Loved the first 3 books but if this was the first one I read it would of been the last. I am buying the next book in the hopes that the excitement of the first three books will return. Roy Dotrice was excellent as always.
Say something about yourself!
The narrator has a really good sense of the theatrical and a good sense for the inflection and moods that are set in the book. The does not however have the vocal range or acuity for a story with this many important characters. Many of the knights are done in the exact same voice and even some of the women. The voice used for a character may change during the course of the book as well. if Roy Dotrice narrated and there were other voice actors in the audio play it would enhance the story. The director for Roy Dotrice does do an exceptional job.
A right leaning, open-minded, history science and international intrigue buff.
I throw my lot in with Pi and many other reviewers. In fact, Pi is spot on in his description of the narrators "jarring" changes and the laborious story line. I found this book to be much slower moving with a host of new characters to follow. In some ways I feel like I"m trudging through just to get to the next one.
A dreamer who loves the adventures hidden in every story!!
Roy Dotrice you are amazing! He made this story come to life for me. I partially read this and partially heard, and listening to it sometimes was so much better than reading it yourself. As usual it has taken me forever to get through this book, not because its boring or a drag. I unfortunately do not have the time I would like to dedicate to reading this quickly. Having said that this story keeps getting better and better. I love the intrigue, the uncertainty of not knowing who is good and bad, coz that keeps changing and the best part is as soon as you think you have something figured out, the proverbial ground gets yanked from under your feet and you are back at being left clueless. I am going to start on the Dance of Dragons asap, as I want to know what happens to Daenerys, Jon and especially Tyrion. In this book there are no chapters on these characters. This book concentrates on Cersei, Jamie, Brienne, Sansa, Sam and some other characters. This book is more focused on Kings Landing and the happenings of Westros. I wish I could tell you what happens, I am so happy for the time being with one of the characters situation. Lets just say that they reaped what they sowed, and I hope it stays that way. Just read it and you will know what I mean!
Great story, needs to be re-recorded
The complex plot
I think Roy gave up on this novel. Not only have pronunciations and accents of characters changed from the previous books, but he flip-flops throughout this book.
There is already a TV show
Sooo glad I decided to ignore the negative reviews of the narrator and try the book for myself. I have nothing bad to say about Roy Dotrices' narration. His variety of voices is a pleasure to listen to and the book is riveting as the other 3 before it. Loved it!!!! Would advise anyone to listen for themselves. On to the next book and can't wait to get started. Happy listening all.
I don't know what happened in between book 3 and book 4, but it's as if Roy Dotrice has never even heard of Game of Thrones. He mis-pronounces names and has done a complete 180 since the last book and not for the better. It's hard to focus and understand what is going on because he changed the character's voices. It's a disppointment.
No. The story is as gripping as ever, but the narration leaves a lot to be desired.
George R.R. Martin is rebuilding his world after Book 3, and the mix of old & new characters make fascinating reading.
I know it's not easy to create the hundreds of characters in a GoT book. But why does the narrator do all the voices in varying Scottish dialects? Characters such as Jaime and Petyr are made to sound as old as Pycelle. The female characters either sound shrewish or dumb. Also, what's with the pronunciations of Damphair as "damn fair", Brienne as "bry-een", or at one point calling Petyr Baelish "Petry"? Jarring.
Yes. You can't with its length, but you sure want to.
If you can get past the quirky narration, it's a rewarding story to get into.
Only because it's part of the series and hope springs eternal.
Not the fault of the narrator altho the voices were different and so it was more difficult to follow the story.
Only because it's part of the series
I had heard that this was the book that took us to many different characters than the previous 3 books. That being said, I've had a hard time getting as into this one. A good deal of the trouble is that Roy Dotrice did not bring the known characters back with the same voice, so the thread is lost for me. ALL of the women sound like old crones, most of the men sound like old men. He has pronounced the names differently so lost cohesion in terms of performance. CATlyn sounds like KATElyn, Petiar sounds like PETER, Alessandre sounds common, Bry-een sounds like Brian, Sam, Aria, Sersay, John, and Bryeen's voices are very off from the the first 3. Just very distracting. Aria's is really bad. She doesn't sound like a 10 yr old girl, rather like a 90 year old irish crone with no teeth. It's simply not as rich, more cartoonish. But, There are many elements of Roy's performance that are still very well done- battles, arguments, etc.
I'm still looking forward to seeing where all of the pieces come together!