A Storm of Swords is by far the longest and the most in-depth of the Song of Ice and Fire canon. It marries the political intrigue of A Game of Thrones with the battlefields of A Clash of Kings and gives the listener everything he or she wants from this epic of a Medieval parallel Earth. Roy Dotrice is in fine form and narrates the story as only a well-trained actor can. As I undertook the following audiobooks in the series, it became clear that criticisms of Mr. Dotrice are accurate in that his performance after A Storm of Swords was inconsistent at best. However, his handling of George R.R. Martin's third epic is nothing short of brilliant. If only I could have listened to this book all at once! Though it's length prevented that, it still got me hooked and I found myself tuning in every spare moment I had.
Did not read print version.
I have three favorite characters: Jon Snow, Arya Stark, and Tyrion. To say more would be spoiling things.
A unique voice for many of the characters.
At almost 48 hours, you can't listen to it in one sitting. It took over a month of commuting to listen to this book.
Due to apparent Audible technical limitations, each chapter is approximately 45 minutes long, and does not match up to each character point-of-view. This makes it hard if you want to listen to a character point of view all over again.
What amazing books! However, their value is greatly increased by Mr. Dotrice's performances. He gives each character a unique voice, and courageously does justice to each of them whether the character is in in the throngs of passion or about to die. I just started watching the HBO show Game of Thrones show, and had a little trouble bonding with some of the characters because I didn't like their voices as much as liked the ones Mr. Dotrice gave them.
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The events in this book left me at the edge of my seat from start to finish. I was shocked, disgusted, horrified, thrilled, laughing and crying from the minute I started to the minute I got to the last word on the book! Took me a while to finish the book due to my busy schedule, but every chance I got I couldn't wait to read on either by listening to it or reading on my kindle! The introduction of the paranormal instances in this book added an element of mystery that made the story more interesting. The characters were always rich but in this book they got deeper and more complex. It has become harder to distinguish the right and the wrong as the story progresses but that is what makes this so much more thrilling and interesting. Cherry on the cake is the narration by Roy Dotrice! I look forward to reading the fourth book soon.
the twists and turns in this story are wonderful....some are foreseen, others blindside. Like the best stories do. I've read books 1-3 back to back, but am taking a break here, as reviews of book 4 fault the reader's loss of the voices he originally created in the first 3 books. But let me tell you, it was tough to not pick up immediately with the 4th. Enjoy.
the blind-siding plot twists
great voices for about a zillion characters. Dreading the next book though for reasons listed above.
Don't fall in like with anyone, as they may not be around long!
Great writing with narration is always a winner. Given how large the scope of these books are, Martin pulls it off again. Several story lines that all have rich characters and intense action. Off to book 4. Highly recommend this series, at least up to this point.
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I have no idea, but probably. I haven't even glanced at the books. I think there are pros and cons to the books vs audio. With the books you can look up names and look at the map if you are confused. But you can't do that with audio unless you have your computer in front of you and are looking at Game of Thrones wikipedia. But the voice acting in this is amazing and George R.R. Martin is a master of story telling. (If you've seen the show or memorized the characters) you can easily visualize everything that's happening.
Uh, the twists. I knew what would happen for the most part because I'd watched the show. Season 3 ends a little over halfway into this book, which now has me extremely excited for season 4. I listened to the audio book mostly on the subway and I was constantly gasping or dropping my jaw at certain parts, making everyone around me wonder what the hell I'm listening to, lol.
Tyrion Lannister. I'm not sure if the actor listened to these audio books, but when Roy does it, he sounds just like Tyrion from the show. He's smug, smart, and prideful.
Let the hacking begin.
When I first started listening to the books, I wasn't sure if I would like them more than the show. I was proven wrong. It's been a long time since an author has impressed me this much. I just love the way Martin builds up this amazing world and incorporates such interesting and unique characters. You can't help but fall in love with them, even though you know you really, really shouldn't. I'd recommend listening to the audio for those who are always on the go (like me with an hour commute). Again, if you do the audiobooks, I'd suggest watching at least the first season on HBO, because 1) it follows the 1st book almost exactly, and 2) you'll get to put a face to the name. There are so many characters, so if you aren't familiar with at least some of them, you'll get lost just by listening.
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death of goffery
love roy. he did an great job pulling you right in
overall great story. if you have not purchased this. you should. i think you'll like it.
The continuing story line of Game of Thrones with its continual twists and turns. No character seems to be safe from abruptly leaving the story (death)
The best part is really a spoiler so suffice to say what happened was never anticipated from the beginning of the first book thru most of this one.
Performance is the problem with this audible book. The narrator has an incredible narrative voice and a dynamic capability for various voices. But it is simply overdone and becomes more irritating than entertaining. Many of the voices for low born are simply not understandable and really not necessary. The narrator seems determined to give every character a distinctive voice (even if they only have one line when it simply does not need to be). Voice levels (volume) are poorly regulated as a result of this. Hodor Hodor, Hodor said repetitively is a dull slow loud voice follwed by "said Hodor" is but one example of when I want to turn off the player.
Daenerys obtaining her army
Back off the narrator to key voices and less theatrics, this is a book narrative performance not a broadway play.
I love a good story, especially one with a bit of a dark side.
This is the book where it all comes together and feels right. The dragons! I listened to all the books but found this one especially good. I don't think there's any need for me to write a lengthy review as there are already thousands to scan, just know that this book is the reward for spending all those hours listening to the first, second, fourth, and fifth books, not that they weren't entertaining and necessary. Looking forward to the sixth and seventh to come.