A Feast For Crows: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book Four

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Written By: George R. R. Martin

Narrated By: Roy Dotrice

Date: December 2011

Duration: 34 hours 0 minutes

Summary:

THE BOOK BEHIND THE FOURTH SEASON OF THE ACCLAIMED HBO SERIES GAME OF THRONES

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.

It is a time when the wise and the ambitious, the deceitful and the strong will acquire the skills, the power, and the magic to survive the stark and terrible times that lie before them. It is a time for nobles and commoners, soldiers and sorcerers, assassins and sages to come together and stake their fortunes . . . and their lives. For at a feast for crows, many are the guests—but only a few are the survivors.

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  • Michael Jackson

    Exceptional book, but the narrator randomly decided to switch voices for every single character halfway through the book, as well as change the pronunciation of a few names. I realize this is a small problem, but it was confusing at first and annoying in the long term

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful.

  • Chanel V

    I have adamantly recommended this audio series because of the narrator, but the reading of this book has totally lost me. I feel the same as most others, the narrator totally changed voices/accents for main characters. Why arya stark suddenly sounds like a leprechaun instead of an English lord’s daughter, I cannot figure out. And she pronounces her own name as Ari-er, what the heck? Plus one of his character voices made me want to puke with the spit slurping, which was not required based on the author, it seemed to be his own artistic choice.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful.

  • Ricardo S

    Not too sure what was going to Roy Dotrice on this book. He butchers a bunch of names and it’s really annoying. I though it was a different narrator until I decided to scroll back and see who it was. The book is great if you don’t mind listening to butchered names.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful.

  • Jessica White

    I'm convinced that this is the first book in the series that the narrator recorded as he changed voices and pronunciations that had been consistent for the first 3 books. It's super annoying.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful.

  • Katie C

    I absolutely despise this narrator. This is the fourth book in the series and he is still changing the main characters names. Caitlyn for Catelyn...Really? Tyrell tirell?? Who cares how anything is pronounced. And that was only a few hours into it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

  • Luke O\'Neil

    Save your time and find the summary of this book. I couldn't put the first three books of this series down but this one I had to force myself to keep listening to. The previous books moved along with a quick tempo and engaging content but this installment was thoroughly tedious and somewhat repetitive. At best this could be described as a setup book for what is hopefully a better end to the series. Also, if you are a fan of the other series narrations by Roy Dotrice, be forewarned that his voices and name pronunciation are often very different from the previous books.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

  • oodeluph

    I have read reviews decrying this later entry from George R.R. Martin's "Game of Thrones" series. After reading and listening to this book I think they aren't thinking straight! This novel, "A Feast for Crows" is wonderful and a VERY worthy continuation of the series. It expands the world we've been given and adds characters. It keeps everything from becoming stale! I cannot wait for receipt of the next set, "A Dance with Dragons"! Mr. Martin has taken the fantasy genre to a whole, new level; this "reads" like real life...

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

  • J Noyes

    The narrator really botched this one. I enjoy the fact he uses the different voices but he changed those voices for several characters during the readings which threw me off while listening. He also changed the pronunciation of several characters names. The "Peter Balsish" character was the biggest noticeable change both in voice used and name pronunciation followed by the "Sam Tarley" character.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Jeff Everette

    I love the series and Roy Dotrice does a decent job at delivering...there are so many voices that it is nearly impossible to recycle accents, that I get, but it drives me crazy when he changes the characters' voices from book to book. You get used to hearing a voice for a person and it is frustrating when the voice and accent change. Other than that, I have no complaints and have truly enjoyed the experience.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Eric Daniel

    Most annoying freaking narration I have ever heard in my life. Gets way to intense with the characters to the point that you can't understand him never mind the fact that the voices are just overly obnoxious. For such an exciting series this book lacks way behind the others.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Krista Buynak

    I love this series and typically love Dotrice's work narrating it as well, but I'm getting more and more annoyed as I listen. Has he forgotten how to pronounce EVERY name? I'm pretty sure he's getting there. He has also changed the voices a bit, which I can forgive to a degree. There are a lot of characters and time between books, but it bothers me a bit that the voice he's using for Jon is the one he usually uses for snobby high born men. He also has Sam sounding like a blubbering idiot, which he's not. I'm just not fond of the changes or the implications behind them.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Stephen C.

