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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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    David old lyme, CT, United States 04-18-12
    David old lyme, CT, United States 04-18-12 Member Since 2008

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    "Overall Not Bad"
    Where does A Feast for Crows rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I'm only halfway so I can't say what I liked best yet.


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

    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.


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Brady B. Haws North Salt Lake, UT, USA 04-17-12
    Brady B. Haws North Salt Lake, UT, USA 04-17-12 Member Since 2005

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    "Annoying differences in narration from previous..."
    What made the experience of listening to A Feast for Crows the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Feast for Crows?

    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.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Roy Dotrice?

    Yes. He has done a pretty good job throughout the series.


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

    It would have been impossible. I did sit and wait for chapter breaks many times.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was lacking some key characters and I missed some of them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gerri Port St. Lucie, FL, United States 04-12-12
    Gerri Port St. Lucie, FL, United States 04-12-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Betrayed by Roy!!!"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gerald Westland, MI, United States 04-10-12
    Gerald Westland, MI, United States 04-10-12 Member Since 2003
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    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.


    What could George R.R. Martin have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I think this book could have been much shorter.


    What three words best describe Roy Dotrice’s voice?

    A little off-target


    Did A Feast for Crows inspire you to do anything?

    Stop listening to the series for a while.


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    Brett United States 04-05-12
    Brett United States 04-05-12 Member Since 2011
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    "More like a new story than a continuation"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The new characters and plots are hard to follow. Too many sharp bends.


    Would you be willing to try another book from George R.R. Martin? Why or why not?

    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.


    What aspect of Roy Dotrice’s performance would you have changed?

    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.


    Could you see A Feast for Crows being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    NO!


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    Kevin Ottawa, ON, Canada 03-19-12
    Kevin Ottawa, ON, Canada 03-19-12 Member Since 2001
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    "C'mon people, get real, this is a great reading"
    What made the experience of listening to A Feast for Crows the most enjoyable?

    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!


    What about Roy Dotrice’s performance did you like?

    Incomparable range of character portayal and vocal richness.


    Any additional comments?

    Good job bringing Roy back.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Annie Montgomery, AL, United States 03-18-12
    Annie Montgomery, AL, United States 03-18-12

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    "A very looong tale."

    This book ties in with the rest of the story, but it seems to be a transitional piece only. I kept wondering when it would start focusing on the Starks ( who, to me, are the real stars of this series). The voices that Roy gives the characters are totally different from those he used in the first 3 books, and this was a major distraction. However, the book was well written and I guess it was needed to move the series along (slooowly). For the most part, this series is awesome and I am looking forward to listening to Book 5.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brian Alabaster, AL, United States 03-12-12
    Brian Alabaster, AL, United States 03-12-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Fans much too hard on this book"
    What does Roy Dotrice bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narration is excellent. In my opinion Roy does just as well as he did in the first three.


    Any additional comments?

    I was very sceptical before reading this book due to the harsh reviews I read on this book. And while I agree it is not as good as the first three it is still an excellent addition to the series. The problem with this book in my opinion is (1) that it is not complete in and of itself. It is really half a book as Dance with Dragons covers the same timeline with other characters. (2) it covers integral plot details needed for the overall arc but with the less interesting characters. The story is good and needed for the over-all arc but no Tyrion or Deanerys and too little Arya and has a lot of Cersie and Briene. While this is my least favorite of the series so far I still loved it and think it is an excellent addition to the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Leslie North Little Rock, AR, United States 02-28-12
    Leslie North Little Rock, AR, United States 02-28-12
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    "An amazing reversal of a great Story"

    What can I say but, Wow, What an amazing reversal of a great story. Dotrice consistently changes the pronunciation of names through out the book, and changes the voices at a whim. It is sad because the first 3 books of this series he kept it right. The editors and producers of this catastrophe should be ashamed for allowing a horrible audiobook to be released.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Reece United States 02-26-12
    Reece United States 02-26-12
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    "So its about the money then?"

    Isn't there a code of honor among writers that recognizes the invested time, money, emotion and trust the reader has after committing to this large of a story. Books 1-3 were great... but..this is like a bad marriage. Years of trust and then RR gets bored, stops trying and knows that we as readers are desperate enough to try and stick it out thinking it will get better. He sells us cheap promises while making bank from audible and HBO, stretching out 15 hours of plot into two huge books (4&5) and 4 credits. What a jerk. The narrator gets a bad rap for slightly sub par work made to look worse just because of the poor content. RR HAS NO INTEGRITY. Give us substance and closure in book 6 for only one credit or I am filing for divorce.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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