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A Feast for Crows (Part One): Book 4 of A Song of Ice and Fire | [George R. R. Martin]

A Feast for Crows (Part One): Book 4 of A Song of Ice and Fire

A Feast for Crows brings to life dark magic, intrigue and terrible bloodshed as the war-torn landscape of the Seven Kingdoms is threatened by destruction as vast as any in its violent past. The War of the Five Kings has ripped Westeros apart. The bloodthirsty, treacherous and cunning Lannisters occupy the Iron Throne, with allies as ruthless as themselves. Lord Frey was host at the Red Wedding, so called for the massacre of the guests, their screams unheard above the music of the feast.
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Publisher's Summary

The fourth installment of George R R Martin’s classic A Song of Ice and Fire, continuing the most ambitious and imaginative epic fantasy since The Lord of the Rings.

A Feast for Crows brings to life dark magic, intrigue and terrible bloodshed as the war-torn landscape of the Seven Kingdoms is threatened by destruction as vast as any in its violent past. The War of the Five Kings has ripped Westeros apart. The bloodthirsty, treacherous and cunning Lannisters occupy the Iron Throne, with allies as ruthless as themselves. Lord Frey was host at the Red Wedding, so called for the massacre of the guests, their screams unheard above the music of the feast. Euron Crow’s Eye is as black a pirate as ever raised a sail, sworn to deliver the whole of Westeros to the ironborn.No less to be feared are their enemies. The Starks of Winterfell and the Martells of Dorne seek vengeance for their dead. And the last of the Targaryens, Daenerys Stormborn, will bring fire and blood to King’s Landing when her young dragons reach their terrifying maturity. The last war fought with dragons was a cataclysm powerful enough to shatter the Valyrian peninsula, now a smoking, demon-haunted ruin half drowned by the sea.Against a backdrop of alchemy and murder, victory may go to the men and women possessed of the coldest steel … and the coldest hearts.

©2005 George R.R. Martin (P)2011 HarperCollins

What the Critics Say

"Fantasy literature has never shied away from grandeur, but the sheer mind-boggling scope of this epic has sent other fantasy writers away shaking their heads… Its ambition: to construct the Twelve Caesars of fantasy fiction, with characters so venomous they could eat the Borgias." (Guardian)

"Truly epic … with its magnificent action-filled climax, it provides a banquet for fantasy lovers with large appetites." Publishers Weekly)

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    Candice Hawthorne, CA, United States 04-16-13
    Candice Hawthorne, CA, United States 04-16-13
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    "Can't get past the narration"
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    The pov character of Cersei is interesting, she is such an important character in the series it feels like the audience is now privy to some new insights


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    I am sad to say this is probably the least interesting book of the series, it is extremely difficult to connect emotionally with the characters but that's probably because the choice of characters used, being either new characters or secondary characters instead of the primary characters we have grown to love


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    This book is a little off track and probably needs to be edited a bit and perhaps combined with book five


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    I found the narration in this book unbearable to the point that I had to switch to hard cover. I actually don't believe this is Roy Dotrice or if it is then it wasn't him in previous books. I can live with the fact everyone sounds like pirates, I can forgive him for giving siblings different accents even though common sense would tell you that families that have lived together all their lives should sound like they are from the same country, but when I got to arya stark and the voice was the one used for mance Rayder I couldn't listen any more. I never understood why mance sounded like an old Irish peddler woman, I thought that was was pretty bad given his power and presence he is supposed to have but why is arya now Irish? And low class? Would it be too difficult to listen to previous narration and keep some consistency? My recommendation is to listen to the demo before purchasing this audio. So disappointing.


    Do you have any additional comments?

    Overall I love these books, books 1-3 were amazing and I think the last two will be of the same standard

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ms. Marjorie Dawson 10-09-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Well narrated but not for me"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No, regretfully not for me. The story is huge, and the world it creates an impressive one that I would marvel over if there was even the smallest chance I would engage emotionally with the any of the characters.

