Enthralling, surprising and Fulfilling.
Tyrian the imp. I love the underdog in a story.
The voices changed from previous books which was very distracting and annoying. I had to rewind multiple times to make sure I knew which characters were speaking.
yes, I like the series very much--imaginative and engaging, but book 4 is a bit disappointing. It is very different from 1-3, slower, less character development, less action, past interesting characters are nowhere to be seen. My biggest problem, though, is with the reader. His voice/inflection/delivery are terrific, no question, but where books 1-3 were impressively consistent from character to character and pronunciation, book 4 has annoying inconsistencies, like pronouncing names differently from section to section and changing the voice of characters that are present from book to book...
yes, for the sake of the series. it's a great story.
yes, he's terrific to listen to, my problem is with this particular performance. there must have been a hiatus between book 3 and 4, and it really shows. I listened to the entire Harry Potter series and the performance was brilliant and consistent to the last page...
yes, it already has been made into an HBO series.
the quality control of this audio production has fallen short for me. did no one else listen to the production before releasing it for sale??
No. Disappointing, given the power of the first three volumes of the series. This is really a beside-the-point excursion. Martin must have had a bunch of chapters left after editing. And I don't know why Dotrice has gone to making almost all the women sound like old crones. Ugly! Still, that said, Martin's poor volume is better than a lot of other writers at their best.
The story line has not yet been resolved. I hope it finally will be with 5.
I think I am done with the series. I was very disappointed in this book.
Roy Dotrice made no effort to keep the characters' voices the same from the last three books to this one.
I was pretty dissapointed in the lack of character continuity, or character development that took place. Several major characters from prior books were simply neglected in this one.
Great read... listen?
Martin's work is impecable and captivating as always.
No... I've found other readings that are harder to listen to than his, but I'm completely frustrated because he keeps switching voices on his characters from one book in the series to the next, and sometimes within the same story. For tertiary characters I can understand a little, but main characters like Arya Stark? That's unforgiveable.
The performance by Roy Dotrice is pathetic in comparison to his performance on books 1-3. It was like listening to an entirely different voice actor who didn't remember anything he did previously. 90% of the voices changed dramatically, and he couldn't decide how to pronounce names throughout the entire book.
It's clear he has become exceedingly lazy in his performance. To be honest, I'm convinced he was actually intoxicated when he recorded this book. I can think of no other explanation for how he managed to pronounce "Tyrell" 2 different ways in the same sentence...
Here's a BRIEF guide to the pronunciation confusion experienced in this book (just off the top of my head)
Tyrell = "Turr-ell", "Tie-rull", "Tie-rell",
Brienne = "Brian", "Bree-Anne", "Bry-een"
Catelyn = "Kate-lynn" (No longer "Cat-lynn")
Petyr = "Peter" (No longer "Pe-tire")
Maester = "Master" or "Maester" (whichever he's in the mood for)
Harrenhal = "Har-En-El" (or something along those lines)
Those are only a few I could think of off the top of my head. The pronunciation issues are too numerous to count.
As far as voice changes go, he's drastically changed just about every voice in the book.
Jon Snow, Sansa, Arya, Ned Stark, Jaime, Samwell, and MANY more that I can't think of off the top of my head (Also, I'm only a 4th of the way into the book).
Jon now sounds like he's in his 40s, Arya now has the thick Irish accent Ygritte had, Ned Stark (in a flashback) sounds as old as Maester Lewin, Jaime now sounds generic and no longer has a hint of "Tyrion" in his voice, and Samwell sounds like a slow, dim-witted moron.
I can't believe there were people who actually allowed this book to be released for people to spend money on. It's completely insulting to fans of the Audiobooks.
I recommend NO ONE buy this book. I'm debating on whether or not I even want to finish it. I can't immerse myself in the story at all if I'm constantly getting frustrated as his fluctuating voice and name pronunciation.
Let me be clear, I have given this book a two star review in consideration of its part in a larger saga. As a stand alone, I would give it one star. It is difficult to imagine how this book could have been worse. If I did think it completely necessary to slog through this in order to read book 5, I would have abandoned it before I finished segment 1.
