yes, but one needs to have 'time' to digest it.
Arianna (sp) innocent an whiley.
It has one.
I've listened to all the books back to back and yes, I have lots of time to listen. As long as my work is done and no one is complaining I can listen to what I want. In this installment of the saga the Narrator changed all the voices around. Arya sounds like the whores used to sound and John has a woman's voice now. It doesn't change in the next book either. For three books the Narrator was consistent. I wonder what happened. With this aside the story line continues to grow and still no back story, so you have to had read in order to know what happened. We see the characters grow and the ones that think they're on top of the world find themselves being pulled down by all the hands they stepped on, on their way up. We see the loyal turn on the ones that trusted them the most. We see those that are despised throughout the whole series doing the most to keep things together, yet no see's past their past. For those who are watching the HBO season's on TV you will see parts of this book in season one and two. I like the story line and in the next book which I've already started the author is tying up the story lines and pulling them all together.
The author and narrator are obviously very talented but sadly they fell short here.
Many of the characters whose stories the reader would have come to look forward to are strangely silent in the fourth instalment of this remarkable series.
An even greater disappointment was the narration. If Roy Dotrice and his producer (who apparently were requested by popular demand) had done their listeners the simple courtesy of referring back to at least one of the previous recordings they would have served us up another delight instead of this sad mishap. The voices have changed entirely and not for the better. Arya Stark sounds like a wildling crone and Petyr Baelish (whose name is now pronounced Peter) sounds like a gruff Eddard Stark. The entire production feels like a poorly thought out enterprise with very unpleasant results.
I can only hope that the next book is better.
Yes because I am following the series but this read was particularly dark.
The whole series is dark and bloody but love the dwarf's humor, thankful for it.
A great follow up to the prior books with twists and turns. The author did a great job of making this book feel more like the real world just like the Rest of the story's. I really like that some of the evil chacters got justice in this book.
It is similar in some ways to the Inharetace Cycle but for the most part it is unlike any other series I have read
It was nice that he read it but come on man how could you forget how the charcter names were pronoced like the whole lord Peter debocal where his actual name is lord pitar. Did you not bother to review your prior work before recording this. On the up side apart from the forgetting on how to say names the voices of all the chacters were at lest the same so if you can get over the bad name recognition then it was a good performance.
There were some funny bits but I cried a little when they hung a main chacter.
I want to feel good when I complete a story & am a little harsh on depressing ones. There are a few sad ones that I love but not many.
Roy Dotrice does another excellent job. The story is deep and gripping. The narration is spot on and this keeps me wanting more.
Most all the character voices have changed! There were slight variations in book 3 but nothing terribly egregious like in this. Pulls you out of the story a little; when you hear a character that you've become accustomed to being voiced a particular way then BAM! it's completely different. I don't know what else to say but brace yourself.
sure I love the series
The story is a sprawling brutal epic
I have listened to many audiobooks. Roy Dotrice's narration of this series is the best performance i have ever heard.
Before i got my hands on the Audio book, I saw a lot of reviews and comments complaining that characters were left out of the book and i was actually a bit doubtful. Fear not! Mr. Martin has done an excellent job and kept us busy enough groaning over the intrigues and games the characters are playing to make us forget that some of our favorite people are MIA. I think this book has pushed this series to the top of my favorite books list!!! The story is so complex and there are so many surprises. You love the characters and hate them at the same time.
It's far too early to say that certain POVs were too long or unnecessary; we don't know where Martin is heading and what we'll need to know when he takes us there. Perhaps Brienne will turn out to be the Prince That Was Promised, or we may learn that Jon's parents are Ser Hyle and Taena. Pod, having spent some time in stasis, may be revealed as the supposedly-dead Aegon. (If any of these things come true, remember where you read them first.)
When Jaime Lannister-are faced with the crows who descend on this rotten feast, not least among them being the scheming and vindictive Cersei. It's like a car wreck in slow motion -- you want to look away, but you can't. If the previous books were about the lead up to and then the outbreak of war, this is the book about the aftermath, the nasty little bickerings that make the peace look almost as bad as the war and all the while you realize that greater dangers loom which this "feast for crows" will leave the realm ill-prepared for.
Martin has spent 30 years honing his craft and perfecting his narrative skills...
There IS one major flaw in this book. And that is: it is only half a book! Martin hides this fact fairly well by writing the full story for half the characters. But, alas, I still felt the lack. I realize that this decision was made for publishing reasons, but part of what made the other three books so great was the immense scope of the story. Because this book has tightened its focus we lose that feeling of immensity.
Having listened to the first 3 books of this very lengthy series I am invested. Until now I have been incredibly impressed with Roy Dotrice's ability to give life to each character through voice. I have just started the 4th book and do not think I can continue listening. The change in the voices of the characters I have come to know so extremely well is utterly disappointing and is ruining the experience. Secondly the change in pronunciation of names and towns is not only confusing but frustrating. I think I am better off picking up these books and reading the rest of the series myself so I can stay true to the characters I know and stop try to correct Roy's new performance of the series. I am at least relieved to know that there was about 7 years between his performance of the first 3 books and the last 2. I wish he had taken the time to relearn the characters that he spent so many hours introducing us to previously.