Don't get me wrong. Roy Dotrice is a great narrator but he completely forgot the voices he used for the characters in the last 3 books. It was hard to listen to as a result. Jamie Lanaster now sounds like Rob Stark, Aria sounds like Brieen (not sure of spelling). Sir Laurus now sounds like Jamie Lanaster. And the worst one is Lord Petar (little finger) all of the sudden has thick rough accent. Also the pronunciation of names is off. Lord Pet-ar as pronouced in the first 3 books is now Lord Peter. Bri-een is pronouced Brian at times. Heron Hell is now pronouced Heron Hall. I know there is about 5 years between books 3 and 4 but come on where is the professionalism, consistency and quality here? All you have to do listen to the last books to figure out the voices used. Disappointed with the recording company and narrator for missing these details. The book itself is hard to read at times due to the brutality moreso than the first 3 but still I am hooked. On to book 5....
The narrator Roy Dotrice was charismatic and enthusiastic during the entire performance. The only drawback to his performance was the inconsistencies between some of the name pronunciations and character voices (lord Balish) when compared to his performances of the same characters in the other entries of the series.
Love his different voices! He's an excellent reader. My only problem is how he changed names in this book compared to the other books? Petyr, Gilly and Catelyn's names were all different in this book reading by Roy.
I actually read the first three books, but due to time constraints decided to listen to the books 4 and 5. I got 1.5 hours into this book and had to stop. I couldn't take Dotrice's narration any more, he ruined it for me.
I read the reviews of his performances in the first three books and it sounds like he did an amazing job. Not sure what happened here, but he boned it. It's too bad.
I'm returning this book. Guess I'll find a way to make the time to actually read it.
Game of Thrones is chess game. The first three books were the opening and were excellent, as was the narration. Book four is the middle of the game: a lot of shuffling characters around without any real conclusion. Okay it's the middle of a story but so was The Empire Strikes Back and that was awesome. This is just a lot of random loose ends that are left hanging. I guess in the overall scheme of things everything will fall into place but still... Cutting the story geographically was also hard because the most interesting characters are all missing.
The biggest issue I had was with the narration though. Having listened to all the books back to back I got to this one and suddenly everyone has different voices?! You could follow who was who in Roy Dotrice's reading but you can kiss that goodbye. Littlefinger has become a strapping Yorkshireman and Arya has mutated into an elderly woman. It's seriously off putting. I hope this is the low point of the series and things rapidly improve from here on out.
Characters accents change from book to book. The teeth sucking jailer made me stop listening for a full week. The gimmicky/gross mouth sounds are too much. Names are mispronounced, or pronounced differently from chapter to chapter.