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.
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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)
the narrator does a good job as he did in the previous books but for some reason he changed the voices used for some characters and started pronouncing some of the charater names differently. I just wasn't a fan of the inconsistency between the way this book was read vs the previous books.
I Was hooked from the start. Action, drama, intrigue, and down right dirty double dealing. What more could a reader ask for. One word of advise is don't get hooked on a favorite character cause no matter how important you might think they are to the story in the next chapter their head may roll.
It bugged the crap out of me that the narrator couldn't listen to previous samples of the voices he used. Consistency is part of being a paid professional. Other than that it was a good story, did drag a little, and a good performance.
Story got a little drawn out and overly longer than necessary. Sorry Roy, but every character sounding like it came from a Chaucer book it's sometimes just too hard to take. I'm ready for some more characterization with less British accents on everything.
I've listened to the previous "Game" books which were read by a different gentleman. The reader of this book pronounced the names differently at times but was really inconsistent with the pronunciation. Just a little thing but it bugged me. Otherwise, he performed well.
Not sure what happened, but for some reason the reader was very inconsistent in the book with the names and voices from the previous productions. Yuck.
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