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Publisher's Summary

GAME OF THRONES: A NEW ORIGINAL SERIES, NOW ON HBO.

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.

A Feast for Crows

It seems too good to be true. After centuries of bitter strife and fatal treachery, the seven powers dividing the land have decimated one another into an uneasy truce. Or so it appears. . . . With the death of the monstrous King Joffrey, Cersei is ruling as regent in King’s Landing. Robb Stark’s demise has broken the back of the Northern rebels, and his siblings are scattered throughout the kingdom like seeds on barren soil. Few legitimate claims to the once desperately sought Iron Throne still exist—or they are held in hands too weak or too distant to wield them effectively. The war, which raged out of control for so long, has burned itself out.

But as in the aftermath of any climactic struggle, it is not long before the survivors, outlaws, renegades, and carrion eaters start to gather, picking over the bones of the dead and fighting for the spoils of the soon-to-be dead. Now in the Seven Kingdoms, as the human crows assemble over a banquet of ashes, daring new plots and dangerous new alliances are formed, while surprising faces—some familiar, others only just appearing—are seen emerging from an ominous twilight of past struggles and chaos to take up the challenges ahead.

©2007 George R.R. Martin (P)2011 Random House

Critic Reviews

"Of those who work in the grand epic-fantasy tradition, Martin is by far the best.... [He] is a tense, surging, insomnia-inflicting plotter and a deft and inexhaustible sketcher of personalities.... This is as good a time as any to proclaim him the American Tolkien." ( Time)
"The only fantast series I'd put on a level with J.R.R. Tolkein's The Lord of the Rings…. It's a fantasy series for hip, smart people, even those who don't read fantasy…. If you're new to the series, you must begin with Book 1, A Game of Thrones. Once you're hooked…. you'll be like the rest of us fans, gnawing your knuckles until book 5” (Marta Salij, Detroit Free Press)
“THE MOST impressive modern fantasy, both in terms of conception and execution, is George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire.… A masterpiece that will be mentioned with the great works of fantasy.” ( Contra Costa Times)

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Differs from first 3 books

The performance of this book was disappointing--because of the lack of continuity from the previous 3 in the series. The narrator pronounced several names very differently than in previous books, which was distracting. If it had been a different narrator, it wouldn't have been so bad, but to have the same performer mispronouncing the names of major characters was disappointing.

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Great book!

Love the GoT books! Roy Dotrice is a great reader but not when it comes to female voices. I cringe in the chapters for Arya, Cersei, and Brienne. Also...butchering some of the names like Bry-eene and Pee-tire. He does best when he just reads with his normal voice which is bad ass! Otherwise I envision everyone as an old, flamboyant pirate by the voice he uses.

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Not as good as first 3 books

Story lines are more confusing than first 3 books. Narrator is fantastic. Will still plan on getting 5 th book

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A truly disappointing vocal performance

Forget people's complaints of voice and pronunciation differences between this book and the previous ones, Roy couldn't even stay consistent within the same chapter. Prepare yourself for Brian the maid of Tarth.

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excellent story

just sit back close your eyes and watch the story unfold before you. See and smell the culture in your minds eye.

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balls deep

I don't care how ugly Brienne of Tarth is. I am searching for her on Facebook and peoplefinders and also hopefully Tinder. I'm hoping for an NSA (no strings attached) GFE (girl-friend experience) in BB (bareback). she has to have some sensuality as a woman, I can just tell by the way she sounds in her speaking parts

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Some voices change for the worse

Worst book in the series though by no means bad. Disappointed that the reader changed some of the voices of some characters. Petyr Baelish and Arya Stark especially sounded much better in previous volumes.

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Enjoyable

I like these books, and am so thankful we can play these at faster speeds. The reader is so slow, I must play at 1.25-1.5. Otherwise the odd pausing is just so gratingly slow.

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Change in narration?

So far in the series this has been my least favorite book, mostly because my favorite characters aren't as prominent, but that is mostly just a matter of personal preference. The real problem with this audiobook though, was Roy Doltrice's change in narration! He does the voices of several characters differently (Aria, Sam?!) and also, he pronounces people's names differently than he did in the recordings of previous books. It drives me nuts and frankly made listening to this book more annoying than entertaining. I still love Roy Doltrice's narration style, and voice but the inconsistency is just a mystery.

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Can't get past the narrator...

Hate that 'BRY-EENE' :-( sounds like a Keebler elf! Bad female voices, have to delete.