GAME OF THRONES: A NEW ORIGINAL SERIES, NOW ON HBO.
Few books have captivated the imagination and won the devotion and praise of readers and critics everywhere as has George R. R. Martin’s monumental epic cycle of high fantasy that began with A Game of Thrones. Now, in A Feast for Crows, Martin delivers the long-awaited fourth book of his landmark series, as a kingdom torn asunder finds itself at last on the brink of peace . . . only to be launched on an even more terrifying course of destruction.
A Feast for Crows
It seems too good to be true. After centuries of bitter strife and fatal treachery, the seven powers dividing the land have decimated one another into an uneasy truce. Or so it appears. . . . With the death of the monstrous King Joffrey, Cersei is ruling as regent in King’s Landing. Robb Stark’s demise has broken the back of the Northern rebels, and his siblings are scattered throughout the kingdom like seeds on barren soil. Few legitimate claims to the once desperately sought Iron Throne still exist—or they are held in hands too weak or too distant to wield them effectively. The war, which raged out of control for so long, has burned itself out.
But as in the aftermath of any climactic struggle, it is not long before the survivors, outlaws, renegades, and carrion eaters start to gather, picking over the bones of the dead and fighting for the spoils of the soon-to-be dead. Now in the Seven Kingdoms, as the human crows assemble over a banquet of ashes, daring new plots and dangerous new alliances are formed, while surprising faces—some familiar, others only just appearing—are seen emerging from an ominous twilight of past struggles and chaos to take up the challenges ahead.
©2007 George R.R. Martin (P)2011 Random House
"Of those who work in the grand epic-fantasy tradition, Martin is by far the best.... [He] is a tense, surging, insomnia-inflicting plotter and a deft and inexhaustible sketcher of personalities.... This is as good a time as any to proclaim him the American Tolkien." (Time)
"The only fantast series I'd put on a level with J.R.R. Tolkein's The Lord of the Rings…. It's a fantasy series for hip, smart people, even those who don't read fantasy…. If you're new to the series, you must begin with Book 1, A Game of Thrones. Once you're hooked…. you'll be like the rest of us fans, gnawing your knuckles until book 5” (Marta Salij, Detroit Free Press)
“THE MOST impressive modern fantasy, both in terms of conception and execution, is George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire.… A masterpiece that will be mentioned with the great works of fantasy.” (Contra Costa Times)
If you are a fan of the series this is certain worth it. The only way it could be improved would be to have a female reader for female voices but that is a bit much.
More devoted fans to the series might enjoy this installment, but it was a rather unrewarding slog.
Not much happens in this book. There's far too much navel-gazing and clothing descriptions. The book could have been edited down by half easily.
Consistency. The reader mispronounces several names vs. prior pronunciations. A few characters even seem to have different voices now.
Too many to describe here.
Here's to hoping things pick up in book 5...but based on the way he's chosen to construct 4 and 5...I am not hopeful. It's clear he's lost interest in these characters.
Enthralling, surprising and Fulfilling.
Tyrian the imp. I love the underdog in a story.
The voices changed from previous books which was very distracting and annoying. I had to rewind multiple times to make sure I knew which characters were speaking.
yes, I like the series very much--imaginative and engaging, but book 4 is a bit disappointing. It is very different from 1-3, slower, less character development, less action, past interesting characters are nowhere to be seen. My biggest problem, though, is with the reader. His voice/inflection/delivery are terrific, no question, but where books 1-3 were impressively consistent from character to character and pronunciation, book 4 has annoying inconsistencies, like pronouncing names differently from section to section and changing the voice of characters that are present from book to book...
yes, for the sake of the series. it's a great story.
yes, he's terrific to listen to, my problem is with this particular performance. there must have been a hiatus between book 3 and 4, and it really shows. I listened to the entire Harry Potter series and the performance was brilliant and consistent to the last page...
yes, it already has been made into an HBO series.
the quality control of this audio production has fallen short for me. did no one else listen to the production before releasing it for sale??
No. Disappointing, given the power of the first three volumes of the series. This is really a beside-the-point excursion. Martin must have had a bunch of chapters left after editing. And I don't know why Dotrice has gone to making almost all the women sound like old crones. Ugly! Still, that said, Martin's poor volume is better than a lot of other writers at their best.
The story line has not yet been resolved. I hope it finally will be with 5.
I think I am done with the series. I was very disappointed in this book.
Roy Dotrice made no effort to keep the characters' voices the same from the last three books to this one.
I was pretty dissapointed in the lack of character continuity, or character development that took place. Several major characters from prior books were simply neglected in this one.
