This fourth book in the series is beautifully crafted and contains the excellent human characterizations that Martin writes so well, yet in telling the Saga of Ice and Fire, almost the entire book should have been edited down to two chapters with the rest falling to the cutting room floor. He lost control of the main work.
I've been trying to read this book for so long that I'm actually embarrassed to admit when I started it. Since starting a new job, I've had almost no time for reading. I love that I can listen to the book while I get read for work in the mornings or when I'm driving.
In this book? Jaime or Brienne
Name pronunciation, i.e. Bry-een for Brienne (Bree-uhn)? Really?
Winter is coming.
I will probably download book five, too.
Books 1-3 had amazing consistency with pronunciations and voices. In this book there are several times where he starts pronouncing names differently, lady cat-len vs lady kate-len or b-rye-een vs bri-ane. What happened its like they recorded 5 min chunks that didn't get checked he keeps going in an out of the different pronunciations.
The voices also keep changing pitch one minute the man has a deep rough voice then later a high pitched clean voice. No were near the quality of the first three books!
A Feast for Crows is the 4th book in the Game of Thrones Series, and though it has been an enjoyable listen, I do think the 1st and 3rd books are the best so far. There are some characters introduced in this book that have not been as engaging as the characters that the reader/listener comes to know in the earlier books. Despite this, the series in its entirety is by far one of the most enjoyable I have experienced.
Roy Dotrice is FANTASTIC, sometimes I forget that it is only one person creating all these characters! He keeps it lively and exciting. My only complaint is that in this, the 4th book, he suddenly starts pronouncing some of the names of the main character differently than he had in the prior 3 books!!!!???? I am not sure why this happened, but it is annoying.
Overall, a great book, excellent performance and a fantastic series! Especially for someone who spends LONG hours commuting! Sometime I am actually excited to get back in the car so I can find out what happens next!
yes and I have.
Dune serious, and Wheel Of Time.
When you get use to one readers style , you like to stay that way. But if this guy had been first I wouldn't want him replaced either . He doing a good job.
Very well developed.
I love the way the characters intertwine and how the author has so many details in each.
Yes and no. Yes because I like his voices but no because sometimes I can't understand him and I end up either going to the paperback to check on what happened or I listen several times to try and understand what the character said. If they offered this book by another reader I would most likely chose that one if it were easier to hear.
When Cercei was put in jail.
I love these series of books but the time it takes me to get to understand what the reader is saying is annoying. I hate to miss any words or sentences because every word in this book can mean something. It will either come up later in the plot or be necessary to understand what is going on at the time. I have literally made sure to buy the paperback so I can go to it when I simply can't understand what the heck the reader is saying.
That being said I am still hooked on this author and the amazing world he has created.
This was a great book, but I would not listen to it again because what would be the point? I absorbed 33 hours of a great story and now it's on to A Dance With Dragons!
Further, Roy Dotrice ran out of voices early on in the story. As a result, he made every knight sound like an illiterate peasant and half the women sound like Eliza Doolittle. I would have appreciated a little less emphasis on the extreme voices and more emphasis on him just telling the story.
The evolution of Jamie Lannister is fascinating. This transcends any one "moment" in the book, but spotted throughout the story are a dozen moments when Jamie unveils more of his moral compass.
My favorite scene is at the end, when Jamie sees the first signs of snow falling outside his window. He is informed that Cersei desperately needs his help... and he lets his feelings for her go and decides not to run to her rescue.
I did not have an extreme reaction to this book. It was another brick in the epic George R. R. Martin is building. It's not quite as strong or as brilliant as the other bricks, but it serves its purpose as part of the tale.
Aside from the narrator's choice of voice for some of the characters, this was a great edition to the A Song of Ice and Fire saga.
How well you get to know each character.
I can't pick just one. They are all so complex.
Great character voices!
the whole series is great..yes
when roy dotrice made denaris sound like a man
the voice for denaris sounds like a man not a 13 year old girl whats up!!!!!!!!!
I have not seen the print version. I am sure there may be maps and illustrations that I miss by listening to the audio, but the performance is wonderful and I can listen while I commute.
Arya Stark (Cat of the Canals)
A rose by another name smells wretched.
A lot of new characters are introduced, so it will be confusing for the first four chapters, eventually we start to see some familiar faces. There's not as much justice being served as I would prefer, lots of loose ends and no satisfying conclusions can be broached. But it is ever entertaining. If you are not aware by this 4th book, don't get attached to any characters...Martin seems to enjoy letting us follow characters for chapters and chapters and then kill them off with little regard.