It is very strange that Roy Dotrice's voice changed significantly in this books. I had to check and re-check to see if the book was read by the same person. He pronounced the characters' names differently and the voices of the characters changed! It really bothered me!
Fantastic Story Telling.
The general narration is okay, but the constant changes to the pronounciation of the characters' names is really irritating. For the first three books (as far as my memory serves) the names are consistent. Not only does the pronounciation change in this book, but there are several options from which the reader bounces back and forth. It's distracting. Also, he often fails to relay the context in which dialogue is delivered. Questions are spoken as statements, and vice versa, and he seems to be incapable of reading women's dialogue as anything but whiny and plaintive. There is also a sing-songy quality to all dialogue (both men and women) that I found terribly distracting. His performance is such that it would deter me from purchasing other stories read by him if it wasn't part of a series I was already enamored of.
I'd heard from several others that this is the dryest of the series, but I did not find that to be true for me. There isn't any 'epic' moment, but rather a series of events that lead from the last book to the next, which I find enjoyable.
The author risks much here when he offers a set of different characters and spends a lot of time with those we have come to see as despicable and/or wooden. The gambit pays off, as we gain a set of new comrades and we have a new appreciation for an old nemesis. The narrator here is most uneven, and seems to have forgotten how he voiced several of the characters, especially Brienne.
Feast for Crows is already a hard enough book to get through due to the decreased pace (especially compared to the amazing Storm of Swords) and the fact that many of the series' more likeable characters are MIA. The narrator didn't make it any easier. His general reading voice is actually pretty good, but his character voices were incredibly terrible, in particular the women but also many of the men, and made parts of the book almost cringe-worthy to listen to.
The readers voice was very hard to get past. It was hard to picture a strong or seductive female when all you heard is a witches cackle or a stuffy old mans voice. To further complate it many conversions would sound as if they were of one charitor instead of two, and there personal thought were handled the same way there voices were, making it difficult to understand if they thought it or said it.
Sorry it was terrible, he does a good old mans voice but after that the he does not have much range of emotions. He would be fine if he was to read as one character, As if reading a dairy
yes, it was really long
read the book ! save your ears! I almost called to return it, however as a tv follower I just got through it. I will not try a Audio book about this again.
First off, I have heard nothing but negative things about this book in the series. Obviously, it's not horrible because one wouldn't read into this series if they were fully invested, but rather this book was more the least favorite out of them all. I would assume it's because all those characters we have come to love are not necessarily told in this story by their point of view but briefly touched upon by someone else. Also, all those characters we have come to hate, and yes I said hate, have more story time than ever before.
With this being said, who cares! It was a good story, which has developed in a way that wouldn't have happened had George RR Martin not changed things up (which he is most known for - well that and ripping people's hearts out).
I really enjoy the bond that was created between Jaime & Brienne. Although it's twisted of me, I'm saddened by the rejection of Cersei to Jaime, but hope this will drive him in a different direction. I'm happy Samwell got some "action". I'm hoping Brienne survives, and am somewhat disgusted Catelyn survived (I did not like her to begin with). I'm confused by the storyline of Arya/Cat. I am enjoying the storyline between Little Finger & Sansa/Alayne. I am disappointed in Jon Snow, but I guess I can understand his reasoning.
I cannot wait to start on the next book, but better give myself some time before it really consumes my life!
I purchased the next book in the series hoping that maybe it would clear things up for me.
Voices for characters changed.
During this book I always felt as though I was misisng something - like parts had been left out - like it skipped ahead. I even went back to listen to several parts again but still had this feeling.
I will definitely listen to A Feast for Crows again. It was long and slow, but covered a great deal of information for many characters.
Feast for Crows is probably the slowest of the 5 (so far) Song of Ice and Fire Series, but it keeps you going and has a lot of subtle story plots that are interesting.
He does a great job reading the normal text as well as all the voices of the characters. If you watch the Game of Thrones HBO Series, it takes a little while to get rid of the actors voice in your head and accept Roy Dotrice's, but once you do, you learn to appreciate the effort he goes into all the character voices.
From the Shadows
Well....what can I say. As an audiobook, this one fell short for me. Dotrice had established such great character voices in the previous books only to alter some completely (and to their detriment) in this one. So much so that parts were hard to even listen to. I managed to get through it, but definitely wasn't my favorite audio experience, and ended up picking up the print book as well.
I have enjoyed all of the Game of Thrones books. Love the characters and the storyline as well and the stories within the story.
There have been lots of memorable moments. I have most enjoyed the scenes from Dorne.
He was difficult to understand. Some of his words were not clear and it was difficult when he changed from one character to another.
I am still reading. I will complete this section when I have finished.
It was so difficult for me to understand the narrator that I purchased a readable version and I am reading the book instead of listing because I do not want to miss anything. The narration sounds as if he is talking with loose dentures and is spitting as he reads. I would not but this again. But I will continue to buy other Audible Books, just not books with this narrator. I was very disappointed as I had been waiting for this book.