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.
Someone who wants to take a nap would LOVE this book
It was soooo boring, with hardly any continuing stories of the favorite characters in book 1-3. This book consisted of long drawn out conversations of secondary and tertiary characters that didn't go anywhere.
Don't remember the names of the tertiary characters
disappointment, loss of countless hours
You can pretty much just skip this book and move on to book 5. You didnt miss ANYTHING.
I've just started listening to the 4th book in the Game of Thrones series and I'm very disappointed with the lack of preparation of Roy Dotrice. I've been listening to these books back to back for several weeks now, I really enjoyed the first 3 and how Dotrice brought the characters to life. From listening to this latest edition its clear that the narrator did little or no preparation for the task at hand. I understand that it was several years between narrating the 3rd and 4th book but this was simply lazy. Names, accents and voices have all dramatically changed and I've found it quite hard to listen to so far especially Arya who now sounds like a wildling rather than a Stark. I'm thinking of returning the audiobook and just buying the kindle version to read though I've an hour journey to work each day and listening to this story really helps pass the time.
Dotrice could have listened to even a small section of his own audiobook to put in a better performance of the characters.
Annoyance was my only reaction so far
Dotrice is not the only one to blame here, its clear that everyone involved did not compare his work to the earlier books as they would have realized the huge difference in names, accents and voices.
For the record - I devoured the first three books with abandon. George R. R. Martin's fourth entry into this marvelous series, however, leaves much to be desired. I struggled to get through it, forcing myself to listen while telling myself it would be worth it in the end. I was half right.
I think what stands out in my mind far above anything else is George R. R. Martin's decision to have *nothing* of substance really happen in this entire book. I've heard of filler on TV shows, but when you have them in books, especially when its the ENTIRE book, I really tend to question what the overall strategy is. To be fair, there are a few quick moments where Martin lays out obvious plot elements that will play a critical role in the books to come, but they are far too few and in between; you'd be better off reading a quick recap of these story elements somewhere else and skipping the book altogether.
Dotrice's performance... I'm not sure I have anything to add that hasn't already been said by previous reviewers. He takes a lacking story and makes it worse.
Overall I was dissatisfied with this book, but if you're like me you'll probably read it anyways. Just go into it knowing that you'll be gritting through it for the sake of completion and not for the sheer enjoyment that the previous entries will bring you.
In terms of this book/audiobook it's one of my favorites. I began by reading these books, so it's been interesting to now listen to them, hear how the author intended the names to be pronounced, and to just sit back and enjoy the story as it unfolds.
I have a little bit of an issue with the narrator though. He has a very grandfatherly voice (by which I mean, old), which is great, and perfect for the narration when speaking AS the narrator, but there is very little distinction between many of the characters, and even the ones that are young, or women tend to sound like, well, old men. He has a British accent, and does many different dialects that may be easily distinguishable to someone familiar with them, but to this Cali girl it's hard to tell them all apart. I spend a lot of time trying to figure out who's talking to whom.
Love most all of them, always really enjoy Tyrion.
No. I think, as mentioned above, the narrator has too elderly of a voice to capture the huge cast correctly. Especially poorly represented are the women and young people - everyone sounds like an older man.
A younger, more forceful narrator, or, the current narrator with a full or partial cast to fill in the other characters that are beyond his reach.
Please note: Roy Dotrice is an AMAZING narrator, and has a very cool, atmospheric voice, and when it fits the character he's brilliant. I just have a hard time getting lost in the story when a young knight of 16 sounds like a crusty old mountain man from a remote British isle smoking a cigar.
I was rather insulted by the lack of attention to detail that the Narrator and producers took when putting forth this audiobook. I understand that a long time had passed between the reading of the third and forth novels but a simple review of each character's voice would not have taken much time.
I have decided that I will read the fifth book rather than listen to the audiobook and hopefully by the time the 6th one is available Roy will have respected his audience enough to bring back the great voices from books 1-3.
The story is slow and extremely detailed, but I am a huge fan of this. I love the immersive feeling Martin gives his readers. His world is alive in our minds, with every detail brilliantly crafted. The story is still great, and well worth reading.
If you have the choice of listening to or reading this novel, and you listened to the first three - I suggest you read this one. That way you will get all the pleasures of the story and writing without the disappointment of the narration.
Roy Dotrice does a good job of continuing his excellent narrating. However, he changed up the pronunciation of some of the character names, which was confusing at first. Otherwise, excellent performance.
He has a different voice for each character with accents and speech patterns to match.