I have enjoyed the story and the characters in the first three books and I continue to enjoy them in this fourth book, but the variety of voices has been lost. Mr Dotrice did a wonderful job of protraying a variety of voices in the first three books. There were clearly warriors, women, common folk, lords and children. In this book there are only about three voices, narrator, scratchy or slobbery. I miss the variety and it is distracting to have to remember whether it is 12 year old Aria, Brien, or an old crone speaking. Still a good listen, but the drama is lost.
Roy Dotrice is a beast! This man is hands-down the BEST narrator in the history of ever! And Mr. Martin is a genius. I started listening to the books after watching the first season of Game of Thrones. Each of the characters, as performed by Mr. Dotrice, come alive in your mind's eye with this audio book. I felt like I was there, I knew these characters personally and was invested in their lives (and deaths). Even the ones you're supposed to hate are so well created that you can't help but love them for their humanity (or lack of humanity). It's crazy. I've never been addicted to anything, but this series is like crack! I'm on my third listening to the series and I'm still finding things I missed the first two times. Epic.
The book itself is fantastic! However, the audio book is missing at least one chapter...I believe chapter 40 or 41. I stumbled upon this because I just happened to be reading along with my friend's book. I would read the book again, but I don't think I would listen to it because I dont know how much else is missing.
All of it!
The reader is a little slow and uses the same rhythm throughout the book. Also, his voices are all very similar and gravelly. The accent he uses for the children make them all sound like babies regardless of age.
My wife says she can read me like an open book. Though she regrets not being able to shut me up the same way. :)
I'll let the previous reviews about the narrator's failure to maintain character consistency stand unchallenged; they're right. And, I thank them all because their reviews benefitted me. Since I had read those reviews before downloading Book 4, I was prepared. So the voice changes weren't as jarring for me. In fact, since I was aware they were coming, I waited for them with a bit of comic anticipation.
So that left me to focus on the story… which I have to say was sadly disappointing--perhaps even wasteful--given such little plot progression over the course of 34…slow…hours…of…setting up…new…characters…and…more…of…the…same…heroes quest…stuff.
Over the course of 4 books now, I feel I've been baited with the anticipation of dragons; a looming war with Whites, Wargs, giants and "The Others"; meticulously developed characters sent off on compelling heroes quests; and the promise of pauper-to-king revolutions.
Instead, all we got in this book were more NEW characters to painstakingly develop and set off on yet other quests while previous protagonists are implicitly killed off, allowed to whither away with quests unfulfilled -- or unceremoniously (and I daresay lazily?) dropped from the storyline. Worse, at least one protagonist is clumsily hung over the proverbial cliff in what seemed a weak attempt to build anticipation for Book 5; an ironically pedestrian approach in what has otherwise been an imaginative story.
Add to all this the sense that the author seems biased towards having only the "bad guys" show any consistent progress and you begin to get a feeling that he must be having a hard time figuring out where to take the story from here.
Brainstorm with supporting authors if you must, but It's time to move this story along already.
Unfortunately, as I read ahead to the reviews of Book 5, it seems like there're 49 more hours of what has become the same pedantic slogging.
So, sad to say, I'm done with this series for the time being until I sense a willingness to change the scenery in Book 6 to move this story along already.
After loving books 1-3 I was disappointed in book. Specifically the narrator. In books 1-3 his pronunciation of the names was consistent and he did a great job. In book four he began pronouncing names differently and began using different voice tones. It disrupted the flow of the book. The story line is somewhat week in book four as well.
Only because you need it to get to book 5
Very little, after loving his performance in books 1-3
Yes, George RR Martin's writing is very high in detail and his volumes are herniating. Roy Dotrice does a great job narrating this universe and its detail.
Anything within Jacqueline Carey's Kushiel universe. The story is epic and over-arching.
If I had to recast, I would pick Jim Dale. However, I'd really wish the studio had instead made Roy listen to snippets of all of the major characters he has played already. It was really disheartening (and also demeaning to the character) to hear Little Finger played so subtle and Machiavellian in the first three volumes, yet he becomes a Cockney lord in the 4th.
No way. It's tremendously large. However, I listen to this in traffic and have sat in my car once home to listen to it a bit more.
I REALLY hope the production studio reads this before book 6 and 7 are released. Roy is a great narrator, but I've been listening to these all in a row and it sucks to have the voice actor suddenly change how he does his characters.
A man. A plan. A canal. Panama
This book has the same narrator as the previous 3, but Dotrice has inexplicably changed the pronunciation of many of the names and given different voices to the various characters.
It's odd, distracting and annoying.
Loved the first 3 books but when Roy changed the voices of the characters and pronounced some of the names differently (like Peter instead of Petyr), it made it harder for me to get into the story. What happened to your character's voices?? Why did Roy change it? Feast of Crows was fine but the narration wasn't.
Horrible! Roy changed the voices in this book. Book 1-3 was awesome but the voices were so horribly different.
The audio edition ensures that I get the names correctly pronounced. It is easier to follow for me when I am commuting and just helps me picture the whole story as it came together.
I enjoy Samual Turley. He seems like a good kid who wants to always do the right thing, but he's even been tempted a few times to ask for what he wants.
His constant changing of his tone and developing an attitude for each character in the storyline.
Don't chose a hero yet.
Please continue with the last books because I would love to learn how the story ends.
Why change great?
The writing style takes a change in this book, it could be due to the 5 years between when a Storm of Swords (2000) came out to when this was published but the flow of the story just feels unnatural.
Still a great series with amazing characters and story line, but you can tell that GRR Martin has evolved as a writer.
Martin gives great power to his characters and sucks you in to where you are rooting for some and despising others. I even care about the swords!
Listened to his recordings of books 1-3. Pronunciations and character voices changes and it is like getting kicked in the stomach every time you hear them speak.