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.
The story is ok, though by far the most boring of the books so far, but, oh my God, I don't think Roy Dotrice has ever actually heard anyone talking before. The voices he does, NOT ONLY are INCONSISTENT with his previous reading, but are JUST PLAIN BAD. The 14 year old Denarys Targaryan and 12 year old Arya Stark, as well as any other young woman he voices, sounds like an old scottish woman with a tack in her throat. His standard old woman voice sounds like a 100 year old with throat cancer. Old man sounds about the same as his old woman, with a slightly harder pitch. Middle age man sounds like an 80 year old man with the whooping cough. It's incredibly terrible narration, and you're SO MUCH better off just reading it yourself. Roy's narration ruins immersion, and is usually just plain annoying. Only buy this audiobook if you absolutely do not and will never have the time to read it yourself.