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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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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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    Connie Hope, BC, Canada 01-07-13
    Connie Hope, BC, Canada 01-07-13 Member Since 2013

    Science fiction, fantasy, historical fiction...take me away!

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    "Where did the compelling characters go?"

    The characters that kept me engaged in the story nearly disappeared entirely. And the reader started pronouncing names differently than he had in the first three books. Barely made it through this one.

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    Orren Mission Viejo, CA, United States 01-05-13
    Orren Mission Viejo, CA, United States 01-05-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Looks like cuts from Book 5"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I listened to it, because I did enjoy the first of the three in the series. You can skip this book, its all recap'd in Book 5. Supposedly Book 5 was published years later, but I would swear this is cuts from Book 5 that they decided to sell as its own volume!

    The reading was ok, but often he changed voices of characters mid-conversation. Like me, he probably had a hard time paying attention.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I am listening to Book 5, it is better. But the chapters are drawn out compared to the first three volumes.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes, but as mentioned above, he confused character voices within the same conversation.


    Was A Feast for Crows worth the listening time?

    I'd skip it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Barrie West Kelowna, BC, Canada 01-04-13
    Barrie West Kelowna, BC, Canada 01-04-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Terrible Performance - read reviews before buying!"
    What did you like best about A Feast for Crows? What did you like least?

    The story is fine but the performance of Roy Dotrice is shockingly bad.


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

    Not if the narration is like this.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Where do I start? Voice changes, name changes and more, often within the same paragraph!Did Mr Dotrice not listen to his previous (excellent) recordings before recording this?


    Do you think A Feast for Crows needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Maybe


    Any additional comments?

    Does Audible offer refunds for junk like this? Worst performance of any book I've ever downloaded (117 to date).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan Columbiana, AL, United States 01-04-13
    Ryan Columbiana, AL, United States 01-04-13 Member Since 2014
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    "A must have but not quite like the others"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Feast for Crows to be better than the print version?

    Yes, I would consider it better than the print. It brings the story to life.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The King Slayer


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the king slayer was standing watch over his father's body.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I did not have a particular one.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is definitely a must have for "A Song of Fire and Ice" fans but it is not quite like the other books. It feels more like an interlude to something bigger to come.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marshall United States 01-02-13
    Marshall United States 01-02-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Becalmed in a Song of Ice and Fire"

    Like an adventurer crossing the Narrow Sea to continue this epic tale of first rate fantasy a "Feast for Crows" gets lost in the doldrums of new characters and backstories that exhaust the reader and becalm the main plot lines. After 3 incredible installments it's not the first time a fantasy author has gotten lost in his own tale and while there are great moments in this book the vast plains in between are a slog.

    Like so many of the other reviews the narration by Dotrice is jarring at first especially for Arya and Little Finger with the drastic change in their vocies. But you should get used to after a couple hours. As for the ending it was considerably lacking in relation to the first 3.

    Overall if you loved the first 3 books and have invested that much time into the series you'll be compelled to listen I have no doubt. As for me all I can do now is hope that Martin can create another whirlwind of brilliance in the following books to fill his sails and break free of this stagnation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Aurora toronto, Ontario, Canada 01-02-13
    Aurora toronto, Ontario, Canada 01-02-13 Member Since 2010
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    "This series is pure gold"
    What did you love best about A Feast for Crows?

    These books should not be read out of sequence but if you liked the first three you will not be disappointed by this one. It delivers consistent character growth and interesting plot development, in keeping with Martins style.


    What does Roy Dotrice bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Dotrice is an excellent reader who captures the style perfectly.


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

    Don't touch it until you've seen the other 3.


    Any additional comments?

    I strongly recommend this series for lovers of complex and highly developed narrative and characters. Anyone who does not love political drama or extremely long narratives and a lot of moral ambiguity should avoid it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    A. D. Mcrae Chicago, IL United States 01-01-13
    A. D. Mcrae Chicago, IL United States 01-01-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Still A Fan"

    While this book did not move with the same quickness as the first three, I am still quite a fan of the series. I think Mr Martin is doing something a bit different or expected with the storyline and the characters. I have read many reviews from disappointed readers of the book and do not agree that the book is not up to par with the previous ones. I think it is simply different. Mr Martin has gotten us very used to a thrill ride, this one is a bit slower though no less useful if we want real characters. I look forward to listening to the fifth installation as well as those to follow.

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    Jessica Independence, Missouri, United States 12-25-12
    Jessica Independence, Missouri, United States 12-25-12 Member Since 2015
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    "I love the story, not so much the narration"
    What made the experience of listening to A Feast for Crows the most enjoyable?

    All of these books are long and when you have two toddlers, it's next to impossible to sit down to read these tomes. I love the story though, so I decided to try listening. I did really enjoy the experience.


    What did you like best about this story?

    George R. R. Martin is an excellent writer. He does a great job of putting you into each character's own world. He has created brilliant characters.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Roy Dotrice did a pretty good job with the third book (I don't know if he narrated the previous books, I read them as opposed to listening) but he was lacking in this fourth edition. There was one character in particular that I couldn't listen to; I had to read his chapters. He also mispronounces many names, and pronounces names differently than he did in book 3. It's almost like he forgot?


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

    All Men Must Die


    Any additional comments?

    Overall a good listen, but I would recommend having the book nearby if you have difficulty understanding what the narrator says, as I did.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Teri bremerton, WA, United States 12-21-12
    Teri bremerton, WA, United States 12-21-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Unpredictable"
    Where does A Feast for Crows rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very Enjoyable and you never know who will be done in and who will switch sides! Fun!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carolyn SAINT PAUL, MN, United States 12-20-12
    Carolyn SAINT PAUL, MN, United States 12-20-12 Member Since 2011

    I am a proud Mexican woman that loves words and reading/listening to books. I also believe that only through knowledge can we achieve progress.

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    "Facinating"

    I had a great time listening to this story! George R.R. Martin has a way with words that is remarkable. However I do believe that Roy Dotrice has a hard time pronouning the names/places in the story the same way twice...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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