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.
I am another one who hates Roy's performance in this one. Loved him in the others, and I understand what happened and al the time that passed, but it was still hard to hear. I got through it and was able to listen past his voices to find the story without getting fed up, but sometimes it was tiresome. Arya was the worst one, but then so many of the voices began to sound the same that sometimes it was hard to distinguish who was talking. Someday I will read this in book form and (hopefully) hear the voices in my head as I think they should be. Still, all that aside, good and engaging story.
No, I can't do it anymore. I went through the first three books and enjoyed them. This book was just plain awful. I gave up on it half-way through but I have this imperative to always finish a book, no matter how bad. I finished it, and really couldn't wait for it to be over. I know this is another link in the larger chain but there was absolutely no ending to this book.
There was no ending...it just stopped. But I was glad to have it out of my life.
Narration was terrible. Voices were inconsistent with other books, and even pronunciation was inconsistent. The voices were so bad for some of the characters it was distracting.
Give up on George R. R. Martin. I'll keep watching the shows.
Chris "Father of Five" Smith
Disliked how the reader changed the way he said several names of the characters from previous books.