old lyme, CT, United States | Member Since 2008
This is the type of series that endures, and James Marsters brings that series to life like no other.
The audio performance was spectacular (particularly the voice of TIm), and overall the story was just fun. It never got too into itself and stuck to what it was--a sci fi romp.
I don't ordinarily write reviews (out of three years as an Audible customer this is my first), but I was aggravated by A Feast for Crows. This ranks my least favorite out of the first four in the series.
I'm only halfway so I can't say what I liked best yet.
The performance is part of the reason I'm commenting at all. Read by Roy Dotrice, who did the first three, he is generally on point except for this odd Scottish inflection he started banging out at random times. It's fine with some characters (characters that he's been doing the inflection since book 1), but now Aria now sounds like a Scottish crone when she sounded completely different in the first three. It's fine to muck up minor characters whose names we can barely remember anyway, but when it comes to the key characters, let's be consistent. And please, please stop the Scottish inflections.
I didn't want to listen to it all in one sitting, but I would've liked the book to be longer. A Storm of Swords was nearly 14 hours longer.
I haven't yet finished so perhaps my opinion will change, but overall I'm disappointed, both by the story itself and the narrator. The story is branching off into new characters, which is great, but it's completely ignoring the ones we love (Aria, the Imp, Jon Snow, Dragon Momma, and Bran). The narration is getting difficult to handle. I may read the next story and avoid the audio version altogether. I still give this generally high stars as the series itself is phenomenal, the characters memorable, and Roy Dotrice is generally excellent. Unfortunately, I couldn't give it a perfect score because it's lacking compared to the first three.
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