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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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    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!


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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...

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    M. Kovgan 12-18-12
    M. Kovgan 12-18-12

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    "Roy Dotrice is THE storryteller"
    If you could sum up A Feast for Crows in three words, what would they be?

    stunning & surprising action-drama


    What other book might you compare A Feast for Crows to and why?

    Difficult: the author mixes several genres into his own style.Overall plots are classic thriller-drama, but the complexity of detail given the reader is overwhelming.


    What about Roy Dotrice’s performance did you like?

    Once you go Roy Dotrice, you can NEVER go back.


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

    yes, but I could not.


    Any additional comments?

    great book.
    Don't get attached to any of characters though :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Eric 12-15-12
    Eric 12-15-12
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    "Agree with comments on the performance..."
    Where does A Feast for Crows rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Mid to upper, a good series... but not the best book in the series


    Did Roy Dotrice do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    While he apparently was not given time to reacquaint himself with his work and chosen character voices from 7 years earlier perhaps...and it is jarring for those of us listening sequentially... he still offers a quality job narrating.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Darcy SMYRNA, DE, United States 12-14-12
    Darcy SMYRNA, DE, United States 12-14-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Narration, OK Story"
    What made the experience of listening to A Feast for Crows the most enjoyable?

    The narration of A Feast For Crows was terriffic. Roy Dotrice is very easy to listen to!


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The most interesting aspect to this story was that it's a part of a fantastic series. This, however was my least favorite book in the series. Where the other books leave you on the edge of your seat wondering what will happen next, this book does not. George R.R. Martin left you on a cliffhanger at the end of book 3 and then spends all of book 4 on other "lesser" characters, with no mention of what is happening with the characters from book 3.


    What about Roy Dotrice’s performance did you like?

    He uses different voices to distinguish the characters, speaks very clearly and maintains a good pace.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book left me a little irritated seeing as how I was anxious to continue the story from book 3 and instead he took the tale in an entirely different direction. I am sure it will all come together in the end, but as for book 4....meh.


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    Paul T. Winchell Towson MD 12-11-12
    Paul T. Winchell Towson MD 12-11-12

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    "Another amazing production"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. The Game of Thrones series as narrated by Dotrice is the single best audiobook experience i have ever had. I have already listened to all the available books and I'm currently on the 2nd listen. Dotrice does an AMAZING job with the narration.


    Any additional comments?

    One comment about the narration: Dotrice seems to have changed some of the accents and pronunciations. Most obvious is Little Finger' and Denarys' sudden change in accent that happens from book 3 to 4. I wish the accents had been more consistent, but that is a minor complaint when taken in context with how epic a production this is.

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    Brandon 12-10-12
    Brandon 12-10-12
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    "What happened to my favorite stories & characters?"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    It would not be possible to recommend this book to anyone due to the removal of great story lines and the addition of those that fail to keep my attention. I loved the first 3 books, but I could not honestly even recommend those based on the 4th book.


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

    Stick with the good story lines and characters from the first 3 books. Quit killing off beloved characters.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I was totally put off by the changed name pronunciations and altered voices of several characters. I especially cannot get over Arya's changed voice to that of an old witch.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Total Disappointment


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    Brett apo, AE, United States 12-10-12
    Brett apo, AE, United States 12-10-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Ignore Negative Reviews about Performance"
    Would you listen to A Feast for Crows again? Why?

    I am writing this review to dispel the notion that this audiobook is somehow inferior to the previous books read by Roy Dotrice. In the interest of full disclosure I have only listened to the first of the four parts, so I can’t speak to the plot itself, but so far I am enjoying that as well. I have purchased and listened to Game of Thrones (Book 1), Clash of Kings (Book 2) and Storm of Swords (Book 3) – all of which I thoroughly enjoyed.

    One of the things that makes these audiobooks great is the narration by Mr. Dotrice--whose different voices almost make this a radio drama—which I love! So imagine my horror when I read all of these negative reviews about how horrible the audio version was for Book 4! After reading all of these negative comments, in fact, I decided to not purchase the last installments and to read the last installments instead.

    ...But I had a couple of long road trips, so I broke down and decided I would get it any way—my thinking was “how bad can it be?” Boy am I glad I did. The reading of this book is fine—give me a break! “He misprounces Brienne’s name!” “Arya sounds like an old woman!” What a bunch of malarkey. I agree that AT TIMES he does mispronounce Brienne’s name—but I only heard him do this twice.

    So I wish all these whiners would Shut the Front Door-- you are doing a disservice to most readers who will enjoy this interpretation as much as the other books. Nobody is perfect—so this reading may have some differences between the earlier books, but it is still HEAD AND SHOULDERS above virtually every other audiobook I have listened to. (I have been an audible member for at least 10 years and listened to hundreds of titles.)

    So if you enjoyed the previous books, my recommendation is to get this one too. Again, as I wrote above, I don’t know if the plot will be as good—but I am so irritated that I almost skipped listening to this book because of some overzealous reviewers, I had to post this NOW to help other people avoid being similarly misled. Jeez. ;-(


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I love Tyrion Lannister - he gets the best lines and always thinks his way out his predicaments. Fantastic character.


    Have you listened to any of Roy Dotrice’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This performance is just as good as his earlier books.


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    Julie San Francisco, CA, United States 12-06-12
    Julie San Francisco, CA, United States 12-06-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Fan fiction that doesn't advance any story lines"
    Any additional comments?

    *SPOILER FREE*
    This book is as long as the others, but all the characters that you love are missing and nothing happens with all the other characters. It is a bunch of weak side stories. It is as if this is a work of fan fiction that goes at great length to avoid impacting any of the main story lines.

    The sad part is that you have to listen to it anyway, because you've already invested so much in the series. Let's hope the next books are better.

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    gerry milton, ON, Canada 12-01-12
    gerry milton, ON, Canada 12-01-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Split Story and More Twists in the Road"

    George Martin has again tests our memory and patience by adding at least 2 more fronts to the campaign - and countless more people. The new people then require endless character and story development, and while the development is likely necessary for George's ultimate master plan, a little less descriptive prose and action would have suited me better.

    My above headline alludes to the fact that George has split the story geographically between Books 4 & 5 and thus some of our favourite characters do not appear until Book 5. I personally do not have interest in the Danayrius story so the absence of her character was a nice break, but am sure others will be disappointed. John Snow and Tyrion are also missing from Book 4.

    As noted by others, Role Dotrice's voice work has changed for some characters. This was slightly annoying at first, but I found I became used to it. It appears that years have past since he did Book 3 and I still think he is amazing.

    In summary, this is another intriguing chapter in the great George Martin saga which, just when you think the story cannot get more confusing, takes a couple more twists away from that teasing conclusion that we are waiting for. If you are fan - reading this is a no-brainer, just be patient.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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