As everyone else has said, you really should listen to the Roy Dotrice version. I listened to the first three books narrated by him and have not even yet gotten through that prologue with John Lee and I'm giving up. His reading style is unlistenable.
I was really pleased with the narration for the first three books by Roy Doltirce. Book four, however, is not consistent with the other three books. Many of the voices change, including Arya's, Sam's and Petyr's. Even the character's names are pronounced differently. I found this very distracting and it pulled me out of the story. To be fair Roy Doltrice was 88 for the recording of the fourth book and 11 years had past since he'd recorded the other three books. All in all, I still prefer Doltrice over Lee.
The Ottawa library has two versions of this audiobook.
One is a CD version made in 2005, with bad reading.
The other is a downloadable version, made in 2011, read by Roy Dotrice (who also read all the other books in the series).
The story was really good, but the reading was horrible. He changes the voice for Petyr halfway though the reading and switched back and fourth with the pronunciation of the names.
This one seems to be an older version (done in 2005) there is a new one read by Roy Dotrice (done in 2011).
This was really hard to get into. Not only is it a different (inferior) narrator, but the story is not as enjoyable. Thank god it's short. Most of the main characters from the previous books are absent here and the new characters are boring throwaways. Honestly you could probly skip this book all together (I wish I had...)
Roy Doltrice has set the bar so high that the new reader stands no chance at all. Great series of books though. I'm going to trudge through this reading of it & celebrate when I get the fifth audiobook. Doltrice is the best.
Would not play on my computer or iphone.
The reader they used to replace Roy Dotrice in this book is almost unlistenably bad; he sounds the way people do when they pretend to be a bad actor, totally over-dramatizing every line. I have listened to all 3 of the previous audiobooks and loved them, but this one is impossible to pay attention to and not just totally zone out of.
Two stars, because the story is still great.
Thank god they're bringing Dotrice back for book five.
New Narrator. More theatrical than previous three books on tape. I liked the first three better. Story is still fantastic though I'm reading it instead.
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