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
"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)
These are great books and have a story that keeps you guessing start to finish
i'm amazed that the same person can read 4 books about the same world, and in the 4th book he pronounces so many things differently. Having finished book 3 one day and started book 4 the next, it was very disappointing/aggravating to have the same voice reading the next book, But no longer knowing how he had previously pronounced the names of so many characters/locations.
Roy changed a few voices for the worse, namely Arya and Littlefinger, though Jaime sounded less gruff and therefore marginally improved. Dunno why some pronunciations were changed, perhaps to be more in keeping with the show? (this was produced in 2011)
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I won't tell you this book is for everyone. Like the last couple, it's not nearly as action packed and just feels like more continued setup. Only now it's missing half the characters (they're in the next book).
But if you like the level of detail and the world and the politics, it's a great read/listen.
The narrator pronounces some of the names differently from the series, so be prepared for that, even though this was recorded well before HBO got started. It can be a bit jarring.
Basically, you already know if you want to read this one. If you got through the first three books and feel like you want more of the same, you should get this. If not, I'm not sure how you made it through the third, actually. But there are no surprises in the writing, just in the plot. ;)
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This was one of the worst books I've ever read I wasn't very entertaining and showcased a lot of characters and I am probably the most people don't care anything about and Danny wasn't even in the show there was no dragons at all really boring hard to sit through yeah don't waste your time
Would I recommend this book to a friend: Yes; its a great book series with a lot of things to keep you interested.Would I recommend using an audio-book: Yes; I was really unsure of if I would like using audio-books because I've always enjoyed reading from paper. Even when I tried to switch to reading on my tablet it felt odd and I didn't really like it as much. The convince of listening to the book while at work and reading it when I get home have allowed me to finish a book much faster than if I had just read it alone.Would I recommend this THIS audio-book: Maybe not; there were a lot of really minor things that bugged me about the way Roy Dotrice did his performance. I never heard any of the early books being read by him; but from what I've read his performance in those book was much better. The main thing that bothered me in this reading was that all the characters sounded the same; especially the female ones, who all sound like trolls. I can forgive this to an extent because he is a male actor trying to sound female but even still as an actor he should be able to vary his voice more. Even if all the females sound like trolls because of his deep voice they should sound like different trolls that I can tell apart; but they didn't. Another thing that really irked me is that he would often forget to switch from a character's inner voice to their outer voice. So a character would be talking out loud and then suddenly have a thought which Roy would sometimes read in the same voice. It made it difficult to tell if the character was actually saying that or if it was a thought. Usually the only way I could tell would be by the content of the what was being said as opposed to how he said it. All that being said what Roy does really well is convey the emotion of the scene. If a character should be angry in a scene; he sounded angry, if he was sad he sounded sad. Even if they sounded like angry trolls this was the one thing that I though Roy did excellently.
The other Fire and Ice series. I don't know; I haven't read very many books that have as much depth and story telling as these books do. I know I have read books that are similar but none come to mind right now.
After this book I would likely try to avoid his reading in the future. However that's not really possible because I am going to of course listen to the next books which are likely going to be read by Roy. I can only hope that his performance gets better.
No. Its way too long of a book to read in one sitting being that it is over 24 hours.
The story is great!
There was something off about the narration though because names and places were pronounced differently than they had been before and were varied on pronunciation multiple times during this book (example: normally narrator has said in prior books CATlyn however he switched between CATlyn and KATElyn a few times.)
It was distracting that after three books the narrator would choose the 4th to change the accents and pronunciations of the characters and their names.
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