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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)
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What the hell happened with the narrator? Did he go on a sabbatical and forget he worked on the first books?
Note to narrators: Great idea if you want to change your voice to distinguish between characters; nice touch, but unnecessary in most cases. However, the poorest performance I can think of, determines that the audience will miss chunks of the book because they are wondering why half the characters have drastically changed accents. VERY annoying.
Somehow the fourth book has become regarded as the black sheep of the Game of Thrones family. I suppose I can understand why: No dragons, no Tyrion, no wall in the north.
People missed those things and I get it. But to say what Martin did focus on was just meandering or lesser than what he's done with the rest of the books is quite frankly false. It's an excellent and engaging story that will keep you hooked the whole way through. If you like the series this is just as strong as the rest of the books that surround it.
This narrator has been great through every Song of Ice and Fire book till now. I knew going into this book that "A feast for Crows" had been recorded after a long break from recording these books, and I expected some of the voices to be different. For the most part this didn't bother me (the change in Aria's and Littlefinger's voices were particularly jarring, but overall it wasn't bad). The part that really bothered me was how Damp Hair was pronounced "Damph Fair" like there is an F in both damp and hair. This name is said many times in this book and every time I heard it was like nails on a blackboard.
I would defiantly read this book again, but I am not sure I would listen to the audio version again.
Yes to both.
"A Dance of Dragons" - Book 5 in the "A Song of Ice & Fire" series.
The last scene in the book that you see of Cersei
Any of the Iron Island characters...any would do fine.
Probably the weakest book (so far) in the series. "A Feast for Crows" was no 'feast' at all and was served up more like random appetizers from an obscure Japanese restaurant with too many strange, new characters and a handful of familiar ones.
**Light spoilers** I felt like the biggest downside to this book was the lack of primary character POVs, such as Jon Snow, Daenerys Targaryen, and Tyrion Lannister - some of the series most beloved characters (up to this point). It'd be like watching an episode of LOST without having Jack, Kate, or Sawyer...so I guess it was actually like Season 3 with 'The Others'...Anyways, there were far too many new characters and story lines introduced that made the reader feel disoriented and confused about what was going on...again, kinda like S3 of LOST.
With that being said, the plot line following Jaime & Cersei Lannister were well done and there were many twists and turns that became very entertaining as the story progressed. Sam & Arya's story felt a little detached at times and were not very engaging.
Overall, it will be hard to tell if this is the worst book in the series since the series remains to be unfinished (at this time) and may be subject to the same curse that befalls many "bridging" books in some series, such as "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" or even in film where most folks feel that "Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back" does not carry the same weight as Episodes IV & VI (not counting Episodes I-III, of course).
Pros: a great continuation of the Lannister story line.
Cons: too many new, uninteresting characters and convoluted conspiracies.
Bottom line: not great as a stand-alone novel, and certainly not a great follow-up to "A Storm of Swords", but should work decently within the series.
I don't know-I didn't read the book.
Same comment as previous. He doesn't remember the voices he used for the characters in previous books. He even pronounces names differently.
It was Arya before this book. It seems that Roy decided that she is now Scottish!
Very confusing. It seems that some of the characters killed in previous books came back to life. Flashbacks without telling the reader?
No, I rather read the book.
Not at all.
i'd start with a different reader.
I didn't even listen to this entire book. The man's voice was grating. I seriously wish I could exchange it for a different book, but I've had it way too long. This is a terrible audiobook.
Unfortunately Roy's performance on this volume is poor mainly due to changing the voices for characters. This may not sound like much but it ruins the continuity of the story and changes the personality of the characters completely.
I think some of the blame should lay with the producer who should of coached Roy with the previous volumes characterisations.
I love the story and I hope I forget all the books soon so that I can listen to them over and over and be amazed all over again. I will probably just do it anyway.
I love Jamie's aunt in Chapter 34. She is hilarious!
Roy Dotrice did such a stellar job in the first three books that I was quite distraught in the fourth when he changed the pronunciation of a bunch of names and some of the characters don't have their usual voices - like Aria and at times, Peter Baylish to name a few. That was unsettling and I was wondering what his state of mind was at the time as he sounded preoccupied because it wasn't consistent either. He changed some of them back like "Brain" luckily became Brahin again but others, it seem, are lost forever. It is a tough job to be able to bring every character to life. He has demonstrated that he is a master at it. His heart wasn't in it for this book.
Just an extreme reaction to the narrator changing pronunciation and tones of voices inconsistently.
Yes. Overall I've enjoyed the Song of Ice and Fire, and Roy Dotrice has a great voice overall, but the change between A Clash of Kings and A Storm of Swords on the one hand, and A Feast of Crows on the other is jarring. I came here to leave a review as to why I felt this way, but I see that many others before me were equally perturbed.
The story is fine, though I don't like the way entire characters are left out of this (and the A Dance with Dragons picks up where this book begins with the other characters). There was nothing to rival the Red Wedding, but that was awfully hard to top (especially if you had avoided all spoilers, as I had - heck, I was surprised that [SPOILER] Ned Stark exited when he did!) [/SPOILER]
The biggest offence is just the change in character names and pronunciations. Arya's voice becomes oaffish and crone-like, and names change - notably Petyr [Baelish] goes from "Pe-TIRE" to "PETER", and though a more minor character here, Catelyn [Stark] goes from "Cat-lyn" to "CATE-lyn".
When you're not reading along, these changes are PARTICULARLY jarring.
No way, it would never fly as a ... oh wait...
The story is very intriguing - brutal, to be sure - a picture of a savage culture without much room for mercy, but also with a number of redeeming moments and an overall enthralling story.
Yes...Well narrated, it's very nice to be able to download and listen offline.
A Dance With Dragons.
I didn't have to figure out how to pronounce all the different names and places.
When the Queen (Regent) has the tables turned on her.
Horribly slow writing. I skipped large amounts of chapters so I wouldn't fall asleep. Too many characters that didn't need to be included and far too many descriptions. I have a good imagination and didn't need every room a character entered described to me.
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