Roy Dotrice's pronounciation of characters and places is different in this book than in the others. Trying to figure out if there is a rationale for this is distracting from the story.
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.
yes, but one needs to have 'time' to digest it.
Arianna (sp) innocent an whiley.
It has one.
I've listened to all the books back to back and yes, I have lots of time to listen. As long as my work is done and no one is complaining I can listen to what I want. In this installment of the saga the Narrator changed all the voices around. Arya sounds like the whores used to sound and John has a woman's voice now. It doesn't change in the next book either. For three books the Narrator was consistent. I wonder what happened. With this aside the story line continues to grow and still no back story, so you have to had read in order to know what happened. We see the characters grow and the ones that think they're on top of the world find themselves being pulled down by all the hands they stepped on, on their way up. We see the loyal turn on the ones that trusted them the most. We see those that are despised throughout the whole series doing the most to keep things together, yet no see's past their past. For those who are watching the HBO season's on TV you will see parts of this book in season one and two. I like the story line and in the next book which I've already started the author is tying up the story lines and pulling them all together.
The author and narrator are obviously very talented but sadly they fell short here.
Many of the characters whose stories the reader would have come to look forward to are strangely silent in the fourth instalment of this remarkable series.
An even greater disappointment was the narration. If Roy Dotrice and his producer (who apparently were requested by popular demand) had done their listeners the simple courtesy of referring back to at least one of the previous recordings they would have served us up another delight instead of this sad mishap. The voices have changed entirely and not for the better. Arya Stark sounds like a wildling crone and Petyr Baelish (whose name is now pronounced Peter) sounds like a gruff Eddard Stark. The entire production feels like a poorly thought out enterprise with very unpleasant results.
I can only hope that the next book is better.
Yes because I am following the series but this read was particularly dark.
The whole series is dark and bloody but love the dwarf's humor, thankful for it.