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!
After Revan, I likely will not continue to read any further books set in the 'Old Republic' era. I distinctly got the impression that the point of this book was to supplement the SWTOR game, rather than as a free-standing story on its own.
Lord Scourge was great. Very well done.
There were so many fantastic characters in the book. It's a shame that their potential was wasted.
Both readers, but especially Ms. McTeer, were phenomenal in this audiobook. I highly recommend this version of the classic.
Ms. Stevenson is simply perfect as Jane. Five stars!
Jeremy Irons does an absolutely incredible job in bringing this classic to life. He made me sympathetic in a way that I never was with the book in print.
I was very much looking forward to listening to this classic, but was compelled to stop after the first 5-hour segment. The narrator’s portrayal of the famous knight grated upon my nerves and did not make for an enjoyable diversion. It’s on this basis alone that I give a low-score for the rating.
I'll admit up-front that I only made it through the first couple of hours of the audiobook, but that was really all that I could take. I greatly enjoyed the previous three volumes of the Otori. This one, however, seemed artificial, juvenile, and without spirit.
I would not recommend it based upon either the story itself, or upon the narrators.
William Hootkins does an admirable job of breathing life into this American classic. Be sure to note that you must purchase each half of the book individually. There are other available versions on Audible (with other readers) that include the entire novel for the price of half of this one.
The narration is well-done, but the story is terrible. It's tedious and boring and even after the first six hours it is still a chore to listen. I recognize that other listeners give the book high marks, so there does appear to be an audience for it, but be warned that it is a story told in slow-motion.
_A Game of Thrones_ is a truly wonderful book. For that alone, it deserves the four stars that I give it. Over all, Roy Dotrice does a fair job plugging through the 33+ hours of the story, but at times his accent can be difficult to follow.
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