Many reviews talked about the narration and how the voices changed from the first books. I thought it wouldn't bother me all that much, but I was very mistaken. It's amazing how very very distracting and aggravating it is to know a character and then have thier voice just completely change. I found myself being so angry and frustrated throughout the book, that I was unable to enjoy it at all. I just wanted to be done with it and was wishing I could get my money back (this is before i found out you CAN return a book for a refund) and also I really wished I could somehow write a review to the editor of the audio book and ask them if they even listened to it or actually approved the changing of the voices? I feel like a book as high in demand as this one would have an editor that would nix this awful kind of performance before it actually got sent out. It's just so awful, I know it sounds like somthing trivial but it is seriously damaging to the enjoyment of the book. Just so awful.
1st Phil gigante. Best voice I've ever heard, and way way way better at accents and languages. I've downloaded several books just because he was the narrator. 2nd frank muller. I just like his voice.
It's already a tv series and honestly the very first time I've ever liked the show better than the book.
Seriously send a message to the narrator and editor of the series and tell them they made narrating faux paus so bad throughout the series that they really have no business in being employed doing audio books. Ugh just so so awful. Who does that?
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The first three books were far better, the former (crown of swords) best yet.
Overall the plot is thickening nicely and it seems more intense than previous versions. As the characters age, the author performs excellent / artful character development.
Changed voices, accents, and various pronunciation errors between the previous version and this one spoils the story.
For the most part; however, most of the Ice and Fire books are 30+ hours, so i prefer multiple sittings!
Voice Actors: For the love of god, if you start a book, stay the same throughout the series. I've already abandoned 3 series because of the voice actor being incapable to decide how he wants to pronounce the character names.
I read some reviews that were critical of how Roy Dotrice changed his voices for some of the characters and even the way he pronounced certain names. However, I hardly noticed a difference. It could be that it's been a while since I listened to book 2 or that I'm just not that sensitive to this kind of thing. I felt I noticed a distinct difference in the voice of Aria Stark, but wrote it off to her aging and maturing as a character.
At times I wish the story would move along a bit faster.
The fourth book of the series virtually abandons the main characters you have been following over the previous 3 books and introduces a myriad of NEW characters that you don't care about. Most of which have (seemingly) little impact on the storyline as you are familiar with it. With a story that already has dozens of characters to keep track of, this tactic seems like little more than stretching the story out unnecessarily.
The narration was also off-putting. Roy Dotrice, after skillfully keeping track of all those characters for the past 3 books, suddenly changes voices for nearly all the legacy characters in book 4. He also changes the pronunciation for several of the places and characters. Whoever signed off publishing this audiobook clearly didn't give it a listen.
Disappointment, and clearly convinced me I can quit reading the series without feeling any need to get the next book.
The first three books were excellent in nearly every detail. Save yourself the disappointment and don't bother.
They spent too much on agonizing details and periphery subplots
yes!! I won't be buying the next in the series! I hear it is even worse with boring subplots, etc
didn't read the book
The adventures don't get to far fetched as some fantasy epics. And though a long series the characters don't seem to repeat adventures.
Easy to listen to and follow
has a good balance of plausibility and fantasy
I won't repeat what every other review has said about the narrator, except to say that I totally agree with them. It is very difficult to follow the storyline. When I finished the previous book in the series, I wanted to immediately begin "A Feast for Crows." I only had 1 credit in my acoount and since I have become a member of Audible, I have rarely "paid" for a book, waiting for my credits to accumulate if needed. But I was so hooked on the series, that I bought this book without reading the reviews, not dreaming that the narration would be so below standard. I have very little time to ever sit down and read a book, however, had I read the reviews, I would have either waited for my credits to accumulate, or I would have bought the written copy of the book and read it. I have not read the reviews for the next book in this series, but did read a review for this book that referenced the sub-par narration of book 5. I will read the reviews for that book and if they mirror the ones for this book, I will not buy it. I will definitely pay for the written book.
Ken Magerman Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Historical Fiction fan. Teacher, rockstar, medival gourmet, dungeon master, expert on secret Targaryens.
I would say both by the novel and the audio performance this series is at the top of all audio books i have enjoyed.
The cast is so ensemble it is a difficult question for this series but for this book in particular the redemption arc of Jamie Lanister is especially compelling. It's is a truly complete picture of a broken man on the precipice.
I believe Mr. Dotrice does a masterful job of weaving seamlessly through multiple characters.
All of the above.
This series truly lives up to the hype. It defines what modern fantasy/scifi is and can be. A picture of realistic humans struggling through a limitless world. Martin constantly glides between the fantastical and the realistic with such ease it is easy to lose yourself in the tale.
After the tremendous storyline and great performance by Roy Dotrice, Feast for Crows was a major disappointment. I went through the first 3 books in two weeks and have limped through this one over 5 weeks. Not only is the story rambling and could have been cleaned up to less than have the length but Roy must have not cared about the characters or even remembered the voices he used in the previous books. Very disappointing. Now on to Book 5...hope they have corrected the series or it will take me months to complete.
From the start this one didn't grab my attention for a long time. What did grab my attention was changes in the voice narration by Roy Dotrice. Sigh! Hopefully A Dance with Dragons will restore my faith