A Feast for Crows AudioBook
Number four in the epic series A Song of Ice and Fire by bestselling American author George R. R. Martin, A Feast for Crows book was published in 2005, 5 years after the release of the third book.
Random House Audio published A Feast for Crows Audiobook in 2006. The recording lasts approximately 31 hours across 26 CDs. It is available wherever audiobooks are sold, including Amazon, iTunes, and Audible.
The AudioBook also takes a very big change with its new narrator in British actor John Lee. While still giving an excellent rendition, one cannot help but feel more detached as the familiar voice of Dotrice is no longer heard.
About The Narrator: John Lee
A Feast For Crows Editors Review
This shift in focus was due to Martin’s decision to split the fourth book by first concentrating on the characters in the inner part of Westeros. This change disappointed many fans who had put a lot of emotional investment into the main protagonists of the first three books, namely – the Stark children, Tyrion Lannister, Jon Snow, and Daenerys Targaryen. In addition, the setting for A Feast for Crows is the aftermath of the bloody battles in A Storm of Swords, which makes it fall flat after all the action scenes portrayed in the earlier novels. Lastly, the “once and future audiobook reader” of A Song of Ice and Fire, Roy Dotrice, had to back out due to time constraints. A Feast for Crows Audiobook was instead narrated by John Lee, much to the ire of fans who had bred familiarity with Dotrice’s reading style.
Despite its many setbacks, A Feast for Crows still manages being an entertaining read, a feat that rests solely on Martin’s innate writing talent. His famed penchant for realism is clear in the detailed descriptions of the devastation, dismemberment, horrible cruelty, rape, and torture experienced by the people of a war-ravaged Westeros. His characters keep their three-dimensional feel, each rife with emotion, history, and purpose – evil as they might be. The fourth book is more of an ode to the villains than anything else, delving into a maddeningly evil picture of Cersei, as well as Jaime’s journey towards self-discovery. The key players in House Martell are also introduced. One of the most interesting characters is Brienne, the female warrior knight who embarks on a quest to look for Sansa and Arya, thus providing the only real action throughout the book.
While A Feast for Crows pales in comparison to the other books in the series, it is still a must read for A Song of Ice and Fire fans as Martin continues to set up the stage for the series’ final chapters.
A Feast for Crows Story (Spoiler!)
Meanwhile, Brienne of Tarth continues to search far and wide for Sansa and Arya Stark. Her travels will bring her before old enemies and friends, culminating in a showdown with the Brotherhood without Banners. And in the Eyrie, where Sansa is posing as Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish’s bastard daughter, the lords of Vale are none too pleased at the prospect of Littlefinger taking control after the death of Lysa Arryn. Littlefinger hatches a scheme to be named Lord Protector of Lord Robert Arryn.
At the wall, Jon Snow instructs Samwell Tarly to escort Maester Aemon across the sea towards the Citadel in Oldtown in the hopes of discovering more about the Others in their archives. Outside of the Seven Kingdoms, Arya Stark travels to the Free City of Braavos. She joins the religious sect of the Faceless Men to train as an assassin and avenge her family.
Cersei, Jaime, Brienne, Sam, Littlefinger, and Arya struggle with their own agendas, little knowing that the war of the kings is far from over. Robb Stark, Joffrey Baratheon, Renly Baratheon, and Balon Greyjoy are dead. Stannis Baratheon has fled to the north in defense of the Wall. Yet the game of thrones continues with a new set of players as both House Greyjoy and House Martell plot and scheme to take control of Westeros.
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