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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)
Absolutely addictive fiction!
A read so engaging you can't put it down. Wonderful detail in the telling with each book consistently drawing you into the storyline making you hungry for the next chapter.
Not if he attempts to do female voices. Mr. Dotrice makes the female characters all sound like the same old woman. This was the only thing that spoiled the telling of the story. I will not listen to his rendition of future books in the series.
Read the first three years ago and decided to listen to them again from the beginning last year. I'm still entertained and enjoy the listen, but I really started feeling this is too drawn out with Feast for Crows. It is a bit of a soap opera and I really want the plot to move along. I'm sure I will jump right into A Dance with Dragons anyway for love of the series. The narrator's 'Character Acting' is too repetitive, every character's voice is the same.
If you've ever wondered what a Fantasy book in realtime would read like then look no further than book 4. If I hadn't been such a big fan of the first three books I would have literally stopped reading in the first chapter. I'm not sure why Martin decided to not include some of the most popular characters in this book. I've heard that they will be included in Book 5 which supposedly takes place during the same period of time as book 4.
Feast of Crows is horribly boring and I'm being nice. I can really only recommend the last 9 hours of this book and I can barely recommend those. I feel like reading a two paragraph list of events about this book would have been a far better use of my time. If you get bored easily do yourself a favor and just skip this book. You really won't be missing much.
Also I've never been a fan of Dotrice's narrating.
I still love the vivid descriptions of peoples clothing, landscape, and what they are eating the best!
The all of a sudden change in character's voices, especially Aria's! Also the mispronunciation of the character's names. I think the producer should be blamed for allowing this to happen. There is no excuse for this. How can you possibly read three books and forget the voice you have been using and how to say their names? All I can say is I hope books 5, 6, & 7 are back on track.
The flow of this story is different. I feel as if these boring new characters, (which I have no attachment to) dominate the entire book. Although we hear much from Cersi and Jaime, I do not get to hear enough from Aria, Jon,Tyrian, and Danny. There was too many chapters in-between the good characters. Therefore I must give this 4 out of 5 stars for story.
Say something about yourself!
I don't ordinarily write reviews (out of three years as an Audible customer this is my first), but I was aggravated by A Feast for Crows. This ranks my least favorite out of the first four in the series.
I'm only halfway so I can't say what I liked best yet.
The performance is part of the reason I'm commenting at all. Read by Roy Dotrice, who did the first three, he is generally on point except for this odd Scottish inflection he started banging out at random times. It's fine with some characters (characters that he's been doing the inflection since book 1), but now Aria now sounds like a Scottish crone when she sounded completely different in the first three. It's fine to muck up minor characters whose names we can barely remember anyway, but when it comes to the key characters, let's be consistent. And please, please stop the Scottish inflections.
I didn't want to listen to it all in one sitting, but I would've liked the book to be longer. A Storm of Swords was nearly 14 hours longer.
I haven't yet finished so perhaps my opinion will change, but overall I'm disappointed, both by the story itself and the narrator. The story is branching off into new characters, which is great, but it's completely ignoring the ones we love (Aria, the Imp, Jon Snow, Dragon Momma, and Bran). The narration is getting difficult to handle. I may read the next story and avoid the audio version altogether. I still give this generally high stars as the series itself is phenomenal, the characters memorable, and Roy Dotrice is generally excellent. Unfortunately, I couldn't give it a perfect score because it's lacking compared to the first three.
I was glad I was able to get the Roy Dotrice narrated version. My initial purchase was the Jon Lee version which Audible promptly replaced for me.
The most memorable moments of this book were annoying little inconsistencies with Roy Dotrice's narration. Make up your mind how you are pronouncing things and stick with it.
Yes. He has done a pretty good job throughout the series.
It would have been impossible. I did sit and wait for chapter breaks many times.
This book was lacking some key characters and I missed some of them.
I have always felt that in depth lurid descriptions of violence and/or sex acts is usually the portent of a weak rambling story line. I was right. With the exception of Jon, most characters had the same voice. I couldn't tell where thoughts and voice were separate. The narrator either had no direction or was just not engaged in the telling. What's the story Roy? This book was nothing like the first 3. Did I mention, I was very disappointed? I will definitely read all reviews on #5 before wasting 2 credits again.
This book is long and, eventually, you don't really care about what happens next because it's too hard to keep track of everyone.
I think this book could have been much shorter.
A little off-target
Stop listening to the series for a while.
The new characters and plots are hard to follow. Too many sharp bends.
I am halfway through the book and am considering quitting the series. I enjoyed the first 3. This one I am not enjoying. It's one thing to kill a character or two, but to keep killing off the best characters doesn't make me want to read any more.
If Roy was asked to come back and do the performance (in replacement for John Lee's), then he should have at least listened to his previous works and kept come consistency. Arya Stark's voice is completely wrong. She sounds like the wildling from the 2nd book. Or an old hag. Not a 10 yr old girl.
Why the change from Pe(TIRE) Baylish to Peter? Hard to follow. Not to mention his voice changed from a weaseling, cunning tone that Little Finger was to something close to Lord Tywin or Lord Robert. Just changes the whole look of the character in my mind.
No one can read this series like Roy Dotrice!!! When they replaced him with John Lee I was damned dissapointed, but equally delighted to see they recognized thier error and had Roy back! Do I mind if the character readings are not 100% identical to the first 3 books? I can't say I didn't notice it... but it didn't interfere with my total enjoyment of the material, and my admiration of the reading. Roy, thanks for coming back!
Incomparable range of character portayal and vocal richness.
Good job bringing Roy back.
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