I've listened to the previous audiobooks in this series and enjoyed them very much, but I am not enjoying this book at all. I am so distracted and annoyed with the changes in the character's names and voices that I'm not sure I'll be able to finish it. I wish I'd read the reviews before I blindly purchased the last 2 books as I stupidly thought the quality of the production would be the same. I agree with the other reviews - why couldn't Roy Dotrice reviewed his previous work before recording this book & surely someone at the publishers should have checked it for consistency?!
As others have commented, many of the characters no longer sound like their former selves. I was seriously shocked and dismayed when my favorite character, Dolorous Ed shows up and sounds almost like The Old Bear did, all gruff instead of slow and slightly south-african sounding.
The recording also didn't have the same quality from the outset, though an hour into it you get used to it.
In general though the performance continues to be good, even though there feel like there are fewer voices than before...or at least they are all changed up.
Sadly, the best thing about Book 4, is only a continuation of the story. On the other hand, after Book 3, it would be hard to match that story! I hope this is a great lead-up to a fantastic and climatic ending (Book 7, when released, maybe 2016/7?).
Mr. Dotrice continues his commanding performance.
Science fiction, fantasy, historical fiction...take me away!
The characters that kept me engaged in the story nearly disappeared entirely. And the reader started pronouncing names differently than he had in the first three books. Barely made it through this one.
I listened to it, because I did enjoy the first of the three in the series. You can skip this book, its all recap'd in Book 5. Supposedly Book 5 was published years later, but I would swear this is cuts from Book 5 that they decided to sell as its own volume!
The reading was ok, but often he changed voices of characters mid-conversation. Like me, he probably had a hard time paying attention.
I am listening to Book 5, it is better. But the chapters are drawn out compared to the first three volumes.
Yes, but as mentioned above, he confused character voices within the same conversation.
I'd skip it.
The story is fine but the performance of Roy Dotrice is shockingly bad.
Not if the narration is like this.
Where do I start? Voice changes, name changes and more, often within the same paragraph!Did Mr Dotrice not listen to his previous (excellent) recordings before recording this?
Does Audible offer refunds for junk like this? Worst performance of any book I've ever downloaded (117 to date).
Yes, I would consider it better than the print. It brings the story to life.
The King Slayer
When the king slayer was standing watch over his father's body.
I did not have a particular one.
This book is definitely a must have for "A Song of Fire and Ice" fans but it is not quite like the other books. It feels more like an interlude to something bigger to come.
Like an adventurer crossing the Narrow Sea to continue this epic tale of first rate fantasy a "Feast for Crows" gets lost in the doldrums of new characters and backstories that exhaust the reader and becalm the main plot lines. After 3 incredible installments it's not the first time a fantasy author has gotten lost in his own tale and while there are great moments in this book the vast plains in between are a slog.
Like so many of the other reviews the narration by Dotrice is jarring at first especially for Arya and Little Finger with the drastic change in their vocies. But you should get used to after a couple hours. As for the ending it was considerably lacking in relation to the first 3.
Overall if you loved the first 3 books and have invested that much time into the series you'll be compelled to listen I have no doubt. As for me all I can do now is hope that Martin can create another whirlwind of brilliance in the following books to fill his sails and break free of this stagnation.
These books should not be read out of sequence but if you liked the first three you will not be disappointed by this one. It delivers consistent character growth and interesting plot development, in keeping with Martins style.
Dotrice is an excellent reader who captures the style perfectly.
Don't touch it until you've seen the other 3.
I strongly recommend this series for lovers of complex and highly developed narrative and characters. Anyone who does not love political drama or extremely long narratives and a lot of moral ambiguity should avoid it.
While this book did not move with the same quickness as the first three, I am still quite a fan of the series. I think Mr Martin is doing something a bit different or expected with the storyline and the characters. I have read many reviews from disappointed readers of the book and do not agree that the book is not up to par with the previous ones. I think it is simply different. Mr Martin has gotten us very used to a thrill ride, this one is a bit slower though no less useful if we want real characters. I look forward to listening to the fifth installation as well as those to follow.