I had heard the narration for this series was great, and that folks were upset when one of the books wasn't read by the Roy Dotrice. So maybe my expectations were too high, but I really didn't like the narrator on this one. His women & children all sounded like old crones to me, instead of women & children. It really threw me off.
Also, if you've been watching the series on HBO, he doesn't pronounce some of the names the way they're pronounced on the show, so that's off-putting too. And of course, since you've heard the characters voices on the show, they don't sound right here, either.
And if you're trying to take advantage of the Whispersync for Voice feature on this one, don't. It never worked correctly.
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oh yes and I have to many these series are so spellbound love it
this book here was at first really deep and I did not understand it at first, then in the middle had to re listen to it. to understand. I thought at first it was slow going but you have to listen to it to understand what is going on. I have never been disappointed in the spell bound way of the writting and love the book, as well as the reader! he really made the book. I have to say GREAT to Roy Dotrice for all of his different voice for the story made it all happen
the way he narrated the whole story line he is awesome
Better plot and content and a narrator who produces a similar performance as the first 3 books.
Main characters hardly appear, too much filler material and characters.
Someone who could research the first 3 books and use roughly the same voices and name pronunciations. It's really confusing and off-putting.
Not really - I am giving up on the series.
Great performance by Dotrice. I have always enjoyed his voices and acting.
No, Just go read the wiki summaries about it. I think I'm going to skip on to book 5. I'm assuming Martin is just interested in selling books after reading this one. I don't seem to care about the characters that he spends the most time on.
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First of all I am rating this on a relative scale. The series is a classic. If you read the first 3, you are gonna read this one and the next one and the next one… but nothing is resolved! This is just a filler book. Side plots are started and some are concluded but some are just dropped. Main story lines feel as if they have been dropped. Pretty disappointing; not Martins best work. Dotrice was good as usual, but it doesn’t seem like he did his homework in regards to his pronunciations. He pronounces characters names completely different from what he did in the previous 3 books!
First 3 books are much better. No question.
Good but inconsistent.
Books are always better.
Listen, it is still a book in the magical world Martin has created. So read the book but have the next book ready to roll; not because of any major cliff hangers, but just because you may feel a little unfulfilled.
I have fallen in love with this series. This particular book didnt feel like a complete book though. It never felt like there was anything close to being a climax. It was pretty much bland, but steady progression through the characters. It only mentioned Dani a very few times. She is my favorite character. I wanted to hear the story of dragons. Instead, they were only referrenced through others points of view. The books before this were great and Im holding out hope that the others will also be great. This one though was a huge disappointment
I liked that A Feast For Crows picked up where A Storm of Swords left off, but then I feel like it never picked up and caught pace with Storm of Swords. So much ground was covered in Book 3 and some of the characters (who survived) were only mentioned briefly in this book.
Like many others have stated, the changes in the narration voices were terribly distracting. Previously Dotrice had done an excellent job keeping the voices consistent for all of the main characters, but this time it was like he was reading these books for the first time. It took some time to get in sync with which voice he was using for which character. Sad.
I'm on the fence. As others have suggested, it would well be worth the time and money to have Dotrice re-record the book after having gone back and listened to the voices he used in the previous books.
Can't say too much that is bad about this book, but be prepared to venture off into even more nooks and crannies as the authors world continues to grow.
The narrator had a bit too much time off and it took a bit to get used to the change is some pronunciation and he has changed a few of the voices - one you adjust though - he does a nice job of bringing the story to life.
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Yes. It's part of "A Song of Ice and Fire"
Dotrice has a bunch of voices, but the previous books were much better in their performance. The recording quality is bad. He sounds like he is reading inside a barrel. He doesn't use the same voices for the same characters. For one, Arya is surprisingly different. It's like he purposely is screwing it up.
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If you have enjoyed the other books before this one, I think you'll be disappointed. Too much time spent on tertiary character development, noticeably intentional absence of popular interesting characters - this book is FILLER. It seems its main purpose is to just establish the passing of time in the world. Frankly, it's fine that the author has such a broad view of the world he has created, but there's an art in telling a tale and populating a story with 10000 characters doesn't make it better. (Of course if these other 3rd level characters become important I'll probably regret this)
The narration is fine and talented.