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Roy Sets a Record

Congratulations to my friend Roy Dotrice, who has been officially awarded a world's record for his audibook performance of A GAME OF THRONES.

They sent him a certificate and everything:

(I especially like the stain on the certificate, obviously meant to suggest the ring left by a mug of Guinness Stout).

Of course, I am not sure how long this particular record will stand. In fact, I think Roy may well have broken it already with his recordings for A CLASH OF KINGS and (especially) A STORM OF SWORDS. But I will leave the Guinness people to sort that out.

And, yes, yes, we are doing all we can to make sure it is Roy Dotrice who will record the audiobook for A DANCE WITH DRAGONS. He was my choice to begin with, and remains so. So you can all stop sending me emails and messages. I'm with you.


Mar. 12th, 2011 07:49 pm (UTC)
I am so pleased that Roy is voicing the next audiobook. Great news indeed!
Mar. 12th, 2011 08:15 pm (UTC)
Wouldn't the other Roy, Mr. Avers, have won a similar record, since he read A GAME OF THRONES too?
Mar. 12th, 2011 09:17 pm (UTC)
It depends on how they judge "distinct" character voices.
Mar. 12th, 2011 09:55 pm (UTC)
Congratulations to Roy! I first 'read' Thrones via audiobook, so my love is due in no small part to him.
Mar. 12th, 2011 10:18 pm (UTC)
This makes me want to listen to the book. I just finished re-re-reading them, in prep for the new one and the show. :)
Mar. 12th, 2011 10:32 pm (UTC)
I've never counted up the characters with lines in the books, but I think it's safe to say ASoS would have more. Wonder where one can drop them a note to total up the ASOS count.

And yeah, hearing Roy reading ADwD would be terrific. Fingers crossed!
Mar. 12th, 2011 11:10 pm (UTC)
Yeh, he's really good. I wish he wouldn't talk so fast sometimes though, lol.
Mar. 12th, 2011 11:34 pm (UTC)
Ah. How is his health? I was hoping that he would have been able to play any role in the series.
Mar. 12th, 2011 11:49 pm (UTC)
Roy tells me he is fully recovered, and done with treatment.

David and Dan and I would all love to find a juicy role for him in season two. Always assuming there IS a season two, of course.
Mar. 13th, 2011 02:38 am (UTC)
And of course there WILL be a second season ...*prays*
Mar. 13th, 2011 12:47 pm (UTC)
Maester Cressen? A short role but one with a heck of a lot of impact :-)
Mar. 13th, 2011 01:07 am (UTC)
Well deserved. Oа course the quality of performance can't be measured in numbers - but if it could - Roy Dotrice would still win all the awards XD I actually was hearing his voice in my head when I was reading Feast for Crows.
Mar. 13th, 2011 02:01 am (UTC)
I wish I was hearing his voice in my head as I was listeninf to a Feast for Crows.

If Roy Dotrice were to re-record AFFC? I'd buy it in a heartbeat.
Mar. 14th, 2011 04:01 am (UTC)
Yep, same here!
Mar. 13th, 2011 03:14 am (UTC)
I'm using this to keep me company when I drive across country in a few weeks. The amusing thing is I could drive there, and back, and still not be finished with the CD. :)
Mar. 13th, 2011 03:51 am (UTC)
Will the AudioKong come at the same time as print?
They should add to the record that he did it so masterfully as well. Curious, is the release date for the Dance apply to Audio-Book version as well.

Also to anyone who has read the past books and wants a refresher before the new book is available, I highly recommend buying and listening to the Audio-Book version of the books so far in the meantime.

Oh, and it would be a real treat if we have an epilogue or prologue read by the author for the Dance as well :) Just wishing out laud.
Mar. 13th, 2011 04:44 am (UTC)
Re: Will the AudioKong come at the same time as print?
Will AudioKong be released simultaneously?

Ideally, yes. But it depends...

This was the reason Roy did not record the audibook for FEAST. My publishers were determined to release that one on the same day with the print version, but that required that the recording be done by X date, and Roy was not available by that date. He was doing a play. So another reader was hired.

This time I have made my wishes clear -- if it comes down again to a choice between having Roy as a reader, and releasing the audiobook on July 12, I want Roy. Even if it does mean a postponement.

I'm not saying it WILL come down to that. Ideally we'll have both Roy and a July 12 release. But if the scheduling doesn't work...
Mar. 13th, 2011 05:21 am (UTC)
Re: Will the AudioKong come at the same time as print?
It fills my heart with joy (and not the grey kind) that even after that terrifying update about another Kraken, you still refer to July 12. Here's to you and good ser Roy!
Trond Viggo Erlandsen
Mar. 13th, 2011 04:29 pm (UTC)
Re: Will the AudioKong come at the same time as print?
This is fantastic news. I have literally listened to hundreds of hours of audiobooks, and Roy is by far the best reader I have ever heard. It is definitely worth a wait to have him record it, if that proves necessary.
Mar. 14th, 2011 02:11 pm (UTC)
Re: Will the AudioKong come at the same time as print?
You made my day with this comment. :)
Mar. 15th, 2011 07:59 pm (UTC)
Re: Will the AudioKong come at the same time as print?
That is INCREDIBLE news. I have listened to hundreds of audio books (including Jim Dale's Harry Potter series) and no actor comes even close to Roy Dotrice. His voice added a whole new dimension to the story and truly brought it and the characters to life (just as the HBO series will!!)

