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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.
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"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)
The fact that I found you could speed up the narration to 1.5x and still understand everything. I got this book done in a month's time!
Probably Arya most of the time. That's the most interesting story, obviously. I hate Cersei, Brienne's accent in the audiobook is annoying (Sanser Stark), Jaime isn't really a badass (... and moonboy for all I know), Samwell Tarly is Samwell Tarly, and the myriad of other characters aren't that great. God knows I can't stand the ironborn ("What is deeaaaadddd will never dieeeee but rise harderrr and stronger than before").
His accents all changed and the way he pronounced people's names changed. Brienne has a really heavy accent that makes her seem really sissy. Arya's accent changed from a sassy tomboy to an old lady. At least Cersei doesn't really sound like a man anymore though. I would say one of the cleverest things about Dotrice's narration from before was the fact that Jaime and Tyrion had similar accents but still sounded different. Now Jaime sounds like a normal dude. Samwell sounds better though. I'm glad he doesn't say "Pe-tyre" anymore, but I hate that he now says "Cait-lin." I've always hated "Bry-Eeen," but he probably pronounces her name 5 different times in the same chapter.
All of the sudden Mr. Roy D. decides to change voices, pronunciation and delivery. Considering that this is a book of side story's and supporting characters development, it was overall good, but very tedious.
Not as good as the previous books, but better than most. The story is a bit slow, and doesn't focus on all the characters from the series, i assume they will be featured in the next book. Dotrice also uses new voices for some of the characters which could be annoying for some.
It is good, great writing, well acted and sad, but keeps you on the edge of your seat and you are sadden when it ends. I was surprised by the length of this book and so sad to see it go because that means that I am almost at an end of the Game. I know that I will immediately restart the series over when I have completed book 5.
roy dotrice was called back to do this narration by his fans. He is in his 90s, so he probably didn't do this for the money, this was a fan service. Things are much different now, the pronunciations and the accents, but they aren't that different. Dornish still sound like they are from Dorne, easterners still have their accents. Many of the characters too, if only a little off. Ignore the angry reviewers, this was a well done book with a great narrator. If you want to blame anyone for the change, blame the director, but remember that recording two audio books of this size would take a lot of time, and at his age, time is precious. Mistakes are easy to overlook. Totally worth it.
only off thing is the Narrator switches voices on a few characters. I'm still trying to decide it is purposeful or if it is an accident...
the whole plot is totally avoided during most of the book and instead filled with worthless dialogue that has nothing to do with the main story. nothing happened and all the most exciting characters were not even in the book. i wish i had skipped on to book 5
Good performance by Roy. Book leaves a lot to be desired. First and last few chapters are the only ones that really move the story forward.
The only problem I have, is how some of the voices for the main characters have changed. Otherwise, it's great!
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