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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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    will corona, CA, United States 11-12-12
    will corona, CA, United States 11-12-12
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    "no you didnt !"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    the whole series is great..yes


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

    when roy dotrice made denaris sound like a man


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Roy Dotrice?

    the voice for denaris sounds like a man not a 13 year old girl whats up!!!!!!!!!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sy Altadena, CA, United States 11-12-12
    Sy Altadena, CA, United States 11-12-12 Member Since 2012
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    "New Stuff"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Feast for Crows to be better than the print version?

    I have not seen the print version. I am sure there may be maps and illustrations that I miss by listening to the audio, but the performance is wonderful and I can listen while I commute.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Arya Stark (Cat of the Canals)


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Tyrion's escape.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A rose by another name smells wretched.


    Any additional comments?

    A lot of new characters are introduced, so it will be confusing for the first four chapters, eventually we start to see some familiar faces. There's not as much justice being served as I would prefer, lots of loose ends and no satisfying conclusions can be broached. But it is ever entertaining. If you are not aware by this 4th book, don't get attached to any characters...Martin seems to enjoy letting us follow characters for chapters and chapters and then kill them off with little regard.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Scott cave creek, AZ, United States 11-12-12
    Scott cave creek, AZ, United States 11-12-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Not nearly as good as the previous books"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    yes


    Has A Feast for Crows turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I have had no interest in the next book because this book was so slow and went nowhere.


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

    he should have kept the same voices for the characters as previous books


    Was A Feast for Crows worth the listening time?

    no


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jason SAINT PETERSBURG, FL, United States 11-08-12
    Jason SAINT PETERSBURG, FL, United States 11-08-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Adding my voice to the frustration!"
    Would you be willing to try another one of Roy Dotrice’s performances?

    Roy Dotrice has been amazing from book 1 to book 3 but (as you're probably well aware by now) the voices and names have changed and it's truly off putting. I've investing over 100 hours in the first 3 books and during those 100 hours I've become accustomed to names being pronounced a certain way and character voices being performed a certain way.

    The only thing I can imagine that that it was so long between books that he forgot a few things. It's sad really. As if Martin hasn't killed enough of me favorite characters, now Roy is killing some of the ones he left. Ugh...


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    R. E. Cohen 11-08-12
    R. E. Cohen 11-08-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Terrible narration"
    Would you try another book from George R. R. Martin and/or Roy Dotrice?

    Roy Dotrice did a wonderful job with books 1-3, but with book 4 he totally changed the voices. The female voices are awful. It would be better just to read them without voices. Some reviews seem to be of a different edition. I will not liste to book 5 probably because the reading is so bad for book 4. The story itself is gripping, though not as good as books 1-3.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Roy Dotrice’s performances?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Aaron Staunton, VA, United States 11-04-12
    Aaron Staunton, VA, United States 11-04-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Enjoy the series, but this book could be redone"
    What made the experience of listening to A Feast for Crows the most enjoyable?

    Overall this book introduces many new characters to the book but there are some returning faces but I have to say their voices do not return. I know by looking at this book's audible listing there where several years between the productions of the first three books in the series and this book but for some reason it does not appear that Mr Dotrice went back and listened to the previous books as he flat out pronounces some names totally different in this production as well as different voices. This is why I gave the performance only 3 of 5 stars.

    This book could benefit from being reproduced paying more attention to how the returning characters names where pronounced in the first three books as well as the voice's used for those characters.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Wurts United States 11-01-12
    Charles Wurts United States 11-01-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Just an awful continuation"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Everything. It's droning, nothing happens, half the characters are MIA. I made it all the way to book 4 and I don't think I'll continue.


    If you’ve listened to books by George R. R. Martin before, how does this one compare?

    nope


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narrator used the voices inconsistently. It made things that much worse.


    Was A Feast for Crows worth the listening time?

    NO!!!! It was a 32 hour reminder that I wasted my money.


    Any additional comments?

    The foundation of a good story is there - it just never showed up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nick SALEM, OR, United States 10-31-12
    Nick SALEM, OR, United States 10-31-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Good good good and more good."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It rocks.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Lots of rich characters and a gripping story.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Roy Dotrice?

    Yes. He is an excellent narrator that puts faces to characters with his use of different voices for many of them. And while some 'voices' get reused (you will hear Lord Tywin's voice in every gruff lord in the book) and he is slightly inconsistent in the voices used for characters and even in some name pronunciations between books, this is more of a minor annoyance then anything and does not detract much from overall enjoyment.


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

    No. Never. The books are longer then my working week :) Great for long commutes though.


    Any additional comments?

    Buy them. Buy them all. Listen to them. Then start back at the beginning to pick up all you missed. And then by the time you are done, Winds of Winter might be out :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    MEA 10-30-12
    MEA 10-30-12

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    "Too much content that didn't enhance the story."
    What didn’t you like about Roy Dotrice’s performance?

    Every woman, regardless of age, was given the voice of a crone.


    Any additional comments?

    After reading the other reviews I really hesitated to buy Feast for Crows, It requires
    2 credits which is a rip off in my opinion, but I finally caved in and all the other reviews
    were dead on,,, Martin describes things in minute detail, I don't really care what is in
    every basket in the fish market and the listing of all twenty colors of some Tattered King's robe doesn't add to the story. Then he goes off on tangents about some character that I had never heard of before and chances are won't be mentioned again. It's hard enough to keep track of characters that actually matter to the plot, let alone those he brings in that don't. I found myself wanting to fast forward but this is much harder to do in audio than if it is in written format. So I would grit my teeth and listen.

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    Charissa 10-30-12
    Charissa 10-30-12
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    "Excellent story though the performance is lacking"
    Did Roy Dotrice do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    I thought that there was a new narrator for this book - Roy Dotrice changed the voices for the characters and is very inconsistent with name pronunciations throughout this book. It is quite different from his excellent performance of the first three books in this series.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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