The story still fascinates, but frankly,the jumps from one character's storyline to the next are too short and disconnected. There are so many characters that Mr. Dotrice is plainly struggling to distinguish one from another, especially the female characters. The books should be re-recorded with about 4 narrators, at least one of them female. Having said that, I have enjoyed the series very much and have started listening to the 5th book over the weekend.
Also looking forward to the 3rd television season in a few weeks!
This is the fourth book in the series that I have listened to. The lack of mention of certain characters from the first three books as well as the unprofessional way that Roy Dotrice failed to act out the voices of some of the other characters left me unable to fully concentrate on the story. I will not purchase the fifth book.....
It was a space filler, buy but don't expect the same great stories.
I think this book was just a space filler, something to sell in between the "real" story.
Can't wait to get into book 5! Every time I think I have the plot direction figured out.....I am surprised. As of now I have NO idea what is going to happen and I find that very refreshing. Great series. Outstanding narrator.
The author is prolix and tedious. Too many details in otherwise irrelevant matters and goes very deep in the lineage of characters of tertiary importance.
Keep the pace of previous books.
A Feast for Crows it is. This book is cluttered with the lineage description of unknown or otherwise secondary or tertiary characters that have no relevance for the story whatsoever. Prolix and tedious, this book is thirty-two hours of listening with a few scattered relevant events that no doubt are a must know for those planning to continue to the fifth book. So to answer the questions I had in mind before using my credit on this book: Should I listen to it? Yes, you have too. Shall I enjoy it? Mostly no. The narrator is still Roy Dotrice but in some parts he is off. He does a good job but not at the level we are used to. The voice of some characters has changed big time, like that of Little Finger whose voice in the previous books was perfectly matched to the personality of the character. I hope the next one is better.
Not sure if I will continue listening to coming books in the series. Seems as if the author is getting more into shocking reader with sadistic, bloody, and sexual extremes than with continuing what started out as a rich complex exciting series. The separate stories are becoming unjustifiably verbose without adding anything meaningful to the story. My mind sometimes wanders when listening and I find myself not really feeling I need to rewind to pick up what I have missed. Hemingway has a point Less is More.
At this point in the story it feels as though George R.R. Martin has gotten away from any substantial plot map, and is instead just leading his characters through the world. There are some exciting and interesting parts, but overall it felt as if characters just kept using their catch phrases instead of showing any true development.
A second major disappointment was the fact that Roy Dotrice has changed all of the voices of the major characters. Many have stated this before, but after the first three books, it makes it very hard to become immersed in this world. I found myself often wondering who was speaking to who, instead of paying attention to the dialog.
Overall I enjoyed the book, but it was not up to the same quality as the first three books of the series. This felt like it was a bridge to something better, and I will be getting the fifth book and hoping for a better result.
This is the 4th book in the "Song of Fire and Ice" series by George RR Martin. It's best to listen or read the first 3 books before you delve into this one. I only gave it 4 stars as I think it could have been better edited. But I enjoyed it anyway.
This book follows Cersi, Sansa, Brienne, Jaime, the Greyjoys, the Tyrells, Freys, Arya, Samwell and of course, Little Finger. It pretty much focuses on the struggle for power among the families in King's Landing and the north. Danny, Tyrion and Jon are left for the next book. The story moves along pretty well, but occasionally get's bogged down by Martin's wordiness. Anyway it kept me listening and wondering what would happen next. In this series you never know what main character may die, and that is true in this book too. It's hard to give a good review without spoilers. So I'll just say if you liked the first 3 books in the series you will like this one and you will be searching for the next. Roy Dotrice did a fine job of reading and giving the characters individual voices. Although with so many characters it is hard to come up with a separate voice for each. Mostly he made it easy to tell who was talking in a particular chapter.
The characters are well drawn but often flawed in someway. Consequently the story rings true. Non of us act perfectly all the time. It is also very well plotted and keeps you wanting to listen more.
His ability to have so many voices for the different characters.
Unrest in Westeros becomes fierce. I could say more, but it would be a spoiler.
I love the series and this book is no exception. I wish the last book in the series was in Audible, but I couldn't find it. I guess I'll have to read it.
as an avid fan i had to get through this. Sometimes long winded and tedious but I just needed to know. he narrator was excellent.
In the Game of Thrones series, this has been the most confusing. The writer changes Aria's name once again. The reader pronounces some of the character names differently than in the previous books and this led to confusion when listening.
The characters Jamie is starting to question all the things he has done wrong in his life.
His voice sets the mood and time period of the story.
Expect the unexpected.
I have looked at the maps that accompany the books. These help with understanding of movement of people and armies.