I like that this book familiarizes you with Westeros more than the previous books. It focuses more on the current state of the seven kingdoms and less on specific characters. This book leaves many of the characters out completely which was disappointing but still worth the listen.
The performance in this book is very poor. Dotrice does give each character their own voice but he changes them so much from the previous versions it really takes away from the experience that you come to expect.
I enjoyed the book but I found it kinda boring, I'm not a big fan of cersei and adding new characters into the book made it difficult for me to keep up with. I listen to my books at work and I found myself more often having to restart a chapter or rewind by several minutes because I would start to wander off in my imagination on tangents, most of them cersei's chapters. None the less the book was great just wish there were more original characters. If Jon and tyrion were in this book instead of waiting till book 5 I think I would've enjoyed it a lot more.
He changed how he pronounced the names of charters and used different voices for characters when compared to the 1st 3 books
These are great books and have a story that keeps you guessing start to finish
i'm amazed that the same person can read 4 books about the same world, and in the 4th book he pronounces so many things differently. Having finished book 3 one day and started book 4 the next, it was very disappointing/aggravating to have the same voice reading the next book, But no longer knowing how he had previously pronounced the names of so many characters/locations.
Roy changed a few voices for the worse, namely Arya and Littlefinger, though Jaime sounded less gruff and therefore marginally improved. Dunno why some pronunciations were changed, perhaps to be more in keeping with the show? (this was produced in 2011)
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I won't tell you this book is for everyone. Like the last couple, it's not nearly as action packed and just feels like more continued setup. Only now it's missing half the characters (they're in the next book).
But if you like the level of detail and the world and the politics, it's a great read/listen.
The narrator pronounces some of the names differently from the series, so be prepared for that, even though this was recorded well before HBO got started. It can be a bit jarring.
Basically, you already know if you want to read this one. If you got through the first three books and feel like you want more of the same, you should get this. If not, I'm not sure how you made it through the third, actually. But there are no surprises in the writing, just in the plot. ;)