    Each country, character and environment is created with great care and thoroughness, the descriptions vivid, I just cannot engage with the books where one by one every positive or hopeful character is removed, and those remaining leave me with no sympathy for their fate.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    The HBO Series is impressive and well worth watching.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cameron Waikanae, New Zealand 08-30-12
    Cameron Waikanae, New Zealand 08-30-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Poor compared to the previous 3"
    What would have made A Feast for Crows (Part One) better?

    Narration was poor - which is a shame as the I thought the first 3 were top notch.


    Has A Feast for Crows (Part One) turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No - this was an anomaly - part 5 got things back on track


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The accents differed from the previous 3 books. Quality was'nt as good.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    BigMattOz Melbourne, Australia 08-16-12
    BigMattOz Melbourne, Australia 08-16-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Roy what are you doing?"
    How could the performance have been better?

    Roy Dotrice, is such an excellent narrator but why did you change the voices of the characters!

    I know it was 5 years between books, but why???


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cameron highfields, Australia 01-29-12
    Cameron highfields, Australia 01-29-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Excellent Story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    A great story line and the narrator does a great job with the diverse range of characters.
    The narrator does re-use some voices but with so many key players it would be hard for anyone to do better.
    How George managed to keep this story line in place and not get lost is amazing.


    What other book might you compare A Feast for Crows (Part One) to and why?

    All the Song of Ice and Fire Series.
    Tad Williams: Shadowmarch
    Raymond E Fiest: All his
    David Eddings: All his


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Whole storyline


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

    Too hard to make a movie about this series, there is just to much happening.
    The movie would be a week long


    Any additional comments?

    If you love fantasy epics this is for you

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tony The Vines, Australia 12-03-12
    Tony The Vines, Australia 12-03-12 Listener Since 2008
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    "Disjointed and Confusing"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Die-hard fans that can overlook the limitations of the narration.


    Would you be willing to try another book from George R. R. Martin? Why or why not?

    I want to get this one over with so I can move on to the last.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Roy Dotrice’s performances?

    As long as it's better than this one.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from A Feast for Crows (Part One)?

    The scenes aren't the issue.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't have a problem with the changed name pronunciation, or the different accents. The thing that really frustrates me is that it seems like that rather than reading a story, the narrator is reading a series of sentences that don't necessarily relate. The timing between passages is pretty bad - with new chapters sounding like a continuation of the last sentence. The timing is just off and the tone of the reading is like, as I said, reading a list of sentences.

    Hoping that book 5 is better.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Linda 01-07-15
    Linda 01-07-15 Member Since 2015
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    "What happened to the narration???"
    Would you listen to A Feast for Crows (Part One) again? Why?

    Yes, as it is part of the series


    How could the performance have been better?

    Very poor narration, see comments below.


    Any additional comments?

    Although it had the same narrator as the previous books in the series, he for some reason changed the pronunciation of several of the characters names and their accents. Sometimes the accents changed mid-sentence! Don't know if he is getting too old for narrating but it really spoiled the story as you often had to mentally correct him, or couldn't work out which character was supposed to be talking. Very disappointing after the great job he did on the first 3 books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    bookworm 10-03-14
    bookworm 10-03-14

    Currently attempting to finish a Song of Ice and Fire and audio books speed the whole process up.

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    "Inconsistent narration"
    What made the experience of listening to A Feast for Crows (Part One) the most enjoyable?

    The story is fantastic, though A Feast For Crows seems like a bit of a filler. All the characters are coming to terms with the events of a Storm of Swords and this seems like the set up for the books to come as a result.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Roy Dotrice’s performances?

    Seeing as all of the books in the Song of Ice and Fire series are narrated by him I'll have to. His performance is monotone and his accents for characters are inconsistent and sometimes too strong to be able to understand the character's dialogue.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Hannelore Ashfield, Australia 06-22-14
    Hannelore Ashfield, Australia 06-22-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Pirates?"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    with reservations - the story is good, but you need to know the other books. If the only way to catch up is to listen on train or bus, then it's fine.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jon Snow, Danaerys?


    How could the performance have been better?