I kind of just assumed that Roy would not be reading A DANCE WITH DRAGONS because of his age. Clearly, I couldn't have been more wrong! I hate to bring it up (and I'm sure that I don't have to tell you) but the FEAST audiobook was a bit of a disappointment (I gave up on the audiobook version after the prologue and instead downloaded the e-book on my Kindle). Roy's voice was such a huge part of my experience with the previous books that I could actually imagine/hear his voice for each of the characters as I was reading FEAST. So, long story short, I would be ECSTATIC if Roy read DANCE...and I wouldn't mind waiting a year for it...
Mar. 13th, 2011 12:35 pm (UTC)
A New Hero
This is excellent stuff! Treading softly into this field myself, Roy has become an instant hero and given me something to aspire to.

I salute the voice master!
Mar. 13th, 2011 02:05 pm (UTC)
Yea Yea
Game, Clash, and Storm are the only books i've ever heard on audio... when studying for my medical shelf exams i couldnt be bothered to read as it was what id be doing for 6-8 hrs in the day and i will have to agree, he did a great job, i spent many hours puffing joints and listening to him storytell staring at the ocean... great stuff very talented. didn't you guys say that he's playing aemon?
Trisha Stewart Loter
Mar. 13th, 2011 05:57 pm (UTC)
This is awesome. Although I love John Lee's reading of other books, I was so attached to Roy's voices that I was thrown off when I listened to A Feast for Crows. I would happily wait a little longer to have Roy return.
Mar. 14th, 2011 02:15 pm (UTC)
Agreed - it is hard to fault John Lee - he did a fine job with Feast, but reading the books as a series it really was tough to adjust to new voices and pronunciations. That latter drives me nuts, for example, the WoT books are read by two readers a man for male perspectives, a woman for female. Makes great sense. But think the two might sit down for lunch and agree on a set of pronunciations for minor details like character and geographical names?
Mar. 13th, 2011 06:37 pm (UTC)
Can't find them on audio!!
Where can I find them on audiobook (CD)? I've looked off and on for a couple of years, trying all major bookstores, amazon, ebay... anything I can think of!
Mar. 13th, 2011 09:54 pm (UTC)
Re: Can't find them on audio!!
Mar. 13th, 2011 11:16 pm (UTC)
Re: Can't find them on audio!!
You can also buy them from iTunes or audible.com. The cheapest option is to sign up for an audible.com membership and buy them with credits ($20-$30 per book, depending on the plan.)


I've listened to more than 100 audio books, and these books read by Roy Dotrice are among my favorites (along with Jim Dale reading Harry Potter, and Douglas Adams reading the Hitchhikers books if you can find them.)

grrm, if you have some pull with Random House, maybe you can suggest that they re-record AFfC while they have Roy for ADwD. I'd buy it a second time if he was reading it :)
Mar. 14th, 2011 01:06 am (UTC)
Re: Can't find them on audio!!
Roger Zelazny reading the Amber novels was pretty sweet as well. He wasn't a professional, and the texts were abridged (boo, hiss), but there's something wonderful about hearing the original creator bring his creation to life...
Mar. 15th, 2011 02:39 am (UTC)
Re: Can't find them on audio!!
You know, I never read the Amber series. I'll have to see if I can find these. But I'm with you on abridged books -- I'd have to read the paper books first.

Another author-read one I liked was The Golden Compass. That one was interesting because it had a full cast reading the dialog, but Philip Pullman was reading everything else. I don't think I've ever heard another book narrated like that -- I thought it worked well with these books.
Mar. 28th, 2011 02:56 am (UTC)
Re: Can't find them on audio!!
By the way, I discovered that unabridged Amber audiobooks read by Zelazny are being re-released on CD and MP3. It looks like the first 3 are available so far.

Mar. 13th, 2011 07:26 pm (UTC)
At the risk of being unpopular, I have to say that I enjoyed Roy Avers' reading a lot more than Dotrice. I do appreciate what Dotrice did (I listened to ACoK from Missouri to Arkansas when I was working there this past month), but I really preferred Avers' reading.

