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.
It is essential, but there are pacing issues and there were changes in how Roy Dotrice narrates some characters.
This continues the epic Song of Ice and Fire, but has missing characters from the previous books.
The narration of Roy Dotrice remains amazing... but... he changed how he narrates some characters... which is very confusing at first and the changes are not for the better.
I can't say what really moved me without revealing a spoiler.
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Roy is obviously a great voice actor, so what happened with this book? If you've listened to the first three installments you know how we'll the voices are done. from what I understand, the original recording of the book was done by someone else, then Roy came back and did a recording due to all the complaints about the original reading. The problem here is that Roy seems to have forgotten which character was which and what voice went with them! I mean, some of the girls sound like guys and the guys sound like their former enemies. The one thing you can count on is all the lanisters now sound like Tyrian (they didn't before). I never heard the first recording so I don't know how bad it was and if you haven't listened to the first three books you'll never notice, and to you, Roy will have done a superb job. I'd love to listen to this book again after Roy finds his old voices and puts them back with the right characters!
Dotrice is spot on narrating these novels. Just enough variation between characters so you can keep things straight, but he doesn't over do it.
And the story is wonderful; endearing characters, evil characters, bumbling fools and manipulative geniuses. R.R. Martin keeps you on your toes right on through to the end; I just hope he doesn't keep us all waiting too long for the rest of the story!
Yes, being the fourth book in the series it is always wonderful to have a well read refresher when going back through the series.
I had several favorite Characters, one of them was Arya Stark becausw I felt her chapters really moved the plot along.
I felt he did a good job at making the dialogue more entertaining.