J. Cano

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  • A Dance with Dragons

  • A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 5
  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
  • Length: 48 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,764
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,224
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,197

Dubbed the American Tolkien by Time magazine, George R. R. Martin has earned international acclaim for his monumental cycle of epic fantasy. Now the number-one New York Times best-selling author delivers the fifth book in his spellbinding landmark series - as both familiar faces and surprising new forces vie for a foothold in a fragmented empire.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A tale of two publishers:

  • By J. Cano on 07-31-11

A tale of two publishers:

3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-31-11

I bought and listened to all 5 volumes of this series recently. I was pleased to see that Roy Dotrice was returning as the reader for book 5. That was until I began listening. I can only assume that Mr. Dotrice and his director chose not to reacquaint themselves with the voices he used for various characters in the first 3 books. Is there a more egregious audiobook flaw than to have the same performer radically change voices for characters across volumes?

I wondered how this could happen. Looking back over the descriptions, I see the first 3 books were published by Books On Tape with Random House audio while books 4 (narrator change!?) and 5 (return of Dotrice but no voice / character continuity) were Random House only.

I give book 5 4 stars for story but only 1 star for shabby audiobook direction/production. I think Dotrice is a fine reader but the change in character voices is unforgivable. If I was in charge I would have Books On Tape re-record books 4 and 5 with Dotrice as narrator but make sure the director takes care to maintain voice / character continuity.

548 of 576 people found this review helpful

  • A Scanner Darkly

  • By: Philip K. Dick
  • Narrated by: Paul Giamatti
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,660
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,315
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,315

Bob Arctor is a dealer of the lethally addictive drug Substance D. Fred is the police agent assigned to tail and eventually bust him. To do so, Fred takes on the identity of a drug dealer named Bob Arctor. And since Substance D, which Arctor takes in massive doses, gradually splits the user's brain into two distinct, combative entities, Fred doesn't realize he is narcing on himself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Drugs are bad

  • By Randall on 04-25-09

great production quality

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-11-08

Enough as been said about the actual book being good. I'd like to chime in that the production quality is great! The reader is good and the sound quality is great!

5 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • The Pickwick Papers, Volume 1

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Patrick Tull
  • Length: 17 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 164
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 80

Meet Mr. Samuel Pickwick, luminous presence, general chairman and member of the Pickwick Club, an organization devoted to meeting good friends, sharing good stories and spreading good cheer. Join Mr. Pickwick and his friends Mr. Snodgrass, Mr. Jingle and all the rest in Part One of their adventures, which include: the first day's journey, an old-fashioned card party, the action of Bardell against Pickwick, and Christmas.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pickwick Papers

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-29-03

great story, poor sound quality

3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-19-07

I have actually listened to this book from on cassette several years ago and enjoyed it. The sound quality with the original cassettes was never great but the sound quality is very disappointing. While making the book available in format 3 or 4 might provide only modest gains in sound quality, any improvement would be worth the increase in file size. The poor sound quality makes me wonder how digitizes the original recordings: does provide high quality master tapes or does simply take any old consumer cassette and digitize that.

The story is a great one (although it doesn't really take off until a few chapters after Sam Weller joins the story) and Patrick Tull is a great reader. If you can stand the poor sound quality this is a great (although uneven in parts) Dickens book and one of my favorites.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful