Yes. Roy Dotrice has a phenomenal voice and uses several different voices to help the reader tell the difference between all the many characters in George R R Martin's riveting and complex stories.
I have several, but probably the one that just barely outshines the other is Ygritte. She's fiery, wise, knows what she wants and will go for it unless she sees fit to do otherwise, knows herself and her world, and I love her favourite line, "You know nothing, John Snow." :)
Character voices and pronunciation are very important to keeping all the many characters straight and bringing the story to life.
The War of Five Kings and the War of the Wall
It was disheartening to hear Roy Dotrice suddenly change how he pronounced certain names from one book to the next (e.g. Catelyn Stark was pronounced with a short "A", and now is pronounced with a long "A", and Petyr Baelish was pronounced Peh-tie-er, and is now Peet-er), as well as not always using the same voice for the same character from one time to the next. It seems as though, as the series goes on, the number of different voices has decreased, and many of those voices are rather unpleasant to listen to, even if the character is not supposed to be unpleasant. Old people, for instance, tend to all have one of about three voices, and since there are a lot of old characters, this can get annoying rather quickly.
this is a great book ruined by a horrible narrator. All the women sound like they are chain smokers. Every man sounds alike. and the "foreign" people sound like they have had their tongues nailed to their teeth. This needs to be redone with a actual cast.
It seems impossible to choose one book from the series to be the best. I listened to this book after reading it through the first time and was shocked f the sheer volume of events that take place.
Chances are if you've gotten this far in the series this book will convince you to see it through to the end.
The author, Martin, will unabashedly kill off main characters that you have grown attach to. So, be prepared. A lot of characters are killed off in this book.
Sheesh...Okay...let me preface by saying, I don't really enjoy books that go out of their way to shock their readers. I think many people read these books just to see unexpected characters die, and not for the actual story. Martin creates a very convincing world in the Game of Thrones world.
Now I won't even lie and say that it's not exciting. It is...especially with the epilogue of this book. In fact I'm eager for book 4. The characters he spins are very real, but he falls into the trap that many do, in giving a constant advantage to the under dog. Or giving godly clairvoyance to characters that always manage to escape the odds.
This effect wears thin... So much so it becomes easy to predict. For example, Tyrian goes on trial on punishment of death. I knew he wasn't going to die. Whenever a character is up against staggering odds, he or she will find a way to win. This takes the impact out of it really. Book two made a habit of this as well. I like my books to have a 'balanced' playing field for all characters and situations.
Despite this, there were many things that Book 3 did right, the usual Martin faire... invested time in character development, which is always useful. The pacing is well kept, even though these books are very long, they seem to go by pretty quick. And one of my favorite pieces, is Martin's use of names. Gosh there are a lot, but each one sounds distinct.
I enjoy the series, but I think he focuses a bit too much on how to 'wow' the reader rather than on a realistic story. Despite that though, I enjoyed the book, and really can't wait to start the 4th..
Any speculative history with dragons and I'm there. Great story, plots, well-developed characters, etc. No hollywood here; you become invested in a character who can be killed off at any moment.
A narrator should be asked to review their previous work if there has been a layoff between readings. I can understand if a prisoner spends long enough in the north he may develop a northern accent, but it is annoying when a character's inflection shifts from a regular northern accent in the first two books into a highly distinct Winston Churchill imitation in the third book; I am pulled out of the story and focus on the accent each time I hear it. Hoping this is corrected for the remainder of the series.
In my opinion, yes - only because I can listen to audiobooks while sitting in traffic and with two little kids at home, I never have time to sit and read.
Jon Snow is probably my favorite character. After following him since the beginning of the series, it's easy to like him and struggle with many of the challenges that he faces.
Probably Tyrion Lannister.
HBO has already taken care of it.
This is only my first time through the series, but so far my favorite. "A Storm of Swords" was full of action, plot & character development, and despite the length, a great read through from start to finish.
It is probably well known that this book has the (in)famous 'red wedding' and even though I knew something big was going to happen to some unknown major characters, I was still in shock when it actually happened. I think for people to be upset about it only goes to show the incredible job that Martin has done in crafting his characters and allowing the reader to become so attached.
This book alone makes re-reading the entire series worth while.
Pros: in a strange way the character deaths were the best part of the books, only because it evokes such a strong response from the reader.
Cons: there were a few scenes that were sexually graphic and I did not care for.
Bottom line: so far the best in the series and draws the reader in from start to finish.