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.
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"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)
This is my favorite book of the 4 Ice and Fire novels I have listened to so far. The character development really kicks off in this book as the War of Five Kings is at an end.
Roy Doltrice is a fantastic voice actor, and I have enjoyed all of his works so far, but many of the voices are far different than the previous 3 books. In fact, some of the voices changed part way through the book! Littlefinger's voice went from a sly young man to a hardened and gruff northerner mid in the same chapter and stayed that way for the rest of the book. Arya Stark also changed from a young girl to an old lady's voice and stayed that way.
I LOVE these books, so I thought it would be a good idea to read them again, but instead listen. This narrator is a joke, his voices are the worst I have ever heard! It is down right insulting to these wonderful books! He can't even pronounce the character's freaking names correctly! Every time I listen to his voice it makes me infuriated. Read the books instead!
As in the subject line i have to say this was my least favorite of the series. I can't exactly tell if it's because the focus was more on characters that I find less enjoyable or what but I found this one to not be one of my favorites. Of course listening to it makes it easy to lose focus and I constantly found myself a bit confused. Still a great series and will definitely continue but hope for a little more witty banter and plot twists. Also I miss the imp. Definitely favorite character and possibly in all fantasy novels
This is a good book, judging it by its predasessors though, it's a solid 4th in my opinion. I missed much of Bran's story, it doesn't touch much on him in the book. Although the Starks story is still very interesting in one aspect. I only wish the NARRATOR would have taken a lesson from the narrator of the first 3 books, and pronounced the charecters names correctly (or at least the same). Petyre Balish's name is not pronounced like Peter, and there were others as well. It was a little jarring at first, but it was fine after a while. If your trying to complete the series as I am, it's an obvious must read, and I've heard far worse.
Roy Ditrice does a good job there reading this book, although he seems to have changed at least one of the voices from the book. Also the way character's names are pronounced is inconsistent from the previous two books A very enjoyable listen in a very compelling series.
It took two attempts and a lot of skipping to get through this one and It's hard to give this more than two stars when I compare it to the previous novels. Frankly it was too much Cerce and Jamie and nothing significant really happened until the very last pages. I liked it better when all the story lines were addressed in a single book. Martin likes the long novels, but this could have done with some editing.
I love this entire series. The only issue I have is that the reader Roy Dotrice changed the pronunciation of some of the names plus he changed some voices. It kinda through me but other than that, I can't wait for the next one.
Really frustrating and a struggle to get through. I switched from the paper books to audio books as a feast for crows and a dance with fashions are terrible. George RR Martin had run out of ideas and it's no wonder he's dragging his heels releasing the following books. I think he's more than happy to let HBO finish the story for him. I don't think I have ever said it before bit the TV show is much better than the books. And I started with the books.
Many will say that part if the story has stalled I just been amazed about the amount of details George R. R. Martin is able to create to entertain you. I keep loving the series and wanting to have more.
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