At this point in the story it feels as though George R.R. Martin has gotten away from any substantial plot map, and is instead just leading his characters through the world. There are some exciting and interesting parts, but overall it felt as if characters just kept using their catch phrases instead of showing any true development.
A second major disappointment was the fact that Roy Dotrice has changed all of the voices of the major characters. Many have stated this before, but after the first three books, it makes it very hard to become immersed in this world. I found myself often wondering who was speaking to who, instead of paying attention to the dialog.
Overall I enjoyed the book, but it was not up to the same quality as the first three books of the series. This felt like it was a bridge to something better, and I will be getting the fifth book and hoping for a better result.
This is the 4th book in the "Song of Fire and Ice" series by George RR Martin. It's best to listen or read the first 3 books before you delve into this one. I only gave it 4 stars as I think it could have been better edited. But I enjoyed it anyway.
This book follows Cersi, Sansa, Brienne, Jaime, the Greyjoys, the Tyrells, Freys, Arya, Samwell and of course, Little Finger. It pretty much focuses on the struggle for power among the families in King's Landing and the north. Danny, Tyrion and Jon are left for the next book. The story moves along pretty well, but occasionally get's bogged down by Martin's wordiness. Anyway it kept me listening and wondering what would happen next. In this series you never know what main character may die, and that is true in this book too. It's hard to give a good review without spoilers. So I'll just say if you liked the first 3 books in the series you will like this one and you will be searching for the next. Roy Dotrice did a fine job of reading and giving the characters individual voices. Although with so many characters it is hard to come up with a separate voice for each. Mostly he made it easy to tell who was talking in a particular chapter.
The characters are well drawn but often flawed in someway. Consequently the story rings true. Non of us act perfectly all the time. It is also very well plotted and keeps you wanting to listen more.
His ability to have so many voices for the different characters.
Unrest in Westeros becomes fierce. I could say more, but it would be a spoiler.
I love the series and this book is no exception. I wish the last book in the series was in Audible, but I couldn't find it. I guess I'll have to read it.
as an avid fan i had to get through this. Sometimes long winded and tedious but I just needed to know. he narrator was excellent.
In the Game of Thrones series, this has been the most confusing. The writer changes Aria's name once again. The reader pronounces some of the character names differently than in the previous books and this led to confusion when listening.
The characters Jamie is starting to question all the things he has done wrong in his life.
His voice sets the mood and time period of the story.
Expect the unexpected.
I have looked at the maps that accompany the books. These help with understanding of movement of people and armies.
Yes--Roy Dotrice is a real joy to listen to.
There's some redundancies/overlap in the points of view. Several chapters could have been removed entirely and not taken away from the known information, that were new and dry POVs.
His character voices, singing, and the general sound of his voice are all a real treat.
This one comes across as something to fill the void between 3 and 5. Several points needed for continuity, so don;t recommend passing it by. Not my favorite, but still okay.
Some of the name pronunciations changed. I found that distracting.
I decided to listen to this book after reading it a few years ago. My initial impression of Roy Dotrice as a narrator was fairly negative. He could hear the age in his voice-which sometimes clashed with the character he was playing, and I was very unhappy with his treatment of many of the female characters - Brienne in particular.
But, the more I listened to him, the more I was impressed. Dotrice has a knack for picking out subtle details I hadn't picked up in my own reading. He managed to emphasize these details thru his acting and make the characters all the more 3 dimensional-the way Martin undoubtedly intended them to be, but I didn't fully comprehend on my own. His grasp of who these people are, and his ability to portray them so well is incredibly masterful. Dotrice makes the Song of Ice and Fire series so much more rich and full with his narration. My advice is, if at first you aren't impressed, stick with him. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised as well.
graphic & fine artist
ok - Arya's voice changed from a young, high born girl to a 70-yr old chain-smoking hag. Vares, Baylish, Sam - all changed voices and not for the better. The whole performance is very annoying and distracting. Dotrice is such an excellent narrator but the shift in voices depletes the entire performance.what could have happened? and why?
he changed too many voices from the 1st 3 books!
This is my least favorite book of the series but it is the calm before the strom it seems to be that book 4 and 5 where melted together so book 4 would keep readers attention while waiting for book five but very well done even if it sometimes seems repetative. I love this series
I tried...I really tried. I got through the other books somehow. But when I resolutely started this book and saw that the author was bringing in new characters and subplots and not even trying to wrap this story up, I freed myself up from this author's gigantic ego and inability to edit anything and gave myself permission to listen to something I liked.
And life was good again.
....And if I never hear of anybody's maidenhood again, that will be all the better.