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A Feast for Crows

Book 4 of A Song of Ice and Fire
Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
Length: 33 hrs and 50 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (3,767 ratings)
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Summary

The complete, unabridged audiobook of A Feast for Crows.

HBO’s hit series A Game of Thrones is based on George R. R. Martin’s internationally best-selling series A Song of Ice and Fire, the greatest fantasy epic of the modern age. A Feast for Crows is the fourth volume in the series.

The Lannisters are in power on the Iron Throne.

The war in the Seven Kingdoms has burned itself out, but in its bitter aftermath new conflicts spark to life. The Martells of Dorne and the Starks of Winterfell seek vengeance for their dead. Euron Crow’s Eye, as black a pirate as ever raised a sail, returns from the smoking ruins of Valyria to claim the Iron Isles.

From the icy north, where Others threaten the Wall, apprentice Maester Samwell Tarly brings a mysterious babe in arms to the Citadel. As plots, intrigue and battle threaten to engulf Westeros, victory will go to the men and women possessed of the coldest steel and the coldest hearts.

©2005 George R.R. Martin (P)2011 HarperCollins

Critic reviews

"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)

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  • Karen
  • Sutton Coldfield, United Kingdom
  • 29-12-11

Whats going on with the accents?

I'm a little bit disappointed with the narration of book four. After listening to book one, two and three, I eagerly awaited the release of book four, which seemed to be the only one, out of the five novels missing on Audible. Roy Dotrice brings the books to life, with brilliant narration, giving each character a different accent so that the listener can easily recognise them, however I think that Roy Dotrice had forgotten the accent he gave the characters in the first three books, because he's changed them completely in book four, for example, Arya Stark goes from sounding like a young girl in the first three books, to sounding like an Irish granny in book four, very off putting.

43 of 43 people found this review helpful

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    3 out of 5 stars

Worst one yet for continuity of accents

I'm really enjoying this series, but poor old Roy Dotrice is really losing track of all the accents. I know it's a cast of thousands and nobody expects him to find a completely different voice for each character, but when the apparent age and accent of a key individual changes not just between books, but between chapters, it's really quite distracting. Hate to say it, but I don't think it's good enough.

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Was this recording edited at all?

I cannot for the life of me give more than 3 stars because Dotrice makes a complete mess of the fourth volume: he's forgotten how he has pronounced the names in the previous books and manages within 10 minutes to say Brienne in 4 different ways. Was there ANY editing involved in recording of this book? And suddenly Arya sounds like a wildling. Unfortunately I do not have time for the paperbacks, so I will struggle through the fifth one as well, dreading what Dotrice does with that already beforehand.

40 of 41 people found this review helpful

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  • John
  • Telford, United Kingdom
  • 23-11-12

Poor introduction of new characters

Poor old Roy has lost it! Accents, voice pitch and names change constantly and I for one cant keep up. As if the introduction of the new characters was not enough!? For me it was that strange i even used the internet to make sure i was listening to the correct book...I may give up, which is a shame because books 1-3 blew me away.

19 of 19 people found this review helpful

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  • Andrew
  • Ilkley, United Kingdom
  • 30-11-12

Very frustrating

I can only echo what many other reviewers have said - the narration of this book is a complete nightmare. Not only to character voices and name pronunciations changes compared to books 1-3, but they actually change chapter to chapter. It's a huge shame when the quality of the audio becomes the big issue rather than the quality of the text itself.



Not good enough Audible.

32 of 33 people found this review helpful

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    1 out of 5 stars

Completely Frustrating!

Well, i have listened all the previous books in the series and i didnt have a major issue with the narration of Roy Dotrice....until now! He Seems to have completely forgotten everything he did previous. Well established characters now have completely different voices (no argument can be made for 'some years have passed' as the book continues immediately from the last)

I could perhaps suffer this and continue through if it wasnt for the inconsistent pronunciation of characters and places like 3 different ways to say Tyrell all in the same chapter, it doesnt get any better, Brienne has no less than 3 too!

Dotrice also seems to ignore grammar.

The Audio quality is very poor unlike the previous books, it sounds as though it was recorded in some sort of hollow container.

Some chapters there are no pauses, so its not immediately obvious that you are now listening to another.

Unfortunately as my title suggests i found this very frustrating, and, at times infuriatring. I wont be listening to anymore, so will have to find time to read the books.



Thanks for nothing Audible!

25 of 26 people found this review helpful

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It's all getting to be a bit of a struggle

I'm really beginning to lose patience. World building is one thing but GRRM appears not to have an editor. The story full of self-indulgent ramblings that add nothing - the editing was so much tighter for the first couple of books and all the better for it. The level of violence has been upped to the extent that it is now the default response to everything. At no point does a woman have a friendship with another woman which just odd. At almost no point is anyone kind to anyone else - this does happen in real life, GRRM, honest! The threat of sexual violence and the associated language is constant. If I have to hear one more man describing how he plans to mutilate and rape someone, I shall not be responsible for my actions (insert threat of forcing brutally detached organ into inappropriate place here). Yes, I know there's a war or three going on and it's vaguely medieval and yadda yadda yadda but REALLY it's a bit wearing and humans behaving with humanity would provide a welcome counterpoint to the general treachery and murderousness.

