Unfortunately Roy's performance on this volume is poor mainly due to changing the voices for characters. This may not sound like much but it ruins the continuity of the story and changes the personality of the characters completely.
I think some of the blame should lay with the producer who should of coached Roy with the previous volumes characterisations.
I love the story and I hope I forget all the books soon so that I can listen to them over and over and be amazed all over again. I will probably just do it anyway.
I love Jamie's aunt in Chapter 34. She is hilarious!
Roy Dotrice did such a stellar job in the first three books that I was quite distraught in the fourth when he changed the pronunciation of a bunch of names and some of the characters don't have their usual voices - like Aria and at times, Peter Baylish to name a few. That was unsettling and I was wondering what his state of mind was at the time as he sounded preoccupied because it wasn't consistent either. He changed some of them back like "Brain" luckily became Brahin again but others, it seem, are lost forever. It is a tough job to be able to bring every character to life. He has demonstrated that he is a master at it. His heart wasn't in it for this book.
Just an extreme reaction to the narrator changing pronunciation and tones of voices inconsistently.
Yes. Overall I've enjoyed the Song of Ice and Fire, and Roy Dotrice has a great voice overall, but the change between A Clash of Kings and A Storm of Swords on the one hand, and A Feast of Crows on the other is jarring. I came here to leave a review as to why I felt this way, but I see that many others before me were equally perturbed.
The story is fine, though I don't like the way entire characters are left out of this (and the A Dance with Dragons picks up where this book begins with the other characters). There was nothing to rival the Red Wedding, but that was awfully hard to top (especially if you had avoided all spoilers, as I had - heck, I was surprised that [SPOILER] Ned Stark exited when he did!) [/SPOILER]
The biggest offence is just the change in character names and pronunciations. Arya's voice becomes oaffish and crone-like, and names change - notably Petyr [Baelish] goes from "Pe-TIRE" to "PETER", and though a more minor character here, Catelyn [Stark] goes from "Cat-lyn" to "CATE-lyn".
When you're not reading along, these changes are PARTICULARLY jarring.
No way, it would never fly as a ... oh wait...
The story is very intriguing - brutal, to be sure - a picture of a savage culture without much room for mercy, but also with a number of redeeming moments and an overall enthralling story.
Yes...Well narrated, it's very nice to be able to download and listen offline.
A Dance With Dragons.
I didn't have to figure out how to pronounce all the different names and places.
When the Queen (Regent) has the tables turned on her.
Horribly slow writing. I skipped large amounts of chapters so I wouldn't fall asleep. Too many characters that didn't need to be included and far too many descriptions. I have a good imagination and didn't need every room a character entered described to me.
I'm a web developer based out of Sacramento, I listen to books while I work, and love audible.
To me this felt like book 10 of the Wheel of time.
This book was decent, but way overwritten and it was really hard to like anyone in the story, the few characters I like seem to get killed off every time I start to like them. In trying to be unpredictable Martin has become very predictable, a new jerk shows up and decides to go to war and goes on a killing spree. A decent person shows up, they get killed. That seems to be the basic formula. However the world is very interesting, I honestly just feel like the overall story, which seemed to move well in the last book has ground to a halt with more groups showing up that want to go to war with everyone else, so we can read about countless people getting slaughtered and raped for no real purpose, or advancement in the overall story.
Hopefully some plot advancement actually takes place in the next one.
La La Lauren
Yes, because it's Game of Thrones.
YES. This is the same reader from the first three books and lets just say it's series wide: He is NOT GOOD doing women. He only has three voices for women: young naive child, strange accent confused woman and old hag. EVERY single woman is one of these three voices. Egrit sounds like Breanne and Breanne sounds like all of the prostitutes and Sansa and Aria sound exactly like Margorie and any woman over 40 gets the hag voice. It's terrible. He has at least 30 different voices for men and only three for women. Seriously.
When Breanne talks I'm waiting for her to tell John Snow he knows nothing.
The only reason anyone should read this book is if they are already a fan of the series. If I wasn't so invested in this story, through the previous books and the HBO series, I would have stopped reading before I made it to the halfway point.
The last third of the book was enjoyable. The rest of the book was excruitating painful to get through. I felt like I was reading a history book. Nothing happens! The plot does not move forward until the final few chapters.
The other major downside to Feast for Crows is that many of the characters that we are invested in and have come to love are not even in this book. Instead we're introduced to several new characters. And the new characters were not even interesting, seemed like filler while Martin was trying to figure out where to take the story. For the voice performance, Mr Dotrice is his usual colorful self but lacked consistency. It seemed at times he forgot which voice went to which character. A mild annoyance that doesn't really take away from the story.
It nearly inspired me to give up the story. But I've come too far. Regardless of how bad it gets I have to see how it all ends.
The majority of this book was terribly boring. However, the last third of the book was quite good and gave me enough to anxiously reach for the next installment. Really I think I could have just started reading from the halfway point and got everything I needed out of the book.
This was well-spent on my way to the next, hopefully better one.
The ending was lack-luster, especially compared to previous books.
I am giving up Dotrice after this. While his performances of the first three books were good, he seems to have lost a lot of his range.
Um, yes it does need one, and has one.
This was a disappointing story and performance, really just marking time in preparation for the next.
This is a great series, the only "complaint" I have is that the orator has for some reason changed the tone of some of the characters from previous books. Whats up with Petyr sounding like the blackfish now? And poor Arya- she sounds like she fell and hit her head. It was hard enough for me to get used to the voices in the first place with a broughish man doing all, even the females. Please don't change them again!
Yes but I would want to make sure it is in the correct sequence.
Don't want to spoil it...
The narrator disappointed me. Mispronounced names in comparison to the previous books in the series.
It will be...
I am onto book five, "A dance with dragons." I am certain that Audible has these books backwards. There are events in A dance with dragons that take place before A feast for crows. It is certainly confusing.