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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)
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?
Not sure if it's the production team's fault or Mr. Dotrice's, but terrible performance.
Wizard's First Rule. Great, human.
Malazan Books of the Fallen. Epic, powerful fantasy.
Changed his voices from one book to the next. Audio shifts were brutal. Rough, rough editing.
Book was great, although grim. That's not unexpected.
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.
anyone who listened to the first audio books. really.
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.
On a scale of 1-10, I would rank this audiobook at Nine.
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.
This is my first time listening to Roy Dotrice.
I will leave this to the more creative people.
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.
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.
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.
arya kills someone
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
Likes any genre so long as it is done well.
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.
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.
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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