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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)
On a scale of 1-10, I would rank this audiobook at Nine.
While many stories exist about Knights, Queens, Intrigue, Adventure, and Thrones; This story stands alone as a tale about a throne. While other books tell a story about the characters around the throne.
This is my first time listening to Roy Dotrice.
I will leave this to the more creative people.
From my reading history my perfect book would include; a space ship piloted by Ender Wiggin, that is infested by Zombies, who are being hunted by Drizzt Do'Urden and Lestat, while Joe Ledger and Amy Harper Bellafonte try to keep the ship from distroying Middleguard. The Sequal would be from Bean's perspective, with an epilogue by Malcolm Gladwell.
The main plots of the series stop moving forward with this book. Nothing is bad and nothing is great about it, It lacks excitement and intrigue. This is the calm before the storm, just like much of A dance with dragons. So together you will have sixty something hours of calm. I think it is a waste of credits in the end, so I would just get it another way if possible. It is not a book that people will likely reread, I usually listen to most of the books I get at least 3 times some more than 10 but I will never go through this one again.
martin has created a series in which even the most marginal characters are compelling , however much you love the starks you will hate the lannisters frays and boltons more , this series is unique in that the ones you want to win NEVER do but you still root for them.
arya kills someone
I cant overstate the improvement of roy dotrice over john lee . lees narration was hard to folow and over acted while roy feels like an old friend
Likes any genre so long as it is done well.
You've already listened to the first three, just get it.
Yes the narration is inexplicably worse. Yes, the plot line drags on, and involves a lot of minor characters. But it is still good.
I listened then got the fifth one, which seems to pick up again.
I didn't read the reviews of this before purchasing. I had read the first three books in the series, so there was no question of reading the fourth. When I started listening, I thought something was wrong and I had downloaded the wrong book, or something strange. How can a narrator change voices and even name pronunciations so drastically - after having done it consistently in three previous books?????!!!!!! I logged onto the site now just to see if this problem was mentioned by any other readers. And it is definitely the Roy Dotrice version, not John Lee. It is so distracting, I'm surprised how disappointed I am, and what affect this has on the overall enjoyment of the book. I will read the reviews of book 5 - hopefully Dotrice will return to the narration consistent with books one through three.
I enjoyed this book and yes, even the performance as much as the rest. If you are committed to this series, absolutely keep going and don't be frightened off by the negative reviews.
I find that series usually start to suffer at around book 3 or 4. No difference here, but I'd say the drop-off is negligible. Lots of new characters are introduced (keeping it fresh and interesting, in my estimation) so be prepared for that, and some old favorites don't appear much or at all in this installment (Arya, Tyrion). But others (Jon, Sam, Brienne) do. And I certainly get the feeling that the
No. I do not listen to fiction more than once.
The first section when the narrator changes the voices for several of the characters
In this book the narrator changes the voice of Aria, Sam Tarley, Petire and several other characters. This detracts from what was to this point a very good performance. Some of the characters sound just alike (the pirate voice) but that is tolerable. But when he changes Aria's voice it takes away completely from one of the major characters and reveals the the narrator
No because i had to adjust to the voice changes.
He needs to edit his work. He has smeared ink on a work of art.
Love the book. And Roy Dotrice's Shakespearean style has always worked wonderfully for this series.
But I'm driven to distraction, madness and confusion by Roy's unexplained changes to almost every main character name and voice. The other reviewers and I are not exagerating, there are far more names and voices that have been changed in this book than are consistent with the last. Obviously this won't happen, but I really wish Roy would volunteer to come back in and re-record this book, after listening to his performance of the first three.
Everything I've read by George R. R. Martin has been great and I would try another book of his but after listening to Feast for Crows I've lost respect for Roy Dotrice. In the first 3 books he was amazing but then in this book he changed a lot of the voices and even how he pronounces names. It is very annoying especially after getting use to how he said things in the first 3 books. Is it too much to ask for consistency? I think not and will think twice about listening to Roy Dotrice again.
No due to the fact that Roy has changed pronunciations of key names
They way he changed the names
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