My interests run to psychology, popular science, history, world literature, and occasionally something fun like Jasper Fforde. It seems like the only free time I have for reading these days is when I'm in the car so I am extremely grateful for audio books. I started off reading just the contemporary stuff that I was determined not to clutter up my already stuffed bookcases with. And now audio is probably 90% of my "reading" matter.
This series just gets better and better. Things that were annoying in the earlier books (like the overuse of certain vocabulary terms) have been fixed or at least mitigated in this latest installment. We will forgive him for falling prey to a new batch of overused terms towards the end.
Unlike book 3, book 4 starts off in a way that seems to deliberately ignore where the previous book left off. Rather than remind his readers of recent critical events, Martin simply goes on with selected storylines, trusting that eventually there will be enough clues to fill in the gaps. His opening scene doesn't appear to fit in anywhere and we will wait an agonizingly long time to find out what it relates to. Likewise, we are forced to wait an agonizingly long time to pick up the story lines for the most intriguing loose ends of book 3.
The result is a book that is always entertaining yet vaguely unsatisfying. While we get to watch the aftermath of the recent war play out, and while there is clearly a lot of background preparation for what must ultimately happen, there isn't a feeling of making much progress toward a final conclusion. I am not wishing for Mr. Martin to telegraph the ending, but book 5 had better do more than simply mark time.
I have recently been subjected to other imaginary worlds of inferior quality and it has me pondering why this particular world holds my interest. Martin has taken the time to construct a back story with unstable forces in play. And then he has taken the trouble to create a host of very individualized characters each with his or her own agenda. But the real magic comes when Martin lets those characters collide with each other and with the sociopolitical forces of their time. At that he is a real master. And all the specific trappings of the imaginary universe assume their proper role as background matter.
I like magical realism.
If you're a die hard fan, you probably won't find this book as boring. As for me, I'm stuck reading it sheerly because I've made it this far.
I think I understand what Martin was trying to do with this installment. Many of the chapters are from the perspective of auxiliary characters. Unfortunately, that's exactly what I didn't like about the book. On the bright side, it made me wish for chapters with characters whom I previously thought were boring.
I have no problems with Roy Dotrice. He is a great narrator and I enjoy his performances.
I imagine every character is necessary in some way. Honestly, I'm very tired of Sansa.
Just trudge through. It's not as long as the third book or the fifth book.
The stuff that happens towards the end. Oh wow. It will knock your socks off!
What's not to like?
He manages to capture each character uniquely enough, but he changed up the voices that he used from the last few books. For a person jumping right from the last book, it can be a little jarring. He only narrated this one after popular demand, or so I hear. He was not the original narrator for this particular book, so Dotrice was returning after years and years of not having narrated the last few books. He did a fantastic job. Arya and Petyr are the most notable. Arya was a bad change. Bad bad bad.
There is a part where someone is having their face eaten off. I was driving at the time and it was hard to concentrate on the road. I was cringing.
Despite other people's mixed reviews of this book, when comparing it to the last, it is safe to ignore all of that. It is a great book. I actually hesitated to start in on it because of the reviews. Forget all of that. It's not a good as the last book, but few books are.
I just wanted to clear up some of the confusion around the narrator. When I purchased a Feast for Crows, the Audible website stated that it was narrated by Roy Dotrice. However, when I downloaded it, the narration was actually by John Lee...
I contacted Audible yesterday. They fixed the problem, and put up the version narrated by Roy Dotrice.
Not really time well spent. The first 3 books are better.
I would try another. The first 3 books were better. This book 4 was difficult to follow. For me the reason may be all of the new material that is introduced here.
Not ever. Listening to his narration probably has a strong impact on my opinion of this book 4. Most of the time the narration is garbled and difficult to follow. I have great speakers to listen with. Not even the Bose speakers helped much.
No. I can't see this being made into a movie as it stands. As it stands, it's really boring.
I hope the next book is as good as books 1-3,
I liked that this book was able to give me perspective. Do we really need to know or care about the main characters from the last 3 books? Are characters really as shallow as they seem? Well, this book answers them for you, unfortunately both answers are not good.
After 3 amazing books, this book just seems to indicated that GRRM ran out of steam. I know he likes the slow burn in terms of story development, but honestly, having read book 5, I think you can skip this book and not be worse off.
I love Roy Dotrice in books 1 through 3. He was consistent and an excellent reader. While he is still an excellent reader, he seems to have forgotten what all the major characters sounded like, and it can be quite confusing.
The HBO show is already into this book, and doing a better job of it (in season 3). I'd say just watch that instead.
I was disappointed.
The story itself is one of the best I have listened to, but the performance is horrible. In a span of 3 minutes, the narrator changes the pronunciation of names several times. Moreover, he changes the voices of the characters from page to page. Horrible.
His inability to keep consistent voices, accents, and pronunciation was horribly detracting.
YES!!! Roy makes the books come to life. I love with him!
ALL of them. Lady StoneHeart.
All of them. I love them all so much.
I passionately love the Song of Ice and Fire books, but this is certainly the weakest of the series. Still, many parts of the story were every bit as thrilling, emotional, and surprising as the best of the first three books. However, too much time is spent on marginal storylines, and the narrative is not well paced. In previous books, you could go hundreds of pages between visiting a particular storyline, but I never felt confused or had trouble remembering where we'd left the characters. Not so this time, unfortunately.
Some favorite characters are almost entirely missing from this volume, most notably Jon Snow. I was surprised to find myself really rooting for Sansa for the first time, rather than simply feeling exasperated by her. And Jaime was a really delightful surprise in this book. One of the best things to come out of this volume is the growth and newfound depth of this character. That's a very welcome addition to the saga as a whole.
The narrator's performance is just unbelievably bad. By far, no question, the absolute worst of any audiobook I've listened to since I became an Audible member. The only thing that allowed me to tolerate it was that I'd gotten the audio as a companion to the Kindle book (because I loved the first 3 books so much I didn't ever want to put them down, so I was thrilled that I'd be able to keep "reading" in the car, at the gym, etc.). As it turned out, there were whole storylines and characters that were simply unbearable to listen to because of the bizarre performance. For instance, I had to skip any Brienne chapters because, as he did with all the female characters except Cersei, the narrator read her lines with the most idiotic, simpering, fake "female" voice I've ever heard. It had more in common with a Monty Python skit than with professional narrations as I've come to expect them through Audible. So utterly, completely disappointing.
The story in A Feast for Crows is poorly paced and a bit distracted, compared with the first three glorious books in the series, but still, by the end I was on the edge of my seat and downloading book 5 within minutes of finishing. The real letdown is not the book so much as the awful performance. Sadly, the same narrator did A Dance with Dragons (book 5), so I won't be taking advantage of the Whispersync feature, which is too bad. That technology performed virtually seamlessly, across my Kindle, the Audible app on my phone, the Audible cloud player on my computer, and the Kindle cloud reader on my computer. That's pretty impressive. I wish I could use it again, but it's not worth the nails-on-a-chalkboard experience of listening to the audiobook performance. I'll save my credits for something worth them!
Worth Your Time
The backstabbing, the secrets, the dragons, the sex, the taboos
I have listened to a lot of audio books that I have downloaded to other sources, this narration was by far the best I have ever listened to. I am really impressed at how he is able to maintain the different voices of the characters. A+ I am sold on audible!
at about 90% of the way through: Cerci