The story is great!
There was something off about the narration though because names and places were pronounced differently than they had been before and were varied on pronunciation multiple times during this book (example: normally narrator has said in prior books CATlyn however he switched between CATlyn and KATElyn a few times.)
It was distracting that after three books the narrator would choose the 4th to change the accents and pronunciations of the characters and their names.
As always, great reading performance by Roy Dotrice. The novel drags on a bit compared to the previous three entries in the series. It felt like half of the chapters did little to progress the storyline and could have been left out entirely. George R. R. Martin seems to be milking these books ever since he signed to HBO after book 3. Still going to go through with the rest of the series but I wish the story could be told more concise as the first three novels were.
Yes, the reader is terrible. Why is there a decrepit old man reading this? His pace is off and his attempts at trying to separate the characters into different voices fails miserably. Not to mention that it is more distracting to to listen to a man who sounds like a lifelong smoker who is 80 try to do the voice of a young girl. And I could swear his spit guard on the microphone is dripping by the time he is done. You can just hear the spittle flying out of his mouth as he talks.
A different narrator, and give Martin the ability to actually come to some conclusions instead of this continuous stringing along of all the plot lines - and this is in reference to all the books, not just this one.
I have been watching the HBO series and after the end of this latest season- 5, I was reminded again why I really feel I have wasted a bunch of time on this series and author.
Can anyone guarantee that there will be some kind of conclusion to this series, or does it just drag on into infinity?
Fantastic characters, massive arching story lines, and book 4 gets into the meat of some characters that I love. However, I was really throne (hehe) for a loop by the change in narration for some of the main characters and different pronunciation of words (to a lesser degree). I really liked the narration up until book 4, and I hope Roy corrects it in the next book, whenever that is.