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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)
Continuation of the story- those who improve their "character" and those who continue their terrible ways. The iron-born section was way, way too long and, in this book of little importance. I wanted to know what was going on with my favorites but there was nothing- no Dani, no Tyrion, no Bren, no John Snow, no Stanis. I am hoping the last book at least establishes relevance for all the content on the iron-born and gives updates on the others.
Jamie and Catelyn, Cersei, Sansa
Continuation of voices from previous performances. Aria sounded like an old irish man in this book. Catelyn went between Cate-lyn and Cat-lyn throughout. And suddenly Pa-tire became Peter. I think I got that little Robert was only called Robin by Sansa, but it was a little confusing.
yes, but I know there is.
Narrator needs consistency. At least listen to highlight of previous books for character voices and names.
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I put off listening to this because of the reviews. May I begin with a counter view on Roy's presentation. I thought it was excellent. It is not his fault that two of the female characters had similar sounding names and I believe confused some listeners.
I love George RR Martin, but this simply went on and on and on. I understand that the original book would have been two feet thick and challenged the large hard print edition of the Oxford English Dictionary. I live in hopes that the characters that I wanted to follow and the forward moving plot that I needed will be in the next book!
May Tyrian the Dwarf battle on. May Arianna find her wolf and rejoin her family. May John Snow become relevant again. May Bran and his crew return. May the bastard son rise from his blacksmith's hearth. May the dragons arrive. Seriously, nothing was resolved that I cared about. Not a single thing. Then again, it is George RR Martin... he might simply finish all my favorite characters off in the next book...
I wonder if I could have listened to the next and lived quite happily without this one? Still, as a fan, I followed my banner man into the fray. I just wish it hadn't been mired in dysentery and mud...
Rock on Roy. You're great! I've seen your name pass on the roll of actors for the HBO series. Which part is it? I'm off to check.
I have read all of the Ice and Fire books and have been going back and listening to them on audio now as well. Roy Dotrice is the best narrator that I have EVER heard!!!! I was shocked and dismayed when I went to download A Feast For Crows a few years ago and discovered that there was a different narrator. I listened to a sample and was so disgusted that I never downloaded it. Apparently I wasn't the only one! He is back narrating the best book series that I have ever read. I would highly recommend this book and this audio version!
I love this series. I have enjoyed it as much as any series I have ever read, with the exception of Harry Potter. Roy Dotrice is brilliant. His voices bring the book alive and really allow the listener to connect with the characters. However, I'm about 1/3 of the way through this book and I don't understand what has happened to the character voices. Almost every voice sounds markedly different than in previous books. In addition to that, he has completely changed the way he pronounces some names. Catelyn went from Cat-lynn to Cate-lin. Petyr has gone from pa-tire to Peter. It is really quite disconcerting, especially, since I am listening to the series one after the other.
For those who love a good political book, the previous books had a good balance of action and politics. In this book the first 10 hours took me way to long because i could not focus on the story because it went flat early.
Yes because I have enjoyed 3 out of 4 books in the series so i am ready for book 5.
The pace was good although the voices for some characters changed and bugged me while listening.
Anything with Cersei Lannister.
In my opinion they stick with charactrers way too long before going to the next POV. Now if you have finished 1-3 then def get this book because there are still 3 books in the song of fire and ice after this one.
I had heard the narration for this series was great, and that folks were upset when one of the books wasn't read by the Roy Dotrice. So maybe my expectations were too high, but I really didn't like the narrator on this one. His women & children all sounded like old crones to me, instead of women & children. It really threw me off.
Also, if you've been watching the series on HBO, he doesn't pronounce some of the names the way they're pronounced on the show, so that's off-putting too. And of course, since you've heard the characters voices on the show, they don't sound right here, either.
And if you're trying to take advantage of the Whispersync for Voice feature on this one, don't. It never worked correctly.
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oh yes and I have to many these series are so spellbound love it
this book here was at first really deep and I did not understand it at first, then in the middle had to re listen to it. to understand. I thought at first it was slow going but you have to listen to it to understand what is going on. I have never been disappointed in the spell bound way of the writting and love the book, as well as the reader! he really made the book. I have to say GREAT to Roy Dotrice for all of his different voice for the story made it all happen
the way he narrated the whole story line he is awesome
Better plot and content and a narrator who produces a similar performance as the first 3 books.
Main characters hardly appear, too much filler material and characters.
Someone who could research the first 3 books and use roughly the same voices and name pronunciations. It's really confusing and off-putting.
Not really - I am giving up on the series.
Great performance by Dotrice. I have always enjoyed his voices and acting.
No, Just go read the wiki summaries about it. I think I'm going to skip on to book 5. I'm assuming Martin is just interested in selling books after reading this one. I don't seem to care about the characters that he spends the most time on.
Jamie or Little Finger
A long and painful demise
First of all I am rating this on a relative scale. The series is a classic. If you read the first 3, you are gonna read this one and the next one and the next one… but nothing is resolved! This is just a filler book. Side plots are started and some are concluded but some are just dropped. Main story lines feel as if they have been dropped. Pretty disappointing; not Martins best work. Dotrice was good as usual, but it doesn’t seem like he did his homework in regards to his pronunciations. He pronounces characters names completely different from what he did in the previous 3 books!
First 3 books are much better. No question.
Good but inconsistent.
Books are always better.
Listen, it is still a book in the magical world Martin has created. So read the book but have the next book ready to roll; not because of any major cliff hangers, but just because you may feel a little unfulfilled.
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