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.
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.
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.
Again Dotrice does the story no favours by forgetting the accents he used five minutes previously and in other books. The story itself has only a handful of medium to large moments still we move closer to a war between fire and ice. Winter is coming.
"not the finest reading"
great story, we'll produced. some of the voice acting is a bit rickety. I still enjoyed it.
"Still very good...."
It was enjoyable. I found it more of a 'scene setting' affair, rather than being full of action like the rest of the series.
Learnt a little more about fringe characters
Sets the story up well for Dance with Dragons. Just don't expect a gripping listen - as the earlier books were...
It was a continuation of three very good books but the story has become bogged down in trivia. I get the impression the author is being paid by the word. The ridiculous detailed description of unimportant events and people does not paint a better picture but the listener loses sight of the plot. Sadly, the conclusion is that there is no plot but the author is making it up as he goes along.
It has not increased my interest and I won't be buying or listening to the next book. It's far better to watch the truly excellent video available on Amazon even though the storyline differs. The Maid of Tarth despatching The Hound?!! …and the boring bits are left out.
The author used to capture interest with a quick moving story with shocks, upsets and feel-good moments but now the story has reduced to a travelogue/quest/description of life etc… It's 'Neighbours' set in medieval times! Boring!!
The narrator is truly awful. He has very limited 'voices' and completely changes various characters 'accents' - e.g. Petyr Bailish. Why he has given the Lannisters Welsh accents is odd but he only has one Welsh accent and Jamie sounds like Tyrian and any other Lannister brought into the plot. One day, Stephen Fry might read the books and this will blow people away, because, like Harry Potter he will get the actors accents spot on and carry a complex story with aplomb.
Don't bother with this book. Watch the videos instead.
No, I'm totally bored with Game of Thrones books! I listened up to Part 1 of Feast for Crows and got really fed up with the story, it droned on and on. Then with all the hype of the series on Sky I thought I'd give it another try. I wish I hadn't. There are far better books out there which keep your attention and are excellent stories, this one just isn't good. Try Brandon Sanderson, Ben Aaronovitch, Sergei Lukyanenko or Peter Klines, leave George R R Martin behind, he's pants!
It could have been told in 3 books, not split in to who knows how many, half a book at a time which could have been condensed into 1 book at a time with less meandering!
Roy does a fairly good job but I've heard much better narrators. Yes he did match the pace - the books are slow and so is he!
I couldn't say there are so many! The only one's I like are the main characters, the rest I feel have no place and don't add to the story.
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