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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)
Prior to this book the reader had established certain voices for each character, that has all changed. It felt like what a movie series where they change all the actors in the third film. It's still enjoyable, but distracting.
I was very disappointed in the performance of this book , names and voices were inconsistent with the last 3 which I found frustrating and distracting from the story
I love this narrator's different deliver for different characters. But it was jarring that his pronunciations of some of the characters' names changed from the previous book to this one.
I agree 100% with the previous reviews which cite the jarring changes Dotrice has made in pronunciation of proper names, and the inappropriate changes in the voice characterizations, which are highly disturbing! Dotrice had previously set a high bar, with consistency, flair, richness, and humor. I blame the directors/producers as well for letting him get so far off track.
The story also seems to have abandoned many of the main characters, in favor of side stories.
I thought Dotrice was great as a narrator. Dotrice can easily fit as a few characters with his array of voices but not all. This book seems to need multiple people reading as characters. At the very least, provide a woman reading as the women of the novel. While listening to Dotrice, I picture all new male characters as 70 years old. I also felt a toughness was lacking from a lot of character voices.
The books are fascinating and this one proved no less so. Martin is a master storyteller and expert at character development. I never know what is going to happen next. My only complaint would be that nothing good ever seems to happen in this Game of Thrones to anyone ever.
The narrator really has me confused. Why do half the characters sound stupid, old, sick, or out of breath. This is not the way they are written. He only has 3 or 4 "voices" most of which do not match the characters and none of them are the least bit feminine. It also appears as if he did not read the lines before recording them. Sometimes he will record a line as a question when it's a statement. Other times there are huge gaps when someone is speaking. As if he was unsure of what to say or he was William Shatner reading the line. The narrator was very distracting and disappointing.
I've read all five of the ASOIF novels. Like most, I consider AFFC the weakest of the bunch. With season five of the HBO show starting soon, I wanted a refresher of this volume. Instead of rereading it, I decided on this audiobook.
The reason I mention that, is because I honestly have to say I enjoyed listening to this one more than I did originally reading it. The performance made getting past the more tedious parts enjoyable. Of course, the great parts were still great.
I now consider AFFC an under appreciated work. Like most fans, I am eagerly awaiting the next installment. Until then, it's onto a re-read of ADWD. Or, maybe I'll give that one a listen too!
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