I have only listened to 6.5 chapters, but the narration is so unfortunate that I do not want to proceed. Arya now sounds like Brienne. Brienne sounds like Jaime. and on and on. The names are pronounced different from the last three books and often different in the same chapter. It is insulting to the audience that the narrator did not listen to his previous performances before proceeding with this book. Where were the producers?
This book seems to be far afield of the storyline already, and I believe it will just get worse after reading the other reviews. It appears the author and the narrator coasted on this one thinking it was easy money. For shame.
I am considering returning this book to Audible along with book 5.
I certainly enjoyed the continuing character development from the ongoing series
I can't spoil anything so for anyone that has read the first three, you'll clearly want to read the next. I have to be honest though, I am starting to get a little tired of the considerable effort Martin takes in describing every stitch of clothing that a character is wearing. I know it paints a beautiful image but these books could be shortenend by 200 pages each if we left Cerci's wardrobe out of every chapter.
I'd also add that I'm a bit of a history buff but I never realized that the middle-ages were quite so rapey....I know this is a work of fiction but it's based on those times so unless Martin is taking creative liberties with that aspect....I get the distinct impression that every woman in Martin's books is raped at least once in their lifetimes. Just pointing out the brutality of the social message...not condemning him for putting it on paper..
I do enjoy Doltrice though I feel like he's changed his accent/inflection for some of the main characters from one book to another which is a little discordant. Otherwise he does a nice job...he doesn't go over the top with most of the character impressions which is good. I think some of the impressions are too close to each other but with the sheer volume of characters in this series I can't imagine how you couldn't get repetitive.
I think Martin's goal is to take every character you love and reduce them (and by extension you) to ruins. No spoilers as this has been evidenced since the first book in the series but suffice it to say that life continues to hand your favorite characters a never ending supply of poop sandwiches.
Nothing with respect to this book but I went through the first 4 in rapid succession but now find myself putting down the series to get some different reading done. I'm not sure if this is a result of a bit of a lull with respect to A Feast for Crows or if it's the knowledge that Martin takes a loooooong time to complete each book so there's little compelling reason to hurry through them if I'll ultimately have to wait another decade or so before the series concludes.
I have really enjoyed all of the books up to feast of crows. Have gotten used to Roy Dotrice's voice. But this time the character voices fall flat. I found this book to be the most boring of all of them. Though the events are important its really made me sad that it only focused on Jamie, Sansa, Brienne, Cersei, Sam, and the Iron Men. The Chapters about the Iron Men where so slow and boring that I almost stopped listing to the story. I am glad I made it though this book, but Honestly I wish I had just skipped it and moved on to Book 5. I know that Book 4 and Book 5 where meant to be one book originally and due to Martin's publisher it ended up being broken into two books at its publishing. I really wanted to like this book, but its lacking a lot of the magic that I liked about the first 3 books.
No. I will finish up with book 5, and wait for Martin to finish book 6 and 7.
Roy and the voices he used for some of the characters did not match the previous books. His "Littlefinger" voice change 3 times in this book. His Arya sounded bad... I have been listing to these books back to back the last few months and I can tell that in this one the Director took no time to re-associate Roy with the characters of his previous readings.
The entire chapter of Sam's crossing to Braavos. Sure its important but it needed to be much shorter. I think it was 45 mins of an 8hr chapter. It could have been shortened down by 20mins and still got the point across.
My pic says it all. That's my dog and he is really barking for me to throw another snowball. Scary looks but really just a playful guy by nature. Been reading sf/fantasy like a power nerd my whole life which is almost 50 years now. I like all sorts of stuff just make the story believable...
Sheesh, this story is endless and nothing changes. What makes this book so bad is that it focuses on all the loser characters. You could have skipped this book and not missed any of the story. Lets hope the next book has something interesting or some character development.
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The performance DOES indeed vary from the other books in the series, but frankly it's not a big deal. Yes you have to get used to a couple of different voices and pronunciations but once you're settled in it is fine. Arya does sound different, but she doesn't sound old she sounds Irish. If you need a comparison, she sounds more like Egret in the past books. I have been listening to the entire series back-to-back-to-back and am not that bothered by it. Roy Dotrice is 90 years old and his performance is excellent.Get over it.
