Yes to both.
"A Dance of Dragons" - Book 5 in the "A Song of Ice & Fire" series.
The last scene in the book that you see of Cersei
Any of the Iron Island characters...any would do fine.
Probably the weakest book (so far) in the series. "A Feast for Crows" was no 'feast' at all and was served up more like random appetizers from an obscure Japanese restaurant with too many strange, new characters and a handful of familiar ones.
**Light spoilers** I felt like the biggest downside to this book was the lack of primary character POVs, such as Jon Snow, Daenerys Targaryen, and Tyrion Lannister - some of the series most beloved characters (up to this point). It'd be like watching an episode of LOST without having Jack, Kate, or Sawyer...so I guess it was actually like Season 3 with 'The Others'...Anyways, there were far too many new characters and story lines introduced that made the reader feel disoriented and confused about what was going on...again, kinda like S3 of LOST.
With that being said, the plot line following Jaime & Cersei Lannister were well done and there were many twists and turns that became very entertaining as the story progressed. Sam & Arya's story felt a little detached at times and were not very engaging.
Overall, it will be hard to tell if this is the worst book in the series since the series remains to be unfinished (at this time) and may be subject to the same curse that befalls many "bridging" books in some series, such as "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" or even in film where most folks feel that "Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back" does not carry the same weight as Episodes IV & VI (not counting Episodes I-III, of course).
Pros: a great continuation of the Lannister story line.
Cons: too many new, uninteresting characters and convoluted conspiracies.
Bottom line: not great as a stand-alone novel, and certainly not a great follow-up to "A Storm of Swords", but should work decently within the series.
I don't know-I didn't read the book.
Same comment as previous. He doesn't remember the voices he used for the characters in previous books. He even pronounces names differently.
It was Arya before this book. It seems that Roy decided that she is now Scottish!
Very confusing. It seems that some of the characters killed in previous books came back to life. Flashbacks without telling the reader?
No, I rather read the book.
Not at all.
i'd start with a different reader.
I didn't even listen to this entire book. The man's voice was grating. I seriously wish I could exchange it for a different book, but I've had it way too long. This is a terrible audiobook.
Unfortunately Roy's performance on this volume is poor mainly due to changing the voices for characters. This may not sound like much but it ruins the continuity of the story and changes the personality of the characters completely.
I think some of the blame should lay with the producer who should of coached Roy with the previous volumes characterisations.
I love the story and I hope I forget all the books soon so that I can listen to them over and over and be amazed all over again. I will probably just do it anyway.
I love Jamie's aunt in Chapter 34. She is hilarious!
Roy Dotrice did such a stellar job in the first three books that I was quite distraught in the fourth when he changed the pronunciation of a bunch of names and some of the characters don't have their usual voices - like Aria and at times, Peter Baylish to name a few. That was unsettling and I was wondering what his state of mind was at the time as he sounded preoccupied because it wasn't consistent either. He changed some of them back like "Brain" luckily became Brahin again but others, it seem, are lost forever. It is a tough job to be able to bring every character to life. He has demonstrated that he is a master at it. His heart wasn't in it for this book.
Just an extreme reaction to the narrator changing pronunciation and tones of voices inconsistently.
Yes. Overall I've enjoyed the Song of Ice and Fire, and Roy Dotrice has a great voice overall, but the change between A Clash of Kings and A Storm of Swords on the one hand, and A Feast of Crows on the other is jarring. I came here to leave a review as to why I felt this way, but I see that many others before me were equally perturbed.
The story is fine, though I don't like the way entire characters are left out of this (and the A Dance with Dragons picks up where this book begins with the other characters). There was nothing to rival the Red Wedding, but that was awfully hard to top (especially if you had avoided all spoilers, as I had - heck, I was surprised that [SPOILER] Ned Stark exited when he did!) [/SPOILER]
The biggest offence is just the change in character names and pronunciations. Arya's voice becomes oaffish and crone-like, and names change - notably Petyr [Baelish] goes from "Pe-TIRE" to "PETER", and though a more minor character here, Catelyn [Stark] goes from "Cat-lyn" to "CATE-lyn".
When you're not reading along, these changes are PARTICULARLY jarring.
No way, it would never fly as a ... oh wait...
The story is very intriguing - brutal, to be sure - a picture of a savage culture without much room for mercy, but also with a number of redeeming moments and an overall enthralling story.
Yes...Well narrated, it's very nice to be able to download and listen offline.
A Dance With Dragons.
I didn't have to figure out how to pronounce all the different names and places.
When the Queen (Regent) has the tables turned on her.
Horribly slow writing. I skipped large amounts of chapters so I wouldn't fall asleep. Too many characters that didn't need to be included and far too many descriptions. I have a good imagination and didn't need every room a character entered described to me.
I'm a web developer based out of Sacramento, I listen to books while I work, and love audible.
To me this felt like book 10 of the Wheel of time.
This book was decent, but way overwritten and it was really hard to like anyone in the story, the few characters I like seem to get killed off every time I start to like them. In trying to be unpredictable Martin has become very predictable, a new jerk shows up and decides to go to war and goes on a killing spree. A decent person shows up, they get killed. That seems to be the basic formula. However the world is very interesting, I honestly just feel like the overall story, which seemed to move well in the last book has ground to a halt with more groups showing up that want to go to war with everyone else, so we can read about countless people getting slaughtered and raped for no real purpose, or advancement in the overall story.
Hopefully some plot advancement actually takes place in the next one.
La La Lauren
Yes, because it's Game of Thrones.
YES. This is the same reader from the first three books and lets just say it's series wide: He is NOT GOOD doing women. He only has three voices for women: young naive child, strange accent confused woman and old hag. EVERY single woman is one of these three voices. Egrit sounds like Breanne and Breanne sounds like all of the prostitutes and Sansa and Aria sound exactly like Margorie and any woman over 40 gets the hag voice. It's terrible. He has at least 30 different voices for men and only three for women. Seriously.
When Breanne talks I'm waiting for her to tell John Snow he knows nothing.
The only reason anyone should read this book is if they are already a fan of the series. If I wasn't so invested in this story, through the previous books and the HBO series, I would have stopped reading before I made it to the halfway point.
The last third of the book was enjoyable. The rest of the book was excruitating painful to get through. I felt like I was reading a history book. Nothing happens! The plot does not move forward until the final few chapters.
The other major downside to Feast for Crows is that many of the characters that we are invested in and have come to love are not even in this book. Instead we're introduced to several new characters. And the new characters were not even interesting, seemed like filler while Martin was trying to figure out where to take the story. For the voice performance, Mr Dotrice is his usual colorful self but lacked consistency. It seemed at times he forgot which voice went to which character. A mild annoyance that doesn't really take away from the story.
It nearly inspired me to give up the story. But I've come too far. Regardless of how bad it gets I have to see how it all ends.
The majority of this book was terribly boring. However, the last third of the book was quite good and gave me enough to anxiously reach for the next installment. Really I think I could have just started reading from the halfway point and got everything I needed out of the book.