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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.
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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)
I liked that A Feast For Crows picked up where A Storm of Swords left off, but then I feel like it never picked up and caught pace with Storm of Swords. So much ground was covered in Book 3 and some of the characters (who survived) were only mentioned briefly in this book.
Like many others have stated, the changes in the narration voices were terribly distracting. Previously Dotrice had done an excellent job keeping the voices consistent for all of the main characters, but this time it was like he was reading these books for the first time. It took some time to get in sync with which voice he was using for which character. Sad.
I'm on the fence. As others have suggested, it would well be worth the time and money to have Dotrice re-record the book after having gone back and listened to the voices he used in the previous books.
Can't say too much that is bad about this book, but be prepared to venture off into even more nooks and crannies as the authors world continues to grow.
The narrator had a bit too much time off and it took a bit to get used to the change is some pronunciation and he has changed a few of the voices - one you adjust though - he does a nice job of bringing the story to life.
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Yes. It's part of "A Song of Ice and Fire"
Dotrice has a bunch of voices, but the previous books were much better in their performance. The recording quality is bad. He sounds like he is reading inside a barrel. He doesn't use the same voices for the same characters. For one, Arya is surprisingly different. It's like he purposely is screwing it up.
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If you have enjoyed the other books before this one, I think you'll be disappointed. Too much time spent on tertiary character development, noticeably intentional absence of popular interesting characters - this book is FILLER. It seems its main purpose is to just establish the passing of time in the world. Frankly, it's fine that the author has such a broad view of the world he has created, but there's an art in telling a tale and populating a story with 10000 characters doesn't make it better. (Of course if these other 3rd level characters become important I'll probably regret this)
The narration is fine and talented.
It is essential, but there are pacing issues and there were changes in how Roy Dotrice narrates some characters.
This continues the epic Song of Ice and Fire, but has missing characters from the previous books.
The narration of Roy Dotrice remains amazing... but... he changed how he narrates some characters... which is very confusing at first and the changes are not for the better.
I can't say what really moved me without revealing a spoiler.
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Roy is obviously a great voice actor, so what happened with this book? If you've listened to the first three installments you know how we'll the voices are done. from what I understand, the original recording of the book was done by someone else, then Roy came back and did a recording due to all the complaints about the original reading. The problem here is that Roy seems to have forgotten which character was which and what voice went with them! I mean, some of the girls sound like guys and the guys sound like their former enemies. The one thing you can count on is all the lanisters now sound like Tyrian (they didn't before). I never heard the first recording so I don't know how bad it was and if you haven't listened to the first three books you'll never notice, and to you, Roy will have done a superb job. I'd love to listen to this book again after Roy finds his old voices and puts them back with the right characters!
Dotrice is spot on narrating these novels. Just enough variation between characters so you can keep things straight, but he doesn't over do it.
And the story is wonderful; endearing characters, evil characters, bumbling fools and manipulative geniuses. R.R. Martin keeps you on your toes right on through to the end; I just hope he doesn't keep us all waiting too long for the rest of the story!
Yes, being the fourth book in the series it is always wonderful to have a well read refresher when going back through the series.
I had several favorite Characters, one of them was Arya Stark becausw I felt her chapters really moved the plot along.
I felt he did a good job at making the dialogue more entertaining.
Almost everything. I just thought it was super boring. No Daenrys, hardly any Jon Snow. The Arya thread is the only one I even cared about. I literally found myself forwarding 5 minutes here and there to just get through it. It was nothing like the first three.
Fans of this series will read this book no matter what but be advised that disappointments are waiting for you.
There is a surprising lack of action until the last quarter.
The voices developed by Dotrice for books 1-3 were wonderful. I have read no explanation for why they were abandoned.
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