If you've made it to A Feast for Crows, book 4 of the series, then you're most likely already very committed to this world and these characters. Returning to this world, with the masterful help of Roy Dotrice, was like curling up in a warm, comfortable blanket.
I especially enjoyed the introduction and portrayal of Braavos. It feels like a real place, and different from any of the previous locations we've been to so far. I didn't quite feel the same way about Oldtown or Dorne.
Dotrice's Euron Greyjoy is a pleasure to listen to. I also love the warmth & wisdom that comes through in his Aemon Targaryan.
The biggest issue I have is with Brienne and Samwell, who are arguably the main heroes of this book. Even with their socially-awkward natures, they're both high-born & well educated. I don't think that aspect comes across often enough, both in the writing and in Dotrice's portrayals.
It took some time for me to adjust to the fact that there were several familiar characters and story lines completely absent from this book. I was a bit hesitant to absorb some of the new characters and places because I couldn't stop wondering why we weren't visiting some of the old familiar ones I was anxious to hear from.
I soon found out that these missing pieces would be filled in book 5, A Dance With Dragons. Martin had written a book so long, that it had to be split into 2 "smaller" books. He chose to divide it by character and location, rather than a chronological split, so we get some characters in this one, and the rest in the next. If I'd known that going in, I think I would have relaxed and enjoyed myself more.
Arya in particular was a character I wanted to get more of in this book. She was present, as was Sansa, but not nearly as much as Sam, Brienne, Jaime and Cersei. Arya's story felt fresh and exciting, but we only got a small taste of it. The Stark family was the heart of the first 3 books, and here they were largely missing.
In all, I'd say that this book has a slower pace and far fewer major plot developments in comparison with the intense Storm of Swords. It feels like a breather while we wait for the next big thing to happen. That, combined with the issue of missing/less-interesting characters is why I've "only" given it 4 stars.
Yes. It grabs you and won't let you go.
The wealth of characters and depth of the stories.
Yes, but it is so long, would be impossible.
No. I am not going to read any more of the series unless and until it ends and then only if it ends soon.
It keeps adding characters and has gotten to the point where it is a soap opera that will continue without closure.
I didn't find anything of notable goodness in the performance but did find the voices distracting.
Stop reading the series because it has become a chore to follow. Some individual story lines aren't even brought out and others only once in the entire epic volume.
The continual adding of story lines and characters while abandoning others has destroyed what started as a good thing. What ever happened to the little Stark and his wolf? A whole character set and story line not visited once in this book.
Roy dotrice really disappoints on this one, changing the pronunciation of the same names from the previous three books and even with sentences.
Roy Dotrice's performance was absolutely spot on again. Loved it.
I think that three of the most enjoyable characters are missing from this book, and the story doesn't progress as well because of it. I would have liked to have seen Tyrion, Jon, and Daenerys continue in this book, but sadly they do not. If you listen to this book and the next one (Dance With Dragons) back-to-back though, you will get the whole story.
Roy Dotrice's performance brings all of the characters to life, and his pauses and dramatic elements also add a whole lot to the otherwise slower storyline.
The story still fascinates, but frankly,the jumps from one character's storyline to the next are too short and disconnected. There are so many characters that Mr. Dotrice is plainly struggling to distinguish one from another, especially the female characters. The books should be re-recorded with about 4 narrators, at least one of them female. Having said that, I have enjoyed the series very much and have started listening to the 5th book over the weekend.
Also looking forward to the 3rd television season in a few weeks!
This is the fourth book in the series that I have listened to. The lack of mention of certain characters from the first three books as well as the unprofessional way that Roy Dotrice failed to act out the voices of some of the other characters left me unable to fully concentrate on the story. I will not purchase the fifth book.....
It was a space filler, buy but don't expect the same great stories.
I think this book was just a space filler, something to sell in between the "real" story.
Can't wait to get into book 5! Every time I think I have the plot direction figured out.....I am surprised. As of now I have NO idea what is going to happen and I find that very refreshing. Great series. Outstanding narrator.
The author is prolix and tedious. Too many details in otherwise irrelevant matters and goes very deep in the lineage of characters of tertiary importance.
Keep the pace of previous books.
A Feast for Crows it is. This book is cluttered with the lineage description of unknown or otherwise secondary or tertiary characters that have no relevance for the story whatsoever. Prolix and tedious, this book is thirty-two hours of listening with a few scattered relevant events that no doubt are a must know for those planning to continue to the fifth book. So to answer the questions I had in mind before using my credit on this book: Should I listen to it? Yes, you have too. Shall I enjoy it? Mostly no. The narrator is still Roy Dotrice but in some parts he is off. He does a good job but not at the level we are used to. The voice of some characters has changed big time, like that of Little Finger whose voice in the previous books was perfectly matched to the personality of the character. I hope the next one is better.