This is the weakestest story line of the first four novels I have read so far. While the first three were fast paced highly interesting. This fourth is far from a feast., instead it is a slow plodding and not very interesting but picks up a bit at the end. I hope the rest are more like the first three.
Among the top 20...
Development of the characters.
I cannot choose...
Not just one, but several...
Martin weaves an excelent yarn.
Interesting, Entertaining, and Slow
All of the characters from Dorne because they had an interesting and entertaining perspective.
The performance was good, however some characters sounded different than the previous books.
Not together. I like Martin, and I loved Dotrice's narration for the first 3 books -- but his narration in Feast for Crows is horribly disappointing. All the characters we've come to love based on his brilliant narration are LOST to us in this book because neither he nor his producers bothered to ensure consistency. Names are pronounced differently, accents are changed dramatically and main characters' voices are way off the mark. Having just listened to the first three books in a row, I couldn't make it through this. Roy Dotrice has his own website and is/was a wonderful actor -- but maybe, at 86 years old, he can't "wing it" on narrations like he used to.
By completely changing all his characterizations, one is left completely at sea. It's sad, because his wonderful reading of the prior three books is what allowed me to keep track of Martin's extremely complex plot and dozens of characters. But this "new" Dotrice is so jarring that all it's making me do is wish I'd never started the 4th book and let the series end, for me, with number 3.
First of all, I love the Game of Thrones series. And second, I loved the narration of the first three books. This book, however, it increasingly difficult to get through. Roy Dotrice, who had done such a great job giving the characters personality and sometimes voices, has all but ruined the story. He mispronounces names and places which he himself already established in the prior books, sometimes flipping back and forth between pronunciations several times within the same chapter! Catelyn Stark is sometimes it's CAT-lynn, (for all of books 1-3) and now she's KATE-lynn. The last three books had Petyr Baelish as Peh-TIRE, but now he's PEE-ter... Bry-EEN, BREE-ann, Bry-ANNE... please just pick one!! Book four begins a little more difficult with the addition of so many new characters, it makes it harder to follow when you're not sure who some of the old (MAIN CHARACTER) are. The character mispronunciations and the changes in the pre-established voices disrupt the flow of the story. I am surprised that Audible allowed this to pass as it is.
Someone, ANYONE, with some consistency!
The story is still good, but I must admit I don't find it as exciting as I did when reading the first 2-3 books. I'm not desperate to read more whenever I stop listening, as I was with the other books.
Quite a few new characters are introduced, and at times I'm a bit bored and don't manage to follow who they are and what they're up to. And some of the characters that I really want to hear more about are not much involved.
Dotrice's reading is still good, and he manages to give each character their own personality through the way they speak. However having just listened to the other books, it's a bit annoying that the characters don't sound the same as they did in the previous book. Obviously he has forgotten what dialect and sound he gave them. And also the pronunciation of some of the names have changed between the books. These are however minor things. In general I think he does a really good job!
And even though I think that the story is slowing down I have moved on to the next book, so it can't be that bad!
Martin decidedly phoned this one in; it's almost as though another author snatched the typewriter at the outset. The main problem is that Martin is increasingly long-winded ... and long-winded about events and characters readers of the series could care less about.
Nothing happens. Nothing. The four most interesting (arguably, at least) characters - Tyrion Lannister, Daenyres Targaryan, Jon Snow, and Stannis Baratheon - appear *not at all* in this tome. New plotlines appear, seemingly out of left field, and completely take over the story - and none of them are terribly interesting.
I told a friend who's also reading the series that he could save himself $8.99 by listening to my five-minute summary of the events in the book. And it would be a dull five minutes, at that.
I got into the series by watching the excellent GAME OF THRONES on HBO. Something tells me season 4 of the TV production is just going to skip right over this turkey. Nobody at HBO is dumb enough to lose there jobs by putting this book on my TV screen.
Everything. Mr. Dotrice isn't the problem, and makes a top-shelf effort at making a dull book seem interesting.
Boredom. If I had been reading FEAST FOR CROWS on paper, I'd have skimmed ahead over and over.
DANCES WITH DRAGONS had better be a barn-burner.
I just don't understand what happened to the narrator between the first three books and Feast for Crows. He had a lovely series of accents for each of the characters and was consistent with almost all of them. But in this book he changed the accent for pretty much every character - sometimes in the middle of the book! He also apparently couldn't remember how to pronounce the names and decided to just switch it up in the hopes of getting it right half the time. It's intensely frustrating. He was a wonderful narrator for the first three books but he just couldn't get it together for this one.
The text, meanwhile, is a serious disappointment. It gets heavily involved in a lot of fairly boring sideplots - I'm about halfway through the book and we still haven't heard anything of Tyrion or Daenarys, who I thought were the most interesting - and overall is moving at a rather tectonic pace. I have given up on this book - what a waste of time and money.
Better Narration would have made this better but at last save yourself time and energy.
scott card or anyone else!
all of them
This was long and drull, George Martin spent way too much time on details and feelings to pad the length of the book. And in the end nothing really interesting happens until the final hour. The first 3 books are fantastic, the 3rd being my favorite, but this felt like a "bridge" per say in the story, I have no idea how HBO will make a watchable TV show out of this book in 2014. Too much time was spent on the Iron Islands, and in Dorn, none was spent on my favorite characters Tyrion, Jon Snow, and the mother of dragons! (hell yeah!). Aria got some time but not enough.
Roy Dotrice was solid as usual, but some of the characters voices changed for the worse otherwise he'd have gotten a 5 star.
When I start this series again I will probably be tempted to jump right over this book.