The story is OK, not as good as the first three books. However, the narration has me so confused in the story as the character name pronunciations and vocal tones have changed. I find that I am often back tracking to make sure I am listening to the right story line.
Well, I feel that I shouldn't be charged for this performance as it's completely inconsistent and the producers should be made aware before producing the books. Then, perhaps I would try again.
Yes, it would be a huge improvement from this audiobook.
Reader's be warned concerning the changes of voices and character pronunciations. Also, I find this story less interesting than the first three books and I am about half way through. Sure hope it picks up some.
The book was ok. It was a bridge to get me from Storm of Swords to Dance with Dragons. The only time I really paid attention were during the characters I knew "Jamie, Arya, Samwell, etc..."
Roy Dotrice on the other hand, sigh! It took me a long time to get over his narration at the start of the series. I finally made my peace after Game of Thrones, even began to kind of enjoy it. But at the start of this book, it was like starting all over again. He mispronounced the names, changing it every single time, even changing the pronunciation within sentences of each other (Marjorie "Te-Rule", Mace "Tie-Rell". Cat-lynn, and Kate-lynn.) His voices also don't match the other books, especially for Samwell.
What worries me is Martin is taking so long to put out these books that I fear Roy Dotrice will be 105 by the time he has to read the last book.
I think if this book were cut in half with a better reader I would have enjoyed it much much more
slow but steady
Sansa Stark? I try not to pick favorites with this series. But this character finally starts to grow and the pathos that I've known along was in there is finally coming to light. She's over shadowed in this series by her sister but I think this book makes it clear that Arya and Sansa's relationship is a foil for Jamie/Tyrion's.
I listened to A Storm Of Swords and A Game Of Thrones. I fully enjoyed his work on those, but I feel like this one was slipping. I feel like there was a lot of more Roy's voice as apposed to the characters that he had so clearly defined in the previous installments. I also feel like "young woman" "old woman" ect voices are starting to blur together. That being said there are hundreds of characters and the main character still stand out for the most part. This is the 4th 40ish hour book in a row, I'll cut him so slack.
The most politically driven of the series! Westeros Wing.
I'm glad I did this one as an audio book. It moved the slowest of the series. When I first read A Game Of Thrones I spent days reading at work. 8 hour shifts at a movie theater just enamored and obsessed. The same with the second. At least once a week I missed my bus stop because I was so consumed by the book.
This one didn't feel up to bar. I can see the larger arc building, this felt like part one of two, which was fine in its own regards, but it did feel slower.
That being said, I was thinking to myself "wow this one is moving so desperately slow" and then I was prompted to download the next 8 hour section. So Martin's slow is more of a cruise control than gridlock. The last 8 hours are the best. I'm so excited to start the next one. Which if it ends anywhere as well as AGOT, ACOK or ASOS I'm going to be chomping at the bit for The Winds of Winter.
The narration by Roy Dotrice was unbearable. I had to stop listening to it about 1/4 of the way through.
I couldnt get past the horrible narration. I couldnt even follow the story.
Lets put it this way, it could not have been worse.
I will not be purchasing the next audiobook in this series because from what I have read in the reviews, Roy Dotrices narration is even harder to listen to.
I cant imagine for the life of me why he choose to completely ruin A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons, after he did such a wonderful job with the first three books of this series.
Please re-record these!!!
Hard, Long, Necessary
God Emperor of Dune. GEoD was a long departure from the main storyline of Dune and it was hard to get through. A Feast for Crows is exactly that. It's a hard listen. But you've got to do it if you've gotten this far in the series.It's not BAD. It's just HARD to get through, because the perspectives change drastically. It wasn't until a couple of days ago when I started a Dance with Dragons, that I was delighted to find that these two books run concurrent.What makes Feast so hard to get through, is that most of the characters you've grown really attached to aren't in it... or are in it very little. The focus of this book is Dorn, and the Iron Islands and their issues. I can't recall a single scene with Bran in it, and very few with Jon Snow, or other characters we've grown to love and/ or hate.A lot of really interesting things happen though. It is a hard read, but it's a fantastic book.
