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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)
It is fun to go into this alternate world, set in medieval type culture.
Aria Stark, she is a little girl who has had amazing experiences and unusual training.
His voice is very soothing, which is important in a long reading. Some voices were not distinctive enough, but overall good performance.
Way too long. More fun to spend time with the whole series over the summer!
You must be patient with this one, and try to keep up with all the different characters.
Perhaps when the sixth book in the series comes out on Audio. I'd be tempted to enjoy volumes 1 through 5 once again before diving headlong into Book 6. And again, before listening to the 7th. (Given Mr. Martin's penchant for having his fans wait quite some time between these brilliantly written books, I think I'd have plenty of time to listen to Mr. Dotrice's narrative between volumes!)
Not yet having finished this volume I can't rightly say. If I had to choose from amongst the characters I've come across so far, I'd have to say Arya for two reasons: First, she has survived the first three volumes -- which for this series is quite an accomplishment! Second, we can see her growing, maturing throughout the story. I quite enjoy the chapters written in her point of view.
His ability to bring to life every single character, from the all-important point-of-view characters down to the most insignificant minor players with but one or two lines.
I don't think I could. As delicious a story as it is, as with every grand meal one must take a break every now and again.
I purchased the 4th audio book in the series some time ago after having listened to the first three that were narrated by Mr. Dotrice. I was surprised to find the 4th narrated by someone else - Mr. John Lee. Having listened to Mr. Dotrice's voice over the first three volumes, to me it had become synonymous with the series. This new voice lent the book a completely different flavor. It wasn't that Mr. Lee was doing a poor job of it. On the contrary - his style lent itself to the story quite well. It's just that he wasn't I'd become accustomed to. So I set it aside for a time. When I found the versions of Books 4 and 5 that *were* read by Mr. Dotrice, I happily purchased them all immediately, started listening and haven't looked back!
My only negative comment about Mr. Dotrice's narrating would be the manner in which he portrays some of his female characters' voices. Granted, most men -- especially those with a voice like that of Mr. Dotrice -- can't be expected to pull off the voice of a 13-yr-old girl. But to make her sound the way I would expect Shakespeare's three witches to sound in Macbeth - scratchy and raw with a healthy dose of Scottish brogue -- that tends to put something of a strain on the ears.
I do not understand how the same person that has read literally hundreds of hours of the same book suddenly starts saying some of the names differently compared to the previous 3 books.
Especially in the very beginning it's clear he is not sure how to pronounce some of the names so they differ from sentence to sentence. It gets better towards the end, but it's still funny that Petyr Baelish has suddenly become Peter for example.
ROY DOTRICE. See Below.
Most of this book is told through Cersei. Which is annoying, because she is such a horrible crazy person. Each new paranoid rambling of hers is worse than the last.
At least one significant character that was featured repeatedly in previous books is reportedly killed "of screen." It's just reported like it had no significance.
Several of the best characters are not featured in this book AT ALL, or almost not at all.
He is possibly the worst reader I have ever heard. Most of it is probably not his fault. A good producer would have caught his mistakes and had him correct himself, but that didn't happen. He miss reads words, and mistakes who is talking. He mixes up the voices he uses for characters and changes pronunciations (of names, places, objects...), not just from book to book in the series, but also within a single book. This WHOLE series needs to be redone with a proper producer.
The story carries on and this is the shortest book by far. I can only hope that the 5th book saves the series.
This book really did a great job expanding characters and filling in spots in the plot but it was very tough for me to get into it in the beginning. about 1/3 of the way into the book I was hooked though (as I am with all of R.R. Martin's books) If you are reading this series and hit this book with the same issues I had don't worry - it is worth it - I'm already half way through book 5... love 'em!!
Inconsistent voices and narrations, full of changing accents - not only varies from book to book but chapter to chapter so characters are poor and often sound the same and when there is dialogue it sounds like a monologue... lazy and shoddy.
I would have to agree with an earlier review that the voice acting changed significantly in this book. Many of the characters has drastically different voices even though Dotrice narrated all of the book. Made things pretty confusing sometimes.
Overall a great story, but this book seemed to get a little bit slow. Some of the characters that were really lively and interesting were either killed off or got a bit boring. Nonetheless I will certainly be continuing the story.
No, only becouse of the poor naration
Every character comes across as being 75 year old woman. And he changed the voices and the way he prononces characters names from the previous three novels. I don't even think I can finish lisening to it....
Feast for Crows is a meandering ramble through Westros. The story stalls out a little bit in this fourth book of the Song of Ice and Fire saga. Most of Feast for Crows is setting up action for the next books in the series. Many new characters are developed and many new plot themes are started but for the most part the book feels more like an appetizer than the main course.
This is the slowest book of the series as much of it is not action but character and plot development.
Some of the voice characters have changed in sound. Once you get used to the new voice he stays with it for the rest of the book. One thing that I do not like is when the narrator makes preteen girls sound like old crones.
Only if you plan to listen to/read the rest of the series. There is not much compelling in Feast on it's own.
One of my favorite characters dies in this book and I am not sure what plot is served by the way they died. Of course now that Martin has intorduce resurrection maybe they aren't really gone for good.
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