A Feast for Crows: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 4 (Unabridged)
by George R.R. Martin
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GAME OF THRONES: A NEW ORIGINAL SERIES, NOW ON HBO. Few books have captivated the imagination and won the devotion and praise of readers and critics everywhere as has George R. R. Martin’s monumental epic cycle of high fantasy that began with A Game of Thrones. Now, in A Feast for Crows, Martin delivers the long-awaited fourth book of his landmark series, as a kingdom torn asunder finds itself at last on the brink of peace . . . only to be launched on an even more terrifying course of destruction. A Feast for Crows It seems too good to be true. After centuries of bitter strife and fatal treachery, the seven powers dividing the land have decimated one another into an uneasy truce. Or so it appears. . . . With the death of the monstrous King Joffrey, Cersei is ruling as regent in King’s Landing. Robb Stark’s demise has broken the back of the Northern rebels, and his siblings are scattered throughout the kingdom like seeds on barren soil. Few legitimate claims to the once desperately sought Iron Throne still exist—or they are held in hands too weak or too distant to wield them effectively. The war, which raged out of control for so long, has burned itself out. But as in the aftermath of any climactic struggle, it is not long before the survivors, outlaws, renegades, and carrion eaters start to gather, picking over the bones of the dead and fighting for the spoils of the soon-to-be dead. Now in the Seven Kingdoms, as the human crows assemble over a banquet of ashes, daring new plots and dangerous new alliances are formed, while surprising faces—some familiar, others only just appearing—are seen emerging from an ominous twilight of past struggles and chaos to take up the challenges ahead.
Dotrice cannot get his voices straight
I have listened to the audiobooks, all with Roy Dotrice and luckily for me, Dotrice re-recorded Feast For Crows just as I was getting to book 4. I understand those who hate Dotrice--- that all the women he voices sound like old hags. And that's true, but after 120 hours, you get used to him and he DOES do a good job. That is, until this book.
Roy Dotrice cannot keep his voices straight and this flaw kills this book. Over the first three, there were some vocal variations, like Jaime Lannister sounding distinct in Book 2, and then sounding similar to Tyrion in Book 3 (which I can appreciate). In book 4, not only does Dotrice bungle voices between prior books and this book, but he bungles voices WITHIN this book.
For example, Little Finger -- a character he has voiced in all volumes has always had a sly erudite voice… and in the early chapters, he does. Midway through, Little Finger sounds like a walrus-- a gruff voice Dotrice had often reserved for characters such as Edmure Tully or Jorah Mormont. The voices are VASTLY different. The listener (me) was shocked… and I twice rewound the chapter to try to figure out if something happened to his throat (nothing did).
The following character's voices vary DISTINCTLY throughout the book: Jaime, Little Finger, Arya, Catelyn (who's name pronunciation also changes--- Dotrice pronounces it CAT-lin in books 1-3 and KATE-lin in book 4-- I don't care which is proper, I care about being freaking consistent), Hyle Hunt (whose voice changes seriously between one POV chapter to the next), Eddard (in a flashback scene) . All in all -- this problem is far from tiny--- it is wide sweeping.
Like many people here, I listen to a lot of audiobooks… Quality is important.. Voicing characters well and consistently is crucial lest the listen become extremely confused. Dotrice cannot be solely to blame. Wasn't there a director? Wasn't there a person listening to Dotrice speak into the microphone who could have said, "hey Roy? You know, you've voiced Petyr Baelish a whole bunch of times in the last three books, and you never used that voice…. just saying.."
The team who produced this audiobook, all involved, should really be ashamed. And I cannot think that anyone who has listened to the epic thus far will fail to notice this problem. John Lee's version may be the way to go.
Thanks for listening to the readers!
I am so pleased that book 4 was rerecorded with the original narrator! Downloading now!! :)
Great Book - Terrible Reader
The book, although the driest in the Song of Fire and Ice Series, is excellent and holds all you might expect from George R.R. Martin.
The narrator on the other hand, is unabashedly horrible. The reader makes an effort to give the characters voices, but leaves the listener wishing he hadn't. Every character from Arya to Jaimie seem to be Scottish with deep voices, and the little variation between them, the reader cannot seem to keep straight. This makes conversations next to impossible to follow, as you cannot tell the difference between the speakers or even if a character is thinking or actually vocalizing something or if the reader just changed his voice.
The only thing worse than the reader's voices are his pronunciation of people and places, which he also cannot keep straight. Brienne starts chapters as Bry-een only for Brie-anne to appear in the middle. Names where the pronnounciation seems obvious, and agreed upon, (Illyn, Hotar, etc.) are butchered often beyond recognition.
Reading the book is a much better alternative to listening to this, but if you need the audiobook, prepare to spend hours wishing the publisher had found someone else to read it.