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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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    sona Pearl River, NY, United States 12-02-12
    sona Pearl River, NY, United States 12-02-12 Member Since 2010
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    "????? have we stumbled upon a different series?"

    into chapter 2 and completely lost. other than Katlin's (ghost?), there are virtually no familiar names here, and the tsunami of new names/characters and poetic prose of religious meditations is sending me to reconsider following this series.
    What happened to the storyline? yes a ton of lead characters were killed off last book, but who in the seven hells are all these new people, and what are they suddenly doing here?
    Author could do a lot more good by picking up the threads of previous characters, and introducing us more slowly to this new cast. did the publishers forget to guide him?

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    Patrick Berkeley, Ca, United States 10-31-12
    Patrick Berkeley, Ca, United States 10-31-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Great story, terrible performance."
    Would you try another book from George R. R. Martin and/or Roy Dotrice?

    Not sure if it's the production team's fault or Mr. Dotrice's, but terrible performance.


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

    Wizard's First Rule. Great, human.
    Malazan Books of the Fallen. Epic, powerful fantasy.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Changed his voices from one book to the next. Audio shifts were brutal. Rough, rough editing.


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

    Book was great, although grim. That's not unexpected.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jeff Milford, ma, United States 10-03-12
    Jeff Milford, ma, United States 10-03-12 Member Since 2001
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    "not pleased with the narrator"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    not the audio book - I like the series but I truly thought this was a different person reading the book - I had read the reviews that he read differently but it's like a different person who never listened to the other books - unbelievably different.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Roy Dotrice?

    anyone who listened to the first audio books. really.


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    Tamizhan 10-02-12
    Tamizhan 10-02-12 Listener Since 2010
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    "Very poor narration"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I love simply love listening to audiobooks and I literally have 100+ audiobooks in my collections. But this is the first time I found it very difficult to listen to an audiobook, all because of poor narration. I am very disappointed.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Roy Dotrice’s performances?

    No


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    Gina Loganville, GA, United States 08-28-12
    Gina Loganville, GA, United States 08-28-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Captivating!"
    Where does A Feast for Crows rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    On a scale of 1-10, I would rank this audiobook at Nine.


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

    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.


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

    This is my first time listening to Roy Dotrice.


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

    I will leave this to the more creative people.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    derrick homestead, FL, United States 07-21-12
    derrick homestead, FL, United States 07-21-12 Member Since 2010

    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.

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    "Borrow it from a Library, Not a Repeatable Listen"

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    shane eden, VT, United States 04-19-12
    shane eden, VT, United States 04-19-12 Member Since 2010
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    "roys old and tired and still makes this book sing"
    What did you love best about A Feast for Crows?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Feast for Crows?

    brienne hanging


    Which character – as performed by Roy Dotrice – was your favorite?

    sam


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

    arya kills someone


    Any additional comments?

    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

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    Chris Arlington, TX, United States 04-14-12
    Chris Arlington, TX, United States 04-14-12 Member Since 2003

    Likes any genre so long as it is done well.

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    "Stop dithering and just get it."

    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.

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    Jeanni Mine Hill, NJ, United States 03-30-12
    Jeanni Mine Hill, NJ, United States 03-30-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Listen to the others!!! Roy Dotrice ruins it!!"
    What did you love best about A Feast for Crows?

    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.


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    Lisa Dyer 03-20-12
    Lisa Dyer 03-20-12 Member Since 2009
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    Any additional comments?

    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

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