    Fantastic writing. The narration was great, in a vacuum. However, comparing his work on this book to the previous three left much to be desired. Changing the pronunciation and voices was extremely disappointing. Characters you had come to know know felt different and strange. The variation between books was very disappointing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Autumn H.

    The series of books is excellent, but these chapters are long and boring without much pertinent action in the story line. It was a chore to finish this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Justin B

    The narrator does an amazing job of bringing this series to life. This was the first audio book to which I have listened. I was always worried about the presentation of the story, but my expectations were were beyond surpassed! I have always enjoyed having the actual book in my hands to read, but now that I've become on-the-go and seem to be on the road much more than I'd like, this has proven to be a great alternative. The book itself was tremendously detailed, and continued the story well! I cannot wait to read (or listen to) the next installment!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Anonymous

    This is the worst of the series, boring is too high a praise. Mr. Martin must be being paid by the word or is just trying to keep the series alive. Too put it his words this 3rd installment is a feast for crows.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Ross M.

    The Book is excellent but the change in pronunciation and character voices especially for Arya and Daenerys in the next book are horrendous and make the experience less than enjoyable.

  • J B.

    the narrator pronounces so many things incorrectly, for me that's rather annoying.

  • Ramona M.

    Great book. Narrator is good. Have recommended friends listen to the entire collection.

  • Bonnie M.

    I thought this was the most boring in the series but the first three books were great! Not a fan that Mother of Dragon wasn’t ever mentioned and John wasn’t hardly in it. Very slow. All in all I give the series a 5

  • Anonymous

    I love the way GRRM writes. I just wish he had learned to write with some sort of outline; instead of “scattering seeds.” The narrator is known to me, and I have always loved his voice, and his ability to play so many parts.

  • Amani P.

    While ASOS is my favorite book, I also enjoyed AFFC. Especially the Dorne storyline, Cersei’s inner monologues (oh how I laughed!); and, of course, her downward spiral. It was also nice reading about some of Brienne’s backstory (although a bit sad at times).

  • Anonymous

    It’s a good listen

  • Jasmin Daniels

    the least favorite out of all. but still a great series.

  • Naomi Gontko

    great book!!!!

  • whodatpennywise

    This is the most underrated and underappreciated books in the series!! Jamie is the man, and so is Roy who is gonna read the last 2 books ?

  • Marko N.

    When I pause the book for like +5hours it forgets the spot I paused it to. Then the next time I listen to the book I need to find the spot where I left of, which was usually like +/- 2mins.

  • Micah D.

    The darkest book in the series yet. The tone is dark, as GRRM takes the reader through war-torn Westeros. Lots of character development, and dynamic shifts. I’ve read through ASOIAF four times now, and I keep on finding more details and intrigue in A Feast For Crows.

  • Dean N.

    Definitely the slowest paced book in the series so far. I found myself groaning when being dragged away from more interesting parts of the book to hear yet another chapter about Cersei’s escapades, or Dornish politics that were thankfully omitted from the television series. But far worse than that was the narrating. How does Roy Dotrice possibly forget the voices and pronunciations he’s used for a cumulative 100 hours or so in previous books? In some cases he would forget to change his voice so it sounded like one character was talking to himself. In other cases, voices for the same characters would change so drastically (even from chapter to chapter) that they didn’t even fit the character anymore. Very bizarre...I’m hoping he doesn’t narrate the next installment but I think I’ll be disappointed there.

  • Anonymous

    As always great book! I came to know of the book series because of the HBO show. As usual the characters are what drive everything. If you are up to date with the show, take the time to listen to the books.

  • Dan R

    Story was great. The audio was not that crisp at all. Audiobooks customer service and let me know the issue was fixed but I was already finished with the book

  • Simon C

    For those upset about the narrator change, remember there is a 7 year difference between publications.

