Having completed the entire audio series of A Song of Ice and Fire, I have edited all my ratings of the narrator's performance. Roy Dotrice ruined my perceptions of the characters with inconsistent character tones.
I would rather have had the books read in a monotone voice free of all inflections than listen to him make manly men sound like some whimpy teenage boy and Danny like some old crone (referencing ADWD narration).
With that being said, the series is still so damn good that I'm listening again for a second go around. I just work harder at dreaming of a world where the actors of the HBO series are providing the voices for the audio series and Dotrice only supplies the narration!
Story and performance is incredible. Roy Dotrice is an incredible narrator. So talented and I forgot that this was read to me by one person. His range is vast.
There was a small technical glitch though. There was a popping sound in Chapter 11, around the 2 min mark for about 3 minutes. Distracting but not a deal breaker.
My rating would be a 5 if it weren't for that. Everything else was great.
The series is phenomenal, and it has been such a pleasure to read, listen too. There are SO MANY characters that it is sometimes hard to remember who did what, but they way Martin covers the main characters is flawless, as is the writing. This book is great arch to a larger story. So much happens to move the story along and spread each house vying for the throne throughout the kingdom. Can't recommend this highly enough.
Roy Dotrice gives this series so much more.. I would say his gruff voice and characters give even more richness to an already amazing series.