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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)
I'm pretty sure that everyone is in love with the GoT series by now. The first three books did a great job building to this book, but this one fell a little flat. It took too long to get to most of the points and then just left you hanging. Also, one thing I enjoy about this series is how each chapter is about a particular character. This book starts out with new characters and doesn't call them out by name, just their role. This doesn't let you really get to know them as much as the previous books gad done.
Yes, if a competent reader were assigned the task. The book is amazing, but i had to buy the written version, I cannot STAND the way Roy Dotrice turns the book into a gurgling, hissing cacophany that is an assault to the ears. I literally had to turn it off at times because of his ludicrous "accents".
My favorite character was Tyrion. I felt he was the most complex character, both villain and hero, but Mr. Dotrice turns him into a cockney-ish halfwit with his dismal portrayal. Bad enough the accents did not fit, but they changed from chapter to chapter on the same character.
HIs accents were mostly ficticous and atrocious, everyone sounded like a dying old man or a guttersnipe old crone, his abysmal attempts to act out the dialogue rather than reading it ruined EVERYTHING, at times making you skip forward just to get away from some offensive or unintelligible accent. I suffered through the first three books, but gave up with Feast of Crows.
I could not, the story was over-shadowed to the point of distraction by the unforgivable performance of Roy Dotrice. He may have won a record for the most accents, but that in no way means they were appropriate or good.
PLEASE remake the series with a decent reader, someone who will narrate the immense and rich story without trying to interject themselves and their interpretations. There are so many amazing narrators available. I am convinced if you did the series again, people would throw away the Dotrie versions and purchase the saga anew.
I *HIGHLY* recommend this audiobook to anyone who has read the first three books. If you are a fan of the series and have yet to listen to Roy Dotrice read the series, you are missing you.
I would definitely read all in one sitting if I was able to do so, but it is far too long for that!
this book really focus' on developing all the main plots with a view sub ones. Some big things happen but he really uses this book to set up another 'Storm of Swords' blowing of the mind.
Retired teacher and interpreter. I read classic and contemporary fiction, as well as Mystery/Suspense/Horror, Fantasy&Sci-fi.
A previous reviewer mentioned that Mr. Dotrice must have had a long break between recording Book Three; Storm of Swords and this book, Four; Feast for Crows, because he forgot some of his pronunciation choices, and when it came up, oh gosh is it irritating! Every time he 'mispronounced' something it made me cringe, and eventually yell at my tablet (didn't help...).
The first books in this series had me hooked and excited, but for the first time (and considering the sheer volume written in the series thus far, that's astounding) I got bored. There have been too many main characters killed off, too many changes in direction...it all gets bogged down a bit in this one...Though not enough to give up altogether!
The performance from Roy Dotrice is great as all his work is. The story starts out very slow, not like Martin's other works. Keep with it though, the story gets really good towards the end!
The first 80% of this entry to the Game of Thrones series is very boring. It doesn't get good until the final few chapters.
Seit 1987 lebe ich in den USA, seit 12 Jahren in Virginia.Hoere deutsche Buecher um mit deutscher Literatur auf dem laufenden zu bleiben.
This is not the Roy Dotrice from the first three books. He changed some of the characters' voices. High born people sound like street urchins and others sound like a drunk Winston Churchill. The story continues but is definitely feathered out into many unfinished subplots. Of course, I will buy the next book the see the story come to a conclusion; and that's what this book feels like: just a teaser and a bridge book to the next one.
Yes, but I personally enjoyed reading the other books in the series more than I did listening, but still wasn't bad. Mainly because it is easy to get lost since it is sometimes difficult to understand what is being said because of the jargon.. Sometimes I had to read the chapter summaries online in order to keep up, especially on the chapters where George Martin introduces whole new plot lines and characters. It can be difficult to understand what is being said.
Yes, but it was annoying how he pronounced many of their names incorrectly.
That is pretty impossible with a book this length Amazon.
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