Another great hit
the whole beginning at the iron islands was a snooze fest and almost had me giving up, but the great narration got me going after a brief pause. Maybe George could have broken this part up through out the book a bit more.Grouping it all in the beggining when we wanted to see what happened to all of our favorite characters, was a bit discouraging.
Roy Dotrice makes this story come alive!!!! His narration is the best i have heard. he gives everybody their own voices.The only complaint i have about his narration is that he changed peoples voices and the pronunciation of some of the names in this book after being consistant in the other books which threw me off a bit and took some getting used to. He spoiled us with the other books keeping everybodies voices consistant.
I really like his voice, yet he has changed the speaking voice of characters and pronunciation of different names. It really pulls you out of the story if you've listened to the first books.
Roy Dotrice changed his character voices in this book. Characters like Littlefinger and Arya had completely different voices. Somehow Petyr sounded like Stannis in this book; very very different from the previous books. And his pronunciations of names like Petyr and Brienne were different in this book. He had multiple pronunciations for Brienne. This was soo very distracting for me. Did the producers of this book not notice this? Roy may have forgot which voices to use but it was the responsibility of the producers/directors/the entire team to maintain consistency across books. Very disappointing. I would fire them all and rehire an new team. Consistency would have made this better.
Very character driven as usual.
With a different production team, yes.
Aggravation because Roy's character voices and name pronunciations changed.
This audio book needs to be re-done. You need to maintain consistency across the different books.Very disappointed with this one.
Roy Dotrice's performance is difficult to follow. As others have commented, he pronounces names of major characters differently, and uses strange voices. I found it difficult to tell whether a character was thinking a sentence or speaking it aloud, or telling which character was speaking during conversation.
I have never heard so much background noise in an audiobook either. It sounds as if the narrator is bumping the microphone, and rustling papers almost constantly. Several throat-clearing-type sounds should have been edited out or re-recorded. Poorly produced, and a major disappointment from the first three novels.
ALL of the voices have changed from the first 3 books. This made listening through this volume IRRITATING, but doable given that the book itself seems a great bridge to the 5th volume.Why do most of the voices now sound like "popeye the sailor" with and without a cold? Why do young men and boys sound like they are 60 or 70 years old. Its almost like they are being played by different players. All of a sudden " Pet-tar is now Peter and sounds like Stanis".... I am disappointed as well as confused.
Definitely, the stories are great!
Only 1 or 2, not a long series where he changes the voices.
Beware the Imp.
You can skip onto book five and not really miss much here. The story itself fills in a lot especially with the Iron Men but a lot of it can be skipped over in the grand scheme of the overall story.
Absolutely disappointing! Everything past the 39th chapter was just static. Even deleted and re-downloaded the book onto my ipod twice and low and behold...same problem. Could hear the whole story on my MAC...but that isn't very practical when your running.
Incredibly entertaining series, and a wonderful narrator... until book 4. For some reason, Mr. Dotrice changed the voices he was using with several of the characters, and even changed the pronunciations of the their names. Very disconcerting. It's a shame he didn't listen to one of his earlier performances before starting the new book.
I enjoy George RR Martin's writing very much. I had read the previous books and decided to give this audiobook a try. I listened for over an hour and I just could not warm up to Roy Dotrice. I found his delivery to be bland and monochromatic and his voices to be inauthentic and distracting. There was very much a feeling of him having read this for the first time and I had to give up. I bought the kindle edition and I am so glad that I did.
Daily commuter that finally has time to read (listen).
As with the entire series, the story and character development is fantastic. If you have the time to invest in this series it is so worth it. Book 1-3 are just better because of the attention to the consistency of the voices. I don't quite remember where it all started to go wrong, but it really through me for a loop. I started to think that I missed entire chapters. Eventually I got over it (not really) and accepted it enough to complete the series. Seems other listeners had the same issue so I'm not completely crazy even though I felt like it at times. I recommend others to be prepared and get over it too because its the only flaw.
In the beginning, I thought this was just a medieval times story. I wasn't sure what to make of the prologue with its fantasy injection of the Others and then not to be heard about again for some time. The fantasy and magic just seemed to disappear for a while, with just hints. The subsequent books have more of this, but you're never quite sure if this is real in the story or just unexplained phenomenon. That's how magic should be - unbelievable and unexplained. Later the true fantasy comes through, but not in a bad way.The other thing that is different in this series is that the continuity is not with the characters, but rather the story. This is more realistic, that people die, everyone dies. These are times of anarchy and people don't live long as is true of many of the characters. You need to get used to this, because the characters that you grow to love, die - find a new favourite. I found the survivors to be somewhat unexpected. I don't enjoy predictable stories and thus added to my enjoyment.
Roy did such an amazing job in the beginning, and then he completely forgot who was who. I'm sure that's not the case and there is business and money at work here to screw it all up. The Schizophrenia from book to book was very distracting. It wasn't just that the voice changed, it was the way it changed. It was obvious that Roy tried to match gender, age, class, education, etc. for each character - credit where credit is due. When the voices changed, they were completely and unacceptably wrong! It took me a while to readjust and figure out what was happening. Definitely detracted from my enjoyment. An as other listeners pointed out, the voice was unacceptable in some places - Aria and Denaris.