George R. R. Martin is a good writer but Roy Dotrice stinks as a narrator. He constantly changes how he pronounces characters' names, sometimes saying it with three different pronunciations in 6 minutes. This is very disappointing and annoying. I listen to audiobooks since I commute a long way to work and don't have time to read. Please don't let this man narrate the final two books!!!
If you enjoyed the first 3 books, it might be a good idea to stop there. This fourth book is good, but bittersweet. On one hand I am eager to discover the new adventures of these characters. However, issues with the narrator, some major characters don't appear, and the way to book is structured make it less enjoyable.
The book was cut into 2 books when first published. Half of the characters appear in one, but not the other. So, it stays on one group for a long time and feels stale. In other books, the POV would change more often and give more variety of characters.
It is still good compared to an average book, but unless you have 40 hours to kill, just read a summery.
Roy is just as good as ever, but some of the character voices are a little different. It really isn't a big deal. Still enjoyed his work here a lot.
The plot moves very, very slowly. It would have been helpful to have maps and family trees included with the book. I wonder if the printed book has them.
Roy Dotrice has an old sounding voice. He makes all girls and women sound like an old hags.
Other George RR Martin Game of Thrones series
He was OK but sounded older when characters were much younger. Jaime Lannister, for example, should sound more commanding, young and strong.
The whole series keeps you guessing and provides plenty of unexpected turns!
I immediately jumped into this book after the previous one had me on the edge of my seat the entire ride only to be extremely disappointing and bored. The story covers people I hadn't heard of and to be honest don't really care about. It was painful at times to push thru to the end. A glutton for punishment I suppose or thinking something exciting would happen and I'd miss it if I stopped listening. Not sure if Roy Dotrice didnt get paid enough to follow thru with past character voices but more on his horrible performance for the next audiobook review. If you fall asleep or get distracted during this one dont worry about rewinding..you're not missing anything. You could possibly skip this one all together and be none the less wiser.
If you've made it to A Feast for Crows, book 4 of the series, then you're most likely already very committed to this world and these characters. Returning to this world, with the masterful help of Roy Dotrice, was like curling up in a warm, comfortable blanket.
I especially enjoyed the introduction and portrayal of Braavos. It feels like a real place, and different from any of the previous locations we've been to so far. I didn't quite feel the same way about Oldtown or Dorne.
Dotrice's Euron Greyjoy is a pleasure to listen to. I also love the warmth & wisdom that comes through in his Aemon Targaryan.
The biggest issue I have is with Brienne and Samwell, who are arguably the main heroes of this book. Even with their socially-awkward natures, they're both high-born & well educated. I don't think that aspect comes across often enough, both in the writing and in Dotrice's portrayals.
It took some time for me to adjust to the fact that there were several familiar characters and story lines completely absent from this book. I was a bit hesitant to absorb some of the new characters and places because I couldn't stop wondering why we weren't visiting some of the old familiar ones I was anxious to hear from.
I soon found out that these missing pieces would be filled in book 5, A Dance With Dragons. Martin had written a book so long, that it had to be split into 2 "smaller" books. He chose to divide it by character and location, rather than a chronological split, so we get some characters in this one, and the rest in the next. If I'd known that going in, I think I would have relaxed and enjoyed myself more.
Arya in particular was a character I wanted to get more of in this book. She was present, as was Sansa, but not nearly as much as Sam, Brienne, Jaime and Cersei. Arya's story felt fresh and exciting, but we only got a small taste of it. The Stark family was the heart of the first 3 books, and here they were largely missing.
In all, I'd say that this book has a slower pace and far fewer major plot developments in comparison with the intense Storm of Swords. It feels like a breather while we wait for the next big thing to happen. That, combined with the issue of missing/less-interesting characters is why I've "only" given it 4 stars.
Yes. It grabs you and won't let you go.
The wealth of characters and depth of the stories.
Yes, but it is so long, would be impossible.
No. I am not going to read any more of the series unless and until it ends and then only if it ends soon.
It keeps adding characters and has gotten to the point where it is a soap opera that will continue without closure.
I didn't find anything of notable goodness in the performance but did find the voices distracting.
Stop reading the series because it has become a chore to follow. Some individual story lines aren't even brought out and others only once in the entire epic volume.
The continual adding of story lines and characters while abandoning others has destroyed what started as a good thing. What ever happened to the little Stark and his wolf? A whole character set and story line not visited once in this book.
Roy dotrice really disappoints on this one, changing the pronunciation of the same names from the previous three books and even with sentences.
Roy Dotrice's performance was absolutely spot on again. Loved it.
I think that three of the most enjoyable characters are missing from this book, and the story doesn't progress as well because of it. I would have liked to have seen Tyrion, Jon, and Daenerys continue in this book, but sadly they do not. If you listen to this book and the next one (Dance With Dragons) back-to-back though, you will get the whole story.
Roy Dotrice's performance brings all of the characters to life, and his pauses and dramatic elements also add a whole lot to the otherwise slower storyline.