I almost didn't buy this because of the string of Dotrice-slamming reviews that top the "most helpful" list. The haters are wrong.
I've listened to the previous three books and many, many other audio books and Dotrice is an absolute treasure throughout. His emotion, articulation, timing, myriad character voices, etc. bring these books to life unlike any narrator I've listened to before.
True, this book is not as perfect as ASOS, which stands out as one of the truly great fantasy books of all time. There certainly should have been some fat trimming in Feast to speed things up, but at the sentence-level, Martin's writing is still spectacular even if the narrative is slow-moving and sometimes tangential. Plus we miss Dany, Tyrion, and others in this book.
It is also true that Dotrice makes a few errors that I consider quite minor in the overall evaluation of his performance. Yes, he changes his pronunciation of Petyr and, most jarringly, Petryr's voice, for example. I wish he hadn't. But how strange is this collective freak-out about Dotrice given that this is otherwise an energetic and captivating 34-or-so-hour performance that moves between literally hundreds of characters and their voices.
In the end I suppose I'm happy to have had the lowered expectations going into Feast. It's simply not as good as the remarkable books that preceded it. But these histrionic reviews are bizarre overreactions of people that are, perhaps, too invested in Martin's wonderful but -- sorry for the spoiler -- fictional world. Get out more, people! For the rest of you, listen, be patient with the meandering, and enjoy!
I love the world created in the story, but it is so drawn out!
The depth of the writer's story universe.
I just never got connected to him.
Well, it obviously has one.
No, probably not.
I have both read and listened to all the books, and the change in narration style after A Storm of Swords was absolutely heartbreaking. A man off the street could have done better!
Who reads Damphair and pronounces it Dam-fair?! Its obviously Damp-hair!
None of the voices of the main characters bear any resemblance to their prior incarnations.
Its maddening. I can't believe there's no such thing as an editor for audiobooks?
I think I will go back to reading the novels and forget this hot mess.
He was a 4.5-star reader in the previous books. I enjoy his voice and most of the portrayals of the lesser characters, but his consistency and pronunciation errors are just unforgivable. 2 stars is me being generous.
As other reviewers have stated, I found it disappointing to the point of being insulting that the editors let the narrator's dramatic shift in the pronunciation of the characters' names, and their accents, make it through. Not what you expect for the fourth installment of a series. Even worse, there are several instances where it is inconsistent. For example, Dotrice goes from the "old" pronunciation of Brienne to the "new" pronunciation, and BACK, within the same POV session - sometimes only a sentence removed from each other. That is just unforgivably sloppy editing.I've always had some issues with the way Dotrice chose to handle accents. It made no sense to me that Robb Stark sounded more like Robert Baratheon than Ned Stark - it's not like he'd been fostered down south. There seems to be little rhyme or reason to placement of accents on characters. And I've just accepted that all children and most women will sound like uneducated whiners.But this installment takes it a step further with the dramatic shift in a character like Petyr, whose way of speaking was so much of how we perceived him. Overall, extremely disappointing. Some have offered up the years between production for the changes, and I understand that presents a challenge, but one just has to look at Michael Kramer's excellent work on the WoT series to see that it doesn't have to result in such a significant drop in quality.
As for the story, I didn't mind as much the shift away from some of the major characters, probably because I restarted the series from the beginning when I started listening, and so I didn't experience the disappointment of waiting for Book 4 for years only no to hear my favorite characters. We'll see how I feel after Book 5, because there's no denying that the story is very bogged down and plodding at this point...
I loved the story. I'm really enjoying the series.
My only negative is this. I love the reader BUT the pronunciation of some of the names as well as the established voices for some of the characters have changed from the first 3 books. It is a small thing but you get used to hearing things one way so to have them all change for the 4th book was a little strange.
I love reading, have since I was very little. Reading to me is fun, relaxation, acquiring knowledge and so much more. No particular preference for a genre or writer, I will read anything well written. Once gripped by somebodies style of storytelling & writing, I am likely to read everything he or she has written.
Slow, but still interesting
Spoiler alert: imprisonment of Cersei
The narration in itself yes, but what the hell was Roy Dotrice and/or the director thinking? Other reviewers were right about the change in voices! It's downright annoying to say the least!!However, despite reviews to the contrary I decided to brave the voice change and allthough it never got to the point where I liked the new voices for old friends, it was no reason for me to put the book away.
The story line moved along very slowly in this book. Hope the tempo will pick up in the next one - and yes, I will order the next one.Also hope that some of the characters in the first 3 books will return in book 5. I would really like to know what is happening to them.
I'm sorry. The narration/performance on the entire series is so flawed. I know some think that it drastically changes between books 3 and 4...and to be honest, I thought that might be a good thing. But no. I go between reading and listening and yes, I do watch the HBO series. There is no continuity of pronunciation. (Especially with names) It's infuriating. Roy Dotrice cannot do female voices. Again. This is infuriating. Obviously, there will be no change for future books, but I really wish someone else ... Anyone ...would read/perform these. Character and caricature are different concepts...right? And sometimes, he makes no differentiation between internal and external conversation. Ugh. Frustrated. I want to like. I cannot.
Have not finished
See above...ugh. Severely dislike.
I wanted to read/listen so I suffered through.
What should I read next???♫♪♫♪
This book had so many unexpected twists it was really hard to put it down. The characters that I had grown love met there end...... or did they? Good read all the way til the end. Looking forward to the next book in this series.
I am so upset! I'm not sure what happened to Roy Dotrice but in this book he began pronouncing the character's names differently than in the previous 3 books!! It's very distracting!!!
Roy Dotrice bothered me at first. Some of his accents sound like a cartoon leprechaun. After a while, the content overpowers the accent, and you can enjoy the book. What Dotrice does well is provide uniquely identifiable characteristics to most (all?) characters in the book. This is helpful at times when there is a lot going on. With another narrator, you may lose track of who said what. Roy's work helped me keep track of who was speaking during those moments.
My greatest criticism of Roy's performance now is that I wish he would use his own voice when the character is thinking to themselves. It would be an equivalence to quoted or unquoted text in the books. However, I'm sure the production team has thought of this and decided against it for some reason that I haven't considered.
George R. R. Martin has done a marvelous job with this book. I would rate this below Storm Of Swords, but Feast For Crows contains a lot of significant content. I really like how he develops Brienne. In her search for Sansa, he builds up her backstory and begins the process that George is so well known for: making you like a character far more than you originally did. While this is not as drastic as some of the other character reversals we've seen (e.g. Tyrion and Jaime), it is still quite satisfying.
I already own A Dance With Dragons on Audible, and will probably switch from Google Play Books to Kindle, just for WhisperSync.
In closing, this review is probably of little worth to you. If you are at this point in the series, you are going to pick this audiobook up regardless. And if you haven't begun the series, this would not be a good starting point. I hope that I've at least shed some light on a few characteristics of the narrator.