If J.R.R. Tolkein's The Lord of the Rings was the definitive fantasy epic of the Twentieth Century, then George R.R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire may well be that of the Twenty-First. A Storm of Swords, the third novel in the series, maintains the momentum of the first two books--bringing with it new heights of heroism, depths of duplicity, and a cunning savvy that breathes new life into the entire fantasy genre. Critical cynics who have lost faith in the ability of contemporary fantasy writers would do well to dig into Martin's world. I've bought these books in hard copy, on kindle, and on audible and consider every penny well=spent. If you're looking for a series that can withstand many listenings, look no further--I'm on my fourth round and continue to find new gems in unlooked for corners.
For a book that seemed full of potential, this listen proved surprizingly disappointing. The promise of an alternate American history wasn't even enough to hold my attention through the first download segment. Save your credit--I wish I had.
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