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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)
Great book. Terrible Narration. Narrator can't even pronounce the names the same way in the same paragraph. Very distracting and annoying.
Like everyone else I was very thrown by the changes in Dotrice's narration of this book versus the first three. It's really disappointing when someone invests this much time into a performance and doesn't take the time to review what he'd done before. The changed voices and new pronunciations of names were very distracting and I think took a lot away from the listening experience.
I hope the publishers take all the these reviews to heart and don't let these same mistakes happen when the 6th and 7th books are recorded.
The narrator did well (well I don't love him but he was consistant) in the first three books. All of a sudden he changed the "voices" of each character from previous books. Not only that, but he wasn't even consistent through the entire narration of this book. Voices changed throughout.I haven't read the books, nor seen the show, so I'm not sure how the names are pronounced but the narrator changed his pronunciation of 2 of the names from how he used them throughout the previous three books. That was really frustrating to me.
overall i've really like the narrator for this series, but in this book the pronunciation of the names and voices he uses for the characters are inconsistent with the last three books.
The character development.
The narrator made all the character's voices sound like feeble old women. I really disliked the speaking parts.
The story's still strong and just as good as the rest of the books. My only problem is that Roy Dotrice, now 4 books in, changes up the pronunciation of the names and the voices he does each character with. It's a bit hard to change gears since he's basically just shuffled around how the characters sound. After you get used to that, it's just as good as the others.
I enjoyed book 5 better, but this was an excellent book. I am just more interested in the characters in 5. Oh and the books do need to be read in order, because 5 brings 4 back in at the end.
Epic, Epic, Epic
The voice actor changed the way he pronounced names, and changed the accents of the characters. Mildly disappointing and confusing. Still a great story in the series though!
Another great hit
the whole beginning at the iron islands was a snooze fest and almost had me giving up, but the great narration got me going after a brief pause. Maybe George could have broken this part up through out the book a bit more.Grouping it all in the beggining when we wanted to see what happened to all of our favorite characters, was a bit discouraging.
Roy Dotrice makes this story come alive!!!! His narration is the best i have heard. he gives everybody their own voices.The only complaint i have about his narration is that he changed peoples voices and the pronunciation of some of the names in this book after being consistant in the other books which threw me off a bit and took some getting used to. He spoiled us with the other books keeping everybodies voices consistant.
I really like his voice, yet he has changed the speaking voice of characters and pronunciation of different names. It really pulls you out of the story if you've listened to the first books.
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