“Never laugh at live dragons.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien
Does it really matter that Roy Dotrice changes the pronunciation of a few names? Does it really matter that his voice for one character isnt the same as it was in previous books? Maybe if this were a different series. But this is GAME OF THRONES people. I personally can overlook any minor changes in performance considering the vast scope of this story. This book alone is nearly 34 hours. Along with the mind boggling amount of characters, Dotrice deliver's and amazing performance. To anyone who has made it this far, you simply can't stop now because of a few minor inflections of voice and pronunciation. Download and enjoy. :)
I thought the reviews of the performance were a little harsh when I read them, but after listening to the story I believe them to be on point. Let me say I'm not picky when it comes to narrators. I listen to most books at 3x speed and slight inconsistencies don't usually bother me. The voices of characters were off as well as pronunciations. I had a hard time getting past the pronunciation of Lord Petyr's name. In previous books it was pronounced Petar and this book it was Peter. I enjoyed the story, but was disappointed by the narration.
Coming off the 3 solid books that preceded this one, Feast for Crows, despite it's name, lacked the meat on its bones the others did, despite the sheer size of the novel. Plots meander aimlessly across the world, minor characters ramble about events that have been happening in the background behind the seven kingdoms, and the book dissolves into a log session of complaints starring Cersei (complaining about Jaime and Margaery) Jaime (complaining about Cersei and Tyrion) and Brienne (complaining about being a woman, and not being able to find Sansa)
Even the important parts of the story are delivered so blandly that you're left going "that's it?" He spends so much time telling both sides of conversations from both Cersei and Jaime's points of view that you're sick of them, and everything actually interesting is glossed over. It lacked all the punch and surprise I came to expect from the first three novels. Had I been reading these novels as they came out, and waited five years for this book, I would have demanded my money back. I was expecting meat and potatoes like GoT, CoK and SoS delivered, and instead got a steaming pile of sodden, overcooked vegetables. Immensely unsatisfying.
The narrator should have kept consistent pronunciation from the first three books. He changes the way he says Catelyn, Petyr, and Gilly, and pronounces "Brienne" no less than 3 different ways. This is not a comprehensive list of names he says differently than he did in the first three, merely the ones I can recall at the moment. He does Jaime's voice the same as Tyrion, which is very confusing. He also changes his performances of Arya and Melissandre so they sound more like Old Nan than a spirited 10 year old and an enchanting, seductive priestess.
Brienne. All she does is whine, complain, and narrate the forests she's riding through, and the only interesting thing she is involved in happens in the last paragraph or so of her last chapter, much resembling the epilogue of Storm of Swords. Again, it is delivered so blandly that it probably could have been skipped altogether.
Save yourself almost 30 hours (or 10 if you listen to it at 3x) and just read the synopsis on Wikipedia. You will not miss anything, I promise. Except the hilarity of Cersei referring to Maester Pycell as "about as useful as nipples on a breastplate" there you go, that was the highlight of the book.
After reading all these reviews I wasn't looking forward to this one. But it turned out most peoples issues were unfounded. Yes Dotrice botches some of the names (Gilly = Jilly, Catelyn = Katelyn, Petyr = Peter) but it doesn't take away from the story.
Arya's voice was a bit like an old woman, but it got better in the later chapters. The only thing that really bothered me was Petyr's voice COMPLETELY changed in the first Alayne chapter.
Otherwise the story was great, a bit slow in places, but it was nice to explore the other characters. Off to ADWD!
I have been so captivated by this series of books, they are excellent. The narration by Roy Dotrice is so masterful it adds much to the book. I felt the others were full of story and adventure, this one left me unsatisfied. This book was not of the caliber of the rest of his series, I felt he had nothing to say, and no direction in this one. The others you got the impression he had so much to tell us we couldn't wait to turn the page, this one I felt he lost the intrigue, the fire. I hope he recovers to add to this incredible story, I can't wait to see who winds up being King/Queen and who gets beheaded!!!
I listen to books while running and walking my dog so on average about an hour day and like books that have a good pace to them.
I, eventually, enjoyed the new characters and the new scope that this book introduced to the series.
Watching some of the major protagonists' plans begin to unravel toward the end of the book was one of the highlights of the series for me.
This was a story i had not been looking forward to listening to as i had already heard that the narrator changed many of the voices i had grown accustomed to over the preceding books. Unfortunately, this proved to be true and i struggled getting used to some of the new voices. That being said the narrator did his usual fine job of differentiating characters from one another.
This is the first book of this series that i had a hard time getting into and at times felt that it was more of a requirement than a pleasure.
this book introduced many new characters and details to the series which, along with narration changes, made this a little disorienting at first. while listening to the story i found myself wondering about characters who were not featured in this book (they reappear in the fifth book) as i found some of the new story lines to be lacking relevance at first. As the book developed these stories grew in relevance and i was drawn into the new characters as i had been the originals.
The editors should have done their job and corrected the inconsistant narration.
I'll give the next book a shot. I don't think this book added anything to the storyline.
He must have been drunk.
Feast of Crows is the least of the series.
It's The Song of Ice and Fire. It's still a fantastic story.
Rough old pirate
I was extremely upset that Roy Dotrice forgot or changed the voice of Aria. It was so irritating that I wrote this review. She changed from a high born girl to a low born wildling toddler. Ruined my favorite storyline. I hope he changes back.
The story, as always with this series, is fantastic.
It's very much too long for one sitting, but I looked forward to every opportunity to listen.
For the first three books, I got used to one pronunciation of the names and places, which are rather difficult. Then, suddenly with this one, pronunciations all changed! It took me forever to figure out who the reader was talking about!
This book keeps the story moving and seems to start to set up an end game....maybe? Most of the favourite characters are here some of whom experience quite unusual circumstances. Much from the previous book is expounded on with many new characters being introduced. Great job from the narrator in what surely must be one of the toughest books to voice.