I can't for the life of me why Roy changed Arya's voice to sound like an old craven witch. ARYA IS A CHILD! Besides, you can't just go changing peoples voices for no reason. Very irritating. I hope this foes not continue in the next book.
Sorely in need of an editor. Felt like he was writing just to keep the book a certain length.
There was some added context and back story to some of the previous books lesser and fringe characters ..but not worth the hours of slogging it took to get there
it was like he started narrating this book first...then the first three
well, it is a series.
This was a painful slog of a listen...the story bogged down in uninteresting back channels..the narrator seemed to lose interest in the book himself...
The story is wonderful and I enjoy the series
Character and depth
In the first three audio books the performance was consistent across each, suddenly in the fourth book it's as if all the actors where changed. Dotrice maintains some of the same voices, however major characters now sound completely different. Arya is not longer the young girl she was in books 1-3 she is now an aged British wench. Little Finger is no longer the sly and smooth man he was, he morphed into a gruff sea faring man. Even the pronunciation of names has changed Catelyn has become Katelyn, the list goes on and on.
The story is there, the characters are wonderful as always but I can't stress enough how jarring the voice changes are.
I hope the publishers make sure Dotrice listens to his past performances before recording any new books to maintain some form of consistency.
I'd read a lot of complaints about the story itself--some people accused Martin of getting Jordanitis ("the predilection of fantasy authors to fetishize their universe, forgetting to advance the story") and I think there was a little bit of this, but if you've read the WOT series, there is no comparison. Some of the new characters were actually kind of interesting, as Martin was usually able to tie their POV into the main story line.
Overall I enjoyed this book, although the pacing was slow, I would recommend it (and if you've gotten this far, you're obviously going to keep reading).
Roy Dotrice should honestly be ashamed of this narration--he is so bad in many instances I was literally laughing out loud at how horribly he butchers his pronunciation of a name. In one sentence it will be "KATE-lynn" and then in the ver next next sentence it will be "CAT-lynn." BRI-een will be BREE-anne, and don't get me started on the all of the different iterations of Melisandre. I'm guessing the production team wasn't paying attention during the reading, or maybe Roy was recording this all along in his basement? Either way it detracted from the experience.
Listen to it...you know you're going to anyways
The story is OK, not as good as the first three books. However, the narration has me so confused in the story as the character name pronunciations and vocal tones have changed. I find that I am often back tracking to make sure I am listening to the right story line.
Well, I feel that I shouldn't be charged for this performance as it's completely inconsistent and the producers should be made aware before producing the books. Then, perhaps I would try again.
Yes, it would be a huge improvement from this audiobook.
Reader's be warned concerning the changes of voices and character pronunciations. Also, I find this story less interesting than the first three books and I am about half way through. Sure hope it picks up some.
The book was ok. It was a bridge to get me from Storm of Swords to Dance with Dragons. The only time I really paid attention were during the characters I knew "Jamie, Arya, Samwell, etc..."
Roy Dotrice on the other hand, sigh! It took me a long time to get over his narration at the start of the series. I finally made my peace after Game of Thrones, even began to kind of enjoy it. But at the start of this book, it was like starting all over again. He mispronounced the names, changing it every single time, even changing the pronunciation within sentences of each other (Marjorie "Te-Rule", Mace "Tie-Rell". Cat-lynn, and Kate-lynn.) His voices also don't match the other books, especially for Samwell.
What worries me is Martin is taking so long to put out these books that I fear Roy Dotrice will be 105 by the time he has to read the last book.
I think if this book were cut in half with a better reader I would have enjoyed it much much more
slow but steady
Sansa Stark? I try not to pick favorites with this series. But this character finally starts to grow and the pathos that I've known along was in there is finally coming to light. She's over shadowed in this series by her sister but I think this book makes it clear that Arya and Sansa's relationship is a foil for Jamie/Tyrion's.
I listened to A Storm Of Swords and A Game Of Thrones. I fully enjoyed his work on those, but I feel like this one was slipping. I feel like there was a lot of more Roy's voice as apposed to the characters that he had so clearly defined in the previous installments. I also feel like "young woman" "old woman" ect voices are starting to blur together. That being said there are hundreds of characters and the main character still stand out for the most part. This is the 4th 40ish hour book in a row, I'll cut him so slack.
The most politically driven of the series! Westeros Wing.
I'm glad I did this one as an audio book. It moved the slowest of the series. When I first read A Game Of Thrones I spent days reading at work. 8 hour shifts at a movie theater just enamored and obsessed. The same with the second. At least once a week I missed my bus stop because I was so consumed by the book.
This one didn't feel up to bar. I can see the larger arc building, this felt like part one of two, which was fine in its own regards, but it did feel slower.
That being said, I was thinking to myself "wow this one is moving so desperately slow" and then I was prompted to download the next 8 hour section. So Martin's slow is more of a cruise control than gridlock. The last 8 hours are the best. I'm so excited to start the next one. Which if it ends anywhere as well as AGOT, ACOK or ASOS I'm going to be chomping at the bit for The Winds of Winter.
The narration by Roy Dotrice was unbearable. I had to stop listening to it about 1/4 of the way through.
I couldnt get past the horrible narration. I couldnt even follow the story.
Lets put it this way, it could not have been worse.
I will not be purchasing the next audiobook in this series because from what I have read in the reviews, Roy Dotrices narration is even harder to listen to.
I cant imagine for the life of me why he choose to completely ruin A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons, after he did such a wonderful job with the first three books of this series.
Please re-record these!!!
Hard, Long, Necessary
God Emperor of Dune. GEoD was a long departure from the main storyline of Dune and it was hard to get through. A Feast for Crows is exactly that. It's a hard listen. But you've got to do it if you've gotten this far in the series.It's not BAD. It's just HARD to get through, because the perspectives change drastically. It wasn't until a couple of days ago when I started a Dance with Dragons, that I was delighted to find that these two books run concurrent.What makes Feast so hard to get through, is that most of the characters you've grown really attached to aren't in it... or are in it very little. The focus of this book is Dorn, and the Iron Islands and their issues. I can't recall a single scene with Bran in it, and very few with Jon Snow, or other characters we've grown to love and/ or hate.A lot of really interesting things happen though. It is a hard read, but it's a fantastic book.
I almost took a break from this series when I read all the bad review of Roy Dotrice's performance. I will say that I had some slight disappointment in the changeup of voices, or the way he pronounces certain names.It's not THAT bad though. I was expecting to be really disappointed. I'm as much an elitist/ purist as the other readers, but I got through this book, and you will too. Whereas Roy's previous performances are absolutely 10s, this one is about a 7.6. Don't be too afraid to continue the series.
A Feast for Crows... though maybe not the Crows you're expecting.
I can't say it enough. Yes, the performance isn't as good as past ones. But it is good. It is listenable, and it is worth your monthly credit.
I'm a salesman on the road. I travel 5,000 km a month. The stories keep me going. They pass the time driving from place to place.
George puts you into the story. You either hate or cheer for the characters. The ones you hate you find yourself hoping that they get what's coming to them. Lots of surprises has you go along. It never get dull.