Librarian, reader, commuter. I got tired of the radio and CDs and switched to audio books. Now I listen to books while I quilt, clean, etc
The fourth book in the Game of Thrones series. The previous book had ended with several "Holy S**T cliffhangers, none of which were resolved in this book! And this one introduced new characters, plots, and complexity.
Westria is in complete disarray with the deaths of kings. Bandits, wars, skirmishes, and new plots arise. We see into the mind of several characters unrevealed till now and it is not at all pretty. Nobility if fast dying, killed by espionage, betrayal, greed, and continuous war.
Fascinating and frustrating, this book also ends in several cliffhangers.
I listened to this as an audio book narrated by Roy Dotrice. His voice and narration has changed somewhat but as soon as I got used to the changes, I was fascinated again.
Roy Dotrice is terrible this time around. I noticed that his voices change for every character. Pirates everywhere... Wht does everybody sound like a pirate?
If it was mainly pirates... Maybe.
I want to cry because it's hard to listen to this audio book.
Pirates!!! If you listened to book 3 in ASOIAF series and wondered why Jamie sounded like Tyrion all of sudden... It would be best if you skipped this audio book. It gets worse.
Hello, My name is Levi Brousseau. I'm on a life long mission to find stories that blow my mind.
he mixed up voices.
this book seemed to be very much slower an less action. seemed to be thrown together just to meet deadline.
The gratuitous vulgar descriptions could have been more tastefully delivered.
Anyone who is better at voices. Possibly the 2 who did the "wheel of time" audio books.
In this book Roy started pronouncing names of people and places completely different from the 1st 3 books. For example Little-Fingers 1st name Petyr is pronounced like "Peter" in this 4th book while it was more like "Pet-ire" in the previous 3. This is just one of many i have found, its very annoying.
Loved everything about books 1-3. Book 4 is painful. The characters and the storylines interest me very little. I painstakingly listened to details that seemed to go nowhere. When it did circle around to a few of my favorite characters Roy Dotrice managed to take the enjoyment out of that.
I really doubted it was actually Dotrice that was reading and went back to check more than once. With so many characters I can fully understanding slipping on some of the accents of the minor characters, but totally botching the major ones is unforgivable. Not only was he completely off on several of their accents, he mispronounced their names!!! Did he not review his prior work before doing this book? Was he drunk? In a hurry? Did he think no one was listening?
I almost feel bad saying these things because I can’t help but wonder if he had stroke or other brain injury that would explain the drastic change. No matter what the case I fear I cannot forgive him for Arya…. why on earth did he transform this young, feisty, girl into a 95 year old witch? I loved Arya and now listening to her is like fingers on a chalkboard.
First let me say for three long books I have been an avid fan of the story and the reader and place the experience at the top of my list. That said, I am sad to stay this book has been a let down for me both in the slowness of story, and more importantly the narration. Don't get me wrong, Roy Dotrice is incredible and pulls you in completely, but after listening to him for three very long books it is distressing that he has significantly changed the voices of some of the characters. How did Aria suddenly pick up a hybrid Irish accent? I use to get excited when Roy would read the chapter title with her name but now I am a bit detached during her part as I keep thinking, "that's not Aria." This is just one example of voice changes but the most significant so far (I hear Danarius is worse but have not gotten to that part yet). So, while the story is epic, this book has been extremely slow and frustrating at times. Sadly based on this experience I am sorry to say I am take a break at the end of this book before starting book 5 unless something drastically changes.
Nothing helps pass an Alaskan winter better than a stack of well written books. Self-employed, audio books have to hold me as an audience.
While I am a lover of back story, and the fleshing out of character, this 4th book is a tedious listen. The story seems to "Bunny Trail" off into all sorts of kingdom minutia that this loyal fan could care less about. I feel like the author gathered all his notes, and threw them together to give his publisher something, anything to publish, and that is what I found least desirable. The growth of certain characters, which only comes from the tedious back story, is also, what I enjoyed the most, and the anticipation, the sweet anticipation of hearing about some of our favorite characters.
Book 5 in the Martin series.
He is the voice of Westros...the keeper of the flame. Every character is a personal acquaintance of the reader because of his incredible performance. Give him a raise!!
I am a self-employed artisan, who lives remotely off the grid in rural Alaska. I bought more gas for my generator, and worked longer hours producing a bumper crop of inventory because I enjoy listening so much
I hope the next book improves, and finish the flipping series already, so we aren't left to some hack relative to finish it after Martin's dead.
After having followed this series from book one with Roy Dotrice as its reader, I was disappointed to find he suddenly changed the pronunciation of several characters' names (sometimes he uses different pronunciations in the same chapter). He has also been very good about giving the many characters distinctive voices and accents. In this book, however, some key characters sound very different (Jaime Lannister suddenly sounds just like Tyrion, and Aria Stark is completely changed). These are relatively small complaints, I suppose, but it's distracting.
I love these books, but I had to stop listening to Mr. Dotrice. I cannot understand why someone was not proofing his reading of this book. Pronunciations changed dramatically from the last 3 books, and characters didn't sound anything like what he had previously created. After 3 hours of correcting him every time he reinvented the way Petyr Baelish or Catelyn Stark was pronounced, I gave up. I blame the engineer, and the production house, not Mr. Dotrice.
Consistency book to book.
I had invested a lot of time listening to the first 3 books and was absolutely appalled to hear how this was handled.
If I wasn't lost before I was now. I don't know how many times I started all over and still lost. I got basic concepts but only a few characters were really developed to be able to not only remember their strife but their relationship with others.
Character and scene development. Great plot but it was like he got confused in his own developments.
Narrator was great.
Danny and her whole ordeal.