Roy Dotrice - Having established a character's voice over the preceding three books, it's incredibly irritating and sloppy to have it change. For instance, Petyr Baelish has become and old generic northern man and even more jarring his name is now pronounced Peter. I found this distracting every single time. Whilst I understand that these have been recorded over several years, I do feel that consistency of character voices should have been considered. Don't the producers keep a record?

I suppose I'm going to push on with Dance with Dragons having devoted so many hours of my life to the story so far but more in the spirit of a chore to get through than delightful anticipation.

23 of 24 people found this review helpful

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Terrible Naration

The narration of the first three books was a little hit-and-miss. Accents changed from book to book, but it was largely forgiveable. Tywin Lannister, for instance, went from annoying Welshman in book two to a grating and totally unfitting impersonation of Churchill in three. That was bad enough, but in this book the ages, voices and regional accents change from chapter to chapter, and sometimes on the same "page". Arya Stark is from Ulster now it seems, and almost every character sounds over eighty?
Dotrice did the best job you could expect in the first three books. With so many characters no one could demand different voices for them all, but in this one he's really lost the plot.
It also seems this book was not edited at all. Several times Dotrice makes mistakes in accents, or reads narration in a characters voice, but no attempt has been made to edit this out, he just carries on regardless. Similarly, no effort seems to have gone into the audio quality. It starts muffled and flat, and either gradually improves, or I grew used to it. Either way, it's very poor.
Considering the money Audible charges for these books (especially splitting them in two to milk buyers for every penny), the quality of this audio book is completely unacceptable. Would it have been too much to ask for the producer to brief Dotrice on how he portrayed the characters previously - before recording started? The narration is so bad that it becomes distracting from what would otherwise be an excellent book.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Elie
  • SEVENOAKS, United Kingdom
  • 29-02-12

Amazing story, frustrating narration

As the other reviews have said, the characters accents are all over the place (I was always puzzelled as to why Tyrian and Jamie had Welsh accents and Cercie and Tywin didn't) and now alot of them seem to have changed voices completely, so it becomes hard to keep track of who you are listening to. I'm also getting really cross because in this books the prounciation of characters names have changed. I can't remember them all at the moment but two examples are that Gilly has now become Jilly, Petyr is suddenly Peter and so on. I can only imagine what a titanic task this would be for any actor, but someone should be keeping notes as to how each character speaks (I miss Dolores Ed's stumbling voice) and how their names are prounced, it really interupts the listeners enjoyment. Can I add a plea for them to use Rupert Degas for the next book, he is AMAZING, the best I've ever listened to. I love this story it's totally engrossing, but these issues are ruining it for me and I'm not sure I'll bother with the next one.

40 of 43 people found this review helpful

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  • Georgie
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • 30-06-13

Pretty bad

I was going to write quite a lengthy review wondering why Tyrion is Welsh and Cersei sounds like a panto dame at least 30 years older than Jaime, why the pronunciation of places and names is completely inconsistent and why Brienne sounds like an American who's never spoken to a British person doing an impersonation of what they imagine a village idiot sounded like in the middle ages... but I see that previous reviewers have already covered this ground.

It's a terrible misrepresentation of the characters and it ruins the book. I second the appeal for Rupert Degas instead of Dotrice. At least his regional accents are plausible.

The story is great though, and I recommend reading it spliced together with the following book. I also recommend avoiding this complete mess of an recording altogether.

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  • Candice
  • 16-04-13

Can't get past the narration

What did you like about this audiobook?

The pov character of Cersei is interesting, she is such an important character in the series it feels like the audience is now privy to some new insights

How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

I am sad to say this is probably the least interesting book of the series, it is extremely difficult to connect emotionally with the characters but that's probably because the choice of characters used, being either new characters or secondary characters instead of the primary characters we have grown to love

Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

This book is a little off track and probably needs to be edited a bit and perhaps combined with book five

What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

I found the narration in this book unbearable to the point that I had to switch to hard cover. I actually don't believe this is Roy Dotrice or if it is then it wasn't him in previous books. I can live with the fact everyone sounds like pirates, I can forgive him for giving siblings different accents even though common sense would tell you that families that have lived together all their lives should sound like they are from the same country, but when I got to arya stark and the voice was the one used for mance Rayder I couldn't listen any more. I never understood why mance sounded like an old Irish peddler woman, I thought that was was pretty bad given his power and presence he is supposed to have but why is arya now Irish? And low class? Would it be too difficult to listen to previous narration and keep some consistency? My recommendation is to listen to the demo before purchasing this audio. So disappointing.

Do you have any additional comments?

Overall I love these books, books 1-3 were amazing and I think the last two will be of the same standard

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Cameron
  • 30-08-12

Poor compared to the previous 3

What would have made A Feast for Crows (Part One) better?

Narration was poor - which is a shame as the I thought the first 3 were top notch.

