The story is really good...I just get crazy though when things are not wrapped up at the end of a book. I'm getting ready to start the 5th book.....
The story line advanced a bit faster than in the previous book
Some plot lines are starting to make more sense
I really enjoy Roy Dotrice's performance and narrative....except in this reading he changed the pronunciation of several of the main characters names and also used different voices for them than he had in the previous books. Many of the characters sounded like wizened old men instead of the characters they were. Very irritating and distracting.
What the hell happened with the narrator? Did he go on a sabbatical and forget he worked on the first books?
Note to narrators: Great idea if you want to change your voice to distinguish between characters; nice touch, but unnecessary in most cases. However, the poorest performance I can think of, determines that the audience will miss chunks of the book because they are wondering why half the characters have drastically changed accents. VERY annoying.
Somehow the fourth book has become regarded as the black sheep of the Game of Thrones family. I suppose I can understand why: No dragons, no Tyrion, no wall in the north.
People missed those things and I get it. But to say what Martin did focus on was just meandering or lesser than what he's done with the rest of the books is quite frankly false. It's an excellent and engaging story that will keep you hooked the whole way through. If you like the series this is just as strong as the rest of the books that surround it.
This narrator has been great through every Song of Ice and Fire book till now. I knew going into this book that "A feast for Crows" had been recorded after a long break from recording these books, and I expected some of the voices to be different. For the most part this didn't bother me (the change in Aria's and Littlefinger's voices were particularly jarring, but overall it wasn't bad). The part that really bothered me was how Damp Hair was pronounced "Damph Fair" like there is an F in both damp and hair. This name is said many times in this book and every time I heard it was like nails on a blackboard.
I would defiantly read this book again, but I am not sure I would listen to the audio version again.
Yes to both.
"A Dance of Dragons" - Book 5 in the "A Song of Ice & Fire" series.
The last scene in the book that you see of Cersei
Any of the Iron Island characters...any would do fine.
Probably the weakest book (so far) in the series. "A Feast for Crows" was no 'feast' at all and was served up more like random appetizers from an obscure Japanese restaurant with too many strange, new characters and a handful of familiar ones.
**Light spoilers** I felt like the biggest downside to this book was the lack of primary character POVs, such as Jon Snow, Daenerys Targaryen, and Tyrion Lannister - some of the series most beloved characters (up to this point). It'd be like watching an episode of LOST without having Jack, Kate, or Sawyer...so I guess it was actually like Season 3 with 'The Others'...Anyways, there were far too many new characters and story lines introduced that made the reader feel disoriented and confused about what was going on...again, kinda like S3 of LOST.
With that being said, the plot line following Jaime & Cersei Lannister were well done and there were many twists and turns that became very entertaining as the story progressed. Sam & Arya's story felt a little detached at times and were not very engaging.
Overall, it will be hard to tell if this is the worst book in the series since the series remains to be unfinished (at this time) and may be subject to the same curse that befalls many "bridging" books in some series, such as "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" or even in film where most folks feel that "Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back" does not carry the same weight as Episodes IV & VI (not counting Episodes I-III, of course).
Pros: a great continuation of the Lannister story line.
Cons: too many new, uninteresting characters and convoluted conspiracies.
Bottom line: not great as a stand-alone novel, and certainly not a great follow-up to "A Storm of Swords", but should work decently within the series.
I don't know-I didn't read the book.
Same comment as previous. He doesn't remember the voices he used for the characters in previous books. He even pronounces names differently.
It was Arya before this book. It seems that Roy decided that she is now Scottish!
Very confusing. It seems that some of the characters killed in previous books came back to life. Flashbacks without telling the reader?
No, I rather read the book.
Not at all.
i'd start with a different reader.
I didn't even listen to this entire book. The man's voice was grating. I seriously wish I could exchange it for a different book, but I've had it way too long. This is a terrible audiobook.