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A Feast for Crows
- A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 4
- By: George R. R. Martin
- Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
- Length: 33 hrs and 51 mins
Few books have captivated the imagination and won the devotion and praise of readers and critics everywhere as has George R. R. Martin’s monumental epic cycle of high fantasy that began with A Game of Thrones. Now, in A Feast for Crows, Martin delivers the long-awaited fourth book of his landmark series, as a kingdom torn asunder finds itself at last on the brink of peace . . . only to be launched on an even more terrifying course of destruction.
Jarring change in Dotrice's performance
- By Pi on 06-21-12
Has Roy Dotrice had a stroke?
How could the performance have been better?
I've read the other reviews here complaining that the narrator's changed the way he pronounces the names of the major characters. That's only partly true. There are times when he jarringly careens back and forth between the old and new pronunciations within a single chapter (notably with Brienne). He's also changed the way he pronounces place names, particularly with Harrenhal. Most troubling, though, is he's changed the way he pronounces basic vocabulary: for example, mycobiont-phycobiont symbiotes in the first three books were "litch'-en" and now they're "like'-en." I think the expert's attention this books needs isn't that of an editor but a neurologist.
- By: Neal Stephenson
- Narrated by: Jeff Cummings
- Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
One of the most talented and creative authors working today, Neal Stephenson is renowned for his exceptional novels - works colossal in vision and mind-boggling in complexity. Exploring and blending a diversity of topics, including technology, economics, history, science, pop culture, and philosophy, his books are the products of a keen and adventurous intellect. Stephenson ponders a wealth of subjects, from movies and politics to David Foster Wallace and the Midwestern American College Town; and more.
Worth a revisit
- By Duncan on 08-09-12
Worth a revisit
Would you listen to Some Remarks again? Why?
Although I read several of these pieces when they were originally published (FLAG, Slashdot) I've enjoyed revisiting them. Although I loved "Reamde," I don't have time this month to get sucked in for 30 hours, so this collection of shorter pieces is great.
Would you listen to another book narrated by Jeff Cummings?
Maybe. This is perhaps not the best material for an audio treatment, and Cummings does a good job, overall. I wish he knew Stephenson's vocabulary better. ASCII is pronounced with an "aye-aye," or, better, as "as-key," and Stephenson and his readers would reflexively cringe, as I did, at "a-ess-see-two." Neal wrote "In The Beginning Was The Command Line;" he knows from 8-bit character encoding and that's one of the things I like best about him. To mispronounce that sort of vocabulary makes the narrator obvious. Like an offensive lineman, a narrator is rarely noticed for good performance.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Not really, since it's a collection of essays best take in discrete chunks.
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