I enjoyed Dotrice's proformance, though he does mess up an accent or two throughout the 30 hours.
The book itself is enjoyable, but nothing much happens in terms of major plot lines.
One of the best, love the whole series.
If you watch Game of Thrones the books are still really good, they fill in information and make the show better. You will still be sunrised, they change enough that in a lot of ways they differ.
Storyline was very good (the view into Cersei's head was illuminating; she is a narcissistic sociopath). It was good to get a break from some of the major characters. Roy Dotrice is an amazing narrator, but this book was a bit of a departure in that the voices he had been using for some memorable characters (Samwell Tarley, Petyr Baelish, Dolorous Edd) were totally different than in the former 3 books. That took a while getting used to. I guess it's tough to remember all the diff voices!
I have been captivated by the previous three novels in the Song of Ice and Fire Series. I truly believe that George R.R. Martin is brilliant in his creation of the world of Westeros and the characters therein. However, this fourth book leaves much to be desired. From the confusing epilogue, which has no connection to the story, until the very last chapter, there is very little movement whatsoever. There were virtually no memorable moments, twists, or even deaths that made the book worthy to be held up against its predecessors. Roy Detrice delivers a decent performance, but it is true that he changed the pronunciation of several main characters' names, which can be very confusing. Also the tonality he uses for Arya and Samwell Tarly are completely different than the previous books.
All in all, you're better off reading a summary of this novel online rather than wasting 40+ hours of your life hearing nothing but descriptions and dialogue.
I love this series. Read the books, watch the show, and now listening to the story. But I wish the narrator had taken a little extra time to remember how he had pronounced the names in the previous books. That was very irritating and took me out of the story each time.
Did he forget who the people were, what they sounded like??? I liked the story but had a hard time figuring out who was who. He should have listened to the first three...
If Roy had remembered how to read the same way he already had for over 100 hours.
The most interesting aspect was the relationship covered between Jaime and Cersei Lannister. The least interesting aspect was the fact that GRRM kept the most interesting characters (Daenerys, John Snow, Bran, ect) out of this book completely and barely had Arya.
Barely. Certainly not a series if he's just going to switch characters. It's like switching an actor in a TV show.
Sam and Sansa. They're both so whiney and their story lines are uneventful. Cersei Is near unbearable to listen to as well. She just sits and runs her mouth about her obviously clouded judgement and how she "Is truly her father's daughter" I'd have much preferred the perspective of the young queen or new High septon to tell the story of King's landing.
I'd be so angry if I waited years to find out what happened to any of the interesting characters and got this thing.
The narrator's voice choices.
All the other books in this series.
I've read all the books, but I swear I don't remember the part where Tyrion and Arya become leprechaun pirates. Will have to re-read...
Seriously, though--I bought the audio version to be able to use the Whispersync feature with my Kindle app. It works fine, recommend it for the convenience. Except with this particular book, every time I switch to audio and Arya speaks (in an unequivocally male voice, btw) it sounds like her (really, HIS) next line is going to be "Yarrrrr! Wherrrre be me Lucky Charms?!"
I've listened to lots of audio books, narrated by both men and women, and never had such a strange and off-putting experience.