It would not be possible to recommend this book to anyone due to the removal of great story lines and the addition of those that fail to keep my attention. I loved the first 3 books, but I could not honestly even recommend those based on the 4th book.
Stick with the good story lines and characters from the first 3 books. Quit killing off beloved characters.
I was totally put off by the changed name pronunciations and altered voices of several characters. I especially cannot get over Arya's changed voice to that of an old witch.
I am writing this review to dispel the notion that this audiobook is somehow inferior to the previous books read by Roy Dotrice. In the interest of full disclosure I have only listened to the first of the four parts, so I can’t speak to the plot itself, but so far I am enjoying that as well. I have purchased and listened to Game of Thrones (Book 1), Clash of Kings (Book 2) and Storm of Swords (Book 3) – all of which I thoroughly enjoyed.
One of the things that makes these audiobooks great is the narration by Mr. Dotrice--whose different voices almost make this a radio drama—which I love! So imagine my horror when I read all of these negative reviews about how horrible the audio version was for Book 4! After reading all of these negative comments, in fact, I decided to not purchase the last installments and to read the last installments instead.
...But I had a couple of long road trips, so I broke down and decided I would get it any way—my thinking was “how bad can it be?” Boy am I glad I did. The reading of this book is fine—give me a break! “He misprounces Brienne’s name!” “Arya sounds like an old woman!” What a bunch of malarkey. I agree that AT TIMES he does mispronounce Brienne’s name—but I only heard him do this twice.
So I wish all these whiners would Shut the Front Door-- you are doing a disservice to most readers who will enjoy this interpretation as much as the other books. Nobody is perfect—so this reading may have some differences between the earlier books, but it is still HEAD AND SHOULDERS above virtually every other audiobook I have listened to. (I have been an audible member for at least 10 years and listened to hundreds of titles.)
So if you enjoyed the previous books, my recommendation is to get this one too. Again, as I wrote above, I don’t know if the plot will be as good—but I am so irritated that I almost skipped listening to this book because of some overzealous reviewers, I had to post this NOW to help other people avoid being similarly misled. Jeez. ;-(
I love Tyrion Lannister - he gets the best lines and always thinks his way out his predicaments. Fantastic character.
This performance is just as good as his earlier books.
This book is as long as the others, but all the characters that you love are missing and nothing happens with all the other characters. It is a bunch of weak side stories. It is as if this is a work of fan fiction that goes at great length to avoid impacting any of the main story lines.
The sad part is that you have to listen to it anyway, because you've already invested so much in the series. Let's hope the next books are better.
George Martin has again tests our memory and patience by adding at least 2 more fronts to the campaign - and countless more people. The new people then require endless character and story development, and while the development is likely necessary for George's ultimate master plan, a little less descriptive prose and action would have suited me better.
My above headline alludes to the fact that George has split the story geographically between Books 4 & 5 and thus some of our favourite characters do not appear until Book 5. I personally do not have interest in the Danayrius story so the absence of her character was a nice break, but am sure others will be disappointed. John Snow and Tyrion are also missing from Book 4.
As noted by others, Role Dotrice's voice work has changed for some characters. This was slightly annoying at first, but I found I became used to it. It appears that years have past since he did Book 3 and I still think he is amazing.
In summary, this is another intriguing chapter in the great George Martin saga which, just when you think the story cannot get more confusing, takes a couple more twists away from that teasing conclusion that we are waiting for. If you are fan - reading this is a no-brainer, just be patient.
The author has the most complex set of characters I have ever seen. Too many to follow well and distracts from the main characters one would like to see the story progress for.
Left wanting some progress on other characters' stories
I love turning pages, but listening during my long commute is the way to go
Fantastic, beguiling, enchanting
I am disappointed that the narrator changed his voice for several of the characters...mostly the voice for Aria Stark and Lord Peter Bailesh. I was so used to the way he did those voices for the first three books that it was hard to get into the fourth.....it was very distracting
This fourth book in the series is beautifully crafted and contains the excellent human characterizations that Martin writes so well, yet in telling the Saga of Ice and Fire, almost the entire book should have been edited down to two chapters with the rest falling to the cutting room floor. He lost control of the main work.
I've been trying to read this book for so long that I'm actually embarrassed to admit when I started it. Since starting a new job, I've had almost no time for reading. I love that I can listen to the book while I get read for work in the mornings or when I'm driving.
In this book? Jaime or Brienne
Name pronunciation, i.e. Bry-een for Brienne (Bree-uhn)? Really?
Winter is coming.
I will probably download book five, too.
Books 1-3 had amazing consistency with pronunciations and voices. In this book there are several times where he starts pronouncing names differently, lady cat-len vs lady kate-len or b-rye-een vs bri-ane. What happened its like they recorded 5 min chunks that didn't get checked he keeps going in an out of the different pronunciations.
The voices also keep changing pitch one minute the man has a deep rough voice then later a high pitched clean voice. No were near the quality of the first three books!
A Feast for Crows is the 4th book in the Game of Thrones Series, and though it has been an enjoyable listen, I do think the 1st and 3rd books are the best so far. There are some characters introduced in this book that have not been as engaging as the characters that the reader/listener comes to know in the earlier books. Despite this, the series in its entirety is by far one of the most enjoyable I have experienced.
Roy Dotrice is FANTASTIC, sometimes I forget that it is only one person creating all these characters! He keeps it lively and exciting. My only complaint is that in this, the 4th book, he suddenly starts pronouncing some of the names of the main character differently than he had in the prior 3 books!!!!???? I am not sure why this happened, but it is annoying.
Overall, a great book, excellent performance and a fantastic series! Especially for someone who spends LONG hours commuting! Sometime I am actually excited to get back in the car so I can find out what happens next!