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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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    piera 02-11-13
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    "Book 3 and 4 could have been one book"
    What disappointed you about A Feast for Crows?

    The plot moves very, very slowly. It would have been helpful to have maps and family trees included with the book. I wonder if the printed book has them.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Roy Dotrice has an old sounding voice. He makes all girls and women sound like an old hags.


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    Karen Kennesaw, Georgia, United States 02-11-13
    Karen Kennesaw, Georgia, United States 02-11-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great book!"
    If you could sum up A Feast for Crows in three words, what would they be?

    Awesome storyline!


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

    Other George RR Martin Game of Thrones series


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

    He was OK but sounded older when characters were much younger. Jaime Lannister, for example, should sound more commanding, young and strong.


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

    The whole series keeps you guessing and provides plenty of unexpected turns!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    bridget 02-11-13
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    I immediately jumped into this book after the previous one had me on the edge of my seat the entire ride only to be extremely disappointing and bored. The story covers people I hadn't heard of and to be honest don't really care about. It was painful at times to push thru to the end. A glutton for punishment I suppose or thinking something exciting would happen and I'd miss it if I stopped listening. Not sure if Roy Dotrice didnt get paid enough to follow thru with past character voices but more on his horrible performance for the next audiobook review. If you fall asleep or get distracted during this one dont worry about rewinding..you're not missing anything. You could possibly skip this one all together and be none the less wiser.

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    Paul A. Haman Los Angeles, CA United States 02-10-13
    Paul A. Haman Los Angeles, CA United States 02-10-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Good, even with its flaws"
    What made the experience of listening to A Feast for Crows the most enjoyable?

    If you've made it to A Feast for Crows, book 4 of the series, then you're most likely already very committed to this world and these characters. Returning to this world, with the masterful help of Roy Dotrice, was like curling up in a warm, comfortable blanket.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I especially enjoyed the introduction and portrayal of Braavos. It feels like a real place, and different from any of the previous locations we've been to so far. I didn't quite feel the same way about Oldtown or Dorne.


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

    Dotrice's Euron Greyjoy is a pleasure to listen to. I also love the warmth & wisdom that comes through in his Aemon Targaryan.

    The biggest issue I have is with Brienne and Samwell, who are arguably the main heroes of this book. Even with their socially-awkward natures, they're both high-born & well educated. I don't think that aspect comes across often enough, both in the writing and in Dotrice's portrayals.


    Any additional comments?

    It took some time for me to adjust to the fact that there were several familiar characters and story lines completely absent from this book. I was a bit hesitant to absorb some of the new characters and places because I couldn't stop wondering why we weren't visiting some of the old familiar ones I was anxious to hear from.

    I soon found out that these missing pieces would be filled in book 5, A Dance With Dragons. Martin had written a book so long, that it had to be split into 2 "smaller" books. He chose to divide it by character and location, rather than a chronological split, so we get some characters in this one, and the rest in the next. If I'd known that going in, I think I would have relaxed and enjoyed myself more.

    Arya in particular was a character I wanted to get more of in this book. She was present, as was Sansa, but not nearly as much as Sam, Brienne, Jaime and Cersei. Arya's story felt fresh and exciting, but we only got a small taste of it. The Stark family was the heart of the first 3 books, and here they were largely missing.

    In all, I'd say that this book has a slower pace and far fewer major plot developments in comparison with the intense Storm of Swords. It feels like a breather while we wait for the next big thing to happen. That, combined with the issue of missing/less-interesting characters is why I've "only" given it 4 stars.

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    Jeanette Phoenix, AZ, United States 02-08-13
    Jeanette Phoenix, AZ, United States 02-08-13 Member Since 2010
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    "I'm completely engrossed in this series"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It grabs you and won't let you go.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The wealth of characters and depth of the stories.


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

    Yes, but it is so long, would be impossible.


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    Jeff Levesque 02-06-13 Member Since 2013

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    "Abandoning the Series That Never Ends."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. I am not going to read any more of the series unless and until it ends and then only if it ends soon.


    What was most disappointing about George R. R. Martin’s story?

    It keeps adding characters and has gotten to the point where it is a soap opera that will continue without closure.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I didn't find anything of notable goodness in the performance but did find the voices distracting.


    Did A Feast for Crows inspire you to do anything?

    Stop reading the series because it has become a chore to follow. Some individual story lines aren't even brought out and others only once in the entire epic volume.


    Any additional comments?

    The continual adding of story lines and characters while abandoning others has destroyed what started as a good thing. What ever happened to the little Stark and his wolf? A whole character set and story line not visited once in this book.

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    Amanda Jersey City, NJ, United States 02-05-13
    Amanda Jersey City, NJ, United States 02-05-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Pronunciation fail"
    What didn’t you like about Roy Dotrice’s performance?

    Roy dotrice really disappoints on this one, changing the pronunciation of the same names from the previous three books and even with sentences.


    Any additional comments?

    Unacceptable

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    Thomas Louisville, KY, United States 02-04-13
    Thomas Louisville, KY, United States 02-04-13
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    "Not as good as the first three, but still good..."
    What made the experience of listening to A Feast for Crows the most enjoyable?

    Roy Dotrice's performance was absolutely spot on again. Loved it.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I think that three of the most enjoyable characters are missing from this book, and the story doesn't progress as well because of it. I would have liked to have seen Tyrion, Jon, and Daenerys continue in this book, but sadly they do not. If you listen to this book and the next one (Dance With Dragons) back-to-back though, you will get the whole story.


    What does Roy Dotrice bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Roy Dotrice's performance brings all of the characters to life, and his pauses and dramatic elements also add a whole lot to the otherwise slower storyline.


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    J Livingston, TX, United States 02-04-13
    J Livingston, TX, United States 02-04-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Too Chopped up into Substories, but Still Great!"

    The story still fascinates, but frankly,the jumps from one character's storyline to the next are too short and disconnected. There are so many characters that Mr. Dotrice is plainly struggling to distinguish one from another, especially the female characters. The books should be re-recorded with about 4 narrators, at least one of them female. Having said that, I have enjoyed the series very much and have started listening to the 5th book over the weekend.

    Also looking forward to the 3rd television season in a few weeks!

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    jason Hurricane, UT, United States 02-04-13
    jason Hurricane, UT, United States 02-04-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Unprofessional embarrassment for Roy Dotrice"

    This is the fourth book in the series that I have listened to. The lack of mention of certain characters from the first three books as well as the unprofessional way that Roy Dotrice failed to act out the voices of some of the other characters left me unable to fully concentrate on the story. I will not purchase the fifth book.....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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