Great story originality thanks to RR Martin. The ability of the audio narrator is impressive considering the number of prominent characters. Thoughtful... and impeccable story telling.
The story is ok, though by far the most boring of the books so far, but, oh my God, I don't think Roy Dotrice has ever actually heard anyone talking before. The voices he does, NOT ONLY are INCONSISTENT with his previous reading, but are JUST PLAIN BAD. The 14 year old Denarys Targaryan and 12 year old Arya Stark, as well as any other young woman he voices, sounds like an old scottish woman with a tack in her throat. His standard old woman voice sounds like a 100 year old with throat cancer. Old man sounds about the same as his old woman, with a slightly harder pitch. Middle age man sounds like an 80 year old man with the whooping cough. It's incredibly terrible narration, and you're SO MUCH better off just reading it yourself. Roy's narration ruins immersion, and is usually just plain annoying. Only buy this audiobook if you absolutely do not and will never have the time to read it yourself.
Still a good storyline, but by the end it feels like an intermediary story. Towards the end it feels like it's setting something up, but it doesn't quite get there.
This book, and all of the Song of Ice and Fire series, is a must read for all. The reader did excellently though I must say his pronunciation of many words was questionable or incorrect. I definitely recommend this to any reader above the age of 17.
This person that read this audio is too hard to understand. His imitation voices are to harsh and offensive to the point they become garbled. The Britt accent is hard enough to understand without it being over exaggerated.
This one is my lest favorite, so far, in the series of ASoIaF. I say that only cause it's shorter than the others... That said, it's still a great book... best series of books.
This reading was done many years after he read the first three novels, and he did not put near the effort of voice work into this as the previous books, some character's voices even change multiple times throughout the narrative.
He is also inconsistent in pronunciation of names and places and just generally seems to be phoning it in.