Now I know there have been so many reviews that I hesitate to add one. I just wish to say I enjoyed these books tremendously. This one is the third of the series "A Song of Ice and Fire", whose title takes more and more ominous tones as the story unfolds. The first two books were "A Game of Thrones" and "A Clash of Kings", and although I haven't written a review of those, I agree with all those who raved for the book. I loved them all. How else could you listen to this third volume (38 hrs?!?) So I assume I am preaching to the choir here. If by any chance, you haven't listened to the first two, you really need to start with GoT (as the first volume is called amongst fans). Absolutely.
For the fans, I just wish to say that the fourth installment comes in November. I've already asked Audible when they plan to provide the audio version. I find these books more immensely enjoyable in audio form, although I recently bought the paperbacks as a reference, esp. when the fourth volume comes out. It'll be handy, and more easily browsable than an audio version.
So there. If you don't know where the web site is, and would like to read the announcement from the author himself, google it or go to georgerrmartin.com. In a previous page (now defunct, I wonder why) he explained that his choice for "A Feast for Crows", as the fourth tome is going to be named, is to take apart the book he'd be writing and only keep the part about the Seven Kingdoms (yeah! my favorite!) The part about Daenerys and the Isles is going to go into the next installments. This way he'll be able to finish the fourth in time, and in fact it makes more sense to him. And to me too: it was a bit irritating to jump back and fourth between the two continents in two stories which we knew wouldn't come together till much later in the story (perhaps not even in the next two volumes).
For those of you feel same, my favorite character is Arya. Can't wait to hear her story. Yeah!
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this series and approached the audio version with a bit of trepidation. This is a LOT of listening, so the actor doing the portaryals had better be up to the task. Mr. Dotrice does a SUPERB job! His accent and inflections are beyond wonderful! Dick Hill had been my all-time favorite reader -- now he must share his "title" -- this series would be worth buying just to enjoy the readings. The story itself is among thte best in the fantasy genre, even in spite of some unnecessary digressions the author sometimes takes -- they are usually so intriguing that the story is all the richer for it. PARENTAL WARNING: there is a goodly amount of very graphic sex and violence -- all very appropriate to the story, but you must decide if your adolescent reader is ready for it. The earthiness adds to the reality of the tale: so realistic, you'll wish you were reading history instead of fiction.
Wonderfully expansive story
I would have preferred a straight up reading. His voice would have been fine, but his attempt at voices for specific characters fell short. He had 2 voices and one of them sounded too much like Donald Duck. It really took away from the book. My girlfriend stopped listening because of it.
To me George R Martin is the best fantasy writer. Though I love his books, the speaker in this audiobook is even better. He makes the characters come so alive, I seem to know them better than most of my friends (no joke!).
I stopped rereading the books and only listen to them.
Once again, George R. R. Martin delivers a fantastic read in this, the third book in A Song of Ice and Fire, and it's better than the first two. For those critics that like to complain about Martin's tendency to heap insurmountable troubles and tragedies upon his heroes and heroines, well...they won't be dissapointed! Martin gleefully takes the reader on a roller coaster ride full of both happiness and sorrow (albeit much more of the latter than the former,) and it will leave you exhausted but exhillarated at the end. The writing is as compelling and powerful as ever. Roy Dutrice is a pleasure to listen to as always--the man is a wizard with all his voices and accents; he does a better job of suspending my disbelief than some of the full-cast audiobooks I have listened to. Even with characters dropping like flies (which is skillfuly balanced by having such a numerous and colorful array of characters) many plot issues are resolved, some are put on hold for the next book, and more than a few new twists will keep readers wringing their hands for the next installment. It brings me great sorrow to know that this is the last audiobook to date in the 'A Song of Ice and Fire' series, and it would be a travesty if Audible doesn't get their hands on the next book (entitled A Feast For Crows.) Now I have to subject myself to little spurts of cloyingly melodramatic drivel from lesser authors and lesser narrators. Sigh. The dispair is almost enough for a longtime fantasy reader to take The Black (so to speak) and not listen to another non-George R.R. Martin audiobook, ever.
The best in the series, this book is one of the best written/read audio books I?ve even encountered. It kept me riveted until the last word; I was as rapt at the end of hour one as I was at the end of hour 50. This is definitely not your typical fantasy novel. It is, in a word, amazing.
Martin is the most talented author in the Genre since The Professor made it respectable... it's as simple as that.
If you have not read/listened to these books and you enjoy fantasy, you owe it to yourself to do so. Solid multidimensional characters, deep plot, good imagery (not Tolkien level but good nonetheless)... these books have everything. The most annoying part of the books is that you get so deep into each character that when he switches to a different one you get mad, only to get into that character and get mad when he switches back. Then of course there's his propensity for killing off main characters... don't get too attached to anyone!
In this third volume of George R.R. Martin's epic fantasy, familiar voices (and new ones) once again greet the listener as Mr. Dotrice redoubles his efforts in tackling such a mammoth tome. At around 46 hours of audio, A Storm of Swords follows the continuing conflict between the Stark and Lannister families and the ensuing war that has erupted across the kingdom.
The listener will be left on the edge of their seat and waiting for the next volume of the series as A Storm of Swords is brought to its dramatic close. True to his prior readings, Mr. Dotrice breathes a life into the characters so well that it is all too easy to forget that it is but a single man doing the reading.
I recommend it!
So many positive comments on the narration I was surprised. Yes, the man is talented and can do lots of accents. But why would different family members who've always lived together have different accents? Insanity. Why is Mance Rayder made to sound like a silly old man? Tywin Lannister sounds like a Winston Churchill imitation and don't get me started on the horrible, offensive chinese-esque accent for Missandei used even when she's speaking in her more familiar language and shouldn't have much of an accent. Generally, the accents and reading made me nuts, but the book is so good I couldn't stop listening. Big books like these need a good producer to track accents and pronunciation, so I don't necessarily blame the poor old narrator. The reviews of the reader of the next book aren't encouraging but I for one am ready for a break from this nonsense. Without a different production team, what are the chances it will be any better?
"we all play the game my lord. it is the only game that matters here"
full of all the things you want. the blood, honor, swordplay, lust, justice, action, the outright exellence. Made all the better when narated by such a theatrical man. often times putting a name to the face my mind has concocted of all the snows Boltons starks and simple folk is a dawnting task when I'm sure there are more players in this game than episodes of "THE SIMPSONS" but recolecting each character has put my mind at ease when our fair narrator has a distinct voice for all. a excellent installment in the writen series.