I've read through many of the reviews of this book, and the primary complaint seems to be regarding the inconsistencies with Mr. Dotrice's narration. I feel that it is important to point out that he is NINETY years old as I write this, was 88 when this audiobook was published and 80 when the first book in the series came out. I know many elderly people, and the fact that he was able to narrate these giant tomes at all is quite remarkable, let alone so well!! So, yes, I agree that it is maddening to hear a narrator change his game mid show, but I feel like we got to cut this guy some slack. Just saying.
That said... the book itself is consistent with the rest of these works, ponderous and detailed, but still thoroughly engaging. Just like the whole series.
I am a Physics and Engineering student.
I had to get this book because I have read all the books before this and have so much time invested in the series, but I didn't particularly enjoy it.
The truth is, this series has been dragged out too long. I like long story lines and, more than not, never want them to end, but this particular one is so slow. There is not as much story as you would think there is from just looking at the number of books. I don't know how else to explain it, it's just a slow story and questions to certain plots take forever to get answered and most haven't even been written yet.
The narrator was terrible. The voices he does for the characters are just plain bad. Many of them don't fit the characters descriptions. He puts a very elderly man's voice on a character who is not supposed to be so old or feeble, for example, and his voices for the woman's characters, forget about it.
If you have reached this book and have read this far you will probably get it regardless of what people say, I did. If I could go back though I would have never started reading. I don't think the author is going to live long enough to finish it. It has been about 17 or 18 years since the first book came out and it took, I think, 16 years for 5 books. That averages out to over 3 years a book. The last one came out in 2012 and there are supposed to be two left. Although, the last book took 5 years to write, according to Wikipedia and the next will probably take as long or longer considering that he is more into doing his HBO show.
Roy Dotrice has let us down. He has changed his pronunciation of key characters' names. He has changed characters' voices. He is inconsistent in pronunciations, flip-flopping all over the place. AND the voices he chooses are ridiculous! Sam sounds retarded, and Aria sounds like a leprechaun. I don't know what happened, but to me it sounds like Roy has dementia or is drunk, and the producer was obviously asleep at the wheel. I'm returning this, what a waste of a credit. I'm so pissed off, I really loved having this good long series lined up for listening, now I'm going to have to switch to print which has a whole different place in my life, and I'll have to find something else for listening.
The narration went south. what happened? The narration was so bad I could not continue to listen to the book , I had to stop! Some of the characters are hard to understand and most of them all sound like pirates with phleghm. I am going to read the book instead. I am not sure I will ever listen to another book read by Roy Dotrice. the first three books were great. This was a sad disapointment. I never have written a review but this is sooooooo bad I had to get my disapointment off my chest. I had read other reviews complaining about the narration and thought to my self how bad could it be. Well, I guess found out the hard way, that it can be pretty bad!
fire the narrator.
The audible quality is poor compared to the first three books of the series (which I loved). Even though this is read by the same narrator, it sounds like a different person due to the audio quality. The Narrator seems to have forgotten what voices he used for the first 3 books, all in all very frustrating, especially considering that the Price is more for this book than the previous 3 and the book is shorter.
The book itself starts you off a lot of side stories (Greyjoys and the Dutch) when I was very eager to get movement on the storyline from the 3rd book (which I will have to wait until the 5th book to get movement on some of it with the way the Author broke out the stories).
I really liked the first 3 books of the series that were read by Roy Dotrice but he seemed to drop the ball on this one, but not as much as the Producers who I feel should take the blame on this.
Really good series, and I highly recommend the first 3 books of the series, but for Feast of Crows, you are probably better served buying the written version of the book.
I read the first three and thought I'd try the 4th on audio book. I'm enjoying the story but the narration is grating - his women's voices sound like a joke and he makes characters I like sound like buffoons. Also, I get the idea of adding some sniffing for color but there have been passages with so much mucus I started to feel a little ill.
Tell me a story :)
I enjoyed the first three books so much, I couldn't wait to get my hands on the fourth one. Sadly, it was a major disappointment.
I'm not sure what happened with Roy Dotrice but he ruined the previous main characters. the voices were off, he couldn't get the names right. All a sudden Kat-leen turns into Kate-len, Sansa turns into San-cer, Brienne turns into Bri-yan and so on... At one point Cercei's character sounded like Grand Maester Pycelle and then she sounded like Joffrey. It's all so confusing. He even got Arya to sound like Sameul Tarley.
I read the reviews for the fifth book, and from what I've seen I don't think I will be wasting two of my credits on the next one. It's such a shame because the first three books were superb.
Thanks for nothing Roy!
I would only recommend this book to a friend if they read the first 3 books, this is not a good stand alone novel
One thing that author followed suit with in this book is killing characters at unexpected times in unexpected ways. This author has a real knack for doing that, for better or worse. Personally, I like being kept on my toes....
He did ok with the first 3 books, then all of a sudden he started pronouncing characters names differently then he did in the previous 3, and gave them different voices as well (for no good reason that I could see). You would think if a narrator is going to narrate a series of books, they would go back and listen to the previous books to try and keep consistent. Very disappointed with his narration for this one, but the first 3 he did a good job
It soon will be. With the popularity of "Game of Thrones" on HBO, it should definitely make it past this book to finish the series
I was quite disappointed with this installment of the series. The author started story lines of characters that were not very interesting, and some characters for which I didn't see their relevance in the overall story. The story lines that were followed of characters who were in the previous books were of the more boring character. After reading this and "Dance With Dragons," it feels like they were written by the author simultaneously, and he decided to just talk about certain characters in each book. This was definitely the worse book of the series thus far. I was also very disappointed at the narrators lack of continuity for pronouncing the characters names and keeping their voices the same
I love the Song of Fire & Ice series, but I hope to never again have to endure the staccato yet bland performance of Roy Dotrice
Similar in scope and imagination to the Wheel of Time series
Differentation of characters beyond a wierd cockney lilt, and pay attention to the grammar as written. It shouldn't be read: Pate tried to call for help. But his voice was failing too. His last thought. Was. Of Rosie.
Already has been
Imagine my surprise when I was clicking around for something new in the epic fantasy section and my eye just happened to see Roy's name on the splash page that shows the new releases. Like so many others I bought the John Lee recording of this story some years ago and found it to be a terrible listen. Many, many, many of us begged for Roy Dotrice to record this story, and now here it is.
I have accepted after listening to Dance that I will not hear the same powerful performance that we were so lucky to have on the first three books, and I am ok with that. Time marches on mercilessly for all of us and those recordings were many and more years ago.
This performance is much, much better than the last recording of Feast and for me its like I get to hear the story for the first time . THANK YOU for doing this.