Before i got my hands on the Audio book, I saw a lot of reviews and comments complaining that characters were left out of the book and i was actually a bit doubtful. Fear not! Mr. Martin has done an excellent job and kept us busy enough groaning over the intrigues and games the characters are playing to make us forget that some of our favorite people are MIA. I think this book has pushed this series to the top of my favorite books list!!! The story is so complex and there are so many surprises. You love the characters and hate them at the same time.
It's far too early to say that certain POVs were too long or unnecessary; we don't know where Martin is heading and what we'll need to know when he takes us there. Perhaps Brienne will turn out to be the Prince That Was Promised, or we may learn that Jon's parents are Ser Hyle and Taena. Pod, having spent some time in stasis, may be revealed as the supposedly-dead Aegon. (If any of these things come true, remember where you read them first.)
When Jaime Lannister-are faced with the crows who descend on this rotten feast, not least among them being the scheming and vindictive Cersei. It's like a car wreck in slow motion -- you want to look away, but you can't. If the previous books were about the lead up to and then the outbreak of war, this is the book about the aftermath, the nasty little bickerings that make the peace look almost as bad as the war and all the while you realize that greater dangers loom which this "feast for crows" will leave the realm ill-prepared for.
Martin has spent 30 years honing his craft and perfecting his narrative skills...
There IS one major flaw in this book. And that is: it is only half a book! Martin hides this fact fairly well by writing the full story for half the characters. But, alas, I still felt the lack. I realize that this decision was made for publishing reasons, but part of what made the other three books so great was the immense scope of the story. Because this book has tightened its focus we lose that feeling of immensity.
Having listened to the first 3 books of this very lengthy series I am invested. Until now I have been incredibly impressed with Roy Dotrice's ability to give life to each character through voice. I have just started the 4th book and do not think I can continue listening. The change in the voices of the characters I have come to know so extremely well is utterly disappointing and is ruining the experience. Secondly the change in pronunciation of names and towns is not only confusing but frustrating. I think I am better off picking up these books and reading the rest of the series myself so I can stay true to the characters I know and stop try to correct Roy's new performance of the series. I am at least relieved to know that there was about 7 years between his performance of the first 3 books and the last 2. I wish he had taken the time to relearn the characters that he spent so many hours introducing us to previously.
I'm a writer myself, so I'm very picky when it comes to literature. I'm eclectic in my reading tastes from nonfiction to fantasy and read at least two books at a time. I prefer listening now, at the end of a very long day when my eyes are tired from working.
A Feast of Crows is the Fourth Book in the George R. R. Martin very engaging series about courtly intrigue, war, coming of age, and so many other topics that are too numerous to mention. He's woven an amazing tapestry for the imagination and this book, just as the first three, is magnificent.
If you like "medieval" fantasy, you'll love this. If you like intricate plots, you'll love this. If you like a very well-written series of books, start with Book 1 and work your way through. These are books that are hard to put down.
Plus, Roy Dotrice's performance is wonderful. He really makes the characters come to life.
Yes - enjoy the series
I would have another narrator - while Dotrice does a fine job with most of the male voices, the women either sound incredibly stupid or uncomfortable snobby-with no emotion or differential between characters. Was incredibly distracting.
I'll listen to the last book in the series just to finish it out but I won't be looking for him on other complex stories.
OK as background noise...not a real attention grabber.
Needed a narrator with a bit more finesse for the different characters at different parts in the story.
Say something about yourself!
condensing the content with A Dance With dragons
currently finishing WOT
not as good as the first 3
Languishing on interminable details with side characters(one could argue mainly 1 character) really dragged out the book. Not much happens in the book aside from getting an inside peek on some side characters, which in of itself is interesting to an extent, but goes on far too long. Events do occur, but the book feels like it really should have partnered up with Dance with dragons(condensing the first half of that one too) to make a book that could stand up to the first 3. It felt like labor at times listening to it, I can't imagine having tried to read it, it makes the last several Jordan written books, which also felt stuck in the mud and searching for direction, seem exciting. But it's a great story over all, so you have to work through it if you hope to one day experience the whole thing(the possibility of that seems to be debatable).
No, due to my dislike of this narration, print would have presented better for me.
His over the top male characters, poor representation of females. As a fan there is a spirit and understanding of Martin's work and flow that I find lacking entirely in Dotrice's performance
While an interesting saga, I'm not sure I would listen to any of these more than once. What compels me to listen to Song of Ice and Fire is not its writing, but its plot twists. After the first run through, these are gone.
The story of A Feast for Crows provides some insight into characters that appeared or were mentioned in previous books.
Dotrice was great throughout the first three books. I will continue to listen to his performances in hopes that he recaptures his vigor from these.
This book seems to contain more filler, setting up the reader for following books. The characters are spread far apart, and some of my favorites no longer had their own chapters. The world grows more magical, and despite any of my misgivings, I would still recommend this, especially for those fans of Sansa and Arya.The narration took a major step back. The voices for characters that Dotrice created in the first three books seem to have disappeared and been replaced by a smaller, less interesting range. Many of the pronunciations from the first three books are no longer used or are used inconsistently mixed with new ones, the most glaring of which is the pronunciation of Petyr as "Peter."
This is another story line. I don't think I am going to finish it and I am going to wait for "The Winds of Winter"
The reader seems to be performing for a play. I doubt that written would have that many exclamations points.
George R. R. Martin is a good writer but Roy Dotrice stinks as a narrator. He constantly changes how he pronounces characters' names, sometimes saying it with three different pronunciations in 6 minutes. This is very disappointing and annoying. I listen to audiobooks since I commute a long way to work and don't have time to read. Please don't let this man narrate the final two books!!!
If you enjoyed the first 3 books, it might be a good idea to stop there. This fourth book is good, but bittersweet. On one hand I am eager to discover the new adventures of these characters. However, issues with the narrator, some major characters don't appear, and the way to book is structured make it less enjoyable.
The book was cut into 2 books when first published. Half of the characters appear in one, but not the other. So, it stays on one group for a long time and feels stale. In other books, the POV would change more often and give more variety of characters.
It is still good compared to an average book, but unless you have 40 hours to kill, just read a summery.
Roy is just as good as ever, but some of the character voices are a little different. It really isn't a big deal. Still enjoyed his work here a lot.