I read the physical copies of the first three books in A Song of Ice and Fire and wanted to try doing the audiobooks for the last two because reading the physical copies took me so long. While the audiobook definitely helped with that problem, it created another. The narrator, while having a great reading voice, has voices for each character. Some of them are so drastically different from the ones on the TV show that it is hard to even remember who is speaking...Brienne being the most daunting. I think I would have loved to listen to all 5 audiobooks before ever watching the show to see if I hated the actors voices as much as I hate the narrators voices now.
Yes, I'm going to stick with it for a Dance with Dragons, but I imagine it will still be difficult.
Watch season 5 of Game of Thrones so I could bitch about it on the internet like everyone else.
Worth my time yes it gives me a lot to talk about as it is a trendy book. I also like the story quite a bit. However, reading the book is far more enjoyable due to the voice actor.
My favorite character is Jon Snow because the wall is always going crazy. I was disappointed that Jon did not get his own chapters in this book but Samwell's adventures are interesting as well.
The voices are terrible. To me the voices sound strange and strained. This makes it hard to imagine the character voices over his own.
No. Its already a TV show and I don't watch that.
worth the listen if you are already this far into the series\
Yes and no. It's the Roy Dotrice reading of the 4th book, which i wanted, but for reasons passing understanding, as has been stated in other reviews, Roy pronounces names differently and voices important characters differently.The story plods a little more than I'd like. There's WAY more Brienne trying to find Sansa than I needed, and it's exhausting tracking all of the minor characters. I suppose that's what makes it epic, though, eh? Still, it's a fun listen, and I love the detail.
Consistency with the first three books' pronunciations of names and places, and consistent use of accents for main characters.
Already been done, and the show led me to the books. I really like the casting. Who doesn't love Peter Dinklage as Tyrion. That guy's amazing, and he nails the accent.
Roy Dotrice has talent. Lots of it. I conceptualize that it would be a daunting thing to switch between dozens of different voices, accents and inflections over dozens of hours of audio. Let's also not forget that Roy Dotrice is not a young guy. I imagine hours upon hours of recording gets to be tiresome from both a focus and larynx perspective. I still really enjoy these audiobooks because I get a lot more information than what can be shown in the TV series, and in a way that is probably more closely resembles the actual book. As an ADHD sufferer, it takes me months to get through a long book like this in analog form, as I end up reading lines over and over, as well as hoping I don't lose the book before I've finished it. I also spend a lot of time on the road, and I'd rather pass that time in Westeros than with low-bitrate satellite radio, even if it's a little bit of work to keep character continuity going in my head.I think that the implication that a refund is a just thing simply due to the narration inconsistencies is a little over-the-top. Is it a bummer? Yeah. Was it bad enough to make me want to delete the book and not listen to it? Nope.
The sound is hallow, and Roy keeps pronouncing names in a different way than the last books. That is all.
great book, Roy's overall performance was great...just a little inconsistent with previous GOT books. can't wait for book 5 and the release of 6......this book really puts a split for the HBO series. and the novels....but both do the story justice......great great book
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If you like books with panoramic scope, complex characters and plot, you'll love this book and this series (so far, anyhow). I only wish there was more on The Maid, Tyrion, and Aria
This episode of the book was just as good as the last. was very surprised to see all the negative comments, it's been 6 years guys since the last one was recorded, yes there were some changes in the character voices. but the essence of the characters remained, except for Jaime and tyrion who under went some very traumatic and life changing developments. I loved it!