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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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    TexasRanger 09-12-12
    TexasRanger 09-12-12 Member Since 2013
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    "What a let down...."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    After the tremendous storyline and great performance by Roy Dotrice, Feast for Crows was a major disappointment. I went through the first 3 books in two weeks and have limped through this one over 5 weeks. Not only is the story rambling and could have been cleaned up to less than have the length but Roy must have not cared about the characters or even remembered the voices he used in the previous books. Very disappointing. Now on to Book 5...hope they have corrected the series or it will take me months to complete.


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    Robert Patterson Calgary, AB Canada 09-11-12
    Robert Patterson Calgary, AB Canada 09-11-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Not nearly as great as the last three"

    From the start this one didn't grab my attention for a long time. What did grab my attention was changes in the voice narration by Roy Dotrice. Sigh! Hopefully A Dance with Dragons will restore my faith

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    Nathaniel United States 09-08-12
    Nathaniel United States 09-08-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Here's another character doing nothing"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend the first three books, and then recommend to stop there.


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

    After the first three books there were so many good stories that were left open and I was so excited to hear more, but all the people I wanted to hear about were not there. Instead, there was just more and more people introduced and it felt like I was hearing about a cousins brothers former roommate that did something I didn't care about. The people I care about might be in the 5th book, but after this one and the poor reviews of the fifth book, I guess I will never now.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Roy Dotrice?

    Yes he is a good narrator.


    Was A Feast for Crows worth the listening time?

    No, I actually stopped once in the middle and went to a different series, but came back and restarted it and listened to it hoping I was going to find what was in the first three. I didn't.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved the first three, this one felt like someone walking around writing about random stuff with little importance. There was a few times where the story would get going, but then the chapter would end and it would be off to someone less exciting.

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    Monika 09-05-12
    Monika 09-05-12
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    "No consistency in the characters"

    I am listening to the books without the break of years in between and it is irritating as hell that the voices for a lot of the characters have changed. Especially the female voices are completely different (and worse than before). Why use the same narrator and not check the previous recordings? I blame the narrator and the producers equally.

    This book is puzzle pieces jumbled together. The first chapter alone left me 'huh?' until the very end and the story introduces such a lot of new characters (and viewpoints) that it left my head realing. It's not bad, just incomplete without the next part. What I missed most? Tyrion! (well, no more spoilers) What I liked most? Sam got a larger part and the storyline around Sensa.

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    Jessica SALINE, MI, United States 09-04-12
    Jessica SALINE, MI, United States 09-04-12 Member Since 2013
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    "A bit dissapointing"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, if you are reading the series, you need to read this one


    Would you ever listen to anything by George R. R. Martin again?

    Yes, I want to complete the series


    What didn’t you like about Roy Dotrice’s performance?

    He pronounces people's names differently than he did in other books, and uses completely different voices for them which is very difficult to listen to when you have listened to all of the books back to back.


    Could you see A Feast for Crows being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    no. too much dreaming and remembering


    Any additional comments?

    This book completely leaves out Tyrian, Denaryes, Bran, and other favorites that I was hoping would continue in this book. Most of the book is other characters having flashbacks or dreams.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Anthony 09-02-12
    Anthony 09-02-12
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    "Slow but Great Twists"
    Where does A Feast for Crows rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    If you invested time to listen to the previous books- you need to hear this one. It is another piece in a great story. Alone this book is slow and a little boring but as part of the whole story it is well worth listening to.


    What did you like best about this story?

    There are some revelations in character development late in the book that really surprised me- and not in the way of previous books. Perhaps it is because the largest part is slow, and tedious that these little developments are that much more unexpected and gratifying- its a long journey to get to it but ultimately it was well done.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I don't want to give any spoilers but towards the end of the book when a secret alliance between two houses is revealed that we do not know about- that was a jaw dropping scene to me, and I was totally blindsided.


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

    i was bored with a large part of the book but floored a couple of times, as previously mentioned.


    Any additional comments?

    I did not find the voice performance as horrible as others seem to- it was slightly annoying in that it was different from previous performances- which gives a little hiccup in continuity- but it does not ruin the book for me- the performance is fine - just different. The book is very slow and not a lot happens, its not as engrossing or dramatic as previous books- but I think this book is building a platform for new characters to develop and shape the story in following books. If you've read the previous books- you must read this one.

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    Jonathan Nahalal, Israel 08-29-12
    Jonathan Nahalal, Israel 08-29-12 Member Since 2014
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    "not as good as the first three - not much going on"
    Would you try another book from George R. R. Martin and/or Roy Dotrice?

    I liked the first three, so i will stick to the end probably


    If you’ve listened to books by George R. R. Martin before, how does this one compare?

    disapointing


    What about Roy Dotrice’s performance did you like?


    Could you see A Feast for Crows being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    yes i would - when you like series, you follow even through dips...


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    Brad West 08-28-12
    Brad West 08-28-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Everyone died, what now?"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Read the first three in the series beforep icking up Feast. The first three are better books than Feast, they have better stories and they can be followed from one book to the next. Spoiler alert: by the end of book 3 all the main characters have gone missing.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Feast opens with a set of new characters who are marginally related to the previous books. If you, like me, simply can't get enough of the Starks and the Lanisters then by all means read on. But if you are starting the series, start at book 1.


    What about Roy Dotrice’s performance did you like?

    Roy has a clear voice and his pronunciation and tone is always accurate. He has a limited variety of character voices, maybe 3, and it is more noticeable here in Feast. The voices we know and love suddenly belong to someone else. I think I will go to printed copies from here on and add my own voices.


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

    Paybacks are hell. orThere is no honor amongst thieves.


    Any additional comments?

    I can see why faithful readers were so anxious to see book 5.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Josh Alwitt Newton, MA USA 08-27-12
    Josh Alwitt Newton, MA USA 08-27-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Weak story and mediocre narrator"
    What did you like best about A Feast for Crows? What did you like least?

    Parts of the story are a solid continuation of the first 3 books but the plot does not really progress and introduces new characters we don't care about. There are already plenty of reviews written about this book in Amazon so I won't repeat them. See my comments on the narrator.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The fate of Cercei is surprising but I won't spoil it.


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

    The narrator is fairly weak and is particularly challenged with female voices. There are only a few voices he actually uses and fits each character into one of them: the quavering old man, the common man, the highborn man, the highborn woman, the common woman. The women's voices are strangely shrill and unnatural.


    Do you think A Feast for Crows needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    The rest of the plot is found in the follow-up book, A Dance With Dragons. So yes, you need to listen/read it to find out what happens to the rest of the characters.


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    Lisa Reynolds Houston, TX 08-27-12
    Lisa Reynolds Houston, TX 08-27-12 Member Since 2012

    Dont Judge a Book by its Movie

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    "Feast of Crows"
    What did you love best about A Feast for Crows?

    It has a lot of information so you have to pay attention but I am assuming it will pay off in the end.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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