The storyline is less compelling than prior books and the way the author split up the narratives between books 4 and 5 is less than satisfying. It means entirely too much time spent with Serse and the Iron-Born, not my favorites. But still a good read. However Roy Dotrice the same narrators for all the stories has inexplicably changed the way he voices many of the characters, most notably Arya and Little Finger, and he has completely changed the pronunciation of Katelyn Stark. Rather than getting a better grasp of the characters he seems to be losing it. All the men sound lower class Brits and all the women (except the ones he finds sexy) sound like crones. And his tendency to "voice" action often just makes his words inaudible-- eg a man with a cough or someone he decides needs a stutter or a lisp. Just read!!!!!
I would compare it unfavorably to books 1 and 2 in this series. His narration there was more even although also irritating (tendency to try to "voice" action like being out of breath just makes it nearly inaudible)
Elevator riders that can escape on the next floor without paying the 34 hour boredom tax.
Mr. Dotrice's earlier performances were incredible but something went terribly wrong in this book. No character sounded as they did in earlier books.
Even the 10 minutes of actual story-line came up short.
Roy Dotrice created some very memorable character voices that were consistent in books 1, 2 and 3. In book 4 he started pronouncing names differently and had different (annoying voices) for some of his tried and true characters.
No, it's just turned me off to Game of Thrones. I finished 4 and 5 to see if there was any redemption and there wasn't.
I like Roy Dotrice. I couldn't wait to listen to him every day for the first 3 books. I want him to revisit THOSE performances before we get to books 6 and 7.
There are too many to name. There are too many new character POVs, characters that we don't give a fig about. Also far too much 'retelling' of things that are known, not just from other books, but from within the SAME book.
I was mad about the GoT series, now I'm just mad. I pressed through books 4 and 5 hoping against hope we'd get on to something we cared about. Books 4 and 5 could have easily been edited into 1 single book with a lot more power and a lot less crap.
It was most enjoyable because it keep the story line of Westeros going.
Roy Dotrice did an OK job on Feast of Crows except he forgot the pronunciation of name of important characters, from previous books, such as Catlyn and Gilly. For the first three books he pronounced them as expected, but book four, it seems he forgot how to saw their names.
author is wonderful story is brilliant cant wait for more. A dance with dragons is next and i can't wait to hear more
This one was a struggle to get through at times. Ray Dotrice really mailed it in on this one. He clearly didn't reference the previous books for pronunciation and voices. I've noticed the same issue with Dance with Dragons. Outside of that, the story was rather lackluster. Leaving out the most interesting POVs and overloading the book with Cersei chapter after Cersei chapter. Part of the problem is that A Storm of Swords was absolutely epic. Captivating from beginning to the ridiculously amazing ending. This book was like ripping a fart in a snow suit. You're all excited for the outcome, you can feel the air bubble traveling up your body, only to release with no smell at all. .
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I have very much enjoyed this series of books, and would not change anything about it. Martin paints a very vivid world with his words and it is difficult NOT to become completely immersed within his written world.
The only other author within Martin's realm of writing and description is Tolkien.
Sadly, while I have enjoyed all of the myriad voices that the narrator has created for the previous books; those same voices have changed. Suddenly, voices like Lord Balish have gone from the silky smooth voice of a middle aged man to that of an older man with a much different texture and pacing. His name was also changed to Peter by the narrator. These represent two such changes that were made.
As richly as Martin has painted this world, I crave for other books. Perhaps a book out of the history of this world. I would love to hear the story of how a "King" with a small host and a few dragons conquered the seven kingdoms.
The narrator is way off, and character voices are terrible. All characters sounds like old grumpy ladies or men. It is terrible to listen to.
Great book and great story, but sadly a terrible narrator.
I liked the first 3 books and didn't like this one at all.
This one was a tedious read
Great book. Terrible Narration. Narrator can't even pronounce the names the same way in the same paragraph. Very distracting and annoying.