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)
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.
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.
"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.
"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.
I had never tried audiobook before I downloaded this book so my expectations were unclear. I had read the five game of thrones books before but I was looking for something to listen to whilst out cycling. I have certainly not been disappointed with these books. Roy Dotrice, who narrates the books, really brings the characters to life and it is not long before you are transported to the world of Westeros. Each book is 16 hours long and it wasn't long before I had finished the first one. I think that in itself is a fantastic recommendation for this book
"Can't be faulted"
As someone who only started listening to these books after watching season 1 of game of thrones on TV I cannot encourage people too much to start listening to them. The narration is superb and really draws you in the world of westeros even more than the tv show. And for those whose think listening to these will ruin the show, it won't, it adds to it. Watching season three on tv now, knowing what's coming up is fantastic and makes the show even more edgy to watch. Buy these now, you won't regret it.
"Unmissable for Fantasy readers"
A mix of Gormenghast and Tolkien. Enjoyed the narration. Unmissable for readers of Fantasy tales.
"What's with the accents?"
I'm not sure why some of the key characters have suddenly become Irish washer-women. And some pronunciations are inconsistent with the earlier books. It's a shame because I enjoyed the earlier books. For me, just needs more focus on the basic narration and less on the radio-play approach.
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