The new characters and plots are hard to follow. Too many sharp bends.
I am halfway through the book and am considering quitting the series. I enjoyed the first 3. This one I am not enjoying. It's one thing to kill a character or two, but to keep killing off the best characters doesn't make me want to read any more.
If Roy was asked to come back and do the performance (in replacement for John Lee's), then he should have at least listened to his previous works and kept come consistency. Arya Stark's voice is completely wrong. She sounds like the wildling from the 2nd book. Or an old hag. Not a 10 yr old girl.
Why the change from Pe(TIRE) Baylish to Peter? Hard to follow. Not to mention his voice changed from a weaseling, cunning tone that Little Finger was to something close to Lord Tywin or Lord Robert. Just changes the whole look of the character in my mind.
No one can read this series like Roy Dotrice!!! When they replaced him with John Lee I was damned dissapointed, but equally delighted to see they recognized thier error and had Roy back! Do I mind if the character readings are not 100% identical to the first 3 books? I can't say I didn't notice it... but it didn't interfere with my total enjoyment of the material, and my admiration of the reading. Roy, thanks for coming back!
Incomparable range of character portayal and vocal richness.
Good job bringing Roy back.
Tell us about yourself!
This book ties in with the rest of the story, but it seems to be a transitional piece only. I kept wondering when it would start focusing on the Starks ( who, to me, are the real stars of this series). The voices that Roy gives the characters are totally different from those he used in the first 3 books, and this was a major distraction. However, the book was well written and I guess it was needed to move the series along (slooowly). For the most part, this series is awesome and I am looking forward to listening to Book 5.
The narration is excellent. In my opinion Roy does just as well as he did in the first three.
I was very sceptical before reading this book due to the harsh reviews I read on this book. And while I agree it is not as good as the first three it is still an excellent addition to the series. The problem with this book in my opinion is (1) that it is not complete in and of itself. It is really half a book as Dance with Dragons covers the same timeline with other characters. (2) it covers integral plot details needed for the overall arc but with the less interesting characters. The story is good and needed for the over-all arc but no Tyrion or Deanerys and too little Arya and has a lot of Cersie and Briene. While this is my least favorite of the series so far I still loved it and think it is an excellent addition to the series.
What can I say but, Wow, What an amazing reversal of a great story. Dotrice consistently changes the pronunciation of names through out the book, and changes the voices at a whim. It is sad because the first 3 books of this series he kept it right. The editors and producers of this catastrophe should be ashamed for allowing a horrible audiobook to be released.
Isn't there a code of honor among writers that recognizes the invested time, money, emotion and trust the reader has after committing to this large of a story. Books 1-3 were great... but..this is like a bad marriage. Years of trust and then RR gets bored, stops trying and knows that we as readers are desperate enough to try and stick it out thinking it will get better. He sells us cheap promises while making bank from audible and HBO, stretching out 15 hours of plot into two huge books (4&5) and 4 credits. What a jerk. The narrator gets a bad rap for slightly sub par work made to look worse just because of the poor content. RR HAS NO INTEGRITY. Give us substance and closure in book 6 for only one credit or I am filing for divorce.
I've been listening to this series for months now and really enjoyed it until this installment. I'm a newcomer to audiobooks and part of what made this series so great was Roy Dotrice's narration in the first three books. His ability to give each character such a distinct voice made the story come alive and made it easy to keep track of everyone. In this book, however, Roy gives every character save Brienne an entirely new voice and accent and the pronunciation of everyone's name changes! 'Cat'-a-Lynn becomes 'Kate'-a-Lynn and Pet-'ire' becomes Peter. It's a jumbled mess and horribly jarring to someone who has been listening to the series straight through. The audio quality is lower than the past three books as well, you can hear pages turning and the narrator's voice sounds somewhat muted.
Some of the new voices are also incredibly irritating, I thought I would have to skip the first chapter when Aeron Greyjoy did most of the talking because he sounds like a really bad televangelist. I suppose that is a matter of opinion and others may not find it so bad. The lack of consistency between the narration of this book and the previous three, however, is quite frankly inexcusable. If we're expected to shell out $35 for the privilege of downloading this work we deserve better. As professionals Roy Dotrice and the director of this production owe it to us to go back and listen to the previous three novels so they can come close to maintaining consistent voices and pronunciations.
I would not recommend this to anyone who has been listening to the series and enjoying it thus far. Save your money or credits and go buy the printed version. The story is still worth reading, it's slower paced than the first three novels but still engaging. The world is a giant chess board and you can see Martin placing the pieces for the coming battle. Trying to get past the drastic changes in narration ruined it for me.
I don't care what the others say. I am glad Roy is back, even with the voice and some pronunciation changes it is still good to see that the publishers are listening and that Roy is still able to give his voice to the series.
What allot of people don't realize is that allot of time has passed between the 1st 3 books and the latter 2 books and also Roy is not a young whipper snapper anymore (he was borned 1923 ... so do the math); its just the way life is, I wouldn't expect Mr. Dotrice to be sitting around for all those years twiddling his thumbs and
Another great book
Arya/Cat, Brienne and Jamie.
Every character sounds like a shriveled old man, even the 10 year-old! No offense to Roy Dotrice as an actor I like him, but the man can not narrate! I can't stand it any more. If he narrates again, I will be reading the next book by text!
PLEASE get a narrator worthy of the rich characters! It could be fantastic, if it was done right.
Yes, and again and again because it's hard to find novels as well-written, character-driven, and well-narrated as these. I already own Feast for Crows by a different narrator and shamelessly (and immediately) shelled out 2 more credits to have Roy's version. While I do wish that Roy would have kept up the same great consistency of name pronunciation and character voices in Feast For Crows as he did in the previous novels, this version is still far superior to the previous one. The same lack of consistency occurs in Dance of Dragons but is probably due to so much time having passed between the prior novels and these last two.
I listen to a lot of audio books, but this series is the one I can't get enough of. Now that the series is on HBO (and well-done), look forward to this storyline becoming water cooler conversation. No worries of wasting credits here.