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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.
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"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)
Dotrice helps bring the characters alive not just by putting a voice to their name but with the coughing, sneezing, hard breathing etc... He really makes you dislike Gyles!
No, I listen to it on my commute to work.
Please keep narrating these books, Dotrice!
I've LOVED Roy Dotrice's performance in the three previous Game of Thrones books, but I'm not quite sure what happened with this one. Not only is he pronouncing names and places differently in this book - by he completely changes voices on some of the people we have come to love (Arya sounds like Ygritte??)! Roy MADE the other audio books for me and I didn't want to stop listening. The inconsistency in the narration on this book is making for much slower going.
If you loved Roy's narration in the three previous books, make sure to set your expectations quite a bit lower for this one. Bummer.
This book is not as good as the first three but trying to figure out who was who was even worse. The voices for the different characters were not the same as well as the way some of their names were pronounced. What was the publisher thinking when they allowed this huge flaw!
no...different narrator with a different voice and character for the already established characters.
Love Roy Dotrice... loved the first three book anyawy.... the character voices in this book are different...and its terrible. The characters whom are well established and you love completely switch personalities... no good!!
seriously audible... I want my credits back...
Roy Dotrice appears to forget which accents and voices he had used for whom in the previous volumes, this is quite disruptive if you have listened to them consequetively. It is unfortunate as it detracts from the listening pleasure of the books. The story is still great and well worth a listen, shame he didn't keep a tab on something so integral to reading a series of books. The same mistake occurs in a dance with dragons with more characters.
This is one of the best series of any multiple books I ever read, except this book was confusing and long winded, to say the least. I also felt the narrator who has been excellent was little off in character form, though after so many books , guys got to have a off book specially with a worded feel to it, I didn't pay as close attention to this book, since it didn't flow as well as the others, though now being on the last book I am very intrigued how they he is going to finish this intricate book and all the great characters , this book did not help but for a few loose ends, which being near the very end might be totally irrelevant. No worries as all the other books get upper 4-5 stars throughout ratings, overall, Performance, and Story. This Book , not so much.
I have greatly enjoyed this series, but it has become increasingly frustrating to me as a listener. Although the performance remains excellent, I feel that Martin goes into seemingly endless detail on irrelevant background in parts of this and the following volume. I appreciate having a complete history and mythology created for me, but in many of these meanderings the plot inches on while the author pads shamelessly. It is easy to skim ahead in a printed work, but not so much in audible format. As audio books, this volume and the next - as far as I have read - cry out for abridged editions!
The book was hard enough to get into because Roy Dotrice made all of the voices of knights sound like elderly British royalty, even the warriors. I can even begin to explain the horror of it until the 4th book when he changes all the voices of most of the lead characters. The only one to stay the same are the Imp and Varies. The rest are so different I had a hard time remembering who was talking. Strong Belwas when from a large boastful voice to that of a teenage girl. and Arya Stark changed her too, it was awful, terrible. Do not buy these books until they are rerecorded by someone else. Read them the old fashion way, the story is awesome, an epic tale and the Director and the Producer ruined it. Roy Dotrice is not to bad if his bosses would have kept him on track.
A Feast For Crows and a Dance For Dragons were originally one massive thome that Martin decided to split up among characters. Most of the 2 books' action is concurrent, with A Feast For Crows focusing on Westeros while A Dance Of Dragons mainly focuses on the events to the North and in the Eastern Continent. The most disappointing part of both is how little actually takes place in their combined 1800 pages (70 hours). It feels as thought George R.R. Martin has become interested in providing color and nuance to the world he's created than actually forwarding the plot. Color and nuance are great, but these 2 segments took 13 years to write and MAJOR developments promised by earlier volumes seem no closer to occurring than they did after A Storm of Swords. A Feast For Crows suffers much more for this than A Dance of Dragons, but reading both I found myself as fascinated by how easily it would have been to collapse them into 1 book than the actual events that transpire.
Great story, hampered by inconsistent performance.
Dotrice could easily have reviewed his previous pronunciations of names (like Catelyn and Petyr) and, more importantly, voices. His Dolorous Edd went from a brilliantly deadpan nasal to a cross between Hagrid and Davos Seaworth. Sam has apparently turned into a halfwit, if his new voice is any indication. It is sad.
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