I read this book years ago. I've been re-listening to the series, using the National Library Service narrations. They used the excellent Roy Avers for the first three books, but AFFC was done by the less preferable Ted Stoddard, so I thought I would try this Roy Dotrice version…
I heard good things about his earlier narrations, but sadly I was very unimpressed. Name pronunciations were annoying, his women all sound like old crones or toothless hags, and most of the men who aren't Scottish highlanders, are straight-up pirates. I just can't finish it, although I listened to several chapters to give it a chance.
I wish the John Lee version was available here.
For now, it's back to Stoddard.
As for the book: it's the least great of the first five, but it's still GRRM, so it's still quite good by any other standard.:)
The narrator, whom I like, chose to change his voices for characters between book 3 and book 4. Made it confusing for awhile. And then the book is harder to read than the first 3. The story followed people who are not like able.
I know a lot of people are complaining about the changing of the pronunciation of names/places and the characters' voices being different from the previous three books. Admittedly, that is a tad annoying, but you do get used to it. The thing that bothered me the most was the inconsistency with which the pronunciation was done. Dotrice is very talented and I enjoy his narrations of the amazing GRRM books. However, the switching between two different pronunciations of the same name within minutes of each other is quite irksome. Overall, A Feast For Crows, written by George R R Martin and narrated by Roy Dotrice, was very enjoyable and I can't wait for more Song of Ice and Fire audiobooks!!
Voice actor called Lady Stark "Caitlyn" through the entire book! So obnoxious. He screws up names quite often and has switched pronunciations a few times throughout the series.
I love this book, it's kinda of slow considering the previous book "A storm of swords" but good nonetheless. Not all the major characters are in the novel due to it being split in half with ADWD.
Roy Dotrice botches everything from the pronunciation to the voices. I could not differentiate Brienne's voice from the hedge knights'. Practically every female voice sounds like some common troll. I tried my best to ignore the pronunciation errors, I even got used to the strange ways he said the names of major characters, but every once in a while Roy would change his pronunciation and say a characters name correctly despite saying it incorrectly for the entire first half of the chapter.
I think changing the names of major characters from book to book is jarring enough but doing it in the span of a chapter is pure laziness. Mr. Dotrice should not shoulder all the blame here either. The man is not in a recording studio by himself is he?
I wish there was another alternative to this for fans who want to listen to A Feast, but it seems we must suffer through the deaths of our favorite characters and the death of our ear drums.