Great read... listen?
Martin's work is impecable and captivating as always.
No... I've found other readings that are harder to listen to than his, but I'm completely frustrated because he keeps switching voices on his characters from one book in the series to the next, and sometimes within the same story. For tertiary characters I can understand a little, but main characters like Arya Stark? That's unforgiveable.
The performance by Roy Dotrice is pathetic in comparison to his performance on books 1-3. It was like listening to an entirely different voice actor who didn't remember anything he did previously. 90% of the voices changed dramatically, and he couldn't decide how to pronounce names throughout the entire book.
It's clear he has become exceedingly lazy in his performance. To be honest, I'm convinced he was actually intoxicated when he recorded this book. I can think of no other explanation for how he managed to pronounce "Tyrell" 2 different ways in the same sentence...
Here's a BRIEF guide to the pronunciation confusion experienced in this book (just off the top of my head)
Tyrell = "Turr-ell", "Tie-rull", "Tie-rell",
Brienne = "Brian", "Bree-Anne", "Bry-een"
Catelyn = "Kate-lynn" (No longer "Cat-lynn")
Petyr = "Peter" (No longer "Pe-tire")
Maester = "Master" or "Maester" (whichever he's in the mood for)
Harrenhal = "Har-En-El" (or something along those lines)
Those are only a few I could think of off the top of my head. The pronunciation issues are too numerous to count.
As far as voice changes go, he's drastically changed just about every voice in the book.
Jon Snow, Sansa, Arya, Ned Stark, Jaime, Samwell, and MANY more that I can't think of off the top of my head (Also, I'm only a 4th of the way into the book).
Jon now sounds like he's in his 40s, Arya now has the thick Irish accent Ygritte had, Ned Stark (in a flashback) sounds as old as Maester Lewin, Jaime now sounds generic and no longer has a hint of "Tyrion" in his voice, and Samwell sounds like a slow, dim-witted moron.
I can't believe there were people who actually allowed this book to be released for people to spend money on. It's completely insulting to fans of the Audiobooks.
I recommend NO ONE buy this book. I'm debating on whether or not I even want to finish it. I can't immerse myself in the story at all if I'm constantly getting frustrated as his fluctuating voice and name pronunciation.
Let me be clear, I have given this book a two star review in consideration of its part in a larger saga. As a stand alone, I would give it one star. It is difficult to imagine how this book could have been worse. If I did think it completely necessary to slog through this in order to read book 5, I would have abandoned it before I finished segment 1.
The first three books in this cycle are masterpieces. Perhaps a bit bloated at times but brilliantly inventive and rich in depth and history. This book contains none of what has created enduring interest in the series. Nothing about the Wall and the Others, nothing about Daenerys and the dragons. No Jon Snow, no Bran Stark and, most disappointingly, no Tyrion. Arya gets maybe 4 chapters out of the 34 hour running length, Sam gets about the same. Even characters like Sansa Stark, who took up far too much of the previous three books, get very little time here.
Basically, this is a book about who takes over the Sea Stone Chair and the endless machinations of Cersei Lannister. The first of these things is of zero interest to me, personally, though I am hopeful it plays out in some fulfilling way later. The Cersei stuff, however, is apalling. This has to be the most universally hated character in all of Martin's saga and every third chapter is about her. There is at least one, memorable, section where we get an hour long Cersei chapter, followed by a Jaime chapter all about Cersei, followed by another endless Cersei chapter. Riveting stuff.
It is literally about 15 hours into the production where anything of the least interest happens. This is but a brief respite from the slog and it is probably another 14 hours before anything else of interest happens. The ending contains a few moments of minor satisfaction, but little else.
It appears, from some of the reviews, that a previous audio edition was released without Roy Dotrice narrating. The version I listened to has Dotrice, but his performance left something to be desired. He apparently did not listen to any of his previous work to refresh his memory. His pronunciations of names vary wildly from previous versions and his voices, particularly for Arya who now sounds like one of his old crone characters, are so off from the previous versions as to create a distraction. I think Dotrice is an excellent narrator, but he would have benefited from a refresher course on the material.
All in all, this book was a tremendous disappointment. I will go on to book 5, as I remain ever hopeful.
Everyone keeps thinking that Dotrice didn't do book four. He did! And it stinks. He changed almost all the voices to the characters. The story was great but the audio just makes me grit my teeth. Like Dull Ed going from sounding like an idiot to sounding like a whiskey drinking old man. It just stinks!
Lets hope book 5 is better.
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