I will admit that I was confused for about the first hour of this book by the voices. I took a break between book three and four and listened to something else. When I returned excitedly to book four I though I must be crazy. The voices sounded so different yet I could swear it was the same narrator. I finally realized that it wasn't me, the voices were actually different. Now I am distracted by trying to translate the narrator's voice into the old voice in my head as I am listening. To confuse the matter even further, I watch the TV series too and my internal translations can become confused with the actor's voices as well. It is so annoying that I wish I could stop listening and just read it instead. Unfortunately my three hour daily commute leaves me no time to read and I am addicted to the story. I guess I am stuck listening to book four and five with lousy voices. So disappointing, I don't know how the director didn't catch this problem before the book was released.
The good news is that the story is so compelling that so many fans stick with it despite the voice problem. My advice is, listen to books one though three, and read books four and five if you can.
It's expanding the great stories of the previous books. I like the addition of Brienne of Tarth to the narration cast. I love the intertwining of the Ironborn and Daenerys.
However, I'm very irked by the changes in pronunciation of main character's names in comparison with the first three books--- specifically, Lady Catelyn Starke, Lord Petyr Baelish, and Lord Varys. All three are now simplified and pronounced like the common names/words Caitlin, Peter, and varies. It's awful. Also, many of the voices have changed from the previous books and it makes the whole thing much harder to follow along with. Lastly, this book is my least favorite so far, because of the almost total drop off of all the main character story lines... Where are Tyrion, John, Bran, Rickon (gone since Book 2), Theon (Is he actually dead??)?? I get that we're seeing things from the other sides and that there are other things going on, but they shouldn't be left hanging for almost an entire book!
Yes. All 5 books are amazing. Personally I think splitting the books my location was a mistake but I understand the reasoning behind it. In regards to the reading. I only really had a problem with his voicing for Aria. She sounds like she is 80 instead of 10. Some of the pronunciations are different yes but they are different in the Show as well. Maybe he was asked to change them. Who knows, but It is good to have Mr. Dotrice read all 5 books.I would also remind everyone that the first 3 books were recorded back to back. So it's easy to keep everything consistent. Even Jim Dale changed some voices and pronunciations From book to book in the Harry Potter series.
All the other Song of Ice and Fire books. lol
Regal. Gifted. British.
Not extreme but I was unhappy with some of the vocal choices made. Some are inconistant with the other readings. (Aria most notably)
People need to chill.
I will be listening to the 5th Book this month I figure ive gotten through 4 of them I might as well finish it off, I do think he had a lot of Fluff in this book though I feel asleep alot and had to go back cause I would daydream or think of other things while I listened to the book
I might be interest in another book by George R. R. Martin if Roy Dotrice could come up with more character accents and keep the pronunciation of their names consistent!
NO! I got used to all the characters names and accents (as read by Roy Dotrice) in the first three books and then he changes them all in this fourth book. It was rather hard to keep listening to without correcting him every time he changed! If it were not for the story, and having listened through the first three books, I would have stopped the audio into the first chapter and quit this audio series!!!
This series, is very well crafted. My only criticism is that Roy Dotrice (the narrator) changed the pronunciation and voices of several of the characters. This was incredibly annoying - coming from someone that has listened to the series non-stop from book 1.
I am generally a not fan of Roy Dotrice. He is not my favorite narrator / performer but he is might be good in playing the roles of old men/woman. The characters of young men seem to present Mr. Dotrice with something of a challenge, and that of female characters, especially young ones, sound like they quite old or just very old. Not talking about older characters.
Even the heated passion scene in chapter 14 sounds like it was between two people, who are well beyond their 80s.
I think, i will skip completely the last book, only because it was narrated by Roy Dotrice.
I just want my credits back. It is almost impossible to listen. Will go back to paper book.
Someone who wants to take a nap would LOVE this book
It was soooo boring, with hardly any continuing stories of the favorite characters in book 1-3. This book consisted of long drawn out conversations of secondary and tertiary characters that didn't go anywhere.
Don't remember the names of the tertiary characters
disappointment, loss of countless hours
You can pretty much just skip this book and move on to book 5. You didnt miss ANYTHING.
Roy Dotrice's pronounciation of characters and places is different in this book than in the others. Trying to figure out if there is a rationale for this is distracting from the story.
I've just started listening to the 4th book in the Game of Thrones series and I'm very disappointed with the lack of preparation of Roy Dotrice. I've been listening to these books back to back for several weeks now, I really enjoyed the first 3 and how Dotrice brought the characters to life. From listening to this latest edition its clear that the narrator did little or no preparation for the task at hand. I understand that it was several years between narrating the 3rd and 4th book but this was simply lazy. Names, accents and voices have all dramatically changed and I've found it quite hard to listen to so far especially Arya who now sounds like a wildling rather than a Stark. I'm thinking of returning the audiobook and just buying the kindle version to read though I've an hour journey to work each day and listening to this story really helps pass the time.
Dotrice could have listened to even a small section of his own audiobook to put in a better performance of the characters.
Annoyance was my only reaction so far
Dotrice is not the only one to blame here, its clear that everyone involved did not compare his work to the earlier books as they would have realized the huge difference in names, accents and voices.