That said, I would prefer to keep Dotrice (assuming Avers isn't available), since he has read all the others and can infuse some subtlety since he knows and understands the characters.
Jul. 15th, 2011 11:40 am (UTC)
Re: apologies
I'm with cygmund on this. As for myself or listeners first language isn't English, Roy Dotrice's reading is more like Guinness, a bit too thick. On the other hand, Avers' reading is more like Heineken, clean clear & crisp. Easier to enjoy.
Mar. 13th, 2011 10:20 pm (UTC)
Ser Roy
Congrats to Ser Roy for the recognition of his accomplishments with the audio version of AGoT by the good folks at Guinness.Hopefully they will take the time to compare ACoK and ASoS and see in which of the 3 he does the most characters;perhaps his upcoming reading of ADwD will win.By the way anyone interested in the audio version,sorry The Guinness Book of World Records recognized audio version I should say will be interested to see that it is being re-released by the publisher at a very modest price(you can find it on Amazon for about $30-about a dollar for each disc of greatness).Hopefully there will be some awesome HBO artwork involved in the packaging.Hopefully Mr.Dotrice will be available when needed so there will be no delay in the audio version releashing July 12th alongside the novel.However I'm with you George any delay would be worth it to have ADwD read by Mr.Dotice.It would also be great to see him in season 2.Thanks.
Mar. 13th, 2011 10:47 pm (UTC)
That's awesome!!! And QUITE the feat!!
Brenda Stander
Mar. 14th, 2011 08:27 am (UTC)
Fantastic news, but what about AFfC?
Waiting a little longer for the audiobook read by Roy Dotrice, is definitely not a problem. After all we have waited many many years for ADwD, so what is a few more weeks or even months?
No, it's not the wait... the MAIN priority right now IMHO, is for a re-recording of AFfC with Roy Dotrice! Hopefully it can be released BEFORE ADwD.
Please, please Mr. Martin wield your magic wand and get it done. Your previous book was totally spoilt with the wrong reader.
BTW, have you seen the online petition for Roy Dotrice? Goodle "A Feast for Crows deserves Roy Dotrice" :).
Mar. 14th, 2011 05:32 pm (UTC)
Great to hear Roy is probably going to do it, and i too hope he can re-do a feast for crows at some point, hopefully before the last book is out
Mar. 14th, 2011 05:44 pm (UTC)
Great news and looking forward to ADwD!
I have a job where I drive around alot...and audiobooks keep me awake! I have well over 200 audiobooks under my belt and I still think Roy Dotrice is in the top 3 of readers that I've had the pleasure of listening to. These "Ice and Fire" books were one of my first audiobook experiences and Mr. Dotrice really made a good impression on me. So, thank you Mr. Dotrice!

As for AFfC...*sigh*...when I pressed play and John Lee started talking you should've seen my face! I was SO disappointed! I know it won't happen, but if Roy would record a version of AFfC...I'd be one of many to buy it up quick!

Anyway, congratulation Mr. Dotrice...you deserve it!
Mar. 14th, 2011 11:32 pm (UTC)
I Like Roy Dotrice...
...but I don't think there was anything wrong with John Lee's reading of AFFC. In fact, I quite like it. But I'm used to Lee's voice. He's the voice of the first four Aubrey/Maturin books for me (Simon Vance's voice on the others, while fine and good, sounds off to me--I suppose that's how people feel about Lee on AFFC). I look forward to the audiobook regardless. I'm sure whoever reads it will do a splendid job. Good source material will out.
Matthew Smith
Mar. 15th, 2011 02:01 am (UTC)
Roy for A Feast for Crows
Anyway we can get Roy to re record AFfC? Jim Lee is okay but Roy is THE voice of aSoIaF.
May. 23rd, 2011 09:57 pm (UTC)
Will Roy Avers do A Dance with Dragons?
I was hoping that Roy Avers would do one as well, I prefer his version over Dotrice's. John Lee did alright as well, I actually liked his reading after getting used to it.
Jul. 2nd, 2012 11:28 am (UTC)
Roy Dotrice Ice and Fire
Well done for getting this award, it may be that Roy Dotice commands over seventy voices. However its a pity that they all sound as though their ages range between 70 to 90 years and for those that have not heard him - too many sound like Winston Churchill. Lastly in any future productions, Roy could stick to the punctuation written by the author. I prefer book Four read by John Lee.

Ralph Wootton (avid fan of Ice and Fire)
Johnny Huston
Feb. 4th, 2015 06:42 pm (UTC)
Options for audio books please!!!!
Congrats the the awards, but I'm sorry Roy's voice sounds really bad these days. I know he's your friend. But couldn't we have two readers doing the audio books? I'm sure some people love Roy, myself and many others do not. His range of voices is limited due to his age. And sometimes I can't even understand what he is saying. Please George, please give us one other option to listen to your books. I have to take breaks inbeteeen chapters because I'm so annoyed at times. Please!!!!
Tanmay Kulkarni
Sep. 15th, 2015 08:52 am (UTC)
Is he going to narrate WoW?
I just can't live in peace unless I know the answer to this question- Is Roy Dotrice going to narrate the Winds of Winter(Whenever it comes out). I absolutely loved the work he did with the first 5 AudioBooks. Considering Roy is in his nineties, I am slightly worried. My dear George can you please share your thoughts?
Sep. 15th, 2015 03:46 pm (UTC)
Re: Is he going to narrate WoW?
The job will certainly be offered to him. Whether he accepts or not depends on his own schedule.


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