  • Cory L

    This series is legendary and this book gets the job done, but the way Sam's chapters are written bore me to death. I realize this isn't the production's fault, so I don't hold it against them. However, it was anticlimactic during every one of Sam's chapters. In contrast, Arya's chapters are so suspenseful. I'm looking forward to book five.

  • Albert Warren

    Book four is another excellent experience in the GOT series. As the saga continues, the characters storylines are all great. There is however a noticeable lack of a few of the main characters in the series. Leaving me to wonder where they are and what they are doing. I'm sure book five will bring them back into the fold

  • Paul Mccord

    Not as powerful as the other books and a little confusing in parts but well worth the time. I kept wandering where some of the main characters were from the other books. Where for art though Oh Tyrion (I'm close to getting a Tyrion tattoo on one arm and a Arya Stark tattoo on the other, best fictional characters ever). When I got into the fifth book, I saw how this book was one side (Westeros) and the fifth book is the other side. Seeing how the two overlapped I caught a glimpse of the Pure Martin Genius. Understanding that this book sets the stage for the big finally, I still got to give it a 5 star. Speaking of genius, it's crazy how Martin, took King Slayer who was one of my most hated and turned him into a guy I actually like, is sheer writing madness!!! For this reason alone I give it a 6th Star. I agree with what the others are saying about the Narration, but let's just say that no one could do a better job. Anyway I'm going to go ahead and say "No one could do it better". I'm going to throw this out there and it might start a fight, but if you've made it this far in the series and you still think that HBO is doing a better job of telling this story than the books, well your dimmer than a 3 watt light bulb and you probably couldn't listen to the audiobooks books because you drooled all over your headphones. Anyway, I'm 4 hours into the final book and OMG, my head is ready to explode and my headphones stopped working because I drooled all over them. It's that good!!!!!

  • Teri Hamilton

    Love the narration. Very easy to listen to.

  • Derek Brown

    I love this book!!!

  • Lindsey Dzingle

    If you read the other books and loved them, you will this one too!

  • Rachel Reese

    Roy Dotrice is a superb narrator and I am, as always, hooked on the story. I hope he will finish it someday.

  • Timothy Rafferty

    Excellent job by the Narrator , his various voices among the characters with tones and setting adds to this masterpiece.....

  • shannon roland

    This book was awesome. Worth the time. He changed up some of the voices and I didn't care for that but overall Amazing!

  • Danielle Duran

    Book is amazing as every other installment of this series is. Narration is a little off to me, particularly the female voices. Overtly feminine characters like Cersei seemed fine, but more "masculine" women like Arya and Brienne seemed like they were read the way you would read the voice of an old Scottish man. Other than that, great!

  • Tom Sully

    I absolutely loved this book! My only complaint was that it has an ending!

  • Lee Brock

    While this isn't my favorite of Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" series, it's still full of whimsy and horror, realism and a smidgen of fantasy, and highly developed characters that I could (read about) forever. All of the things which have made the story of Westeros and the rest of this strange yet familiar world are found in "A Feast for Crows" and I'll take all I can get! Now for the narrator... I love Roy Dotrice, and his portrayal of my favorite characters have been either spot on, or so-so (mainly the ladies, but you can't hold that against an older British dude, he tries his best and still keeps the story flowing regardless.) Except perhaps in this work. Arya

  • Kristina Mahr

    Another great book in the series. The narrorator does mispronounce names here and there though.

  • Joe Aliano

    It was good, fourth best out of the series... But it is good

  • Matthew Weinmeier

    It was a little slower to the first three (especially compared to the third). But it picked up in the end. I did like it and can't wait to start the next one.

  • Elizabeth Sanchez

    Less exciting than book 3, but still a captivating continuation of the story. I'm looking forward to the rest of the series.

  • Barbara Russell

    I was glad to find Dotrice had made a recording of the crow otherwise I would had to skip this book. Couldn't handle listing to the other narrator in the sample. Dotrice adds so much more interest to the recording.

  • amy BEHAR

    I have not watched one of the television episodes& listened to all of them before watching the series. these books clearly can"stand on their own" with great detail, though every meal is extremely detailed in each book, so have popcorn around ...you will find yourself almost smelling the food and wine :-)

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