Characters accents change from book to book. The teeth sucking jailer made me stop listening for a full week. The gimmicky/gross mouth sounds are too much. Names are mispronounced, or pronounced differently from chapter to chapter.
George R R Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire is an epic by every sense of the word. It deals with kings and castles, dragons and magic, assassins, knights, princesses. But it also has an epic's length, and that is most on display with this entry into the saga. By cutting out half of the players from this book, Martin is able to devote more time to expanding out the narrative. This helps create some great character beats (I genuinely love every time Jaime mutters "Lancel, Kettleblack, even Moonboy for all I know."), but it also lacks the narrative force that the previous novels held. Without real tent pole events like the Red Wedding or Ned's beheading, A Feast For Crows feels exhausting.
The real joy in this book comes from being able to hold it against the HBO television show. The differences are meaningful and interesting. Every Dornish chapter had me enthralled, and I even enjoyed some of the subtler differences like Brienne's journey. That being said, I would have difficulty recommending this book to someone who hasn't seen the show, because (even though it came first) the book reads like deleted scenes for the show.
Roy Dotrice's reading is a perfectly fine performance, and after a little adjustment I even forgave his pronunciations to a degree. Unfortunately something about his lower, gravelly voiced lulls me to sleep however. Oftentimes I would find myself rewinding quite a bit after waking up.
The first time I listened to this book I found it hard to listen to because there was lots of stuff going on that was new to the book with new characters. The second time I knew the characters and found it much more interesting.
this book, as well as the others, is a great read. a feast of crows has some interesting side stories. the pov is mainly centered around Brianne, Jamie and censa. with Arya also. overall a bit different then the others, nonetheless still a great story.
Having completed the entire audio series of A Song of Ice and Fire, I have edited all my ratings of the narrator's performance. Roy Dotrice ruined my perceptions of the characters with inconsistent character tones.
I would rather have had the books read in a monotone voice free of all inflections than listen to him make manly men sound like some whimpy teenage boy and Danny like some old crone (referencing ADWD narration).
With that being said, the series is still so damn good that I'm listening again for a second go around. I just work harder at dreaming of a world where the actors of the HBO series are providing the voices for the audio series and Dotrice only supplies the narration!
I really enjoy this series and was eager to continue listening to the books. Unfortunately, the pronunciation of some names and accents were different from the first 3 books, hence the lower performance rating. This had an effect on me since I like to have a full immersion when I listen to audio books. otherwise the story was still very good and I'll continue on with the series.
wonderful storyline amazing narrator action that takes hold of you with every page and the most amazing story that is intertwined in such a way that you never expect the things to happen that do this is without a doubt the best writer I have ever read