Fantasy & Sci-Fi lover who mostly refuses to read books without their audiobook counterparts. How else can a girl get any housework done?
Both the story and narration. First off, when I discovered that Roy Dotrice narrated version of this book was released, I was absolutely thrilled! I LOVED his performances from the first 3 books...they were nothing short of amazing. Unfortunately for this book (as well as the 5th book), he lost his mojo. It's like he forgot the voices & pronunciations of each character. Arya now sounds like an old low-born leprechaun. Little Finger's voice & accent completely changes mid-book & sounds like a completely different person. His pronunciations go back know & forth throughout the book. For example, Brienne would be pronounced Bry-een (which was how it was pronounced in the previous 3 books). In the same chapter, he would then pronounce it like Bree-inn & sometimes even Bry-Inn. These things completely took me out of the story & was incredibly frustrating, to say the least!
As far as the story goes...well, it was quite the snooze-fest. So much talking & very little action. The best characters weren't even in the book, save for Jaime & Arya. Even Arya's storyline was very boring. I honestly had to force myself to finish this one, which was worth it in the end, just to get to the next book, which was awesome.
Yes, but ONLY because the series as a whole is amazing & to get to the next book (which is the best of the series, so far), you obviously have to read this one. I would not recommend this audiobook though. Get the print version & you'll be much happier.
As I said before, the voices of some characters were AWFUL & completely different from the previous way he performed them. Also, the inconsistent pronunciations of characters & locations throughout the whole book. Those of you who are expecting Dotrice's performance to be on the same level as the first 3 books will be incredibly disappointed.
Brienne, Jaime & Cersei's chapters. You get to truly witness just how utterly despicable she is as a human being. The end if her story in this book is SOOOOOOO satisfying & almost made the whole book worth reading for that alone. Also, I am willing to let things slide this once, since the other books of the series is fantastic. And once you are finished with this book, you finally get to sink your teeth into A DANCE WITH DRAGONS, which is the best, IMO.
I am holding out hope that both Roy Dotrice & "the powers that be" have read about the many listeners' dissatisfaction & will do things right for the remaining books of this series. I, by all means, do not want Dotrice to abandon this series. I DO want him to listen to his past performances & give us more like those. Please, Roy Dotrice! Don't fail us again! We still believe in you!
I agree with some of the other comments, the narration is different and not equal to the previous books, but I'm glad I wasn't deterred and enjoyed this listen. The difference is as if Roy Dotrice had 20 different voices for the various characters in the previous three books and only 10 or so in this one. Several of the voices sound similar and it is as if he no longer has the capacity or range, but he's still very good. I've always said it's the narrator who breaths life into an audiobook, if Roy hadn't narrated I would have been disappointed. His performance is more than acceptable, it's not perfect but who's is and this is a good book. I'm pleased at least some producers seem to (finally) understand the necessity for continuity. I have no complaints moving on to the next in this series it has been an excellent adventure so far, enthralling! Many thanks to Martin, Dotrice and the producers.
I'm a horror nut! Zombies in particular! Epidemics, end of all things! Also enjoyed Game of thrones very much!
Exciting, deep, believable!
None I've yet read!
Personality to each character like I've never experienced!
To many to list
I'm in my early to mid-thirties and I live in the mid-west. I have two wonderful children and the perfect wife. My profile pic is of my APBT, named Jasper. I like epic sic-fi type books. Some of my favorites are The Story of Song and Ice series, The Way of Kings, Theft of Sword series, and
I gave A Feast for Crows 3-stars. First off, the reader was different than in all the other books. That just throws you off completely! I read the entire book without reading about anything positive. The minute you think somethings good is going to happen, the author makes something completely out of the blue happen. It was a frustrating book, but the series as a whole is still a favorite of mine.
More of a story line following the main characters.
This was just a bunch of people sitting around talking and doing NOTHING.
The performance was totally GHASTLY.
I would demand a total re-wright
I recommend the Ice and Fire series to everyone I know. The audiobooks are the perfect way to enjoy this series since the performance is so consistently strong and entertaining. LOVE this series overall and can't say enough good things about it. Exciting, mysterious, unique. I was never a fan of this genre but this makes me rethink my whole world view on fantasy style fiction.The only thing a bit confounding is that this book only follows a few of the characters in the series so you have to wait for the next book to find out the fate of some of your favorites. It was written as a two part book so you get half the story here and the other half in the next book. This actually works for some of these centerpiece stories because they need their space in the narrative.
Everything! Each voice is unique with accidents, lilts and rhythms -- you always know where you are and who is talking. This is no small feat for a book with so many characters. He segues into women's voices with grace without over doing so you aren't distracted by overacting.
All of those things. This is an epic series in every sense of the word. You just can't do better than these books.
Absolutely addictive fiction!
A read so engaging you can't put it down. Wonderful detail in the telling with each book consistently drawing you into the storyline making you hungry for the next chapter.
Not if he attempts to do female voices. Mr. Dotrice makes the female characters all sound like the same old woman. This was the only thing that spoiled the telling of the story. I will not listen to his rendition of future books in the series.
Read the first three years ago and decided to listen to them again from the beginning last year. I'm still entertained and enjoy the listen, but I really started feeling this is too drawn out with Feast for Crows. It is a bit of a soap opera and I really want the plot to move along. I'm sure I will jump right into A Dance with Dragons anyway for love of the series. The narrator's 'Character Acting' is too repetitive, every character's voice is the same.
If you've ever wondered what a Fantasy book in realtime would read like then look no further than book 4. If I hadn't been such a big fan of the first three books I would have literally stopped reading in the first chapter. I'm not sure why Martin decided to not include some of the most popular characters in this book. I've heard that they will be included in Book 5 which supposedly takes place during the same period of time as book 4.
Feast of Crows is horribly boring and I'm being nice. I can really only recommend the last 9 hours of this book and I can barely recommend those. I feel like reading a two paragraph list of events about this book would have been a far better use of my time. If you get bored easily do yourself a favor and just skip this book. You really won't be missing much.
Also I've never been a fan of Dotrice's narrating.
I still love the vivid descriptions of peoples clothing, landscape, and what they are eating the best!
The all of a sudden change in character's voices, especially Aria's! Also the mispronunciation of the character's names. I think the producer should be blamed for allowing this to happen. There is no excuse for this. How can you possibly read three books and forget the voice you have been using and how to say their names? All I can say is I hope books 5, 6, & 7 are back on track.
The flow of this story is different. I feel as if these boring new characters, (which I have no attachment to) dominate the entire book. Although we hear much from Cersi and Jaime, I do not get to hear enough from Aria, Jon,Tyrian, and Danny. There was too many chapters in-between the good characters. Therefore I must give this 4 out of 5 stars for story.