Fantastic characters, massive arching story lines, and book 4 gets into the meat of some characters that I love. However, I was really throne (hehe) for a loop by the change in narration for some of the main characters and different pronunciation of words (to a lesser degree). I really liked the narration up until book 4, and I hope Roy corrects it in the next book, whenever that is.
I am another one who hates Roy's performance in this one. Loved him in the others, and I understand what happened and al the time that passed, but it was still hard to hear. I got through it and was able to listen past his voices to find the story without getting fed up, but sometimes it was tiresome. Arya was the worst one, but then so many of the voices began to sound the same that sometimes it was hard to distinguish who was talking. Someday I will read this in book form and (hopefully) hear the voices in my head as I think they should be. Still, all that aside, good and engaging story.
No, I can't do it anymore. I went through the first three books and enjoyed them. This book was just plain awful. I gave up on it half-way through but I have this imperative to always finish a book, no matter how bad. I finished it, and really couldn't wait for it to be over. I know this is another link in the larger chain but there was absolutely no ending to this book.
There was no ending...it just stopped. But I was glad to have it out of my life.
Narration was terrible. Voices were inconsistent with other books, and even pronunciation was inconsistent. The voices were so bad for some of the characters it was distracting.
Give up on George R. R. Martin. I'll keep watching the shows.
Chris "Father of Five" Smith
Disliked how the reader changed the way he said several names of the characters from previous books.
I thought the book was very good. A little long winded at times but a very good story. I didn't like the narrator as much as I liked the book. The story in this book varies quite a bit from the TV shows. The main events are similar but how you get to them sometimes are quite different. All in all a great series of books.
Absolutely. This is was a phenomenal installment to an already monumentally incredible series. The book does only focus on events around Kings Landing and Dorne, in comparision to following everyone's favorite and well known characters. The parallel story offers such a wide exploration of Westeros and the Seven Kingdoms, and also darkens the story itself tenfold from the previous books. Cersei's perspective chapters are the best ones in the book, as it gives you the chance to REALLY see what and how she is, inside her head and on the outside looking in.
Cersei, well because she is Cersei.
Roy Dotrice is incredible! Very very old, but he should have still reviewed the other performances! I mean come on, such a drastic change from Petyr Baelish! He is supposed to be a smooth and sly clever man, but njow Roy makes him sound like The Hound or the Old Bear. Always love Roy, just...The company who has him record needs to do it the next time, or they will most likely lose a ton of money if the performances are like this continually throughout the series. (From what I hear book 5 narrattive voices are worse, but we'll se)
It made me feel. Everything and anything that it could. Imagery and imagination runs rampant when these pages are opened.
Study Roy....Come on man! You rock, but just....listen to your old stuff.
I found this book to be a better listen than it was a read. Martin can be a bit dry at times, as I think most of his readers can agree. However, the narration was hard to get used to, and instead of getting better, it just gets worse.
I have a hard time listening to it because of the constantly changing voices. I feel the narrator would have been better off not doing voices at all. It was hard to follow who was speaking (or thinking, as there was no difference that I could discern) at any time because the voices are all so similar. It gets even worse in book five!