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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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Jon Snow, He knows nothing. He was the most likeable character.
Decent Good voice Terrible at names.
When Jon learns about Stanis was killed, then got murdered himself
The narrator freaking changes how he pronounced the names of almost all of the characters making it very hard to listen to and especially when they were all the same in the previous books.
I have listened and enjoyed all of the previous books and this one had it moments, but overall it was just an exercise just so I would know where the story is going rather than actual enjoyment. Some to key characters (Tyrion, Daenerys, etc.) were not even in the book and other characters we care nothing about take up hours of time and we still don't care about them.
Bottom line is you have to listen to it, and the last half is MUCH better than the first half, but getting through it at times will be difficult.
It's been said by many already, Roy changed the voices. It's still good but I am really thinking about picking up the book for Dance with Dragons. In this volume the great voice that Petyr (and Varys) had is gone, replaced by a gruff, deep voice. Apparently in the next volume my favorite character Daenerys gets an awful crone's voice. That simply won't do.
I came late to the Song of Ice and Fire series, after first watching the HBO series. Initially, I tried to read A Clash of Kings, but lacked the patience and instead opted to wait for the 2nd season. Overall, in the series, Dotrice's performance is unfortunate. I appreciate that he voices each character distinctly--this is what makes an audiobook great. However, his choices range from stereotypical to absurd. Arya stark, for instance, sounds like Gollum from the Lord of the Rings. Female characters either sound like men or like goblins. But, that's beside the point for me.
In A Storm of Swords, the story, pacing, and action are all so compelling and excellent that the listener forgets about Dotrice and just enjoys the magnificent ride. Here in A Feast for Crows, the endless parade of names, titles, lands, and the constant negativity of every story and character is so one dimensional that all the listener is left with to try to redeem the book is the performance, which only serves to highlight the fact that this book probably should have remained unpublished. I have heard that Martin intended to include the content of A Feast for Crows as flashbacks in A Dance with Dragons. He should have stuck with that choice, because this is a book that probably should not have been published. Not only is the action included so sparse and uninteresting as to make the tedious reading/listening a waste of time, none of the characters included are as compelling as those left out (or dead).
The time it takes to endure this book is not as well spent as reviewing chapter summaries from other sources, then returning for A Dance with Dragons.
If Roy Dotrice had continued his excellent narration from the first 3 books it would have been great. Instead, he completely destroys the immersion in this one.
The story itself is a disappointment compared to the earlier books. A LOT of time is spent on things that we just don't care about. And I mean a LOT! Half of the book involves who will become king of the Iron Islands. I just don't care that much. What happened to all of the characters that we know and love from the first 3 books?
Roy Dotrice did such an amazing job with the first 3 books, it is astounding that he messes up so completely in this one. It boggles my mind as to why he (or the producers) couldn't figure out that he was messing up the voices. Did anybody care?
I would cut all of the Iron Islands stuff and all of the new Iron Islands characters. I really don't care about them.
It is so frustrating to hear Roy mess up the voices. Sansa and Aria are high-born sisters, so why does Roy give Aria a wretched peasant voice throughout this entire book, while Sansa's accent remains "proper"? It seems that in this book, Roy can only do the wretched peasant voice and the Scottish brogue previously used for Stannis. Many of the characters in Feast for Crows share these same voices and it becomes quite confusing. Also Brienne and Samwell suddenly have the exact same voice, which is similar to Aria's wretched voice. Extremely frustrating.I wish I could get my money back for this, as I want to quit listening and just buy the paperback book.
Has anyone noticed that great chunks are missing from A Storm of Swords that are showing up in A Feast for Crows? Unless Martin suddenly decided to start jumping around chronologically...
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I didn't love this book as much as I found it to be necessary to get to the next installment. Book 3 ended with some very big cliffhangers after exciting events that had taken place so when I started book for I was expecting a continuation of those events. That's not what I got and it took me a few chapters to get into what I was hearing. That's not to say this book doesn't have some "big" things happen and as I listened, it became clear how the writer is trying to bring things together. I still give it 4 stars because overall this is a very intriguing story. One item of note: It sounded like a couple of the voices changed from the previous books. That took me a minute to get used to, as well. The reader is fantastic in all the other books but I gave him 3 stars this time around because he confused me a bit with not being consistent.
I must recommend it as it is part of the series. How else would we get to book 5?
This installment was very focused on Jaime and his sister Cersei. Jaime has become one of my top 5 characters in this series.
I am reading this series and opting to not watch the TV show. The audio format is convenient but there are so many characters in the story that not having any sort of visual has proven to be difficult for me when trying to remember who is who especially when someone pops into book 4 that hasn't been mentioned since book 1. Thankfully book and subsequent TV series has become so popular that there are some pretty detailed Wikis that have been created for this series. I recommend looking a couple of them up when you start to get lost or can't remember a character or event that is now becoming a front and center plot in book 4. You'll find the history of characters and events to be helpful. Just keep in mind that the TV series isn't following the books exactly so you'll want to make sure the source you are using is regarding the books not the TV show.
I really enjoyed the first three Game of Thrones books, however, after listening to them, narrated by Roy Doctrice, this one is almost painful because there is a new narrator who pales in comparison, and who has taken it upon himself to form new pronunciations of major characters' names.
I liked the new voices and perspectives - i.e. the expansion of the "Game"
He changed the pronunciations of names established earlier in the series, and gave various beloved characters obnoxiously affected voices that were difficult to listen to - overall a devastating change after the talents of Roy Dotrice.
I still can't decide!
Bring back Roy Doctrice for books 5-7! That's the only reason I subscribed to Audible in the first place. I think Random House had the original contract - what happened? Why is it a new company?
I'd kinda have to just to keep them going on the series
Take out some of the boring useless conversations that happen every character narration.
Go back to the old voice for aria!
Literally just listened to get to the next book.
I almost didn't buy this because of the string of Dotrice-slamming reviews that top the "most helpful" list. The haters are wrong.
I've listened to the previous three books and many, many other audio books and Dotrice is an absolute treasure throughout. His emotion, articulation, timing, myriad character voices, etc. bring these books to life unlike any narrator I've listened to before.
True, this book is not as perfect as ASOS, which stands out as one of the truly great fantasy books of all time. There certainly should have been some fat trimming in Feast to speed things up, but at the sentence-level, Martin's writing is still spectacular even if the narrative is slow-moving and sometimes tangential. Plus we miss Dany, Tyrion, and others in this book.
It is also true that Dotrice makes a few errors that I consider quite minor in the overall evaluation of his performance. Yes, he changes his pronunciation of Petyr and, most jarringly, Petryr's voice, for example. I wish he hadn't. But how strange is this collective freak-out about Dotrice given that this is otherwise an energetic and captivating 34-or-so-hour performance that moves between literally hundreds of characters and their voices.
In the end I suppose I'm happy to have had the lowered expectations going into Feast. It's simply not as good as the remarkable books that preceded it. But these histrionic reviews are bizarre overreactions of people that are, perhaps, too invested in Martin's wonderful but -- sorry for the spoiler -- fictional world. Get out more, people! For the rest of you, listen, be patient with the meandering, and enjoy!
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