I thought the book was very good. A little long winded at times but a very good story. I didn't like the narrator as much as I liked the book. The story in this book varies quite a bit from the TV shows. The main events are similar but how you get to them sometimes are quite different. All in all a great series of books.
Absolutely. This is was a phenomenal installment to an already monumentally incredible series. The book does only focus on events around Kings Landing and Dorne, in comparision to following everyone's favorite and well known characters. The parallel story offers such a wide exploration of Westeros and the Seven Kingdoms, and also darkens the story itself tenfold from the previous books. Cersei's perspective chapters are the best ones in the book, as it gives you the chance to REALLY see what and how she is, inside her head and on the outside looking in.
Cersei, well because she is Cersei.
Roy Dotrice is incredible! Very very old, but he should have still reviewed the other performances! I mean come on, such a drastic change from Petyr Baelish! He is supposed to be a smooth and sly clever man, but njow Roy makes him sound like The Hound or the Old Bear. Always love Roy, just...The company who has him record needs to do it the next time, or they will most likely lose a ton of money if the performances are like this continually throughout the series. (From what I hear book 5 narrattive voices are worse, but we'll se)
It made me feel. Everything and anything that it could. Imagery and imagination runs rampant when these pages are opened.
Study Roy....Come on man! You rock, but just....listen to your old stuff.
I found this book to be a better listen than it was a read. Martin can be a bit dry at times, as I think most of his readers can agree. However, the narration was hard to get used to, and instead of getting better, it just gets worse.
I have a hard time listening to it because of the constantly changing voices. I feel the narrator would have been better off not doing voices at all. It was hard to follow who was speaking (or thinking, as there was no difference that I could discern) at any time because the voices are all so similar. It gets even worse in book five!
Say something about yourself!
The fact that an entire book was devoted to plot points easily resolved.
Yes, I have to know the ending after 5 books.
Pre-Random House Roy Dotrice.
All of Brienne's quest, since we already know where Sansa was, so there's no payoff to following her.
What happened to Roy Dotrice between books 3 & 4? While he's great narrating the story and OK with most of the male voices (although even some of the young boys sound age 45), why do the female voices sound like 80 year old women? Very irritating. And what the hell happened to the voice of Arya from book 3 to book 4? Instead of looking forward to book 5 that l just downloaded, l'm dreading it. Hey Roy, forget trying to impersonate the voices and just read it.
Pretty much anybody. How about getting some consistency and accuracy in name pronunciations? Brienne is not probounced "bry-een" or "brian".
We desperately need another recording available with a different narrator. This is painful. If I didn't love the series so much, I wouldn't be listening to this travesty of a reading.
Great narration and easy to listen to. Great way to get through the books quicker.