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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.
©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)
I don't care what the others say. I am glad Roy is back, even with the voice and some pronunciation changes it is still good to see that the publishers are listening and that Roy is still able to give his voice to the series.
What allot of people don't realize is that allot of time has passed between the 1st 3 books and the latter 2 books and also Roy is not a young whipper snapper anymore (he was borned 1923 ... so do the math); its just the way life is, I wouldn't expect Mr. Dotrice to be sitting around for all those years twiddling his thumbs and
Another great book
Arya/Cat, Brienne and Jamie.
Every character sounds like a shriveled old man, even the 10 year-old! No offense to Roy Dotrice as an actor I like him, but the man can not narrate! I can't stand it any more. If he narrates again, I will be reading the next book by text!
PLEASE get a narrator worthy of the rich characters! It could be fantastic, if it was done right.
Yes, and again and again because it's hard to find novels as well-written, character-driven, and well-narrated as these. I already own Feast for Crows by a different narrator and shamelessly (and immediately) shelled out 2 more credits to have Roy's version. While I do wish that Roy would have kept up the same great consistency of name pronunciation and character voices in Feast For Crows as he did in the previous novels, this version is still far superior to the previous one. The same lack of consistency occurs in Dance of Dragons but is probably due to so much time having passed between the prior novels and these last two.
I listen to a lot of audio books, but this series is the one I can't get enough of. Now that the series is on HBO (and well-done), look forward to this storyline becoming water cooler conversation. No worries of wasting credits here.
Yes. His books have been great in the past. This one was written very well but not what I expected. Roy gives a great performance for the reading and helps to pull you in to the book.
I would be willing to try another book from George R.R. Martin. His writing style is very good. Keeps the reader enguaged in the performance. This book was not at all what was expected... It seems this was a book to update the reader on all of the secondary characters. The first 3 books seem to follow the story of the starks, but this one hardly mentions them. He left me hanging on Book 3 with the stories of the remaining Starks and their journy's, only to move on to a very slow 4th book with very few highlights. This book was the weakest of the books so far. Just bought the next in the series and Im not sure what i am in for.
Yes i have listened to Roy before. His performance was done well. My only issue was the way he pronounced the names. He kept changing them.
nope.. Alsmost inspired me to stop reading the series... It was a very slow read
Wow, that picture actually looks like me.
I do not care that many of the voices have changed slightly... or often completely.
After listening to the first couple hours of John Lee (a fantastic narrator for other works), I'm simply glad that someone listened and brought back our narrator for this installment.
I liked to catch up on the characters I became invested in in the first two books.
No, there are good ones, bad ones, and many in between. The first two books in this series were very good. Unfortunately, this book falls short.
This book feels like Martin ran out of stories for the main characters in the first two books and didn't know what to have them do next. In this book he introduces characters that I don't like and cannot connect with. Instead of anything of substance happening he has everyone involved in long drawn out converstions that become extremely boring. He is using more violence, evil thoughts, words and actions and we have totaly lost track of anyone who was decent. I am not likely to invest anymore time in this series. It is too bad as Martin has been compared to Toilken, but I don't see it. Toilken was a classy writer and didn't need to resort to being raunchy.
It was. Not the most exciting book of the series, but essential to the story and well written as usual.
Roy, Roy, Roy... It's as though he forgot about the first three books when he did this. Characters names are not only pronounced differently than in the previous books (the first 3 books were all pretty consistent), but he even uses different pronunciations within a paragraph! It's really distracting and for someone like Roy Dotrice, very unprofessional. He obviously didn’t go back and review his prior performances before doing this. Also the voices have changed. Whereas he previously used a different accent for high-born folk and base-born folk, he now mixes it up. Arya now sounds like a poor haggard old beggar woman, and Sam's voice does a poor job of conveying his personality. Let's hope Roy did some review before recording book 5. VERY disappointing.
I would rather read this book since I more or less have Roy's original voices and pronunciations in my head. It would be much less distracting and I would enjoy the book more. Had I not already paid for the audio copy I probably would have done just that. If you listened to the first 3 narrated by Roy Dotrice, I would recommend you read book 4 if you have the time and inclination. You will be glad you did.
After the excitement of A Game of Thrones, who could help but read on? Book 2 did not quite live up to expectations, but with all of the hype given to the series, surely book 3 must be better. Nope, not so. OK, there was enough suspense at the end of book 3 that surely A Feast for Crows would redeem the series. No. No. No. It did not happen. After the first three volumes tore through the story like an X15, this volume felt like it was moving at the pace of a Model T. There was nothing about this book that could have made it a 4 or 5 star experience.
Let's start with the pace of the story. Pace, no, none to be found here. How about the characters? No, the only characters left, with the exception of Briene, are poor reflections of the characters found in the earlier volumes. And then, Briene, well I won't spoil the story, but let's just say that, if there are any characters left that you care about, they barely made an appearance here at all. Arya mopes around in hiding. Sansa, who was hard to care about anyway, is demoted to secondary importance. Therion fails to make any appearance at all.Literally hundreds of new characters appear, but you would not like to sit down with a beer to talk to any of them.
All of the criticisms of Doltrice's performance are accurate. I can forgive changes in the inflection of the various voices (even if he really cannot do females at all), but to change the very pronunciation of the characters' names within the same volume is unforgiveable.
Let's say disappointment if the most accurate choice of the three.
I am hard pressed to take on book 5 in this series. I need a break. I don't care about any of the characters any more. Why go on?
Keep the same story telling structure as the first three books
I've invested so much time into this series I almost have to get the fifth book but I'm very, very weary of being disappointed again.
I was so disappointed with this book. The plot barely moves and (what I think) is the most likable and interesting character (Tyrion) is absent from the book and the most interesting story (the return of Daenerys) is also absent. The book introduces new characters that I have nothing vested in and the plot just goes nowhere. I wish I could have just read a one page summary of what happened and saved myself the the time I invested and put it towards something else. Another curveball was that Dotrice changes the voices of Sansa, Little Finger and Arya. For three books I've been listening to the same delivery on these characters and then this book they're all different. What givesI enjoyed the other books so much I just cannot believe how disappointing this was.
It is among the best of the Fantasy genre. The careful detail and depth of the characters, scenes, politics and symbols are outstanding. Although the Northern European Dragon and Knight fantasy genre has been done before, Martin makes it his own in a way I've seen none do.
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A story of knights, dragons and zombies.
Although many seem to complain about the narration, ... it's a book and the "readers" should remember this. If you want to watch TV or a movie, do so, but books require some assembly from the mind.
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