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.
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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.
Yeah - there's nothing more dissapointing that falling in love with characters over 3 books only to have them totally ignored in the 4th....also, that the heck happened with the story line between books 4 & 5? I'm jut begining 5 now and I'm going back in time - and it's not a flashback either!
his lack of chronology between 4 and 5
yeah - the voices are off
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Definitely recommended. There are lots of characters to keep sorted in your head, and Roy Dotrice does an excellent job of voicing them.
I have spent 80 plus dollars and 100+ hours listening to these books I love them and have suggested them to many friends. Now I have to go back and tell them they shouldn't start the series because if the do they will just be disappointed with Roy's performance, and after such amazing first books. It is really sad because I am totally hooked but not even worth it.
...occasionally broadens her horizons, but generally just wants to be entertained...
The first guided question was "would I listen to this again" and I have to honestly answer "only if book 6 takes forever to come out". This book is about Cersei, Jamie, Brienne, some Iron Folk, Elayne/Sansa (and young Robin), Sam Tarley (and Gillie) and a bit of Cat/Arya.
Brienne is looking for Sansa the whole time, Arya has to discover who she isn't, Sam Tarley travels (but doesn't do much else), Sansa/Elayne gets young Robert Eryn to leave the Aerie, Jamie becomes a better person and Cersei becomes a worse one.
Other than a radical fundamentalist religious movement "the sparrows" (they believe in the Seven Gods, but take the dogma very literally) being very thoroughly described, the Iron Born reinventing themselves, and Doorns becoming a more major family, not much else really happens. A few people die and others may (I fear that Dance of Dragons will only cover those people who weren't discussed in this book) and others may be dead (again, my fear with Dance of Dragons).
This book is setting the stage for something, and takes a long time doing it. I don't want to disclose too much of Dance of Dragons here (I've just begun listening to it), but at least some of the characters I was longing for (and missed so much) have reappeared. I hope that the stage-setting of Crows is over by the mid-point of Dragons, otherwise it's just going to be frustrating waiting for the next book.
And if that one doesn't get back to the point, well then I just may give up.
I'll get back to you soon regarding whether or not Dragons is more satisfying than Crows.
Nope, I just download the latest book hopefully it will be of the same quality as the first 3.
Oh, hell yes. I'm hooked. I did find this book to be a let-down primarily because the voices of the already well known characters were NOT even similar. It was distracting. Of course, it must be said that Mr. Dotrice was magical in the three previous books.
Today I launch into A Dance With Dragons.
I'm also sending a letter to the author. It's time he got the other two books out of his head and into mine.
I've come to have a grudging appreciation for Jaimie - he's a jerk, but the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.
Again, I was disappointed in Dotrice's rendering of the character voices.