This book was a little harder to follow based on the new character names and a lot of new characters in general. I'm sure it is setting me up for the next installment which I will download as soon as I'm done writing this review.
I have listened to the ASOIAF series narrated by Roy Dotrice, and I cannot help but notice that his pronunciation of names and character voices has changed so much that it throws me for a loop whilst listening. Roy, please remember how to say Catelyn and change Arya's voice back to the way you read it in the first through third books! Arya now sounds like Brienne! Very disappointed in the differences of your reading styles!
This is my favorite book of the 4 Ice and Fire novels I have listened to so far. The character development really kicks off in this book as the War of Five Kings is at an end.
Roy Doltrice is a fantastic voice actor, and I have enjoyed all of his works so far, but many of the voices are far different than the previous 3 books. In fact, some of the voices changed part way through the book! Littlefinger's voice went from a sly young man to a hardened and gruff northerner mid in the same chapter and stayed that way for the rest of the book. Arya Stark also changed from a young girl to an old lady's voice and stayed that way.
I LOVE these books, so I thought it would be a good idea to read them again, but instead listen. This narrator is a joke, his voices are the worst I have ever heard! It is down right insulting to these wonderful books! He can't even pronounce the character's freaking names correctly! Every time I listen to his voice it makes me infuriated. Read the books instead!
As in the subject line i have to say this was my least favorite of the series. I can't exactly tell if it's because the focus was more on characters that I find less enjoyable or what but I found this one to not be one of my favorites. Of course listening to it makes it easy to lose focus and I constantly found myself a bit confused. Still a great series and will definitely continue but hope for a little more witty banter and plot twists. Also I miss the imp. Definitely favorite character and possibly in all fantasy novels
This is a good book, judging it by its predasessors though, it's a solid 4th in my opinion. I missed much of Bran's story, it doesn't touch much on him in the book. Although the Starks story is still very interesting in one aspect. I only wish the NARRATOR would have taken a lesson from the narrator of the first 3 books, and pronounced the charecters names correctly (or at least the same). Petyre Balish's name is not pronounced like Peter, and there were others as well. It was a little jarring at first, but it was fine after a while. If your trying to complete the series as I am, it's an obvious must read, and I've heard far worse.
Roy Ditrice does a good job there reading this book, although he seems to have changed at least one of the voices from the book. Also the way character's names are pronounced is inconsistent from the previous two books A very enjoyable listen in a very compelling series.