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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 cannot get over losing the characters I knew for the first hundred hours of audio. Roy D. chose to change their voices and the pronunciation of their names. Aria and Petyr are the worst.
First of all, I am a huge fan of book three of the Game of Thrones series, "A Storm of Swords" and thought it was outstanding. But book four, "A Feast for Crows" lives up to it's name only in that the book itself is a feast for crows, and certainly not fit for human consumption. George R. R. Martin goes way out of his way to make this book as boring as anything I've read since my days reading textbooks in college. The book moves at a glacial pace, and concerns itself mainly with a host of very minor characters who we all know are either fodder for the ax, or whom we just don't care about. We are taken ever deeper in the labyrinth that is the history of Westeros, finding out about a whole herd of kings and queens and knights that add nothing to the story, but serve to fill up page after page with useless information that is best quickly forgotten.
At the halfway point of this book, here's how many chapters are devoted to the main characters we've come to appreciate: John Snow = 0, Daenarys = 0, Tyrion Lannister = 0, Arya =1, Sansa =1, Bran = 0, The Onion Knight = 0. Yep, and most of those characters with zero chapters in the first half, will not appear at all in the book. Martin has done what no other author in the history of the fantasy genre has done, taken every decent character in the series, and send them into oblivion. Instead, we get very, very boring chapters on Cersei, her brother Jamie, Brienne of Tarth going on a wild goose chase, Samwell, and all sorts of nonsense about the Greyjoys and Martells that is mostly just filler. It was so boring, that I often found the book putting me to sleep, and then I would have to re-listen to chapters again just in case I missed something that might possibly be of importance. The tiny handful of chapters devoted to Arya (now renamed "Cat') and Sansa (now renamed "Elaine") provide the only connection to the earlier books that is the least bit interesting. Even Jamie and Cersei's tales are mostly just filler, with little worthwhile happening until the very last chapters.
Roy Dotrice is an outstanding narrator, and there were some truly outstanding voice characterizations that were performed. Sadly, he does a horrible job with most of the female characters, especially Brienne of Tarth, which makes her already boring chapters even more difficult to listen too. However, I do not, like so many others, blame Roy for this, but rather put the blame squarely where it belongs, on George R.R. Martin, because when you have 5,386 characters to voice in just one book, you are going to run into limitations in regards to what can be done.
Overall, this was the most disappointing book I've read in this series. It was especially horrible in contrast to the excellent work that was the third book. Literally 90% of this book is mere filler that contributes nothing to the story arch, character development, or the main plot. Its' so bad that even the gratuitous violence and savagery becomes boring.
At this point, I really should stop wasting my time with this series, in terms of the books, and instead just watch the rest on HBO, especially since I've now heard that the storyline of the books and the series are going to diverge quite a bit come season five. I guess even HBO realized that the garbage Martin is producing lately needs a whole lot of work to keep their viewers entertained.
I struggled to finish. The least eventful of the first four books. A big disappointment but will probably buy the fifth book if they finish the sixth and listen to them together. I would listen only if you love the series and want every detail filled in.
I'm pretty sure that everyone is in love with the GoT series by now. The first three books did a great job building to this book, but this one fell a little flat. It took too long to get to most of the points and then just left you hanging. Also, one thing I enjoy about this series is how each chapter is about a particular character. This book starts out with new characters and doesn't call them out by name, just their role. This doesn't let you really get to know them as much as the previous books gad done.
Yes, if a competent reader were assigned the task. The book is amazing, but i had to buy the written version, I cannot STAND the way Roy Dotrice turns the book into a gurgling, hissing cacophany that is an assault to the ears. I literally had to turn it off at times because of his ludicrous "accents".
My favorite character was Tyrion. I felt he was the most complex character, both villain and hero, but Mr. Dotrice turns him into a cockney-ish halfwit with his dismal portrayal. Bad enough the accents did not fit, but they changed from chapter to chapter on the same character.
HIs accents were mostly ficticous and atrocious, everyone sounded like a dying old man or a guttersnipe old crone, his abysmal attempts to act out the dialogue rather than reading it ruined EVERYTHING, at times making you skip forward just to get away from some offensive or unintelligible accent. I suffered through the first three books, but gave up with Feast of Crows.
I could not, the story was over-shadowed to the point of distraction by the unforgivable performance of Roy Dotrice. He may have won a record for the most accents, but that in no way means they were appropriate or good.
PLEASE remake the series with a decent reader, someone who will narrate the immense and rich story without trying to interject themselves and their interpretations. There are so many amazing narrators available. I am convinced if you did the series again, people would throw away the Dotrie versions and purchase the saga anew.
I *HIGHLY* recommend this audiobook to anyone who has read the first three books. If you are a fan of the series and have yet to listen to Roy Dotrice read the series, you are missing you.
I would definitely read all in one sitting if I was able to do so, but it is far too long for that!
this book really focus' on developing all the main plots with a view sub ones. Some big things happen but he really uses this book to set up another 'Storm of Swords' blowing of the mind.
Retired teacher and interpreter. I read classic and contemporary fiction, as well as Mystery/Suspense/Horror, Fantasy&Sci-fi.
A previous reviewer mentioned that Mr. Dotrice must have had a long break between recording Book Three; Storm of Swords and this book, Four; Feast for Crows, because he forgot some of his pronunciation choices, and when it came up, oh gosh is it irritating! Every time he 'mispronounced' something it made me cringe, and eventually yell at my tablet (didn't help...).
The first books in this series had me hooked and excited, but for the first time (and considering the sheer volume written in the series thus far, that's astounding) I got bored. There have been too many main characters killed off, too many changes in direction...it all gets bogged down a bit in this one...Though not enough to give up altogether!
The performance from Roy Dotrice is great as all his work is. The story starts out very slow, not like Martin's other works. Keep with it though, the story gets really good towards the end!
The first 80% of this entry to the Game of Thrones series is very boring. It doesn't get good until the final few chapters.
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