George RR Martin yes, Roy Dotrice, never.
He skips sentences, changes voices. Makes the women sound crazy. Ads weird accents to characters and worse, changes them, sometimes mid paragraph. He doesn't consistently use the same voice for any one character, nor does he pronounce their name consistently. I regularly get audible books from services for the blind where volunteers read the books. Sometimes there is even more than one narrator in a given book. They still manage to at least pronounce a persons name the same every time.
The story itself is brilliant. One of the most compelling series have read in a long time.
Even with a well written and expertly crafted book, an uninspired performance can make for a displeasing audio experience. That was the unfortunate case for Feast For Crows, by George R.R. Martin, narrated by Roy Dotrice. Given the epic success of the books and HBO production, I would have expected something of a grand scale when it came to the audiobook. It is performed by a single narrator, which is not to say it couldn’t have been successful with just one. What ruined it was when Mr. Dotrice switches away from his narrator’s voice to perform the dialogue for the many characters in the book. His voice was a combination of shrill, cranky and old, at various levels for every character, male or female. Also, his characters were often so similar, they were difficult to distinguish. I do hope they consider recasting the audio production for future performances of this book or I, for one, will chose a physical book instead.
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And so my Watch begins...
This was another epic long book, but I didn't enjoy it as much as the first three. It was very slow in building and didn't seem to have the same pace as the first ones. I was told that it was like Martin took Books IV and V and just split them apart based on what characters were involved. It took me longer to get through this book than the other ones.
I'm a Stark fan through and through, although I didn't have many to enjoy in this book.
I've loved Roy's reading of the previous three books, but this one he change the pronounciation of all the major characters for some reason. Also, he changed the voices/inflections he used as well, so it was confusing when he was doing dialog to figure out who was talking.
I was actually a little frustrated with this one. Some because of the narrator's changes, but mostly because the author's changes to the story.
Have to push your way through it to get to the next book. It will get better!!
As others have said, the narration is just abysmal. I don't know what happen but the mispronunciation of names and complete change in voices is unfathomable.
The story is also not as good as the previous.
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Game of Thrones continues. Captivated by the story lines sometimes hard to keep everyone straight but I am hooked! Great narration!
I just achieved App Master!! I never thought I would make it this far!! Thanks Audible
After three books of the Lannisters screwing everybody Queen Cersei get's hers. Cersei becomes the Queen regent and she plots and plots trying to play The Game Of Thrones but she's not her dad. In the end Cersei is put down by all her lies and betrayal and gets a dose of her own medicine. I hope Cersei learns never to trust a Kettleback!!! In book four Martin will introduce the Prince of Dorne of the Martell family! and he introduces the rest of the Grayjoy family and the fight to be king of the iron born. Arya Stark is learning her new life and her sister Sansa is becoming a new pawn of Lord Littlefinger. Jamie Lannister is the Warden of the West and he is on his way to Riverun for the Blackfish, Brienne is still on the hunt for the Stark girls, and Lady Catlin will make a return!!!!!
Great book ruined
If it had been performed by someone else. Mr Dotrice is clearly far too old to voice characters convincingly, and he can't even seem to take in enough breath to get through a full sentence. Constantly throughout the book, sentences get chopped up into nonsensical staccato sentences due to Mr Dotrice's insertion of pauses at random moments.
Narration that was less grating
His accent was Distracting to the point of not being to be able to focus on the story line. .
Didn't get past the first few chapters.
Along with everybody else I'm here to gripe about the discontinuation of the
familial and regional accents of this book. My favorite part of the first three books was excellent use of acents to designate characters and even families. I cannot think of any reason, with the same narrator, this important texture of the preformance is completely left by the wayside ?
Thankful that it wasn't any longer than it was. This was a miserable filler novel, and really let the excitement of the last novel fizzle out. Ignored previous characters and tortured us with mundane plots that fizzled out as well.
Yes, I'm pretty invested into the series now.
Palatable, versatile, and fitting
No, I would hope it would be integrated into another, but knowing Hollywood they would split this one into 3 parts.
I really enjoy Roy Dotrice's performance in the previous books; however, this book was plagued with voice changes, volume issues, and name changes. Most noticeable was that Arya's voice turned into Ygritte's and Gilly's name went to Jilly and back to Gilly again. Seemed rushed and not well produced.