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A Feast for Crows: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 4 | [George R. R. Martin]

A Feast for Crows: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 4

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Eric Salt Lake City, Utah, United States 08-05-13
    Eric Salt Lake City, Utah, United States 08-05-13 Member Since 2012

    A man. A plan. A canal. Panama

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    "Same Narrator?"

    This book has the same narrator as the previous 3, but Dotrice has inexplicably changed the pronunciation of many of the names and given different voices to the various characters.
    It's odd, distracting and annoying.

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    Kathy 08-03-13
    Kathy 08-03-13
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    "Bad Narration by Roy"
    Would you listen to A Feast for Crows again? Why?

    Loved the first 3 books but when Roy changed the voices of the characters and pronounced some of the names differently (like Peter instead of Petyr), it made it harder for me to get into the story. What happened to your character's voices?? Why did Roy change it? Feast of Crows was fine but the narration wasn't.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Horrible! Roy changed the voices in this book. Book 1-3 was awesome but the voices were so horribly different.


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    Greg SAINT ALBANS, WV, United States 08-02-13
    Greg SAINT ALBANS, WV, United States 08-02-13 Member Since 2010
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    "A great push forward in the twists and tales story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Feast for Crows to be better than the print version?

    The audio edition ensures that I get the names correctly pronounced. It is easier to follow for me when I am commuting and just helps me picture the whole story as it came together.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I enjoy Samual Turley. He seems like a good kid who wants to always do the right thing, but he's even been tempted a few times to ask for what he wants.


    What about Roy Dotrice’s performance did you like?

    His constant changing of his tone and developing an attitude for each character in the storyline.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Don't chose a hero yet.


    Any additional comments?

    Please continue with the last books because I would love to learn how the story ends.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    George Austin, TX, United States 08-01-13
    George Austin, TX, United States 08-01-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great story - the change in voices killed me"
    If you could sum up A Feast for Crows in three words, what would they be?

    Why change great?
    The writing style takes a change in this book, it could be due to the 5 years between when a Storm of Swords (2000) came out to when this was published but the flow of the story just feels unnatural.
    Still a great series with amazing characters and story line, but you can tell that GRR Martin has evolved as a writer.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Martin gives great power to his characters and sucks you in to where you are rooting for some and despising others. I even care about the swords!


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Listened to his recordings of books 1-3. Pronunciations and character voices changes and it is like getting kicked in the stomach every time you hear them speak.


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    Deborah Anderson OKC, OK United States 07-30-13
    Deborah Anderson OKC, OK United States 07-30-13 Member Since 2014
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    "narration is truly awful!"
    What disappointed you about A Feast for Crows?


    I have read the first 3 books on paper, and thought the audio book would be spectacular. The narrator's voices for characters was cartoonish/childish/HARD-to-listen to.


    What could George R. R. Martin have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    nothing


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Roy Dotrice?

    anyone else


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    serious disappointment


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mirna Woodburn, OR, United States 07-30-13
    Mirna Woodburn, OR, United States 07-30-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Disappointed"
    Has A Feast for Crows turned you off from other books in this genre?

    After reading the previous books, I found myself wondering: What happend? Where are the main characters? Who are the new ones and why? 34 hours of nothing. Chapter after charper waiting for something worthy to arise and very few good things happen.The events from this book could have been condence in five chapters.Very disappointed.


    What does Roy Dotrice bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    As the previous books Mr. Dotrice did a great job. I didn't care of the different pronunciation of names, I knew who he was talking about. I was more upset about the story.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from A Feast for Crows?

    Like I said before, the events of this book could have be done in five chapters.


    Any additional comments?

    I was annoyed by the lack of action, too much talk, talk, talk. I didn't care for most of the characters. I was bored, and couldn't wait 'til the end and no because it was good; I just want to put it aside and never listen ever, ever ever again. I just want my wasted time back.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gene Hummelstown, PA, United States 07-27-13
    Gene Hummelstown, PA, United States 07-27-13
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    "Doltrice is horrible in the 4 th and 5th books"
    Would you try another book from George R. R. Martin and/or Roy Dotrice?

    Yes on George R. R. Martin, HELL NO on Roy Doltrice


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Feast for Crows?

    Cersei gets caught and has to answer for all of her crimes


    What didn’t you like about Roy Dotrice’s performance?

    The change of character voices from book to book, the change of the pronunciation of characters names from book to book. All of the young women's voices sound like 100 year old witches out of Ireland. These books aren't cheap, the least we should get for our money is a professional quality product. Not something that wasn't checked for accuratness or quality. I have no problem with the story, it's great and I love it, which makes it even harder to listen to Doltrice butcher it.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yup, I have it on BluRay, DVD, and Ultraviolet Digital Copy


    Any additional comments?

    Not to be mean, but I think it's time for Doltrice to retire, before he does anymore damage to this great series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Justin Sicking Chicago, IL 07-25-13
    Justin Sicking Chicago, IL 07-25-13 Member Since 2015

    Justin

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    "A long, boring let down."
    Would you try another book from George R. R. Martin and/or Roy Dotrice?

    Yes. By this point I'm too invested to stop reading and have already picked up the 5th book in the series. I also enjoy Dotrice's work for the most part but the way that all the voices randomly changed from the previous was also a big let down.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    By following some of the more interesting characters that I truly cared about. Many of the characters that had big cliffhanger moments or suffered an interesting turn of events in the previous book were all but left out to dry in this one.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Roy Dotrice?

    Yes, I enjoy the life he brings to the characters. It's still a shame that he was unable to recreate consistent voices that he used in previous books that I had come to know and identify with.


    Was A Feast for Crows worth the listening time?

    I have a hard time feeling like it was. In retrospect I would have rather read a summarized collection of plot points. It's certainly not a book I would be interested in reading a second time.


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    Jennifer 07-25-13
    Jennifer 07-25-13
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    "What Happened?"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It was good to continue with the story, but Roy changed the voices of the characters and even how he pronounces their names. It was strange to have the familiar voice perform in such an unfamiliar way


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    None in this book, he changed them all up...


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The pace of this book was so slow, by comparison. The narration was on pace, but off base.


    Do you think A Feast for Crows needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Absolutely, this book is in no way a stand alone. It is almost the prologue to book 5. There are parts that feel like George is starting over completely.


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    Joshua SYRACUSE, UT, United States 07-25-13
    Joshua SYRACUSE, UT, United States 07-25-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Left Stranded due to the changes"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I would rather have read this than listen to the audiobook. The narrator changed the pronunciation of many of the characters names and many of the voices of the characters changed as well.

    I grew accustomed to hearing Sam Tarley's voice a certain way and there was a personality in it that help build the characters. When his voice became different in this book it became evident that I would be let down.

    This was the same for many of the major characters left living after the first 3 books (Jamie, Arya, Petyr, etc.)


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    ehhh. I was more impressed that 3 of the main characters were no where to be found in the book.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Roy Dotrice?

    Roy Dotrice but have him do his homework and make sure that he gave continuity to his performance.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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