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)
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"I can hear him turning the pages. #distracting"
I can hear Roy turning the pages, the quality of these audiobooks has deteriorated as they've gone on. This has been an issue in both parts of A Feast For Crows.
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.
"Dull in comparison."
As much as I wanted to enjoy this instalment of the series I simply couldn't. The story line did not manage to capture me as all the others had up to this point, and then to add insult to injury, poor old Roy Dotrice (and the clearly lazy audio production team) gave the majority of the core characters different voices from the ones they'd had up to this point.
Keep my fingers crossed for a better storyline in the next book!
I hope for a return to form in storyline, if not narration, in the next book.
"Excellent narration hard to switch off."
I have not read the books enjoyed the tv series so far, now I'm living where it may be harder to receive the channel to watch the series I thought I would treat myself to the audible version love them
All of it
The downfall of a certain player
Disagree with some who complain about Roy Dortrice he is totally fantastic as a narrator
"hooked on a song of ice and fire"
I love the portrayal of hoedur, every single time he is in the book my heart melts.
This is a book that I would love to listen to in one sitting, as it was I spent several hours at a time listening, I had it on in the car on the way to work, as soon as I finished I had it back on and it stayed on until late in the night
This book is much better set out than some if the earlier books in the series, each chapter relates to a character instead of just being a 20 minute chunk of the book.
"A Mid-series Disappointment"
This is the 4th book in The Song of Fire and Ice series (of 6 or 7 planned books, I think), and I greatly enjoyed 1-3 so this book will appeal to anyone who has read the first 3, too. I also think it appeal to anyone who enjoys historical fiction and/or actual history with the many influences from actual history that Martin was inspired by. I think, without giving anything away (although HBO/Sky Atlantic already are...) that people who DON'T like their books to be wrapped up nicely and tied with a pretty bow. Depending on how you lean, there are many 'hero/heroine' types in these books, but there are no guarantees on who is safe and who isn't. Another appealing thing about these books are how the story is 'told' from various points of view - so much is happening in these stories, and it's often happening to the different characters at the same time but in different places, so rather than confuse the heck out of us by trying to keep that all straight in one chapter, each chapter is 'told' by a different character, but there are enough "landmarks" in each characters' story to put the timeline all together. As a way of telling such a huge and varied story I found this very efficient.
Neither part one or two has put me off the other books in this series, as in for a penny in for a pound, and I would never judge an entire genre by one book or series, so in a word - no.
It's irrelevent to me, I thought he did a non-distracting job of his narration. I am somewhat confused, or amused, that so many of his female characters sound like hags or male but I was able to keep track and it didn't seem to bother me as much as it did many others.
Well psychopath, Joffery and tyrant Tywin Lannister were killed of for me - all to the good there. I could do without the snivelling Robert Arryn, but he is just a boy and half his annoying traits are mostly due to his paranoid mother, maybe he'll manage to grow up semi-normal. The impulse answer might be Cersei, but she is an entertaing character, makes for good reading, and I'd rather have her remain and suffer than be let off the hook so easily by dying.
I seem to remember reading somewhere that only the first 3 books were originally planned (I could be totally wrong here) but it definitely felt like this book didn't "fit" and was just slotted in...I understand that the next book, Dance with Dragons contains storylines which run concurrently with those in this book. This migh help explain what the heck A Feast for Grows was about, but I much preferred having any concurrent plotlines contained in one book (as described above. each character 'told' their own experiences which could be happening before, after, or at the same time as the next chapter 'told' by a different character. You would think this would be more confusing, but it's now. I found A Feast for Crows dull and it was a trial to stick with it. The only light I found was Arya's story and I do want to find out where her life leads her.
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