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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Great book loving this series must read for all fans of fantasy fiction and deeply intriguing stories
As good as it gets, fans of The series Will love it and enjoy The story and all the intriques.
"Roy Dotrice has once again mucked it up"
I'm a fan of Roy Dotrice and his performance in the first 3 books was amazing. In this book however the numerous and unforgivable character voice changes has spoilt the experience. A lot of the time with Audiobooks you paint your own picture of characters and the voice of the Narrator does affect that.
"A bit disappointing..."
Accents. Again. I very much love Mr Dotrice but cannot bare it when he changes the regional or even specific accent of a character. It may be forgivable if it was a minor character or if it was just the once but it happens frequently to well established characters in this instalment.
Story, with the exception of a very satisfying three-quarter-way-through highlight the story for this part and book is quite flat and disappointing.
Listeners and fans of the series will endure a somewhat mediocre narrative o Brienne of Tarth, the Tannister twins, Sam Tarly. It occasionally dips into the life of Sansa Stark, now "Elayne" and culminates it what I'm hoping is a calm before the storm...
It must be said though that I'm very much enjoying the Jamie's chapters at the moment, though I've always enjoyed the way Martin plays with perspectives.
To finish... Probably the least enjoyable to date I think but you'll get it anyway because of your a Thrones Fan then you can't miss part the story.
Last few chapters are good rest is pretty boring. I hear the next book is better though so let's hope it is
"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.
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