I'm a complete geek and adore the Game of Thrones series, and because of this, it's difficult to rank any one of them against all the other books I've listened to. That said, I find myself being annoyed when a narrator does not maintain a consistent voice for a given character from one book to another. I don't blame the narrator in this instance because it's not as though he hasn't got about 300+ characters to deal with, over the course of four books, but when it comes to being consistent with the main players of the story - come on! Whoever the director was, he or she was being lazy. One sound-bite played for the narrator would have been enough to remind Mr. Dotrice that Petyr Baelish sounded oily in the first book of the series - and, therefore, should sound oily all the way throughout. Halfway through _Feast of Crows_, the characterization went from oily to gruff Highlander. Really? I had to go back and re-listen to the first part of the chapter simply because I could no longer tell who the characters were supposed to be.
_A Feast of Crows_, along with all the other books in the series, comes the closest to reminding me of James Clavell's novel, _Shogun_. Of course, GoT is ridiculously more complex, but they match, overall, with the depth of the characters of _Shogun_. I like it when authors are willing to take the time to make their characters multidimensional - it adds richness to the books.
The narration matched the pace of the story quite well. Roy Dotrice does an excellent job of the narrative aspects of the series.
I can't say my reaction to _A Feast of Crows_ was extreme - it left me scratching my head in a couple of places, particularly with regard to the Sand Snakes and Dorne. Unless the author has some huge role for Dorne and the Dornish to play in the future, I really don't understand why they were brought into the series so late. Also, since their characters and actions/reactions were brought into the story rather abruptly, I didn't get much opportunity to develop a real feel for any of them. I found myself wondering whether Mr. Martin really does know where he's going with the series, or whether he's lost focus. So far, I don't find any of the Dornish characters particularly interesting - except for Oberyn Martell - the one Mr. Martin killed off, of course.
If you're a fan of the show, you owe it to yourself to listen to the books. I don't mean that in the smug and condescending way a lot of people seem to be who have read them. (I've never understood that.) Of *course* the books are different from the HBO series, but they don't take anything away from each other. HBO couldn't possibly have every single character or storyline on the series, or no one, especially the actors, would ever have time to sleep.
I can't say enough about the fabulous job the writers of the show are doing, though. They have managed to capture the essence of the books and their characters - which takes me back to why you really should read/listen to the series in all its unabridged glory. If you're a fan of the show, it will only add more depth to your understanding of what's happening and why, the characters' motivations, and the world they live in.Note to George R.R. Martin: Pleeeeeeeeease finish book six! You're killing me here!!!
I enjoy the heck out of this series and this narrator is like a one-man band for how many voices he can do. Next best thing to an audio play read by multiple actors.
The narrator had a great voice, but not one I would have chosen for the variety of characters. I eventually got used to it by imagining my grand-father doing his best to bring the characters alive and, of course, not cringing at the language :)
Yes, good up date with on the next chapter of the story. Heavy focus on Sansa, Arya, Cersei, Jaime, Margaery and Brienne.
Storm of Swords
Classic, strong, consistent
No strong reactions
File size is over 1GB and Book 5 is even larger at 1.3GB. These books need to be broken up into 4-5 files to make them manageable.
I've read this whole series over a hundred times. My husband has little time to sit and read, we listen to the books as well so he can enjoy them as well. He refused to listen to the previous reader after the first chapter, he said it was all wrong, the tone, the performance everything. I recently purchased this version an have to agree. While the other reader had a very good voice, it didn't do much for the performance of the story and its nuances.
I love the portrayal, but he does mix up the pronunciation and occasionally forgets which voice he was using for characters. But overall, it's still a fantastic listen.
Wish Dotrice would stay consistent with character voices. Very annoying that main characters like Arya have differences from one book to the next. Otherwise, a nice reading.
The most memorable moment had to do with Brianne of Tarth, one of my favorites but besides that the book was a little dull for the series.