I favor history, non-fiction, lectures, and the occasional purely fictitious work. I also listen to many children's books with my family.
Honestly, I had to push through this one a bit. There were parts which were engaging and characters I was glad to hear tales of, but the best bits were a bit sparse and, especially when compared to book three, it didn't move things a long as much as I'd like - and it's a pretty lengthy read/listen.
Still, there is a lot to like if you're a fan of Westeros - and in most good series there are installments which don't live up to their surrounding books. All in all I'm certainly happy with it - just not *as* happy as I was with books one, two and especially three.
Hope this helps,
“Never laugh at live dragons.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien
Does it really matter that Roy Dotrice changes the pronunciation of a few names? Does it really matter that his voice for one character isnt the same as it was in previous books? Maybe if this were a different series. But this is GAME OF THRONES people. I personally can overlook any minor changes in performance considering the vast scope of this story. This book alone is nearly 34 hours. Along with the mind boggling amount of characters, Dotrice deliver's and amazing performance. To anyone who has made it this far, you simply can't stop now because of a few minor inflections of voice and pronunciation. Download and enjoy. :)
I thought the reviews of the performance were a little harsh when I read them, but after listening to the story I believe them to be on point. Let me say I'm not picky when it comes to narrators. I listen to most books at 3x speed and slight inconsistencies don't usually bother me. The voices of characters were off as well as pronunciations. I had a hard time getting past the pronunciation of Lord Petyr's name. In previous books it was pronounced Petar and this book it was Peter. I enjoyed the story, but was disappointed by the narration.
Coming off the 3 solid books that preceded this one, Feast for Crows, despite it's name, lacked the meat on its bones the others did, despite the sheer size of the novel. Plots meander aimlessly across the world, minor characters ramble about events that have been happening in the background behind the seven kingdoms, and the book dissolves into a log session of complaints starring Cersei (complaining about Jaime and Margaery) Jaime (complaining about Cersei and Tyrion) and Brienne (complaining about being a woman, and not being able to find Sansa)
Even the important parts of the story are delivered so blandly that you're left going "that's it?" He spends so much time telling both sides of conversations from both Cersei and Jaime's points of view that you're sick of them, and everything actually interesting is glossed over. It lacked all the punch and surprise I came to expect from the first three novels. Had I been reading these novels as they came out, and waited five years for this book, I would have demanded my money back. I was expecting meat and potatoes like GoT, CoK and SoS delivered, and instead got a steaming pile of sodden, overcooked vegetables. Immensely unsatisfying.
The narrator should have kept consistent pronunciation from the first three books. He changes the way he says Catelyn, Petyr, and Gilly, and pronounces "Brienne" no less than 3 different ways. This is not a comprehensive list of names he says differently than he did in the first three, merely the ones I can recall at the moment. He does Jaime's voice the same as Tyrion, which is very confusing. He also changes his performances of Arya and Melissandre so they sound more like Old Nan than a spirited 10 year old and an enchanting, seductive priestess.
Brienne. All she does is whine, complain, and narrate the forests she's riding through, and the only interesting thing she is involved in happens in the last paragraph or so of her last chapter, much resembling the epilogue of Storm of Swords. Again, it is delivered so blandly that it probably could have been skipped altogether.
Save yourself almost 30 hours (or 10 if you listen to it at 3x) and just read the synopsis on Wikipedia. You will not miss anything, I promise. Except the hilarity of Cersei referring to Maester Pycell as "about as useful as nipples on a breastplate" there you go, that was the highlight of the book.
After reading all these reviews I wasn't looking forward to this one. But it turned out most peoples issues were unfounded. Yes Dotrice botches some of the names (Gilly = Jilly, Catelyn = Katelyn, Petyr = Peter) but it doesn't take away from the story.
Arya's voice was a bit like an old woman, but it got better in the later chapters. The only thing that really bothered me was Petyr's voice COMPLETELY changed in the first Alayne chapter.
Otherwise the story was great, a bit slow in places, but it was nice to explore the other characters. Off to ADWD!