A right leaning, open-minded, history science and international intrigue buff.
I throw my lot in with Pi and many other reviewers. In fact, Pi is spot on in his description of the narrators "jarring" changes and the laborious story line. I found this book to be much slower moving with a host of new characters to follow. In some ways I feel like I"m trudging through just to get to the next one.
A dreamer who loves the adventures hidden in every story!!
Roy Dotrice you are amazing! He made this story come to life for me. I partially read this and partially heard, and listening to it sometimes was so much better than reading it yourself. As usual it has taken me forever to get through this book, not because its boring or a drag. I unfortunately do not have the time I would like to dedicate to reading this quickly. Having said that this story keeps getting better and better. I love the intrigue, the uncertainty of not knowing who is good and bad, coz that keeps changing and the best part is as soon as you think you have something figured out, the proverbial ground gets yanked from under your feet and you are back at being left clueless. I am going to start on the Dance of Dragons asap, as I want to know what happens to Daenerys, Jon and especially Tyrion. In this book there are no chapters on these characters. This book concentrates on Cersei, Jamie, Brienne, Sansa, Sam and some other characters. This book is more focused on Kings Landing and the happenings of Westros. I wish I could tell you what happens, I am so happy for the time being with one of the characters situation. Lets just say that they reaped what they sowed, and I hope it stays that way. Just read it and you will know what I mean!
Great story, needs to be re-recorded
The complex plot
I think Roy gave up on this novel. Not only have pronunciations and accents of characters changed from the previous books, but he flip-flops throughout this book.
There is already a TV show
Sooo glad I decided to ignore the negative reviews of the narrator and try the book for myself. I have nothing bad to say about Roy Dotrices' narration. His variety of voices is a pleasure to listen to and the book is riveting as the other 3 before it. Loved it!!!! Would advise anyone to listen for themselves. On to the next book and can't wait to get started. Happy listening all.
I don't know what happened in between book 3 and book 4, but it's as if Roy Dotrice has never even heard of Game of Thrones. He mis-pronounces names and has done a complete 180 since the last book and not for the better. It's hard to focus and understand what is going on because he changed the character's voices. It's a disppointment.
No. The story is as gripping as ever, but the narration leaves a lot to be desired.
George R.R. Martin is rebuilding his world after Book 3, and the mix of old & new characters make fascinating reading.
I know it's not easy to create the hundreds of characters in a GoT book. But why does the narrator do all the voices in varying Scottish dialects? Characters such as Jaime and Petyr are made to sound as old as Pycelle. The female characters either sound shrewish or dumb. Also, what's with the pronunciations of Damphair as "damn fair", Brienne as "bry-een", or at one point calling Petyr Baelish "Petry"? Jarring.
Yes. You can't with its length, but you sure want to.
If you can get past the quirky narration, it's a rewarding story to get into.
Only because it's part of the series and hope springs eternal.
Not the fault of the narrator altho the voices were different and so it was more difficult to follow the story.
Only because it's part of the series
I had heard that this was the book that took us to many different characters than the previous 3 books. That being said, I've had a hard time getting as into this one. A good deal of the trouble is that Roy Dotrice did not bring the known characters back with the same voice, so the thread is lost for me. ALL of the women sound like old crones, most of the men sound like old men. He has pronounced the names differently so lost cohesion in terms of performance. CATlyn sounds like KATElyn, Petiar sounds like PETER, Alessandre sounds common, Bry-een sounds like Brian, Sam, Aria, Sersay, John, and Bryeen's voices are very off from the the first 3. Just very distracting. Aria's is really bad. She doesn't sound like a 10 yr old girl, rather like a 90 year old irish crone with no teeth. It's simply not as rich, more cartoonish. But, There are many elements of Roy's performance that are still very well done- battles, arguments, etc.
I'm still looking forward to seeing where all of the pieces come together!
It is very strange that Roy Dotrice's voice changed significantly in this books. I had to check and re-check to see if the book was read by the same person. He pronounced the characters' names differently and the voices of the characters changed! It really bothered me!
Fantastic Story Telling.
The general narration is okay, but the constant changes to the pronounciation of the characters' names is really irritating. For the first three books (as far as my memory serves) the names are consistent. Not only does the pronounciation change in this book, but there are several options from which the reader bounces back and forth. It's distracting. Also, he often fails to relay the context in which dialogue is delivered. Questions are spoken as statements, and vice versa, and he seems to be incapable of reading women's dialogue as anything but whiny and plaintive. There is also a sing-songy quality to all dialogue (both men and women) that I found terribly distracting. His performance is such that it would deter me from purchasing other stories read by him if it wasn't part of a series I was already enamored of.
I'd heard from several others that this is the dryest of the series, but I did not find that to be true for me. There isn't any 'epic' moment, but rather a series of events that lead from the last book to the next, which I find enjoyable.