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And so did I, for that matter.

Good news for all you audiofans out there.

Bantam has informed me that world record holder Roy Dotrice has been signed to read the audiobook of A DANCE WITH DRAGONS. Schedules are being set even as I type.

Roy has always been my first choice as reader, and always will be. He did a great job with the first three books in the series, setting that world record along the way, and I know he will delight us all with DANCE as well.

And it's in no small part thanks to all of you. After FEAST came out, I received hundreds of emails wanting to know why Roy was not the reader and demanding his return. So now he's back.

We aim to please.


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Mar. 26th, 2011 02:12 am (UTC)
Great news!
Mar. 26th, 2011 02:17 am (UTC)
Yay! Great news!
Mar. 26th, 2011 02:19 am (UTC)
Roy Dotrice
I have read and listened to all the books several times. I love listening to Mr. Dotrice read the first three books.

But, try as I might, I have a very difficult time listening to FfC. I am sure he is a good reader. But, he is no Roy Dotrice.

Thank you all involved in securing Roy Dotrice to read DANCE. And, thank you Mr. Martin for Righting such a wonderful epic.
Mar. 26th, 2011 02:26 am (UTC)
excellent news!
Thanks for the update on this George, made my day.
Mar. 26th, 2011 02:29 am (UTC)
Comment and Quesiton
C: Ser Dotrice has truly badass facial hair.

Q: What is the medal on his lapel?
Mikael Granhaug
Mar. 26th, 2011 08:06 am (UTC)
Re: Comment and Quesiton
It looks like the badge for Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Re: Comment and Quesiton - hippoiathanatoi - Mar. 26th, 2011 11:52 am (UTC) - Expand
Mar. 26th, 2011 02:31 am (UTC)
For me, this man IS the voice of Westeros.
Mar. 26th, 2011 02:49 am (UTC)
Oh, he looks *wonderful* :)

I've always loved Roy - first I loved his daughter - Karen - and then Roy (Beauty and the Beast, of course).

This is *fabulous* news!
Mar. 26th, 2011 02:56 am (UTC)
Excellent News
John Lee is a great reader but I really wasn't looking forward to a new Tyrion voice.
Mar. 26th, 2011 03:03 am (UTC)
Personally I loved Jon Lee.
Mar. 26th, 2011 03:31 am (UTC)

I'm so thrilled he'll be back!!!!
David Fruchter
Mar. 26th, 2011 04:51 am (UTC)
Roy is the best, no doubt. But I thought the guy who did FFC did a fine job once I got into his rhythm.
Mar. 26th, 2011 05:25 am (UTC)
Can't you just get Roy...
to re-record Feast? would it be so bad to have two sets of audio books for Feast?

I think for Continuity, it would be important for people to have the complete audio book set with one reader... assuming Roy isn't retired by the time the final two books are released.
Mar. 26th, 2011 10:43 am (UTC)
Re: Can't you just get Roy...
I wonder if it would be possible to make this happen if the fans got together to pay the costs through Kickstarter or similar? I'd be in…
Re: Can't you just get Roy... - diabhol - Mar. 28th, 2011 02:34 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: Can't you just get Roy... - trutwijd - Mar. 26th, 2011 01:42 pm (UTC) - Expand
Mar. 26th, 2011 05:39 am (UTC)
That's my reaction to this wonderful news.I've got nothing against John Lee,a fine narrator who I have enjoyed listening to reading Dickens and other classics.But when I listened to him reading AFfC after having been enthralled by Ser Roy's performances of the first three books,I found it hard to adapt.I was glad that Tyrion went Awol for AFfC as I can't imagine anyone else doing his voice except maybe Peter Dinklage.Hopefully this doesn't put the release of the audio book beyond July 12,but if it does it is well worth it.Thanks for the great news. P.S Is there any chance of Ser Roy reading AFfC.I signed the petition.
Mar. 26th, 2011 05:42 am (UTC)
I'm glad to hear Mr. Dotrice is reading the new book, but I do kind of feel bad for John Lee (who read FfC). It's hard not being the first voice everyone associates with a character. I've heard him do some other books, too -- his version of "The Count of Monte Cristo" is wonderful.

I wonder if now we'll get comparisons between the voicework for the books and the TV versions of the characters?
Mar. 26th, 2011 07:15 am (UTC)
Any update on Roy's health? Last I heard was when he had to give up his role in the TV show, and was scheduled to undergo some kind of treatment. Hope he's feeling better, and maybe he'll be in Season 2 (Maester Cressen?).
Mar. 26th, 2011 08:17 pm (UTC)
That would be great if his health has improved enough to be in season 2. I do know of other actors who retire from the screen but continue to do voiceovers for their health, so I'd be interested to know if that's what's going on in Dotrice's case.
Steinar Opphus
Mar. 26th, 2011 07:54 am (UTC)
Best news I've heard in weeks!
I only wish they would re-release A Feast for Crows as well, with Roy Dotrice as the reader. John Lee is a good reader as well (I've enjoyed some of the other books he's read), but he really pales in comparison to Roy Dotrice.

But now I'm looking even more forwards to A Dance with Dragons! I can't wait!
Mar. 26th, 2011 07:55 am (UTC)
Oh, my, what a dashing photograph of Mr. Dotrice. And hooray to hear he'll be reading DANCE!
Mar. 26th, 2011 11:45 am (UTC)
I'm so happy to read this news! In preparation for Dragons, I've been listening to the audio novels and am up to about 1/4 the way through Storm of Swords (by the way, I highly recommend this way of refreshing your memory of the series; there are so many details that I apparently glossed over in reading that for some reason are brought to the fore in listening; it's almost like reading them for the first time again). After all the negative comments about John Lee, I'm rather dreading listening to A Feast for Crows. Like samwise_tarly implies above, though, since nearly all my favorite characters aren't in AFFC, it probably won't be too traumatic.
Opal [blogspot.com]
Mar. 26th, 2011 12:41 pm (UTC)
Great news! Roy Dotrice has done an AWESOME job with his reading. He brings your characters to life, and has just the right touch. He's a sensitive, masterful reader.

I strongly disliked John Lee's reading. I thought he had a snarky tone, as if the whole thing was a joke, and he didn't display insight and sympathy in his vocalization of the characters.
Mar. 26th, 2011 01:58 pm (UTC)
Mar. 26th, 2011 02:17 pm (UTC)
Book 4 Reread
This is good news! What would be even better news is to get him to do a reading of A Feast For Crows. I'm sure Mr Lee is a fine narrator overall but listening to him read the last book totally took me out of it. I can't say for certain but I'd wager that an audio version of A Feast For Crows read by Mr Dotrice would probably be both a profitable and worthwhile venture.

Just as Michael Kramer and Kate Redding will always be the voices of the Wheel of Time series to me Roy Dotrice will always be THE voice of A Song of Ice and Fire.
Mar. 26th, 2011 07:02 pm (UTC)
Re: Book 4 Reread
Absolutely. Don't stop with Roy Dotrice reading a ADwD. Have him re-read AFFC as well. I will buy them both on day one.

Mar. 26th, 2011 02:59 pm (UTC)
Fantastic News. I am glad he is healthy enough to do it!
Mar. 26th, 2011 04:59 pm (UTC)
Such wonderful news!
Mar. 26th, 2011 05:11 pm (UTC)
Best news I've heard all day!
Mar. 26th, 2011 05:12 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah, and you announced this on my special day. Awesome birthday present George! Thanks!
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