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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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    Angela Falls Church, VA, United States 06-09-12
    Angela Falls Church, VA, United States 06-09-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Horrible Voice Interpretation"
    What did you like best about A Feast for Crows? What did you like least?

    Voices do not carry over from Book 3. Hard to listen. Wish I had time to read this one.


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

    His natural voice only.


    Was A Feast for Crows worth the listening time?

    Barely. Only because I don't have time to read.


    Any additional comments?

    Re-record and offer free to previous purchasers!

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    carla GILBERT, AZ, United States 06-07-12
    carla GILBERT, AZ, United States 06-07-12
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    What did you love best about A Feast for Crows?

    i didnt like how so many of te characters from the first book was taken out and that kathryn stark was not in the book at all. and that Aryria stark voicce changed i didnt like that one bit it was really hard to connect with her again.


    What other book might you compare A Feast for Crows to and why?

    none at this point


    Have you listened to any of Roy Dotrice’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    yes the other books in this seeriers


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

    yes i did


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    William Gainesville, FL, United States 06-06-12
    William Gainesville, FL, United States 06-06-12 Member Since 2011
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    Would you try another book from George R. R. Martin and/or Roy Dotrice?

    I would try another book from Martin because I want to complete the series, but he nearly lost me with this book. Had I not devoted som much time to the first three books in the series, I might have given up on this series. Feast of Crows is nearly unbearable.


    Would you ever listen to anything by George R. R. Martin again?

    I will probably finish the series.


    What about Roy Dotrice’s performance did you like?

    He does a good job with the performance.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Dissapointment, given the previous three.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    stephen CHICAGO, IL, United States 05-29-12
    stephen CHICAGO, IL, United States 05-29-12 Member Since 2006
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    What disappointed you about A Feast for Crows?

    Coming off the high of the previous three audio books in this series, this was a major buzz kill. The story is tedious. And this should be an object lesson in how supremely disappointing it is when the style of the characters' voices radically changes from the previous audio books in the series.


    Any additional comments?

    I couldn't finish this one. The series ends here for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jaime New Westminster, BC, Canada 05-29-12
    Jaime New Westminster, BC, Canada 05-29-12 Member Since 2011

    Not much to tell! I used to read alot, but now that I need reading glasses, I enjoy listening to books instead of having to wear glasses!

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    "Absolutely fabulous!"

    Engrossing, richly worded and Roy Dotrice is a Master! I hung on every word and couldn't wait to read the next book! Better and better and better!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    05-22-12
    05-22-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Don't waste your time and money on this book"
    Any additional comments?

    I fell asleep many times and didn't feel the need to go back. The plot is very slow and uninspiring. The reader confuses the different voices so it's hard to know who's talking. I also found several parts were pornographic with no literary value. I understand knights raped and pillaged but a lot of the language was crude and unnecessary. I liked the first book and the second but am now so disinterested that I won't bother with the rest... I wish I could get my money back

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jamie Lake City, FL, United States 05-15-12
    Jamie Lake City, FL, United States 05-15-12 Member Since 2009

    Fantasy & Sci-Fi lover who mostly refuses to read books without their audiobook counterparts. How else can a girl get any housework done?

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    "Roy Dotrice must be going senile"
    What disappointed you about A Feast for Crows?

    Both the story and narration. First off, when I discovered that Roy Dotrice narrated version of this book was released, I was absolutely thrilled! I LOVED his performances from the first 3 books...they were nothing short of amazing. Unfortunately for this book (as well as the 5th book), he lost his mojo. It's like he forgot the voices & pronunciations of each character. Arya now sounds like an old low-born leprechaun. Little Finger's voice & accent completely changes mid-book & sounds like a completely different person. His pronunciations go back know & forth throughout the book. For example, Brienne would be pronounced Bry-een (which was how it was pronounced in the previous 3 books). In the same chapter, he would then pronounce it like Bree-inn & sometimes even Bry-Inn. These things completely took me out of the story & was incredibly frustrating, to say the least!

    As far as the story goes...well, it was quite the snooze-fest. So much talking & very little action. The best characters weren't even in the book, save for Jaime & Arya. Even Arya's storyline was very boring. I honestly had to force myself to finish this one, which was worth it in the end, just to get to the next book, which was awesome.


    Would you recommend A Feast for Crows to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes, but ONLY because the series as a whole is amazing & to get to the next book (which is the best of the series, so far), you obviously have to read this one. I would not recommend this audiobook though. Get the print version & you'll be much happier.


    What didn???t you like about Roy Dotrice???s performance?

    As I said before, the voices of some characters were AWFUL & completely different from the previous way he performed them. Also, the inconsistent pronunciations of characters & locations throughout the whole book. Those of you who are expecting Dotrice's performance to be on the same level as the first 3 books will be incredibly disappointed.


    You didn???t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Brienne, Jaime & Cersei's chapters. You get to truly witness just how utterly despicable she is as a human being. The end if her story in this book is SOOOOOOO satisfying & almost made the whole book worth reading for that alone. Also, I am willing to let things slide this once, since the other books of the series is fantastic. And once you are finished with this book, you finally get to sink your teeth into A DANCE WITH DRAGONS, which is the best, IMO.


    Any additional comments?

    I am holding out hope that both Roy Dotrice & "the powers that be" have read about the many listeners' dissatisfaction & will do things right for the remaining books of this series. I, by all means, do not want Dotrice to abandon this series. I DO want him to listen to his past performances & give us more like those. Please, Roy Dotrice! Don't fail us again! We still believe in you!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    SciFiSurfer Miami, FL, United States 05-04-12
    SciFiSurfer Miami, FL, United States 05-04-12 Member Since 2009
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    I agree with some of the other comments, the narration is different and not equal to the previous books, but I'm glad I wasn't deterred and enjoyed this listen. The difference is as if Roy Dotrice had 20 different voices for the various characters in the previous three books and only 10 or so in this one. Several of the voices sound similar and it is as if he no longer has the capacity or range, but he's still very good. I've always said it's the narrator who breaths life into an audiobook, if Roy hadn't narrated I would have been disappointed. His performance is more than acceptable, it's not perfect but who's is and this is a good book. I'm pleased at least some producers seem to (finally) understand the necessity for continuity. I have no complaints moving on to the next in this series it has been an excellent adventure so far, enthralling! Many thanks to Martin, Dotrice and the producers.

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    Dan Phila, PA, United States 05-04-12
    Dan Phila, PA, United States 05-04-12 Member Since 2011

    I'm a horror nut! Zombies in particular! Epidemics, end of all things! Also enjoyed Game of thrones very much!

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    "Can't get enough!"
    If you could sum up A Feast for Crows in three words, what would they be?

    Exciting, deep, believable!


    What other book might you compare A Feast for Crows to and why?

    None I've yet read!


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

    Personality to each character like I've never experienced!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    To many to list


    Any additional comments?

    Must read!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brian L. Manley Oklahoma, USA 05-03-12
    Brian L. Manley Oklahoma, USA 05-03-12 Member Since 2012

    I'm in my early to mid-thirties and I live in the mid-west. I have two wonderful children and the perfect wife. My profile pic is of my APBT, named Jasper. I like epic sic-fi type books. Some of my favorites are The Story of Song and Ice series, The Way of Kings, Theft of Sword series, and

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    "Least Favorite..."

    I gave A Feast for Crows 3-stars. First off, the reader was different than in all the other books. That just throws you off completely! I read the entire book without reading about anything positive. The minute you think somethings good is going to happen, the author makes something completely out of the blue happen. It was a frustrating book, but the series as a whole is still a favorite of mine.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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