This one was a struggle to get through at times. Ray Dotrice really mailed it in on this one. He clearly didn't reference the previous books for pronunciation and voices. I've noticed the same issue with Dance with Dragons. Outside of that, the story was rather lackluster. Leaving out the most interesting POVs and overloading the book with Cersei chapter after Cersei chapter. Part of the problem is that A Storm of Swords was absolutely epic. Captivating from beginning to the ridiculously amazing ending. This book was like ripping a fart in a snow suit. You're all excited for the outcome, you can feel the air bubble traveling up your body, only to release with no smell at all. .
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I have very much enjoyed this series of books, and would not change anything about it. Martin paints a very vivid world with his words and it is difficult NOT to become completely immersed within his written world.
The only other author within Martin's realm of writing and description is Tolkien.
Sadly, while I have enjoyed all of the myriad voices that the narrator has created for the previous books; those same voices have changed. Suddenly, voices like Lord Balish have gone from the silky smooth voice of a middle aged man to that of an older man with a much different texture and pacing. His name was also changed to Peter by the narrator. These represent two such changes that were made.
As richly as Martin has painted this world, I crave for other books. Perhaps a book out of the history of this world. I would love to hear the story of how a "King" with a small host and a few dragons conquered the seven kingdoms.
The narrator is way off, and character voices are terrible. All characters sounds like old grumpy ladies or men. It is terrible to listen to.
Great book and great story, but sadly a terrible narrator.
I liked the first 3 books and didn't like this one at all.
This one was a tedious read
Great book. Terrible Narration. Narrator can't even pronounce the names the same way in the same paragraph. Very distracting and annoying.
Like everyone else I was very thrown by the changes in Dotrice's narration of this book versus the first three. It's really disappointing when someone invests this much time into a performance and doesn't take the time to review what he'd done before. The changed voices and new pronunciations of names were very distracting and I think took a lot away from the listening experience.
I hope the publishers take all the these reviews to heart and don't let these same mistakes happen when the 6th and 7th books are recorded.
The narrator did well (well I don't love him but he was consistant) in the first three books. All of a sudden he changed the "voices" of each character from previous books. Not only that, but he wasn't even consistent through the entire narration of this book. Voices changed throughout.I haven't read the books, nor seen the show, so I'm not sure how the names are pronounced but the narrator changed his pronunciation of 2 of the names from how he used them throughout the previous three books. That was really frustrating to me.
overall i've really like the narrator for this series, but in this book the pronunciation of the names and voices he uses for the characters are inconsistent with the last three books.
The character development.
The narrator made all the character's voices sound like feeble old women. I really disliked the speaking parts.
The story's still strong and just as good as the rest of the books. My only problem is that Roy Dotrice, now 4 books in, changes up the pronunciation of the names and the voices he does each character with. It's a bit hard to change gears since he's basically just shuffled around how the characters sound. After you get used to that, it's just as good as the others.