Couldn't finish it. The narration was awful and distracting. Get the John Lee version if you can. This is the Audible equivalent of unwatchable television.
This book shows up in my kindle fire but won't play nor link to the book to follow along. Hopefully I can figure out the problem because when I can't read I listen while I'm driving or working
I was very disappointed that the narrator changed the voices of the main characters! After listening to the first three books back to back, this was very difficult to adjust to. It was the same narrator so I can't explain why he would change them. I'm starting book 5 as we speak and it's happening in this book as well. Their different from book 4 too. Its extremely frustrating. Darenerys in this book now sounds like Brienne. Jaime lost his accent. It just all change for the listener. Also the narrator would mispronounce the names repeatedly! You would think the narrator would listen to the last book recorded before starting the new book to make sure his character voices were matching before proceeding. Like the narrator for the Harry Potter books!
I'm not going to sit here and act like I could do his job because I can't, his first performances were outstanding. It's been pointed out many times before so I'm not the only one it really bothered but in this book however he changed the voices and pronunciations of many names and characters. I think it shows a lack of consideration to the listeners or just laziness to not go back and listen to his previous performances on the first books to refresh himself on what he did, considering it was 7 or so years between the 3rd and 4th book.
It may not be a big deal to some people but it was very distracting and actually ruined this series for me, I couldn't finish this book. That's why I gave the story a 5 because I'm sure the book itself was great like the others but Roy's performance was horrible, he should have taken the time, or put forth the effort, to get back in character. Very disappointing.
I love the song of ice and fire series and in general Roy Dotrice is a great narrator however during this book he seemingly forgot the names and voice's of characters. The one that upset me the most was Gilly, he kept pronouncing her name as Jilly there where many other characters this happened to. I was able to accept this fact and enjoy the amazing story however
I couldn't stand the change of character voices for the fourth book. Books 1-3 were performed really well but listening to book 4 was a difficult task. The names were pronounced differently and the characters were just so different (especially Sam).
This book seems to start to give us new characters and go in new directions and leaves you wanting for the previous stories and characters. The end of the third books cliff hanger has you thirsting for the fourth book... Though in my opinion the fourth book never really quenches that thirst, that being said you have no choice but to read it if you yourself are playing the game, the Game of Thrones.