    Why does everyone have to sound like pirates or Monty Python characters? Also, how many different ways can you pronounce Brienne? I appreciate the narration probably came before the TV series, but even so it seems ridiculous that everyone has these accents that make everyone sound like a rustic village idiot, no matter age or background. The women are even worse and all sound like crones or idiotic coquettes. If the dialogue was read in a less plodding way, that would make it so much better. The reader has a lovely voice but his interpretation is too ridiculous. Still, kudos for the hours he would have spent on this!


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Too many pirates & plodding rustics!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dan Tilley 06-12-14
    Dan Tilley 06-12-14
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    "Is this really Roy?"

    I didn't want to believe the reviews of this book, but it is just amazing how bad this is when compared to the previous 3.

    The fact that the first 3 books were so good and well read by Roy makes it even worse.

    The story is not so bad, it ignores a number of character stories left hanging at the end of book 3, and introduces a lot of new characters so it feels like a parallel story at times, but if I were reading it for myself then I imagine I would enjoy it as much as the first 3 books.

    The problem is Roy's performance, just utterly abysmal.
    The majority of the characters from the previous 3 books now have totally different voices / accents (the change in Arya Stark & Petyr Baelish are particularly bad). He pronounces names and places differently as well, "Red Wine" becoming "Red Win" for example, he even changes the pronunciation of names in the same sentence! (For Brienne, first he says "Bree-enn" then in the same breath it changes to "Bry-een".)

    I am praying that the 5th book is better as I need to know the story, but this one is so bad I am actually listening in 1.5x speed to get through it quicker.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Kate
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    "Dodgy narration"

    Dodgy narration! Half the names have been changed by pronunciation and the voices of some main characters are totally different form the last book. Very annoying!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kim
    West Sussex, England
    4/29/15
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    "Oh dear"

    All the voices and name pronunciations are wrong! Cat-lyn is now called Kate-lyn, the voices are all a bit mangled now. A disappointing performance

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rupert Lomax
    4/25/15
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    "Very Slow"

    Not as good as the 1st three books, this one takes a much slower pace.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Michael
    Preston, Lancs, United Kingdom
    4/17/15
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    "Village Idiots"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Replacing Roy Dotrice


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Brienne


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Everybody sound like a village idiot from Cornwall


    What character would you cut from A Feast for Crows (Part One)?

    None


    Any additional comments?

    I have managed to get to book four but cant stand listening to the accents, everybody sounds like they are stupid. Roy Dotrice should stick to.............. well I am not sure what

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stephen McNorton
    4/15/15
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    "Hard work building up"

    Not much really happens in part one unfortunately and a lot of padding out is in the long chapters. I'm hoping that it's leading to big things in part two. It's a labour of love and you just have to power through it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stuart Brimble-McGeehan
    4/12/15
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    "1st Class"

    The intricate writings and clever plot lines make this series what Lord of the rings was missing. Layer upon layer of games and amazing characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • daniel turnbull
    4/9/15
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    "Slightly annoying... "

    ... That four books in and the Narrator decides to change the voices of certain characters and in one instance changes the voice of a character between chapters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Andrew
    3/21/15
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    "Changing characters voices"

    Would have been an excellent listen, but the reader kept changing the voices of characters from one chapter to the next



    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Victoria
    Bristol. Uk
    3/20/15
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    "Narration is all over the place."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    The narration is all over the place. Roy Dotrice doesn't seem to be able to pronounce character names the same way throughout the book, or even in the same sentence. This is particularly annoying when there are already a lot of characters with similar names and many new characters being introduced. He also seems to have completely forgotten the accents he used for well established characters in previous books. Aria Stark in particular. She sounded perfectly fine in the first few books and now all of a sudden sounds like a farmer despite being "high born". You can't even say she's started to sound like this over time because this book picks up right where the last leaves off.

    The book itself is ok. I don't like it as much as like other books but probably because it's hard to keep track of who's who and what's going on. As stated before a lot of new characters are introduced . Other characters that were in the story in previous books are not heard from for the entire story although they are mentioned through other characters but you don't really find out anything new.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • William
    United Kingdom
    3/19/15
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    "Great as per usual but..."

    Everything about the book is fine. It's a great installment in the series but the Narrator has changed several of the characters voices. Most notably Aria Stark and Little Finger, made it harder to listen to for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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