After the first few chapters I had to read previous reviews. They are spot on. Dotrice's mispronunciations, according to his previous readings, and voice changes are bothersome. Many times throughout the title I had to refer to
the written copy to see who/where/what he was talking about.
I can't wait to continue the story but I'm dreading his butchery of the next tome.
A return to the Seven Kingdoms is always a pleasurable experience. I must say there were not as many enthralling storylines in Book 4 as in the previous books, and it dragged occasionally.
Book 4 is not replete with my favorite characters. Most of the characters in Book 4 are flawed villains who deserve killing and of course get their just deserts.
The narrator of this series is simply masterful. He distinguishes between a multitude of characters flawlessly while at the same time adding depth and development.
Actually, if I were making a film of the entire saga, much of this Book 4 would likely be left on the cutting room floor.
I am looking forward to Book 5.
This one gets a little boring and after listening to the first 3, the narrator changes his way a little, which is understandable for the time frame these books were released. It takes a while to get used to it but I was determined to finish this series (so far as to what's out) and I was far to invested to just stop. I still love Roy Dotrice because he still does a wonder
the narrator was awesome as always. the story was shorter than the last and didnt highlight any of my favorite characters like Tyrion and Danerys which made it a three star story for me.
The fourth installment in A Song of Ice and Fire was absolutely fantastic, but there was a small problem : no consistency. Dotrice is a fantastic narrator, but reading the fourth book he decided to toss out everything pronunciation and character voice he used in the last three books and change it up. The character voices are jarring at first but eventually you get used to it. The pronunciations are absolutely horrible however and match nothing he said previously.
The story was still fantastic and Martin really outdid himself with this chapter though. Well done.
The story, at this point in the series, is starting to feel endless and depressing, though I am still invested enough in the characters that I finished the book. The characters slog through endless hardship only to have further terrible things happen to them. You want desperately for something positive to happen for anyone, only to have another "shocking" death waiting around the corner for you. To be honest the biggest obstacle to finishing the book was Roy Dotrice's performance. Apparently, any character over the age of thirty speaks in a strange, spit-filled, toothless lisp, and women all sound like old crones. By book 5 these voices are like listening to nails on a chalkboard, especially since the story itself is starting to lag. Bottom line is this: if you are a die-hard fan of the story, the annoying performance might not bother you, but if you are iffy on the whole thing in the first place, you'd be better off getting a copy of the book to read for yourself.
I love the book. I love the story. The only part I didn't like was the fact that many of the character's voices changed from the previous books. I got used to those characters sounding a certain way, and their voice was different in this book. Along those same lines, many pronunciations of names, cities, etc., changed as well. That was a bit frustrating throughout the length of this book.