Has A Feast for Crows (Part One) turned you off from other books in this genre?

No - this was an anomaly - part 5 got things back on track

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The accents differed from the previous 3 books. Quality was'nt as good.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • BigMattOz
  • 16-08-12

Roy what are you doing?

How could the performance have been better?

Roy Dotrice, is such an excellent narrator but why did you change the voices of the characters!

I know it was 5 years between books, but why???

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Katrina
  • 13-01-16

Narrator sucks

I managed to cope, just, when Roy would sometimes say character names wrong but mostly get them right in previous books in this series. eg sometimes Joffrey sometime Jeffrey

But in this book he has completely lost the plot - honestly doesn't he know their names?

It is driving me mad and if this wasn't the most incredible series I would not finish. It is the lady Catelyn, pronounced CAT - ilin, not KATElyn.

Truly it is ruining it for me and I keep yelling at the narrator who said her name right in all the previous books. There is another character he is pronouncing wrong in this book but I forget at this moment as I just raced here to log in after getting so frustrated. I hope someone can get the feedback to the narrator who should donate his time for free to correct the pronunciation on every character name and we should all receive a free copy in apology.

There, that feels better! (until I hear him again)

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Stewart
  • 15-04-18

Terrible narration.

Frustrating pronunciation of main characters and places... The female voicing is beyond poor as well.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Linda
  • 07-01-15

What happened to the narration???

Would you listen to A Feast for Crows (Part One) again? Why?

Yes, as it is part of the series

How could the performance have been better?

Very poor narration, see comments below.

Any additional comments?

Although it had the same narrator as the previous books in the series, he for some reason changed the pronunciation of several of the characters names and their accents. Sometimes the accents changed mid-sentence! Don't know if he is getting too old for narrating but it really spoiled the story as you often had to mentally correct him, or couldn't work out which character was supposed to be talking. Very disappointing after the great job he did on the first 3 books.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Hanna
  • 22-06-14

Pirates?

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

with reservations - the story is good, but you need to know the other books. If the only way to catch up is to listen on train or bus, then it's fine.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Jon Snow, Danaerys?

How could the performance have been better?

Why does everyone have to sound like pirates or Monty Python characters? Also, how many different ways can you pronounce Brienne? I appreciate the narration probably came before the TV series, but even so it seems ridiculous that everyone has these accents that make everyone sound like a rustic village idiot, no matter age or background. The women are even worse and all sound like crones or idiotic coquettes. If the dialogue was read in a less plodding way, that would make it so much better. The reader has a lovely voice but his interpretation is too ridiculous. Still, kudos for the hours he would have spent on this!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No.

Any additional comments?

Too many pirates & plodding rustics!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Dan Tilley
  • 12-06-14

Is this really Roy?

I didn't want to believe the reviews of this book, but it is just amazing how bad this is when compared to the previous 3.

The fact that the first 3 books were so good and well read by Roy makes it even worse.

The story is not so bad, it ignores a number of character stories left hanging at the end of book 3, and introduces a lot of new characters so it feels like a parallel story at times, but if I were reading it for myself then I imagine I would enjoy it as much as the first 3 books.

The problem is Roy's performance, just utterly abysmal.
The majority of the characters from the previous 3 books now have totally different voices / accents (the change in Arya Stark & Petyr Baelish are particularly bad). He pronounces names and places differently as well, "Red Wine" becoming "Red Win" for example, he even changes the pronunciation of names in the same sentence! (For Brienne, first he says "Bree-enn" then in the same breath it changes to "Bry-een".)

I am praying that the 5th book is better as I need to know the story, but this one is so bad I am actually listening in 1.5x speed to get through it quicker.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Jessica
  • 19-03-14

Roy Dotrice has failed

I admit I wasn't a great fan of Roy Dotrice to start with - he has a limited range and really only ever did justice to three or four characters at the most, I think. But in this book, he has changed the voice of Arya into that of a gutter-rat and Cersei into a shrieking banshee. Actually, Cersei seems to take on Joff's vocal range.
The story line continues to add in irrelevant characters. I'd like to see an abridged version of the whole story line. If I were reading the physical book, I dare say I'd be cutting out chapters. As it is, I tune out of Roy Dotrice's narration every now and then.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Tony
  • 03-12-12

Disjointed and Confusing

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Die-hard fans that can overlook the limitations of the narration.

Would you be willing to try another book from George R. R. Martin? Why or why not?

I want to get this one over with so I can move on to the last.

Would you be willing to try another one of Roy Dotrice’s performances?

As long as it's better than this one.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from A Feast for Crows (Part One)?

The scenes aren't the issue.

Any additional comments?

I don't have a problem with the changed name pronunciation, or the different accents. The thing that really frustrates me is that it seems like that rather than reading a story, the narrator is reading a series of sentences that don't necessarily relate. The timing between passages is pretty bad - with new chapters sounding like a continuation of the last sentence. The timing is just off and the tone of the reading is like, as I said, reading a list of sentences.

Hoping that book 5 is better.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful