I was rather insulted by the lack of attention to detail that the Narrator and producers took when putting forth this audiobook. I understand that a long time had passed between the reading of the third and forth novels but a simple review of each character's voice would not have taken much time.
I have decided that I will read the fifth book rather than listen to the audiobook and hopefully by the time the 6th one is available Roy will have respected his audience enough to bring back the great voices from books 1-3.
The story is slow and extremely detailed, but I am a huge fan of this. I love the immersive feeling Martin gives his readers. His world is alive in our minds, with every detail brilliantly crafted. The story is still great, and well worth reading.
If you have the choice of listening to or reading this novel, and you listened to the first three - I suggest you read this one. That way you will get all the pleasures of the story and writing without the disappointment of the narration.
Roy Dotrice does a good job of continuing his excellent narrating. However, he changed up the pronunciation of some of the character names, which was confusing at first. Otherwise, excellent performance.
He has a different voice for each character with accents and speech patterns to match.
yes, but one needs to have 'time' to digest it.
Arianna (sp) innocent an whiley.
It has one.
I've listened to all the books back to back and yes, I have lots of time to listen. As long as my work is done and no one is complaining I can listen to what I want. In this installment of the saga the Narrator changed all the voices around. Arya sounds like the whores used to sound and John has a woman's voice now. It doesn't change in the next book either. For three books the Narrator was consistent. I wonder what happened. With this aside the story line continues to grow and still no back story, so you have to had read in order to know what happened. We see the characters grow and the ones that think they're on top of the world find themselves being pulled down by all the hands they stepped on, on their way up. We see the loyal turn on the ones that trusted them the most. We see those that are despised throughout the whole series doing the most to keep things together, yet no see's past their past. For those who are watching the HBO season's on TV you will see parts of this book in season one and two. I like the story line and in the next book which I've already started the author is tying up the story lines and pulling them all together.
The author and narrator are obviously very talented but sadly they fell short here.
Many of the characters whose stories the reader would have come to look forward to are strangely silent in the fourth instalment of this remarkable series.
An even greater disappointment was the narration. If Roy Dotrice and his producer (who apparently were requested by popular demand) had done their listeners the simple courtesy of referring back to at least one of the previous recordings they would have served us up another delight instead of this sad mishap. The voices have changed entirely and not for the better. Arya Stark sounds like a wildling crone and Petyr Baelish (whose name is now pronounced Peter) sounds like a gruff Eddard Stark. The entire production feels like a poorly thought out enterprise with very unpleasant results.
I can only hope that the next book is better.
Yes because I am following the series but this read was particularly dark.
The whole series is dark and bloody but love the dwarf's humor, thankful for it.
A great follow up to the prior books with twists and turns. The author did a great job of making this book feel more like the real world just like the Rest of the story's. I really like that some of the evil chacters got justice in this book.
It is similar in some ways to the Inharetace Cycle but for the most part it is unlike any other series I have read
It was nice that he read it but come on man how could you forget how the charcter names were pronoced like the whole lord Peter debocal where his actual name is lord pitar. Did you not bother to review your prior work before recording this. On the up side apart from the forgetting on how to say names the voices of all the chacters were at lest the same so if you can get over the bad name recognition then it was a good performance.
There were some funny bits but I cried a little when they hung a main chacter.
I want to feel good when I complete a story & am a little harsh on depressing ones. There are a few sad ones that I love but not many.
Roy Dotrice does another excellent job. The story is deep and gripping. The narration is spot on and this keeps me wanting more.
Most all the character voices have changed! There were slight variations in book 3 but nothing terribly egregious like in this. Pulls you out of the story a little; when you hear a character that you've become accustomed to being voiced a particular way then BAM! it's completely different. I don't know what else to say but brace yourself.
sure I love the series
The story is a sprawling brutal epic
I have listened to many audiobooks. Roy Dotrice's narration of this series is the best performance i have ever heard.