First let me say for three long books I have been an avid fan of the story and the reader and place the experience at the top of my list. That said, I am sad to stay this book has been a let down for me both in the slowness of story, and more importantly the narration. Don't get me wrong, Roy Dotrice is incredible and pulls you in completely, but after listening to him for three very long books it is distressing that he has significantly changed the voices of some of the characters. How did Aria suddenly pick up a hybrid Irish accent? I use to get excited when Roy would read the chapter title with her name but now I am a bit detached during her part as I keep thinking, "that's not Aria." This is just one example of voice changes but the most significant so far (I hear Danarius is worse but have not gotten to that part yet). So, while the story is epic, this book has been extremely slow and frustrating at times. Sadly based on this experience I am sorry to say I am take a break at the end of this book before starting book 5 unless something drastically changes.
Nothing helps pass an Alaskan winter better than a stack of well written books. Self-employed, audio books have to hold me as an audience.
While I am a lover of back story, and the fleshing out of character, this 4th book is a tedious listen. The story seems to "Bunny Trail" off into all sorts of kingdom minutia that this loyal fan could care less about. I feel like the author gathered all his notes, and threw them together to give his publisher something, anything to publish, and that is what I found least desirable. The growth of certain characters, which only comes from the tedious back story, is also, what I enjoyed the most, and the anticipation, the sweet anticipation of hearing about some of our favorite characters.
Book 5 in the Martin series.
He is the voice of Westros...the keeper of the flame. Every character is a personal acquaintance of the reader because of his incredible performance. Give him a raise!!
I am a self-employed artisan, who lives remotely off the grid in rural Alaska. I bought more gas for my generator, and worked longer hours producing a bumper crop of inventory because I enjoy listening so much
I hope the next book improves, and finish the flipping series already, so we aren't left to some hack relative to finish it after Martin's dead.
After having followed this series from book one with Roy Dotrice as its reader, I was disappointed to find he suddenly changed the pronunciation of several characters' names (sometimes he uses different pronunciations in the same chapter). He has also been very good about giving the many characters distinctive voices and accents. In this book, however, some key characters sound very different (Jaime Lannister suddenly sounds just like Tyrion, and Aria Stark is completely changed). These are relatively small complaints, I suppose, but it's distracting.
I love these books, but I had to stop listening to Mr. Dotrice. I cannot understand why someone was not proofing his reading of this book. Pronunciations changed dramatically from the last 3 books, and characters didn't sound anything like what he had previously created. After 3 hours of correcting him every time he reinvented the way Petyr Baelish or Catelyn Stark was pronounced, I gave up. I blame the engineer, and the production house, not Mr. Dotrice.
Consistency book to book.
I had invested a lot of time listening to the first 3 books and was absolutely appalled to hear how this was handled.
If I wasn't lost before I was now. I don't know how many times I started all over and still lost. I got basic concepts but only a few characters were really developed to be able to not only remember their strife but their relationship with others.
Character and scene development. Great plot but it was like he got confused in his own developments.
Narrator was great.
Danny and her whole ordeal.
Yes, it is a continuation of the series.
Finding out Kaitlyn was still alive but disappointed on her manner.
This is the 4th one I have listened to and the performance is just as good as before.
I have no idea who would be who!
This part was a bit scattered and would have liked it not to have been so long in certain parts.
Yes this book is good, but its not as good as the previous books especially Roy and the voice changes.
A dance with dragons
Yes, I like his story telling and the voices he uses for each character but he has a tendency to change the voices, this will take you out of the story.
40+ hours is a little hard to listen in one setting but it was a book I always wanted to hear.
Still worth every penny
I listened to the previous books and enjoyed them. This book however, took awhile to get into. In fact I stopped listening, and I am hoping to get back into this series and finish it.
I had to stop listening to this book because the narrator changed the voices! I loved the previous books and couldn't stop listening. Then I started this book and was getting confused because his voice for Aria was different then it was in the previous books, along with other main characters. I will attempt to relisten to this book.
The storyline is less compelling than prior books and the way the author split up the narratives between books 4 and 5 is less than satisfying. It means entirely too much time spent with Serse and the Iron-Born, not my favorites. But still a good read. However Roy Dotrice the same narrators for all the stories has inexplicably changed the way he voices many of the characters, most notably Arya and Little Finger, and he has completely changed the pronunciation of Katelyn Stark. Rather than getting a better grasp of the characters he seems to be losing it. All the men sound lower class Brits and all the women (except the ones he finds sexy) sound like crones. And his tendency to "voice" action often just makes his words inaudible-- eg a man with a cough or someone he decides needs a stutter or a lisp. Just read!!!!!
I would compare it unfavorably to books 1 and 2 in this series. His narration there was more even although also irritating (tendency to try to "voice" action like being out of breath just makes it nearly inaudible)
Elevator riders that can escape on the next floor without paying the 34 hour boredom tax.
Mr. Dotrice's earlier performances were incredible but something went terribly wrong in this book. No character sounded as they did in earlier books.
Even the 10 minutes of actual story-line came up short.