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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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Another great read by Roy

Love his different voices! He's an excellent reader. My only problem is how he changed names in this book compared to the other books? Petyr, Gilly and Catelyn's names were all different in this book reading by Roy.

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  • Chuck
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  • 07-06-16

Narrator ruined it for me. I stopped listening.

I actually read the first three books, but due to time constraints decided to listen to the books 4 and 5. I got 1.5 hours into this book and had to stop. I couldn't take Dotrice's narration any more, he ruined it for me.

I read the reviews of his performances in the first three books and it sounds like he did an amazing job. Not sure what happened here, but he boned it. It's too bad.

I'm returning this book. Guess I'll find a way to make the time to actually read it.

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Not as good as the first three

Game of Thrones is chess game. The first three books were the opening and were excellent, as was the narration. Book four is the middle of the game: a lot of shuffling characters around without any real conclusion. Okay it's the middle of a story but so was The Empire Strikes Back and that was awesome. This is just a lot of random loose ends that are left hanging. I guess in the overall scheme of things everything will fall into place but still... Cutting the story geographically was also hard because the most interesting characters are all missing.

The biggest issue I had was with the narration though. Having listened to all the books back to back I got to this one and suddenly everyone has different voices?! You could follow who was who in Roy Dotrice's reading but you can kiss that goodbye. Littlefinger has become a strapping Yorkshireman and Arya has mutated into an elderly woman. It's seriously off putting. I hope this is the low point of the series and things rapidly improve from here on out.

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Once again, awful narration.

Characters accents change from book to book. The teeth sucking jailer made me stop listening for a full week. The gimmicky/gross mouth sounds are too much. Names are mispronounced, or pronounced differently from chapter to chapter.

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Grand Epic

George R R Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire is an epic by every sense of the word. It deals with kings and castles, dragons and magic, assassins, knights, princesses. But it also has an epic's length, and that is most on display with this entry into the saga. By cutting out half of the players from this book, Martin is able to devote more time to expanding out the narrative. This helps create some great character beats (I genuinely love every time Jaime mutters "Lancel, Kettleblack, even Moonboy for all I know."), but it also lacks the narrative force that the previous novels held. Without real tent pole events like the Red Wedding or Ned's beheading, A Feast For Crows feels exhausting.

The real joy in this book comes from being able to hold it against the HBO television show. The differences are meaningful and interesting. Every Dornish chapter had me enthralled, and I even enjoyed some of the subtler differences like Brienne's journey. That being said, I would have difficulty recommending this book to someone who hasn't seen the show, because (even though it came first) the book reads like deleted scenes for the show.

Roy Dotrice's reading is a perfectly fine performance, and after a little adjustment I even forgave his pronunciations to a degree. Unfortunately something about his lower, gravelly voiced lulls me to sleep however. Oftentimes I would find myself rewinding quite a bit after waking up.

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  • Xeon
  • Bothell, WA
  • 07-01-16

Better the second time

The first time I listened to this book I found it hard to listen to because there was lots of stuff going on that was new to the book with new characters. The second time I knew the characters and found it much more interesting.

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The narration struggles to keep me in it

The narrator constantly changes the pronunciation of character names and the character voices are strange.

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loved it

this book, as well as the others, is a great read. a feast of crows has some interesting side stories. the pov is mainly centered around Brianne, Jamie and censa. with Arya also. overall a bit different then the others, nonetheless still a great story.

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Saying "NO" to Roy Dotrice

Having completed the entire audio series of A Song of Ice and Fire, I have edited all my ratings of the narrator's performance. Roy Dotrice ruined my perceptions of the characters with inconsistent character tones.

I would rather have had the books read in a monotone voice free of all inflections than listen to him make manly men sound like some whimpy teenage boy and Danny like some old crone (referencing ADWD narration).

With that being said, the series is still so damn good that I'm listening again for a second go around. I just work harder at dreaming of a world where the actors of the HBO series are providing the voices for the audio series and Dotrice only supplies the narration!

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Struggle for Immersion

I really enjoy this series and was eager to continue listening to the books. Unfortunately, the pronunciation of some names and accents were different from the first 3 books, hence the lower performance rating. This had an effect on me since I like to have a full immersion when I listen to audio books. otherwise the story was still very good and I'll continue on with the series.