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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.
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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)
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cat wait for the next one!
great performance by Mr. Dotrice.
whisked away to Westeros once again & again.
bring on next book of the series
Another great story in the series, but the changes in pronunciation of names and places is jarring, especially when it changes within the same paragraph.
The narration is not up to the same quality of its three predecessors.
I enjoyed Dotrice's proformance, though he does mess up an accent or two throughout the 30 hours.
The book itself is enjoyable, but nothing much happens in terms of major plot lines.
One of the best, love the whole series.
If you watch Game of Thrones the books are still really good, they fill in information and make the show better. You will still be sunrised, they change enough that in a lot of ways they differ.
Storyline was very good (the view into Cersei's head was illuminating; she is a narcissistic sociopath). It was good to get a break from some of the major characters. Roy Dotrice is an amazing narrator, but this book was a bit of a departure in that the voices he had been using for some memorable characters (Samwell Tarley, Petyr Baelish, Dolorous Edd) were totally different than in the former 3 books. That took a while getting used to. I guess it's tough to remember all the diff voices!
I have been captivated by the previous three novels in the Song of Ice and Fire Series. I truly believe that George R.R. Martin is brilliant in his creation of the world of Westeros and the characters therein. However, this fourth book leaves much to be desired. From the confusing epilogue, which has no connection to the story, until the very last chapter, there is very little movement whatsoever. There were virtually no memorable moments, twists, or even deaths that made the book worthy to be held up against its predecessors. Roy Detrice delivers a decent performance, but it is true that he changed the pronunciation of several main characters' names, which can be very confusing. Also the tonality he uses for Arya and Samwell Tarly are completely different than the previous books.
All in all, you're better off reading a summary of this novel online rather than wasting 40+ hours of your life hearing nothing but descriptions and dialogue.
I love this series. Read the books, watch the show, and now listening to the story. But I wish the narrator had taken a little extra time to remember how he had pronounced the names in the previous books. That was very irritating and took me out of the story each time.
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