The first three books in this cycle are masterpieces. Perhaps a bit bloated at times but brilliantly inventive and rich in depth and history. This book contains none of what has created enduring interest in the series. Nothing about the Wall and the Others, nothing about Daenerys and the dragons. No Jon Snow, no Bran Stark and, most disappointingly, no Tyrion. Arya gets maybe 4 chapters out of the 34 hour running length, Sam gets about the same. Even characters like Sansa Stark, who took up far too much of the previous three books, get very little time here.
Basically, this is a book about who takes over the Sea Stone Chair and the endless machinations of Cersei Lannister. The first of these things is of zero interest to me, personally, though I am hopeful it plays out in some fulfilling way later. The Cersei stuff, however, is apalling. This has to be the most universally hated character in all of Martin's saga and every third chapter is about her. There is at least one, memorable, section where we get an hour long Cersei chapter, followed by a Jaime chapter all about Cersei, followed by another endless Cersei chapter. Riveting stuff.
It is literally about 15 hours into the production where anything of the least interest happens. This is but a brief respite from the slog and it is probably another 14 hours before anything else of interest happens. The ending contains a few moments of minor satisfaction, but little else.
It appears, from some of the reviews, that a previous audio edition was released without Roy Dotrice narrating. The version I listened to has Dotrice, but his performance left something to be desired. He apparently did not listen to any of his previous work to refresh his memory. His pronunciations of names vary wildly from previous versions and his voices, particularly for Arya who now sounds like one of his old crone characters, are so off from the previous versions as to create a distraction. I think Dotrice is an excellent narrator, but he would have benefited from a refresher course on the material.
All in all, this book was a tremendous disappointment. I will go on to book 5, as I remain ever hopeful.
Everyone keeps thinking that Dotrice didn't do book four. He did! And it stinks. He changed almost all the voices to the characters. The story was great but the audio just makes me grit my teeth. Like Dull Ed going from sounding like an idiot to sounding like a whiskey drinking old man. It just stinks!
Lets hope book 5 is better.
It is fun to go into this alternate world, set in medieval type culture.
Aria Stark, she is a little girl who has had amazing experiences and unusual training.
His voice is very soothing, which is important in a long reading. Some voices were not distinctive enough, but overall good performance.
Way too long. More fun to spend time with the whole series over the summer!
You must be patient with this one, and try to keep up with all the different characters.
Perhaps when the sixth book in the series comes out on Audio. I'd be tempted to enjoy volumes 1 through 5 once again before diving headlong into Book 6. And again, before listening to the 7th. (Given Mr. Martin's penchant for having his fans wait quite some time between these brilliantly written books, I think I'd have plenty of time to listen to Mr. Dotrice's narrative between volumes!)
Not yet having finished this volume I can't rightly say. If I had to choose from amongst the characters I've come across so far, I'd have to say Arya for two reasons: First, she has survived the first three volumes -- which for this series is quite an accomplishment! Second, we can see her growing, maturing throughout the story. I quite enjoy the chapters written in her point of view.
His ability to bring to life every single character, from the all-important point-of-view characters down to the most insignificant minor players with but one or two lines.
I don't think I could. As delicious a story as it is, as with every grand meal one must take a break every now and again.
I purchased the 4th audio book in the series some time ago after having listened to the first three that were narrated by Mr. Dotrice. I was surprised to find the 4th narrated by someone else - Mr. John Lee. Having listened to Mr. Dotrice's voice over the first three volumes, to me it had become synonymous with the series. This new voice lent the book a completely different flavor. It wasn't that Mr. Lee was doing a poor job of it. On the contrary - his style lent itself to the story quite well. It's just that he wasn't I'd become accustomed to. So I set it aside for a time. When I found the versions of Books 4 and 5 that *were* read by Mr. Dotrice, I happily purchased them all immediately, started listening and haven't looked back!
My only negative comment about Mr. Dotrice's narrating would be the manner in which he portrays some of his female characters' voices. Granted, most men -- especially those with a voice like that of Mr. Dotrice -- can't be expected to pull off the voice of a 13-yr-old girl. But to make her sound the way I would expect Shakespeare's three witches to sound in Macbeth - scratchy and raw with a healthy dose of Scottish brogue -- that tends to put something of a strain on the ears.