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A Feast for Crows: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 4 | [George R. R. Martin]

A Feast for Crows: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 4

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    ken solomon LaGrangeville, NY United States 01-30-13
    ken solomon LaGrangeville, NY United States 01-30-13 Member Since 2012
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    "gotta read it"

    as an avid fan i had to get through this. Sometimes long winded and tedious but I just needed to know. he narrator was excellent.

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    Susan Norway, ME, United States 01-30-13
    Susan Norway, ME, United States 01-30-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Name changes causes confusion"
    Where does A Feast for Crows rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the Game of Thrones series, this has been the most confusing. The writer changes Aria's name once again. The reader pronounces some of the character names differently than in the previous books and this led to confusion when listening.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters Jamie is starting to question all the things he has done wrong in his life.


    What does Roy Dotrice bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His voice sets the mood and time period of the story.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Expect the unexpected.


    Any additional comments?

    I have looked at the maps that accompany the books. These help with understanding of movement of people and armies.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Yvette Kirkland, WA, United States 01-23-13
    Yvette Kirkland, WA, United States 01-23-13
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    "The weakest of the series, but necessary"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Feast for Crows to be better than the print version?

    Yes--Roy Dotrice is a real joy to listen to.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    There's some redundancies/overlap in the points of view. Several chapters could have been removed entirely and not taken away from the known information, that were new and dry POVs.


    What does Roy Dotrice bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His character voices, singing, and the general sound of his voice are all a real treat.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Everybody dies.


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    Charles Beavercreek, OH, United States 01-23-13
    Charles Beavercreek, OH, United States 01-23-13 Member Since 2015
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    "A bit sow"

    This one comes across as something to fill the void between 3 and 5. Several points needed for continuity, so don;t recommend passing it by. Not my favorite, but still okay.
    Some of the name pronunciations changed. I found that distracting.

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    Carrie Gray-wood SD, USA 01-22-13
    Carrie Gray-wood SD, USA 01-22-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Dotrice as narrator.."
    Any additional comments?

    I decided to listen to this book after reading it a few years ago. My initial impression of Roy Dotrice as a narrator was fairly negative. He could hear the age in his voice-which sometimes clashed with the character he was playing, and I was very unhappy with his treatment of many of the female characters - Brienne in particular.

    But, the more I listened to him, the more I was impressed. Dotrice has a knack for picking out subtle details I hadn't picked up in my own reading. He managed to emphasize these details thru his acting and make the characters all the more 3 dimensional-the way Martin undoubtedly intended them to be, but I didn't fully comprehend on my own. His grasp of who these people are, and his ability to portray them so well is incredibly masterful. Dotrice makes the Song of Ice and Fire series so much more rich and full with his narration. My advice is, if at first you aren't impressed, stick with him. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised as well.

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    diane 01-22-13
    diane 01-22-13

    graphic & fine artist

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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    ok - Arya's voice changed from a young, high born girl to a 70-yr old chain-smoking hag. Vares, Baylish, Sam - all changed voices and not for the better. The whole performance is very annoying and distracting. Dotrice is such an excellent narrator but the shift in voices depletes the entire performance.what could have happened? and why?


    What didn’t you like about Roy Dotrice’s performance?

    he changed too many voices from the 1st 3 books!


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    Randall PORT ROYAL, SC, United States 01-21-13
    Randall PORT ROYAL, SC, United States 01-21-13 Member Since 2012
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    This is my least favorite book of the series but it is the calm before the strom it seems to be that book 4 and 5 where melted together so book 4 would keep readers attention while waiting for book five but very well done even if it sometimes seems repetative. I love this series

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    R. O'Hare 01-19-13
    R. O'Hare 01-19-13 Member Since 2015

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    "Plodding, aweful"

    I tried...I really tried. I got through the other books somehow. But when I resolutely started this book and saw that the author was bringing in new characters and subplots and not even trying to wrap this story up, I freed myself up from this author's gigantic ego and inability to edit anything and gave myself permission to listen to something I liked.

    And life was good again.

    ....And if I never hear of anybody's maidenhood again, that will be all the better.

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    Cynthia Rochester, MN, United States 01-18-13
    Cynthia Rochester, MN, United States 01-18-13
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    "Waste of Time"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This book was clearly added after book 5 had been written. You can skip this book and pick up the story without missing a thing by going from book 3 to book 5. I'm going to ask for my money back as it appears to be a publishers ploy to get more money out of Martin readers. I think the series was completed already and the publisher saw the popularity of the books and then asked Martin to add something in the middle to make more money.


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    Daniel Taylor 01-16-13
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    "Still good but frustrating"
    Where does A Feast for Crows rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was not the best book of the series, but I did still enjoy it and it changed my opinions on some of the characters


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Roy Dotrice did an excellent job in the first books with his narrations. But in this book he changed his voices up, I didn't like that because the characters were real enough with all the various voices he had going and it is almost like he forgot what voices went with who and it throws you off a bit. It still annoys me, but I did get over and continued to enjoy the book


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I would of if I could humanely stay awak for 49 hours or so. It is a little to long to do in one sitting, but if I was capable I might have


    Any additional comments?

    The biggest reason for my frustration in this book wasn't the voices though, it was the sudden shift in focus. Martin basically took a break on previous characters and a bunch of minor characters are th focus in this book. So the entire time you are wondering, what is going on with the major characters, what happened to this guy or that etc. Additionally, I didn't want more characters to keep track of. There are so many names major character, minor characters, supporting characters, etc, you have to pause and think who is being talked about regularly, and I have a decent memory. I admit that the biggest problem to that is I listen to the books on the way to work and it is only a 20 minute drive, so it was broken up frequently. But either way, I found myself driving in the slow lanes or taking the long way to work because I wanted to hear more of it.

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