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.
Roy Dotrice's variety of voices can be off putting at first in relation to the character, but once you get past that and accept the voices for what they are it becomes quite an entertaining audio.
I'm going to get the next book despite Roy Dotrice because I'm a huge fan of the books.
Anyone who can do both male and female voices. Mr. Dotrice is great for old men's voices, but every in else sounds like an old man too. It's really difficult to tell the character's apart.
Roy Dotrice is horrible in this book.
So many new characters and a lot happens in Dorn, so there's a lot to get used to. All this is subverted by the horrible performance of Roy Dotrice.
It's clear that he didn't use a concordance, which makes him unprofessional at best and a cheesy hack at worst. Important characters' (Arya, for example) voices have changed radically so you can't recognize them anymore; pronunciation of names have changed from previous books; and he's inconsistent with all of the above, even within chapters. It's a horrible performance in every way possible and it makes getting through all the new characters and settings a chore almost not worth enduring. He never had much dimension to begin with, but this is just lame. I would expect a more professional performance from an elementary school drama club. Seriously, the performance is so bad that it's a distraction and almost made me give up on the series.
It is part of the Game of Thrones series.
Fire Roy Dotrice. He's a hack. Unforgivably horrible performance.
Before listening to this book, I was wary based on the negative reviews surrounding Dotrice's performance. For the life of me, I can't seem to figure out what all the fuss is about. While some of the voices may be different from previous recordings, the performance is no less engaging. It took a few chapters to get used to some of the changes, but I found that they did not detract one bit from the story. The range of voices that Dotrice is able to provide, especially at the age of 88, is incredibly impressive and engrossing.
The story is notably slower than the previous book, with several key characters missing - their story is told in ADWD. While much of the book is set-up and character development, it is an engrossing listen which paves the way for much of the action in ADWD (and presumed action in TWOW).
I'm only on the 4th chapter, but as I am listening I'm having to rewind quite a bit to keep track of who's talking. All the characters sound almost alike to me, and all the women sound like old men. If he doesn't specifically say who's talking, like back and forth conversations, I have a really hard time telling that he has even switched characters. I'm not far enough into the story to truly comment on that, but so far I'm really enjoying it, though it took a while for me to get into it because of the new characters and setting of this book.
No. I felt they all sounded the same, and it was very hard for me to keep them straight. I'd have rather heard different narrators (women for the women, men for the men) to help me. As it is, the women sound like old men.
I will continue listening as this is what I listen to on my walk, but I will also be reading the Kindle book at night to keep things straight. Essentially, I will have listened to and/or read this book more than once by the time I'm done.
I can't for the life of me why Roy changed Arya's voice to sound like an old craven witch. ARYA IS A CHILD! Besides, you can't just go changing peoples voices for no reason. Very irritating. I hope this foes not continue in the next book.
Sorely in need of an editor. Felt like he was writing just to keep the book a certain length.
There was some added context and back story to some of the previous books lesser and fringe characters ..but not worth the hours of slogging it took to get there
it was like he started narrating this book first...then the first three
well, it is a series.
This was a painful slog of a listen...the story bogged down in uninteresting back channels..the narrator seemed to lose interest in the book himself...
The story is wonderful and I enjoy the series
Character and depth
In the first three audio books the performance was consistent across each, suddenly in the fourth book it's as if all the actors where changed. Dotrice maintains some of the same voices, however major characters now sound completely different. Arya is not longer the young girl she was in books 1-3 she is now an aged British wench. Little Finger is no longer the sly and smooth man he was, he morphed into a gruff sea faring man. Even the pronunciation of names has changed Catelyn has become Katelyn, the list goes on and on.
The story is there, the characters are wonderful as always but I can't stress enough how jarring the voice changes are.
I hope the publishers make sure Dotrice listens to his past performances before recording any new books to maintain some form of consistency.
I'd read a lot of complaints about the story itself--some people accused Martin of getting Jordanitis ("the predilection of fantasy authors to fetishize their universe, forgetting to advance the story") and I think there was a little bit of this, but if you've read the WOT series, there is no comparison. Some of the new characters were actually kind of interesting, as Martin was usually able to tie their POV into the main story line.
Overall I enjoyed this book, although the pacing was slow, I would recommend it (and if you've gotten this far, you're obviously going to keep reading).
Roy Dotrice should honestly be ashamed of this narration--he is so bad in many instances I was literally laughing out loud at how horribly he butchers his pronunciation of a name. In one sentence it will be "KATE-lynn" and then in the ver next next sentence it will be "CAT-lynn." BRI-een will be BREE-anne, and don't get me started on the all of the different iterations of Melisandre. I'm guessing the production team wasn't paying attention during the reading, or maybe Roy was recording this all along in his basement? Either way it detracted from the experience.
Listen to it...you know you're going to anyways