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
"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)
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
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
This book is a little off track and probably needs to be edited a bit and perhaps combined with book five
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.
Overall I love these books, books 1-3 were amazing and I think the last two will be of the same standard
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.
The HBO Series is impressive and well worth watching.
Narration was poor - which is a shame as the I thought the first 3 were top notch.
No - this was an anomaly - part 5 got things back on track
The accents differed from the previous 3 books. Quality was'nt as good.
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???
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.
All the Song of Ice and Fire Series.
Tad Williams: Shadowmarch
Raymond E Fiest: All his
David Eddings: All his
Too hard to make a movie about this series, there is just to much happening.
The movie would be a week long
If you love fantasy epics this is for you
Die-hard fans that can overlook the limitations of the narration.
I want to get this one over with so I can move on to the last.
As long as it's better than this one.
The scenes aren't the issue.
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.
Yes, as it is part of the series
Very poor narration, see comments below.
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.
Currently attempting to finish a Song of Ice and Fire and audio books speed the whole process up.
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.
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.
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.
Jon Snow, Danaerys?
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!
Too many pirates & plodding rustics!
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.
The narration of the first three books was a little hit-and-miss. Accents changed from book to book, but it was largely forgiveable. Tywin Lannister, for instance, went from annoying Welshman in book two to a grating and totally unfitting impersonation of Churchill in three. That was bad enough, but in this book the ages, voices and regional accents change from chapter to chapter, and sometimes on the same "page". Arya Stark is from Ulster now it seems, and almost every character sounds over eighty?
Dotrice did the best job you could expect in the first three books. With so many characters no one could demand different voices for them all, but in this one he's really lost the plot.
It also seems this book was not edited at all. Several times Dotrice makes mistakes in accents, or reads narration in a characters voice, but no attempt has been made to edit this out, he just carries on regardless. Similarly, no effort seems to have gone into the audio quality. It starts muffled and flat, and either gradually improves, or I grew used to it. Either way, it's very poor.
Considering the money Audible charges for these books (especially splitting them in two to milk buyers for every penny), the quality of this audio book is completely unacceptable. Would it have been too much to ask for the producer to brief Dotrice on how he portrayed the characters previously - before recording started? The narration is so bad that it becomes distracting from what would otherwise be an excellent book.
I was going to write quite a lengthy review wondering why Tyrion is Welsh and Cersei sounds like a panto dame at least 30 years older than Jaime, why the pronunciation of places and names is completely inconsistent and why Brienne sounds like an American who's never spoken to a British person doing an impersonation of what they imagine a village idiot sounded like in the middle ages... but I see that previous reviewers have already covered this ground.
It's a terrible misrepresentation of the characters and it ruins the book. I second the appeal for Rupert Degas instead of Dotrice. At least his regional accents are plausible.
The story is great though, and I recommend reading it spliced together with the following book. I also recommend avoiding this complete mess of an recording altogether.
After reading previous reviews I was cautious. At first I thought this wasn't too bad... But I was wrong. How can you pronounce the same name in 4 different ways in the same chapter!? The editing in this volume is appalling. Really dreadful. My intern could have done (and regularly does) a far better job than this. There are lines repeated, volume changes in the middle of sentences, errors littering this, it's like a half finished edit that no one bothered listening through. Narration wise I actually felt quite sad as it sounds like Roy may be suffering with memory loss.
Story wise I didn't enjoy this as much as the previous books, it does really miss Tyrion, but will certainly try book five to find out what happens to him.
"Someone give Roy Dotrice a slap"
Great series but after a strong start the narrator is now just phoning it in. Originally he gave each character a strong, distinct voice. Now he has about 4 stock cod-accents he appears to randomly apply to characters. If he can't stick to 1 character - 1 accent for the entire series then he should be replaced by someone who isn't so plainly tired of the job.
"The standard of narration really lets this down."
There has been much said about the rather contrived accents. Personally I have been able to put that to one side and to become absorbed in the characters. Unfortunately the accents of main characters change not only from book to book but also within the same book and I find I can not relate to the characters in the same way. For instance, Arya develops a strong Northern Irish accent. Little Finger changed from a rather nasal sounding upper class accent to a Yorkshire accent.
The story line develops very slowly and this combined with the irritation of the narration spells the end of the line with this series for me.
This is the first audiobook I've ever purchased. I've been reading the Ice and Fire series and love the story. I read the reviews on here, but decided to get the audiobook of Feast for Crows anyway to make a change from reading the books. Unfortunately as other reviewers have described, it is badly let down by the narration. At first it made me laugh, as it sounds so terribly Monty Python in places, but a few hours in its really starting to irritate me - I'm about to give up listening, and have ordered the book. What's with the regional accents???? The Lannisters are all from different parts of the countryside, and Arya speaks like an Ulsterman, with Jon Snow sounding like a posh 50 year old. It just does not work at all, makes no sense whatsoever and detracts terribly from the story. Great shame.
Amazing book... but after setting up my account and buying the book, i found out that it was cheaper to buy the whole book off itunes.. i feel slightly cheated
"Lacks the narrative drive of the previous books"
This isn't as good as the first 3 books. Martin decided to split the narrative into two separate books, so Feast of Crows follows Jamie, Cersi, and Arya, but if you want to find out what Tyrion, Jon and Daenerys are up to you have to wait for A Dance with Dragons. The big battles are over but there is still plenty of intrigue. Some of the plot lines meander around to little affect, but the book does build to some suitable climaxes. However you do need to also complete A Dance with Dragons to get the full picture of what is going on.
On the debate about the narration I'm a fan on Roy Dotrice, it's never going to be easy trying to find different voices for hundreds of characters, but he does give it a go. He doesn't always get it right, and he has a tendency to make the younger female characters sound like they are 80, which I think is his age.
"More intregue, shocks and twists"
I'm really enjoying this "Song of Ice and Fire" series of books and this one is no exception. The author is not afraid to show the grittiness of war and its effect on the characters in this book.
The books I find are also getting hard to predict what's coming next. George RR Martin really knows how to build you up then totally shock you with the outcome. not everything or everyone are always exactly as the seem.
There's a few new characters at the start of the novel and with the authors attention to detail of them your never sure if they are bit-parters or fully fledged returning characters. In the previous novels its not unheard of to build up characters profiles only to kill them off equally quickly.
My only negative, and its a slight one, is the voice characterisations seemed to have changed slightly on one or two of the characters. Aria for instance has changed accents slightly despite the same narrator being used. It wasn't enough to spoil the story in any way but it was enough for me to notice something was different.
Arias potential future.
varied, interesting and enthralling
yes, to keep reading the story's, I want to know what's happening next even when JRR Martin does the nasty and kills off characters I've come to love..
"What a Shame!"
I enjoyed the first 3 books but book 4 just isn't holding my interest, I find myself wandering off as there is not much story line or "peaks and troughs". More characters have been introduced when, I feel, there were enough to follow in the first 3 books. I have forgotten who is who and who is doing what to whom!! I don't think I will bother with the rest of the series as I have now lost interest, a shame as I would like to know what happens in the end, at this rate it may be a huge anti-climax!! If you want to listen to something really good try Brandon Sanderson's "The Way of Kings"
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