Oh, Roy Dotrice, how I've missed you. I feared you might have taken a cue from your audience and actually put an end to those funny voices and that terrible reading style, but much to my delight, you didn't learn a thing!
This time round we're treated to the most offensive voices yet! Tywin Lannister's brand-new speaking style makes even the most outrageous imitation of William Shatner seem mundane and ordinary, and makes the listener cringe at every disjointed phrase. In Jamie Lannister, we have Tyrion's older brother in truth: he seems to have adopted the same bizarre accent whose inspiration can only have come from the oldest living person on earth whose mother hails from Ireland and his father from Pakistan. The scribe at Astapor sounds like the most backward, offensive 40s-era imitation of an Oriental, to which no ordinary person could possibly hope to suffer through without either a drink or earplugs. Or both.
Best of all: while characters in the novel typically refer to Arstan as "Whitebeard", Roy Dotrice prefers the more affectionate "Whitebread." Yes, he actually said that, and yes, in his unfailing arrogance (or ignorance), it did not occur to him to go back and reread the passage.
Be sure not to miss all your other favorite Roy Dotrice quirks--mispronunciations, bizarre rhythms, odd pauses and toothless old men's voices! Listen as Roy reads his very first book in English out loud, for a stipend!
And never forget--you actually paid money for this.
I am a huge fan of this series and is author. I've read it twice and now I just listen to it when I'm driving. Just can't get enough of this massive story.
The narrator is a little annoying, but the writing makes up for it.
I really like the narrator that was chosen for this book series. He has done very well bringing the Song of Ice and Fire to life! And all the twists and turns that Martin has... bravo, my good Sir!!
Simply better than video and better than reading the book, Roy Dotrice brings his remarkable vocal skills to produce a truly magical experience, in the ancient tradition of the story teller.
Former Newspaper Sports Editor and avid reader and listener. Love Fantasy, Thrillers, Mysteries, Historical Fiction, and more.
"A Song of Ice and Fire" is by far my favorite series but this is hands down the best of them all.
The political shifts of power and the way George R.R. Martin is unafraid to take chances (or kill them) with his major charactors.
Tyrion Lanister is my all time favorite charactor in not only fantasy but in all of fiction. Tyrion's wit is spectacular.
All of this coupled with Roy Dotrice narration makes this an amazing worth credit adventure. Must read for fans of fantasy and I will say anyone else.