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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.


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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.
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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 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!!
Re: Can't find them on audio!! - dalawren - Mar. 13th, 2011 11:16 pm (UTC) - Expand
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