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.
©2007 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)
"I always expect the best from George R.R. Martin and he always delivers. A Game of Thrones grabs hold and won't let go. It's brilliant." (Robert Jordan)
After the first three in the series I would have definitely said yes but this is such a disappointment I may not finish the series unless there is a different narrator. It is also worth noting that this is the weakest of the first 4 books - long passages explaining histories of minor houses (I assume they become important later) that just drag along.
Rupert Degas, who has done such a terrific job with the Patrick Rothfuss books.
Yes, although painful at times to hear different voices for the same characters - not just different to the voices in the first three books but even from chapter to chapter in this book. However as it is part of a series it needed to be got through so the next in series will make sense.
It actually makes me a bit sad to write this because I thought Roy Dotrice's characterisations in the first three books were brilliant. However in this fourth instalment, the voices are so all over the place that the book was pretty much ruined for me. I actually stopped listening to the book for long periods on two occasions when the voices were so jarringly different to the previous books I couldn't be bothered to persevere. But when Petyr Baelish turned up near the end sounding like King Robert from Book 1 I just burst out laughing. This was so ludicrous and out of synch with the character it made the whole production seem ridiculous. I can see that Roy may have forgotten the voices (given the years between readings) but couldn't anyone involved in the production be bothered to let him know? Do they actually listen to these things before publishing them?
Yes, its a brilliant series.
I didnt enjoy this book as much as the others. The story line focus more on other characters that were previously supporting stories. So you go into it wanting to know more about the characters you know, to find that you have to get use to a new cast now.
The narrators "voices" for characters in earlier books of the series have been mixed up in this book. Not a total loss but confusing at first.
I feel that part one of book 5 should have preceded book 4. Did some parts get out of sync?
I enjoy Roy Dotrice's reading of most of the book, but his voice characterizations ruined my immersion and drove me away from this title on audio.
It is not that he only has five character voices, nor is it that would all fit better in a pantomime. It is not even that he cannot manage the relatively simple matter of keeping the same voice for the same character across the different volumes.
What made this title impossible for me to listen to was the fact that Dotrice cannot even manage to keep the same voice for the same character in the same piece of dialogue.
Oh well, I always felt like I was cheating listening to something I hadn't read, so I 'll just stick to the kindle - hard as that is while walking the dog.
Not much. Struggled with the narration and accents given to major players and then read that it was narrated by someone different. This is such a big sites that it needed to be read by the same person for continuity
I think there is nearly 200 hrs of listening time. I am now down to my last 40. I am persevering but only because I hope to find out what happens too the remaining major characters
Worst of them. First three were Fabbo
Not all the time
I was disappointed that this ended with cliffhangers, rather than climaxes. I guess we will all have to buy the next book.
I'm a horticulturist so I am mainlined to audible constantly while doing a spot of gardening. I prefer non-fiction as I like walking away from work with a bit of extra knowledge, but have recently found a beautiful escape in fiction titles which bring their own knowledge with them, I guess...
The decision to abandon a whole swathe of characters and to focus in on a select few, while introducing a whole bunch of new characters that I had not really bought into was surprising at first, but I have come to trust the writer.
This book was written five years after the last one and it would be another six years until A Dance with Dragons would come out. If I was one of the fans who read this from the start, Id call this book a disappointment. However, leaping straight to ASOS to this and then to ADWD made this book a beautiful and satisfying bridge.
Though its sparse introduction of characters as a teaser is a bit cheeky.
Roy Dotrice is a God.
The voices do change for the same characters, but when one narrates a book that broke its own records with having the most characters in a fiction book, I certainly give him the benefit of the doubt.
"Lacks the narrative drive of the first 3 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.
It is a great book of the series.
The book itself is written in the style of George R. R. Martin which in my opinion goes sometimes into great detail to explain some side quests of the characters. This increases the uncertainty of the book (and series) itself at the cost of 2 - 3 hundred extra pages of fillers. Anyways, still a great book for relaxing reading.
About the narrator: It is normally quite good impersonating the characters, the only issue is the reuse of voice for different characters (well, i guess i may be asking too much Roy Dotrice narrates all 5 books, and there are so many different characters that i guess he may not have enough different voices for all of them). Otherwise a great work.
"Poor narration, but good story."
Roy Dotrice's narration of this book is poor compared to the rest. He pronounces a number of names differently than the books before and his voices for the characters seem to become increasingly bad as the book goes on. I'm a big fan of the book series, but the narration has put me off this book. I just hope Dortice regains his skills for the next book.
"Shame about the narrator."
Just when I had learnt to overlook the poor narration in the previous three books, Roy Dotrice steps up a gear and gets even worse with this one. The constantly changing accents (why is everyone Irish all of a sudden?!) and poor pacing make it difficult to follow in places. In one chapter we were treated to four different pronunciations of Brienne's name: Bri-een, Bree-anne, Bri-ann and to top it all off even a Brian. Super.
Such a shame as this could be such a wonderful listen with a more consistent narrator, although it lacks a bit of the pace of the earlier novels there's plenty to enjoy and a few twists and turns to keep it exciting.
This is the worst of the books in the series owing to the a annoying change to the way the author maintains the narrative.
However as an audio book this book suffers chronically from the poor editing and narration that leads to a sudden and dramatic (and often annoying) shift in accents from previous books. The producer/editor should have been sacked for allowing this to pass and not checking previous books.
"Wrong names & voices"
Only if it was re-recorded without the mistakes i.e. wrong pronunciation of names e.g. Arya not Aryio, Brienne not Breen; Gilly not Jilly& Crastor not Crayster. The original voices that Roy Dotrice created for the characters e.g. Dolorous Ed had a good character voice in the previous books but that is totally changed in this one- different accent & way of saying Ed's words; Arya's voice is also totally different & has become a duplicate of Brienne's voice.
Caitlyn Stark's return from the dead.
Joffrey's death at his wedding feast.
The best becomes even better.
Given the mistakes in the recording of this book, I would have expected better from Audible - i.e. a continuity checker to ensure the mistakes that I have pointed out were corrected before the books were released.
where the first three books were pretty flawlessly read, in feast there seems to much confusion about accents. for example Petyr Baelish voice goes from southern sleaze to gruff northern halfway through the read the same fate befalls arya, make your minds please production team.
also the crows only seem to be feasting from the remnants of the previous books, this is a story of pondering with few actions. I think George is slightly too lost in his own story, however getting lost with him has its pleasures no matter how frustrating and blotted the plot gets, and this book still has a few highlights.
Without having read the next book I am pretty sure reading the wikipedia summary of this volume is sufficient to get on with the series. Nothing of great imprtance happens that couldn't be summarised in a one pager. And what happens is not particularly riveting. And the dramatization by Roy Dotrice makes every one sound like an old crone.
What happened to the accents? Aria turned Irish, Jamie lost his Welsh accent but not to worry it appeared Loris found it and Little Finger gave up his pompous accent for a harsh Northern one. If I know what the accents should be after listening I would assume the narrator would too. It made listening and following the characters a little annoying.
"Another Listening Must"
I haven't seen the TV series and don't want to till I've finished this fantastic listening experience. Roy Dotrice is great, I slipped into his various accents easily. Highly recommend the series from Audible. The pictures in your head are always better than the ones on the screen.
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