I've been disturbed, like many, many others by the change of voices and pronunciations. However, when I read reviews from other sites, they state that this book was narrated by John Lee and not Roy Dotrice which certainly explains (but doesn't forgive) the changes. I think audible may need to do their research and confirm and then make the changes to their own database so that people can appropriately criticize the appropriate performer (who I thought was great in Pillars of the Earth).
Have a producer listen to the first books in the series to make sure there is consistency. All I can think is that it had been a long time since they recorded the first three, and Roy forgot to give a listen to his past voices on his way to the studio. You can even hear pages turning and papers moving around during the performance. Very unprofessional. That being said, it is not all that bad, just a major diversion from the first three and makes me wonder why this book costs two credits and is more expensive than the previous three.
If the reader or producer bothered to listen to the the way they pronounced names and voices in the last book.
I suppose. I do plan on completing the story and hope for closure on the characters that interest me.
The lack of progression in the overall story was terribly disappointing. George, where are the characters that you have made us care about?
This book will be a challenge for the TV Series. Too many new characters and not enough of the Stark family will not go over well with the audience.
This book feels like a stall tactic by the author. George R. R. Martin seems to keep us from the main characters in order to add another book to his collection.
People engrossed in the series.
Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey Maturin series read by Patrick Tull.
The voices were completely different from the first three books.
Disappointment! After listening to Roy Dotrice do a stunningly good job in the first three wonderful installments of this series I was disappointed in both the narration and content of this book neither of which seemed to inspired.
As one reviewer suggests, "you may choose to end the series with book three" (paraphrased) and that may be the sagest advice yet.
I love this series. To this point, I have enjoyed book 3 the most, but can't get into book 3 fast enough. I want am trying to tie up some of the loose ends. I love how Martin makes me despise and then fall in love with different characters. I am so enjoying this series as my summer reads.
Dotrice helps me identify all the different characters with his different voices. He has a great reading voice. I listen to many books on my daily commute and have stopped many books because of the readers voice. Dotrice has kept me on this series.
I love this book; I have made it thought the whole series very fast. I would like to warn you that A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons run concurrently with each other. Which drives me crazy, I would rather have a really long book with the events in order as they happened.
Aria, her path is so different from anyone elses.
In fairness to Mr Dotrice. the first three volumes with their 500+ characters were recorded at the end of 2003. Books IV and V were recorded eight years later. A huge undertaking for any narrator, as most novels have 20 or less characters.
I hope I am as vigorous and still able to work as well as Mr Dotrice when I am 90 years old. It does take a moment to reacquaint to the series, but it is not as severe as some protest.
After providing stellar narrations in the first three books, Roy Dotrice performs an about-face with A Feast for Crows. Suddenly several character voices and pronunciation of names have changed. The worst is Arya Stark who has now taken on Dotrice's distinct wildling woman voice, similar to Osha or Ygritte from earlier readings.
Such a drastic change in the narration between the books breaks suspension of disbelief and is so distracting that I've had to read the text for many of the points of view just to get though the book.
As for the book itself, the first three points of view are from characters we've never met before and aren't yet invested in. I feel it made for a poor start, and A Feast for Crows had the least enticing beginning of the first four.
A Feast for Crows is a great book, storywise. I've listened to all the books in the A Song of Ice and Fire series through Audible. The narrator for the first three books was fairly good, I was impressed he could keep all the voices so different that I could tell right away who was speaking. However, in a Feast for Crows the narrator sounded so different from the other three books, I can barely believe it is the same person. The women young and old alike all sound like ancient hags. The word/name pronunciations have me terribly confused. Main characters names are now being said very differently from both the readings of the first three books and the TV show, so it seems that they are being said incorrectly. I would be so happy if this book could be redone to the same quality as the first three. I also hope that the next book returns to the superior quality of the other books.
If you are a fan of the series this is certain worth it. The only way it could be improved would be to have a female reader for female voices but that is a bit much.