Absolutely disappointing! Everything past the 39th chapter was just static. Even deleted and re-downloaded the book onto my ipod twice and low and behold...same problem. Could hear the whole story on my MAC...but that isn't very practical when your running.
Incredibly entertaining series, and a wonderful narrator... until book 4. For some reason, Mr. Dotrice changed the voices he was using with several of the characters, and even changed the pronunciations of the their names. Very disconcerting. It's a shame he didn't listen to one of his earlier performances before starting the new book.
I enjoy George RR Martin's writing very much. I had read the previous books and decided to give this audiobook a try. I listened for over an hour and I just could not warm up to Roy Dotrice. I found his delivery to be bland and monochromatic and his voices to be inauthentic and distracting. There was very much a feeling of him having read this for the first time and I had to give up. I bought the kindle edition and I am so glad that I did.
Daily commuter that finally has time to read (listen).
As with the entire series, the story and character development is fantastic. If you have the time to invest in this series it is so worth it. Book 1-3 are just better because of the attention to the consistency of the voices. I don't quite remember where it all started to go wrong, but it really through me for a loop. I started to think that I missed entire chapters. Eventually I got over it (not really) and accepted it enough to complete the series. Seems other listeners had the same issue so I'm not completely crazy even though I felt like it at times. I recommend others to be prepared and get over it too because its the only flaw.
In the beginning, I thought this was just a medieval times story. I wasn't sure what to make of the prologue with its fantasy injection of the Others and then not to be heard about again for some time. The fantasy and magic just seemed to disappear for a while, with just hints. The subsequent books have more of this, but you're never quite sure if this is real in the story or just unexplained phenomenon. That's how magic should be - unbelievable and unexplained. Later the true fantasy comes through, but not in a bad way.The other thing that is different in this series is that the continuity is not with the characters, but rather the story. This is more realistic, that people die, everyone dies. These are times of anarchy and people don't live long as is true of many of the characters. You need to get used to this, because the characters that you grow to love, die - find a new favourite. I found the survivors to be somewhat unexpected. I don't enjoy predictable stories and thus added to my enjoyment.
Roy did such an amazing job in the beginning, and then he completely forgot who was who. I'm sure that's not the case and there is business and money at work here to screw it all up. The Schizophrenia from book to book was very distracting. It wasn't just that the voice changed, it was the way it changed. It was obvious that Roy tried to match gender, age, class, education, etc. for each character - credit where credit is due. When the voices changed, they were completely and unacceptably wrong! It took me a while to readjust and figure out what was happening. Definitely detracted from my enjoyment. An as other listeners pointed out, the voice was unacceptable in some places - Aria and Denaris.
The story is very well written. Roy Dotrice is the best narrator of any books that I have listened to. He doesn't mess up accents and voices when switching between them and they all sound different which is wonderful.
I have only listened to 6.5 chapters, but the narration is so unfortunate that I do not want to proceed. Arya now sounds like Brienne. Brienne sounds like Jaime. and on and on. The names are pronounced different from the last three books and often different in the same chapter. It is insulting to the audience that the narrator did not listen to his previous performances before proceeding with this book. Where were the producers?
This book seems to be far afield of the storyline already, and I believe it will just get worse after reading the other reviews. It appears the author and the narrator coasted on this one thinking it was easy money. For shame.
I am considering returning this book to Audible along with book 5.
I certainly enjoyed the continuing character development from the ongoing series
I can't spoil anything so for anyone that has read the first three, you'll clearly want to read the next. I have to be honest though, I am starting to get a little tired of the considerable effort Martin takes in describing every stitch of clothing that a character is wearing. I know it paints a beautiful image but these books could be shortenend by 200 pages each if we left Cerci's wardrobe out of every chapter.
I'd also add that I'm a bit of a history buff but I never realized that the middle-ages were quite so rapey....I know this is a work of fiction but it's based on those times so unless Martin is taking creative liberties with that aspect....I get the distinct impression that every woman in Martin's books is raped at least once in their lifetimes. Just pointing out the brutality of the social message...not condemning him for putting it on paper..
I do enjoy Doltrice though I feel like he's changed his accent/inflection for some of the main characters from one book to another which is a little discordant. Otherwise he does a nice job...he doesn't go over the top with most of the character impressions which is good. I think some of the impressions are too close to each other but with the sheer volume of characters in this series I can't imagine how you couldn't get repetitive.
I think Martin's goal is to take every character you love and reduce them (and by extension you) to ruins. No spoilers as this has been evidenced since the first book in the series but suffice it to say that life continues to hand your favorite characters a never ending supply of poop sandwiches.
Nothing with respect to this book but I went through the first 4 in rapid succession but now find myself putting down the series to get some different reading done. I'm not sure if this is a result of a bit of a lull with respect to A Feast for Crows or if it's the knowledge that Martin takes a loooooong time to complete each book so there's little compelling reason to hurry through them if I'll ultimately have to wait another decade or so before the series concludes.
I have really enjoyed all of the books up to feast of crows. Have gotten used to Roy Dotrice's voice. But this time the character voices fall flat. I found this book to be the most boring of all of them. Though the events are important its really made me sad that it only focused on Jamie, Sansa, Brienne, Cersei, Sam, and the Iron Men. The Chapters about the Iron Men where so slow and boring that I almost stopped listing to the story. I am glad I made it though this book, but Honestly I wish I had just skipped it and moved on to Book 5. I know that Book 4 and Book 5 where meant to be one book originally and due to Martin's publisher it ended up being broken into two books at its publishing. I really wanted to like this book, but its lacking a lot of the magic that I liked about the first 3 books.
No. I will finish up with book 5, and wait for Martin to finish book 6 and 7.
Roy and the voices he used for some of the characters did not match the previous books. His "Littlefinger" voice change 3 times in this book. His Arya sounded bad... I have been listing to these books back to back the last few months and I can tell that in this one the Director took no time to re-associate Roy with the characters of his previous readings.
The entire chapter of Sam's crossing to Braavos. Sure its important but it needed to be much shorter. I think it was 45 mins of an 8hr chapter. It could have been shortened down by 20mins and still got the point across.
My pic says it all. That's my dog and he is really barking for me to throw another snowball. Scary looks but really just a playful guy by nature. Been reading sf/fantasy like a power nerd my whole life which is almost 50 years now. I like all sorts of stuff just make the story believable...
Sheesh, this story is endless and nothing changes. What makes this book so bad is that it focuses on all the loser characters. You could have skipped this book and not missed any of the story. Lets hope the next book has something interesting or some character development.
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The performance DOES indeed vary from the other books in the series, but frankly it's not a big deal. Yes you have to get used to a couple of different voices and pronunciations but once you're settled in it is fine. Arya does sound different, but she doesn't sound old she sounds Irish. If you need a comparison, she sounds more like Egret in the past books. I have been listening to the entire series back-to-back-to-back and am not that bothered by it. Roy Dotrice is 90 years old and his performance is excellent.Get over it.