A good experience on it's own but the different voicing for a few of the characters is really off putting. Also I'd consider this still a strong book but probably the weakest of the series so far. Definitely still recommend but it's a little bit short of the first 3 books.
There are several great storylines within this book but it lacks an overall plot and ending. It reminds me of a high school thesis, where the author fulfilled the minimum word requirement and then just stopped and turned the paper in. Maybe Martin was pressured by a deadline and the producers were more interested in profit than quality. I guess I just expected more after the first three awesome books.
I did not enjoy spending so much time with Cersi. Sam's stuff was kind of boring. Same with Elaine. Brienne had some good moments. The iron islands stuff was tedious as well, but the Crows Eye scenes were memorable. I really hope to get back to the good characters next book. Lastly, be prepared for the different pronunciations of characters from Dotrice. I.e. Craster turns into Crayster.
the only thing I even want to mention about this book is that it will take you a long time to adjust if difference in voices bother you. Between the last book and this one, Roy Dotrice's voice aged considerably and the voices sound really different. This of course can't be helped and doesn't effect the delivery of the story. Excellent listen. I can't wait to start the next book!
This has not been my favorite book. Granted I am still not finished listening to it, but with the others, even though I have never liked the narrator, I could not wait to listen to, this one seems a bit of a chore.
In all of the books, I thought that he did an okay job with the older men, but with younger men and especially the women and children, he was horrible. And now, in this book, he has totally changed the pronunciation of several character's names. I swear that he called Aria "Ario" at one point. Really wish that if they wanted to use Roy Dotrice for the men, that they would have used a women to do the rest.
I understand having to hire a different narrator sometimes but its extremely annoying when the new narrator pronounces half the names differently than the last narrator did in the first 3 books! not to mention he makes Aria's voice sound like old Nan... it's so annoying im tempted to just stop listening to this series.