I almost took a break from this series when I read all the bad review of Roy Dotrice's performance. I will say that I had some slight disappointment in the changeup of voices, or the way he pronounces certain names.It's not THAT bad though. I was expecting to be really disappointed. I'm as much an elitist/ purist as the other readers, but I got through this book, and you will too. Whereas Roy's previous performances are absolutely 10s, this one is about a 7.6. Don't be too afraid to continue the series.
A Feast for Crows... though maybe not the Crows you're expecting.
I can't say it enough. Yes, the performance isn't as good as past ones. But it is good. It is listenable, and it is worth your monthly credit.
I'm a salesman on the road. I travel 5,000 km a month. The stories keep me going. They pass the time driving from place to place.
George puts you into the story. You either hate or cheer for the characters. The ones you hate you find yourself hoping that they get what's coming to them. Lots of surprises has you go along. It never get dull.
While still an excellent story it fills like veered a little left of the original plot(s), although I am sure Martin will tie everything in somewhere.
I haven't like the narration from the start. Initially I was put off by the fact that Dotrice first can't begin to carry off a female voice and makes the numerous younger characters sound many, many years older. In fact everyone sounds like they are at least 60 years old. He uses what sounds like a mixture of British, Scotch, Welsh, and Irish accents with no apparent affect and as other reviewers have stated he often pronounces characters names differently. And in this book he does not always (ever?) use the same character "voices" he used in the previous books.
That being said while moderately annoying and perhaps less than might be expected of someone we have to listen to for a couple hundred hours, this is a distraction and not a game breaker. It is a good story but I doubt I could have ever read it as opposed to listening to it. The many characters and fairly numerous subplots are much easier to follow when you can listen to the books one after another and are much more manageable over all than say those in that unreadable mess of a epic The Wheel of Time.
Starting book 5 today which is the bottom line.
Like so many other listeners, I am so distracted by the dramatic change in narration in this book, compared to the first three in the series, that is it seriously interfering with my enjoyment of the book. Roy Dotrice used very distinctive accents, voices, and pronunciations that were consistent in the first three books. Now, in this book, they are so changed that it makes the reading jarring, unpleasant, and difficult to follow. Dotrice is a skilled enough narrator that the voices he uses really animate each character's personality, so changing the voices at this stage feels like a wholesale change to the persona of each character. It doesn't even feel like I am reading the same series. It's like when you were a kid watching the sitcom and they changed the actress that played the mother. It is disorienting and unpleasant. This narration is really disappointing, and I agree with others that Audible should insist that the producers fix this huge slight to the loyal followers of this series. The narration is sloppy, unprofessional, and maddening!
I was happy to see that Book 4 was being narrated by the same actor who did the first 3 books. That was until I started listening. Not only did the character voices change, but apparently the pronuciation of their names did too. Not to mention, names of the towns that are frequently mentioned in the storyline. For example, I loved how the narrator chose the perfect slimy, coniving voice for Littlefinger in the first 3 books. He really captured the deceitfulness of the character. In this book, he sounds more like Robert Baratheon than Littlefinger. You can't recycle a character voice like that just because the character is dead. The plot seemed flat, actionless (if you will), compared to the first 3 books. I came into the series after having watched the first 3 seasons of A Game of Thrones on HBO. I knew most of what was going to happen in most of the first 3 books, but I got them anyway so I could "read" the story as the author wrote it. Even still, I was enthralled with each book. The narrating was wonderful, and really brought audio life to the world and characters that I came to know from the TV series. All of that being said, Book 4 did have some moments that made me laugh out loud in the car by myself, or made my jaw drop. To summarize... Narrator - FAIL, Storyline - C minus
Unfortunately, I am a glutton for punishment. I have to see the story through to the end, no matter how painful it may be to listen to.
The narrator should go back and listen to the previously recorded books. He should refamiliarize himself with the characters he created through their voices, and he should be sure to pronounce their names properly.
No particular scenes were a problem for me. Some parts of the storyline just dragged on. I don't think scenes should be cut from an audiobook. It should be produced the way the author wrote it. If I wanted editing, I would only watch the TV series.