This one comes across as something to fill the void between 3 and 5. Several points needed for continuity, so don;t recommend passing it by. Not my favorite, but still okay.
Some of the name pronunciations changed. I found that distracting.
I decided to listen to this book after reading it a few years ago. My initial impression of Roy Dotrice as a narrator was fairly negative. He could hear the age in his voice-which sometimes clashed with the character he was playing, and I was very unhappy with his treatment of many of the female characters - Brienne in particular.
But, the more I listened to him, the more I was impressed. Dotrice has a knack for picking out subtle details I hadn't picked up in my own reading. He managed to emphasize these details thru his acting and make the characters all the more 3 dimensional-the way Martin undoubtedly intended them to be, but I didn't fully comprehend on my own. His grasp of who these people are, and his ability to portray them so well is incredibly masterful. Dotrice makes the Song of Ice and Fire series so much more rich and full with his narration. My advice is, if at first you aren't impressed, stick with him. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised as well.
graphic & fine artist
ok - Arya's voice changed from a young, high born girl to a 70-yr old chain-smoking hag. Vares, Baylish, Sam - all changed voices and not for the better. The whole performance is very annoying and distracting. Dotrice is such an excellent narrator but the shift in voices depletes the entire performance.what could have happened? and why?
he changed too many voices from the 1st 3 books!
This is my least favorite book of the series but it is the calm before the strom it seems to be that book 4 and 5 where melted together so book 4 would keep readers attention while waiting for book five but very well done even if it sometimes seems repetative. I love this series
I tried...I really tried. I got through the other books somehow. But when I resolutely started this book and saw that the author was bringing in new characters and subplots and not even trying to wrap this story up, I freed myself up from this author's gigantic ego and inability to edit anything and gave myself permission to listen to something I liked.
And life was good again.
....And if I never hear of anybody's maidenhood again, that will be all the better.
This book was clearly added after book 5 had been written. You can skip this book and pick up the story without missing a thing by going from book 3 to book 5. I'm going to ask for my money back as it appears to be a publishers ploy to get more money out of Martin readers. I think the series was completed already and the publisher saw the popularity of the books and then asked Martin to add something in the middle to make more money.
This was not the best book of the series, but I did still enjoy it and it changed my opinions on some of the characters
Roy Dotrice did an excellent job in the first books with his narrations. But in this book he changed his voices up, I didn't like that because the characters were real enough with all the various voices he had going and it is almost like he forgot what voices went with who and it throws you off a bit. It still annoys me, but I did get over and continued to enjoy the book
I would of if I could humanely stay awak for 49 hours or so. It is a little to long to do in one sitting, but if I was capable I might have
The biggest reason for my frustration in this book wasn't the voices though, it was the sudden shift in focus. Martin basically took a break on previous characters and a bunch of minor characters are th focus in this book. So the entire time you are wondering, what is going on with the major characters, what happened to this guy or that etc. Additionally, I didn't want more characters to keep track of. There are so many names major character, minor characters, supporting characters, etc, you have to pause and think who is being talked about regularly, and I have a decent memory. I admit that the biggest problem to that is I listen to the books on the way to work and it is only a 20 minute drive, so it was broken up frequently. But either way, I found myself driving in the slow lanes or taking the long way to work because I wanted to hear more of it.
The story is amazing I can't wait to see what happens next.
He keeps killing off my favorite characters
NO. Unless if course it's the next game if thrones and I have no choice. Roy completely forgot how to say half the names in this book, names he has been saying right for the first three books its very irritating.
If you have a choice I say read this one and save yourself the frustration of listening to Roy read it poorly
Yes I would. The first 3 books in the series were very good. I thought this one was terrible. This installment in the series had way too much exposition for my taste. Also MANY new characters were introduced in this book and the author spent most of the time with them and very little with what few of the characters that were left that I actually love or enjoy hearing about. (That is to say the ones that were not killed and... Actually stayed dead.) I found myself not caring about most of the new characters, they were like strangers thrown in with the people I have gotten to know over the length of 3 books.
No. It has not even turned me off from the series. I look at it as slogging thru lots and lots of exposition that will HOPEFULLY have a great payoff in the next book. That being said I would not have finnished the book or the series (since i cant stand skipping part of the story to skip to the next book) if I were reading it. Since I drive a lot I have lots of time for passive listening, so that allowed me to get thru the interminable exposition.
Maybe. Not any time in the near future, except forA Dance With Dragons. He is not a bad reader, but not great either. This book did seem to drag, and his voice is really bad for the female characters, and there were a few of the character voices that I started to find extremely annoying. Also his voice really makes the sex scenes... Uhh... Well, not sexy.
I don't know which specific scenes I would have cut, but my cuts would have been draconian with out a doubt. I think this book would have made an EXCELLENT novella.
Because I liked the first 3 books so much I was able to grin and bear this one, in the hopes that the series will come to a fantastic conclusion in the final book. But my expectations are rather high for that, especially after suffering thru A Feast for Crows. I hope this review helps.
I am drawn in by the whole series.
The reader Roy Dotrice does a fantastic job in this series. The range of characters he creates is great. One thing I found odd though in this 4th book was that he changed a few key characters voices; Aria and Little Finger are two that stand out. They are still well done and read, it is just a bit hard to get used to the new voices after having heard them in a different way for the preious 3 books. Otherwise, another great listen.