The story, at this point in the series, is starting to feel endless and depressing, though I am still invested enough in the characters that I finished the book. The characters slog through endless hardship only to have further terrible things happen to them. You want desperately for something positive to happen for anyone, only to have another "shocking" death waiting around the corner for you. To be honest the biggest obstacle to finishing the book was Roy Dotrice's performance. Apparently, any character over the age of thirty speaks in a strange, spit-filled, toothless lisp, and women all sound like old crones. By book 5 these voices are like listening to nails on a chalkboard, especially since the story itself is starting to lag. Bottom line is this: if you are a die-hard fan of the story, the annoying performance might not bother you, but if you are iffy on the whole thing in the first place, you'd be better off getting a copy of the book to read for yourself.
I love the book. I love the story. The only part I didn't like was the fact that many of the character's voices changed from the previous books. I got used to those characters sounding a certain way, and their voice was different in this book. Along those same lines, many pronunciations of names, cities, etc., changed as well. That was a bit frustrating throughout the length of this book.
Continuing the story for the most part is all I can really say positive. I'd have to echo previous sentiments that after becoming used to the characters' respective voices from the first three books they all changed, and not for the better, in this book. It's the same narrator but he switched up and it's hard to identify in the same way. Also after 3 books with mostly main characters rotating in the story line we suddenly go to all minor characters, hard to keep them all straight, and the few main ones seem, such as Circe, to keep showing up in machine gun fashion. Have to admit I loved the first three but wasn't crazy about this one.
I will try book 5 and hope for the best.
Not sure since I loved his first three performances and will hope this was a glitch only.
Yes, to tie up the loose ends.
Think that says all I need to say.
The narration was good, but different than his other narrations which was slightly unsettling. Perhaps the director missed that some pronunciations had changed. A small detail, but important for consistent immersion into the story.
My first being A Storm of Swords. As with the others, Roy Dotrice does an outstanding performance. And anyone who is a fan of the series will not be disappointed as far as the continuing storyline.
Great book. A little jarring that the characters voices changed but you get used to it.