I liked that this book was able to give me perspective. Do we really need to know or care about the main characters from the last 3 books? Are characters really as shallow as they seem? Well, this book answers them for you, unfortunately both answers are not good.
After 3 amazing books, this book just seems to indicated that GRRM ran out of steam. I know he likes the slow burn in terms of story development, but honestly, having read book 5, I think you can skip this book and not be worse off.
I love Roy Dotrice in books 1 through 3. He was consistent and an excellent reader. While he is still an excellent reader, he seems to have forgotten what all the major characters sounded like, and it can be quite confusing.
The HBO show is already into this book, and doing a better job of it (in season 3). I'd say just watch that instead.
I was disappointed.
The story itself is one of the best I have listened to, but the performance is horrible. In a span of 3 minutes, the narrator changes the pronunciation of names several times. Moreover, he changes the voices of the characters from page to page. Horrible.
His inability to keep consistent voices, accents, and pronunciation was horribly detracting.
YES!!! Roy makes the books come to life. I love with him!
ALL of them. Lady StoneHeart.
All of them. I love them all so much.
I passionately love the Song of Ice and Fire books, but this is certainly the weakest of the series. Still, many parts of the story were every bit as thrilling, emotional, and surprising as the best of the first three books. However, too much time is spent on marginal storylines, and the narrative is not well paced. In previous books, you could go hundreds of pages between visiting a particular storyline, but I never felt confused or had trouble remembering where we'd left the characters. Not so this time, unfortunately.
Some favorite characters are almost entirely missing from this volume, most notably Jon Snow. I was surprised to find myself really rooting for Sansa for the first time, rather than simply feeling exasperated by her. And Jaime was a really delightful surprise in this book. One of the best things to come out of this volume is the growth and newfound depth of this character. That's a very welcome addition to the saga as a whole.
The narrator's performance is just unbelievably bad. By far, no question, the absolute worst of any audiobook I've listened to since I became an Audible member. The only thing that allowed me to tolerate it was that I'd gotten the audio as a companion to the Kindle book (because I loved the first 3 books so much I didn't ever want to put them down, so I was thrilled that I'd be able to keep "reading" in the car, at the gym, etc.). As it turned out, there were whole storylines and characters that were simply unbearable to listen to because of the bizarre performance. For instance, I had to skip any Brienne chapters because, as he did with all the female characters except Cersei, the narrator read her lines with the most idiotic, simpering, fake "female" voice I've ever heard. It had more in common with a Monty Python skit than with professional narrations as I've come to expect them through Audible. So utterly, completely disappointing.
The story in A Feast for Crows is poorly paced and a bit distracted, compared with the first three glorious books in the series, but still, by the end I was on the edge of my seat and downloading book 5 within minutes of finishing. The real letdown is not the book so much as the awful performance. Sadly, the same narrator did A Dance with Dragons (book 5), so I won't be taking advantage of the Whispersync feature, which is too bad. That technology performed virtually seamlessly, across my Kindle, the Audible app on my phone, the Audible cloud player on my computer, and the Kindle cloud reader on my computer. That's pretty impressive. I wish I could use it again, but it's not worth the nails-on-a-chalkboard experience of listening to the audiobook performance. I'll save my credits for something worth them!
Worth Your Time
The backstabbing, the secrets, the dragons, the sex, the taboos
I have listened to a lot of audio books that I have downloaded to other sources, this narration was by far the best I have ever listened to. I am really impressed at how he is able to maintain the different voices of the characters. A+ I am sold on audible!
at about 90% of the way through: Cerci
George RR Martin yes, Roy Dotrice, never.
He skips sentences, changes voices. Makes the women sound crazy. Ads weird accents to characters and worse, changes them, sometimes mid paragraph. He doesn't consistently use the same voice for any one character, nor does he pronounce their name consistently. I regularly get audible books from services for the blind where volunteers read the books. Sometimes there is even more than one narrator in a given book. They still manage to at least pronounce a persons name the same every time.
The story itself is brilliant. One of the most compelling series have read in a long time.
Even with a well written and expertly crafted book, an uninspired performance can make for a displeasing audio experience. That was the unfortunate case for Feast For Crows, by George R.R. Martin, narrated by Roy Dotrice. Given the epic success of the books and HBO production, I would have expected something of a grand scale when it came to the audiobook. It is performed by a single narrator, which is not to say it couldn’t have been successful with just one. What ruined it was when Mr. Dotrice switches away from his narrator’s voice to perform the dialogue for the many characters in the book. His voice was a combination of shrill, cranky and old, at various levels for every character, male or female. Also, his characters were often so similar, they were difficult to distinguish. I do hope they consider recasting the audio production for future performances of this book or I, for one, will chose a physical book instead.
see comments above.
And so my Watch begins...
This was another epic long book, but I didn't enjoy it as much as the first three. It was very slow in building and didn't seem to have the same pace as the first ones. I was told that it was like Martin took Books IV and V and just split them apart based on what characters were involved. It took me longer to get through this book than the other ones.
I'm a Stark fan through and through, although I didn't have many to enjoy in this book.
I've loved Roy's reading of the previous three books, but this one he change the pronounciation of all the major characters for some reason. Also, he changed the voices/inflections he used as well, so it was confusing when he was doing dialog to figure out who was talking.
I was actually a little frustrated with this one. Some because of the narrator's changes, but mostly because the author's changes to the story.
Have to push your way through it to get to the next book. It will get better!!
As others have said, the narration is just abysmal. I don't know what happen but the mispronunciation of names and complete change in voices is unfathomable.
The story is also not as good as the previous.
Game of Thrones continues. Captivated by the story lines sometimes hard to keep everyone straight but I am hooked! Great narration!