossing or dramatic as previous books- but I think this book is building a platform for new characters to develop and shape the story in following books. If you've read the previous books- you must read this one.
I liked the first three, so i will stick to the end probably
yes i would - when you like series, you follow even through dips...