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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.
©2007 George R.R. Martin (P)2011 Random House
"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)
Science fiction, fantasy, historical fiction...take me away!
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.
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.
I am listening to Book 5, it is better. But the chapters are drawn out compared to the first three volumes.
Yes, but as mentioned above, he confused character voices within the same conversation.
I'd skip it.
The story is fine but the performance of Roy Dotrice is shockingly bad.
Not if the narration is like this.
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?
Does Audible offer refunds for junk like this? Worst performance of any book I've ever downloaded (117 to date).
Yes, I would consider it better than the print. It brings the story to life.
The King Slayer
When the king slayer was standing watch over his father's body.
I did not have a particular one.
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.
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.
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.
Dotrice is an excellent reader who captures the style perfectly.
Don't touch it until you've seen the other 3.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
All Men Must Die
Overall a good listen, but I would recommend having the book nearby if you have difficulty understanding what the narrator says, as I did.
Very Enjoyable and you never know who will be done in and who will switch sides! Fun!
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.
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...
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