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)
Roy doltrice has a great voice for narration but consistently loses track of pronunciations for accents he uses for specific characters. it pulls you out of the moment when you have to remember who you are listening to him talk about because he keeps changing accents
I stopped listening to the book after a few hours. So sad that such a good book should receive such a poor performance...
i have enjoyed having the same narrator every book. he is very pleasant and easy to understand.
I read the physical copies of the first three books in A Song of Ice and Fire and wanted to try doing the audiobooks for the last two because reading the physical copies took me so long. While the audiobook definitely helped with that problem, it created another. The narrator, while having a great reading voice, has voices for each character. Some of them are so drastically different from the ones on the TV show that it is hard to even remember who is speaking...Brienne being the most daunting. I think I would have loved to listen to all 5 audiobooks before ever watching the show to see if I hated the actors voices as much as I hate the narrators voices now.
Yes, I'm going to stick with it for a Dance with Dragons, but I imagine it will still be difficult.
Watch season 5 of Game of Thrones so I could bitch about it on the internet like everyone else.
Worth my time yes it gives me a lot to talk about as it is a trendy book. I also like the story quite a bit. However, reading the book is far more enjoyable due to the voice actor.
My favorite character is Jon Snow because the wall is always going crazy. I was disappointed that Jon did not get his own chapters in this book but Samwell's adventures are interesting as well.
The voices are terrible. To me the voices sound strange and strained. This makes it hard to imagine the character voices over his own.
No. Its already a TV show and I don't watch that.
worth the listen if you are already this far into the series\
Yes and no. It's the Roy Dotrice reading of the 4th book, which i wanted, but for reasons passing understanding, as has been stated in other reviews, Roy pronounces names differently and voices important characters differently.The story plods a little more than I'd like. There's WAY more Brienne trying to find Sansa than I needed, and it's exhausting tracking all of the minor characters. I suppose that's what makes it epic, though, eh? Still, it's a fun listen, and I love the detail.
Consistency with the first three books' pronunciations of names and places, and consistent use of accents for main characters.
Already been done, and the show led me to the books. I really like the casting. Who doesn't love Peter Dinklage as Tyrion. That guy's amazing, and he nails the accent.
Roy Dotrice has talent. Lots of it. I conceptualize that it would be a daunting thing to switch between dozens of different voices, accents and inflections over dozens of hours of audio. Let's also not forget that Roy Dotrice is not a young guy. I imagine hours upon hours of recording gets to be tiresome from both a focus and larynx perspective. I still really enjoy these audiobooks because I get a lot more information than what can be shown in the TV series, and in a way that is probably more closely resembles the actual book. As an ADHD sufferer, it takes me months to get through a long book like this in analog form, as I end up reading lines over and over, as well as hoping I don't lose the book before I've finished it. I also spend a lot of time on the road, and I'd rather pass that time in Westeros than with low-bitrate satellite radio, even if it's a little bit of work to keep character continuity going in my head.I think that the implication that a refund is a just thing simply due to the narration inconsistencies is a little over-the-top. Is it a bummer? Yeah. Was it bad enough to make me want to delete the book and not listen to it? Nope.
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