I enjoyed this book and someday will revisit it and hopefully catch any subtle sub plots I may have missed. I enjoyed the voice changes.
No, I typically do not revisit books.
I have to, he narrates the series.
There was a noticeable change in the way Dotrice narrates the book. He has changed the way names and places are pronounced and his voices are not consistent from book to book. If, like me, you are listening to the books in succession it can be distracting.
I don't know why they didn't review the old audio books prior to making this one, but so many of the voices and names changed between the previous books and this one, that it became highly disappointing.
This book is very different from the first three. It is more a book of political intrigue and personal reflection. A Feast for Crows appears to be a clever staging ground to set up the next stories. While only a few major plot points appear to be settled, much of the story is meant to either allow your imagination to wonder, be the base for following titles in the series, or flat out vex. But even the vexing is sweet.
I know interpretations always vary, but some of the voices this guy does are just ridiculous. Also not much to distinguish between internal and external dialogue.
I love this series but this book was a fairly big disappointment. It only follows a handful of the characters from the previous three books, but the chosen characters are among the least compelling. No Dany, no Tyrian, very little Stanis and Jon Snow. Aria is a viewpoint character with an interesting story in Braavos but she has the fewest chapters out of the major characters.
The narrator also changed many of the voices and pronunciation of names in this book. He had consistent pronunciations and particular voices that suited characters very well in all the previous books in the series but for some reason changed many of them for this one, which was distracting.
Side note: I may have misspelled some of the characters names; I have only listened to the audio books so I haven't seen the names written out.
I'm a complete geek and adore the Game of Thrones series, and because of this, it's difficult to rank any one of them against all the other books I've listened to. That said, I find myself being annoyed when a narrator does not maintain a consistent voice for a given character from one book to another. I don't blame the narrator in this instance because it's not as though he hasn't got about 300+ characters to deal with, over the course of four books, but when it comes to being consistent with the main players of the story - come on! Whoever the director was, he or she was being lazy. One sound-bite played for the narrator would have been enough to remind Mr. Dotrice that Petyr Baelish sounded oily in the first book of the series - and, therefore, should sound oily all the way throughout. Halfway through _Feast of Crows_, the characterization went from oily to gruff Highlander. Really? I had to go back and re-listen to the first part of the chapter simply because I could no longer tell who the characters were supposed to be.
_A Feast of Crows_, along with all the other books in the series, comes the closest to reminding me of James Clavell's novel, _Shogun_. Of course, GoT is ridiculously more complex, but they match, overall, with the depth of the characters of _Shogun_. I like it when authors are willing to take the time to make their characters multidimensional - it adds richness to the books.
The narration matched the pace of the story quite well. Roy Dotrice does an excellent job of the narrative aspects of the series.
I can't say my reaction to _A Feast of Crows_ was extreme - it left me scratching my head in a couple of places, particularly with regard to the Sand Snakes and Dorne. Unless the author has some huge role for Dorne and the Dornish to play in the future, I really don't understand why they were brought into the series so late. Also, since their characters and actions/reactions were brought into the story rather abruptly, I didn't get much opportunity to develop a real feel for any of them. I found myself wondering whether Mr. Martin really does know where he's going with the series, or whether he's lost focus. So far, I don't find any of the Dornish characters particularly interesting - except for Oberyn Martell - the one Mr. Martin killed off, of course.
If you're a fan of the show, you owe it to yourself to listen to the books. I don't mean that in the smug and condescending way a lot of people seem to be who have read them. (I've never understood that.) Of *course* the books are different from the HBO series, but they don't take anything away from each other. HBO couldn't possibly have every single character or storyline on the series, or no one, especially the actors, would ever have time to sleep.
I can't say enough about the fabulous job the writers of the show are doing, though. They have managed to capture the essence of the books and their characters - which takes me back to why you really should read/listen to the series in all its unabridged glory. If you're a fan of the show, it will only add more depth to your understanding of what's happening and why, the characters' motivations, and the world they live in.Note to George R.R. Martin: Pleeeeeeeeease finish book six! You're killing me here!!!