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