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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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    Sharon Granbury, TX, USA 04-27-12
    Sharon Granbury, TX, USA 04-27-12 Member Since 2004
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    "Narration not as well done as I would have liked."
    If you could sum up A Feast for Crows in three words, what would they be?

    Absolutely addictive fiction!


    What did you like best about this story?

    A read so engaging you can't put it down. Wonderful detail in the telling with each book consistently drawing you into the storyline making you hungry for the next chapter.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Roy Dotrice?

    Not if he attempts to do female voices. Mr. Dotrice makes the female characters all sound like the same old woman. This was the only thing that spoiled the telling of the story. I will not listen to his rendition of future books in the series.


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    Kevin Bristow, VA, United States 04-26-12
    Kevin Bristow, VA, United States 04-26-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Love the series overall but getting bored"

    Read the first three years ago and decided to listen to them again from the beginning last year. I'm still entertained and enjoy the listen, but I really started feeling this is too drawn out with Feast for Crows. It is a bit of a soap opera and I really want the plot to move along. I'm sure I will jump right into A Dance with Dragons anyway for love of the series. The narrator's 'Character Acting' is too repetitive, every character's voice is the same.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Steve INDIO, CA, United States 04-26-12
    Steve INDIO, CA, United States 04-26-12 Member Since 2011
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    "s.........l...........o.........w"

    If you've ever wondered what a Fantasy book in realtime would read like then look no further than book 4. If I hadn't been such a big fan of the first three books I would have literally stopped reading in the first chapter. I'm not sure why Martin decided to not include some of the most popular characters in this book. I've heard that they will be included in Book 5 which supposedly takes place during the same period of time as book 4.

    Feast of Crows is horribly boring and I'm being nice. I can really only recommend the last 9 hours of this book and I can barely recommend those. I feel like reading a two paragraph list of events about this book would have been a far better use of my time. If you get bored easily do yourself a favor and just skip this book. You really won't be missing much.

    Also I've never been a fan of Dotrice's narrating.

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    Rob San Antonio, TX, United States 04-24-12
    Rob San Antonio, TX, United States 04-24-12
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    "What the Heck Happened!?!?!?"
    What did you love best about A Feast for Crows?

    I still love the vivid descriptions of peoples clothing, landscape, and what they are eating the best!


    What didn’t you like about Roy Dotrice’s performance?

    The all of a sudden change in character's voices, especially Aria's! Also the mispronunciation of the character's names. I think the producer should be blamed for allowing this to happen. There is no excuse for this. How can you possibly read three books and forget the voice you have been using and how to say their names? All I can say is I hope books 5, 6, & 7 are back on track.


    Any additional comments?

    The flow of this story is different. I feel as if these boring new characters, (which I have no attachment to) dominate the entire book. Although we hear much from Cersi and Jaime, I do not get to hear enough from Aria, Jon,Tyrian, and Danny. There was too many chapters in-between the good characters. Therefore I must give this 4 out of 5 stars for story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    David old lyme, CT, United States 04-18-12
    David old lyme, CT, United States 04-18-12 Member Since 2008

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Overall Not Bad"
    Where does A Feast for Crows rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I'm only halfway so I can't say what I liked best yet.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    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.


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Brady B. Haws North Salt Lake, UT, USA 04-17-12
    Brady B. Haws North Salt Lake, UT, USA 04-17-12 Member Since 2005

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    "Annoying differences in narration from previous..."
    What made the experience of listening to A Feast for Crows the most enjoyable?

    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.


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

    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.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Roy Dotrice?

    Yes. He has done a pretty good job throughout the series.


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

    It would have been impossible. I did sit and wait for chapter breaks many times.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was lacking some key characters and I missed some of them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gerri Port St. Lucie, FL, United States 04-12-12
    Gerri Port St. Lucie, FL, United States 04-12-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Betrayed by Roy!!!"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gerald Westland, MI, United States 04-10-12
    Gerald Westland, MI, United States 04-10-12 Member Since 2003
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    "I'm sorry but..."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    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.


    What could George R.R. Martin have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I think this book could have been much shorter.


    What three words best describe Roy Dotrice’s voice?

    A little off-target


    Did A Feast for Crows inspire you to do anything?

    Stop listening to the series for a while.


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    Brett United States 04-05-12
    Brett United States 04-05-12 Member Since 2011
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    "More like a new story than a continuation"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The new characters and plots are hard to follow. Too many sharp bends.


    Would you be willing to try another book from George R.R. Martin? Why or why not?

    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.


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

    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.


    Could you see A Feast for Crows being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    NO!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin Ottawa, ON, Canada 03-19-12
    Kevin Ottawa, ON, Canada 03-19-12 Member Since 2001
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    "C'mon people, get real, this is a great reading"
    What made the experience of listening to A Feast for Crows the most enjoyable?

    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!


    What about Roy Dotrice’s performance did you like?

    Incomparable range of character portayal and vocal richness.


    Any additional comments?

    Good job bringing Roy back.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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