Fans of this series will read this book no matter what but be advised that disappointments are waiting for you.
There is a surprising lack of action until the last quarter.
The voices developed by Dotrice for books 1-3 were wonderful. I have read no explanation for why they were abandoned.
I would throw this out of the series. Half the time I would forget to pay attention for minutes and not lose the story at all because it has not progressed. In fact this book does nearly nothing to progress the story. I found my self dreading the Brienne's part of the book because I knew exactly how each scene would go with her.
Further all of the best characters were completely absent from this book. Even the characters that were somewhat interesting did nothing of note. No Tyrion, John Snow, or Daenerys.
If you skipped this book entirely and went straight to the next one, you will miss nearly nothing at all as the next book retreads the same ground except from the point of the view of the characters you actually like to read about.
Roy likes to use the same voice for multiple characters and the same type of voice for common types of characters. It's not too bad because the point of changing up the voices is so that the listener is not confused as to whom is speaking when. The problem might arrise when the books finally brings two characters that sound exactly allike together into a conversation.
I wasn't so bothered over some of the vocal inconsistancies as some of the other reviewers were. Any inconsistency I would blame on the production's director. They are responsible for what's captured creatively and for all *we know, they *wanted a new voice for Arya.
That aside, I missed some of my favorite characters who we didn't get to follow in this book. There were also a few times I wondered what the point of a particular storyline was because it didn't seem to lead anywhere or add anything to the the whole picture.
I will admit that I was confused for about the first hour of this book by the voices. I took a break between book three and four and listened to something else. When I returned excitedly to book four I though I must be crazy. The voices sounded so different yet I could swear it was the same narrator. I finally realized that it wasn't me, the voices were actually different. Now I am distracted by trying to translate the narrator's voice into the old voice in my head as I am listening. To confuse the matter even further, I watch the TV series too and my internal translations can become confused with the actor's voices as well. It is so annoying that I wish I could stop listening and just read it instead. Unfortunately my three hour daily commute leaves me no time to read and I am addicted to the story. I guess I am stuck listening to book four and five with lousy voices. So disappointing, I don't know how the director didn't catch this problem before the book was released.
The good news is that the story is so compelling that so many fans stick with it despite the voice problem. My advice is, listen to books one though three, and read books four and five if you can.
It's expanding the great stories of the previous books. I like the addition of Brienne of Tarth to the narration cast. I love the intertwining of the Ironborn and Daenerys.
However, I'm very irked by the changes in pronunciation of main character's names in comparison with the first three books--- specifically, Lady Catelyn Starke, Lord Petyr Baelish, and Lord Varys. All three are now simplified and pronounced like the common names/words Caitlin, Peter, and varies. It's awful. Also, many of the voices have changed from the previous books and it makes the whole thing much harder to follow along with. Lastly, this book is my least favorite so far, because of the almost total drop off of all the main character story lines... Where are Tyrion, John, Bran, Rickon (gone since Book 2), Theon (Is he actually dead??)?? I get that we're seeing things from the other sides and that there are other things going on, but they shouldn't be left hanging for almost an entire book!
Yes. All 5 books are amazing. Personally I think splitting the books my location was a mistake but I understand the reasoning behind it. In regards to the reading. I only really had a problem with his voicing for Aria. She sounds like she is 80 instead of 10. Some of the pronunciations are different yes but they are different in the Show as well. Maybe he was asked to change them. Who knows, but It is good to have Mr. Dotrice read all 5 books.I would also remind everyone that the first 3 books were recorded back to back. So it's easy to keep everything consistent. Even Jim Dale changed some voices and pronunciations From book to book in the Harry Potter series.
All the other Song of Ice and Fire books. lol
Regal. Gifted. British.
Not extreme but I was unhappy with some of the vocal choices made. Some are inconistant with the other readings. (Aria most notably)
People need to chill.
I will be listening to the 5th Book this month I figure ive gotten through 4 of them I might as well finish it off, I do think he had a lot of Fluff in this book though I feel asleep alot and had to go back cause I would daydream or think of other things while I listened to the book
I might be interest in another book by George R. R. Martin if Roy Dotrice could come up with more character accents and keep the pronunciation of their names consistent!
NO! I got used to all the characters names and accents (as read by Roy Dotrice) in the first three books and then he changes them all in this fourth book. It was rather hard to keep listening to without correcting him every time he changed! If it were not for the story, and having listened through the first three books, I would have stopped the audio into the first chapter and quit this audio series!!!
This series, is very well crafted. My only criticism is that Roy Dotrice (the narrator) changed the pronunciation and voices of several of the characters. This was incredibly annoying - coming from someone that has listened to the series non-stop from book 1.
I am generally a not fan of Roy Dotrice. He is not my favorite narrator / performer but he is might be good in playing the roles of old men/woman. The characters of young men seem to present Mr. Dotrice with something of a challenge, and that of female characters, especially young ones, sound like they quite old or just very old. Not talking about older characters.
Even the heated passion scene in chapter 14 sounds like it was between two people, who are well beyond their 80s.
I think, i will skip completely the last book, only because it was narrated by Roy Dotrice.
I just want my credits back. It is almost impossible to listen. Will go back to paper book.