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A Storm of Swords Audiobook

A Storm of Swords: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3

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Of the five contenders for power, one is dead, another in disfavor, and still the wars rage as violently as ever, as alliances are made and broken. Joffrey, of House Lannister, sits on the Iron Throne, the uneasy ruler of the land of the Seven Kingdoms. His most bitter rival, Lord Stannis, stands defeated and disgraced, the victim of the jealous sorceress who holds him in her evil thrall. But young Robb, of House Stark, still rules the North from the fortress of Riverrun. Robb plots against his despised Lannister enemies, even as they hold his sister hostage at King's Landing, the seat of the Iron Throne. Meanwhile, making her way across a blood-drenched continent is the exiled queen, Daenerys, mistress of the only three dragons still left in the world....

But as opposing forces maneuver for the final titanic showdown, an army of barbaric wildlings arrives from the outermost line of civilization. In their vanguard is a horde of mythical Others, a supernatural army of the living dead whose animated corpses are unstoppable. As the future of the land hangs in the balance, no one will rest until the Seven Kingdoms have exploded in a veritable storm of swords....

©2000 George R.R. Martin, (P)2004 Books On Tape, Inc., published in arrangement with Random House Audio Group, a division of Random House, Inc.

What the Critics Say

  • Locus Award, 2001

"Richly imagined." (Publishers Weekly)
"A riveting continuation of a series whose brilliance continues to dazzle." (The Patriot News)
"I always expect the best from George R. R. Martin, and he always delivers." (Robert Jordan)
"High fantasy with a vengeance!" (San Diego Union-Tribune)

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    Frank Schoharie, NY, USA 03-27-05
    Frank Schoharie, NY, USA 03-27-05
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    "Love it! Top 5 all -time fantasy series"

    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.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Lesley Seattle, WA, United States 10-03-06
    Lesley Seattle, WA, United States 10-03-06 Member Since 2005

    From Austen to zombies!

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    "Excellent storytelling"

    At 46 hours, this unabridged edition is quite the commitment. But don't worry--this book went by way too fast for me.

    This continuation of the story from A Game of Thrones and A Clash of Kings couldn't be more exciting. While there are rather a lot of plot threads, they merge enough so that the reader can tell what's going on. Similarly, secondary or tertiary characters can get lost, but that's forgivable with a story this sweeping. Martin even manages to work twists into the subplots.

    The best part of the trilogy, for me, is that Martin weaves a believable fantasy world without falling back on too many fantasy cliches. Yes, it's about kings, knights, dragons, princesses, battles, and so forth, but the characters are real people, with timeless virtues and flaws. Cersei Lannister may be a bit flat, but young Sansa Stark is surprisingly real. Tyrion Lannister in particular is memorable; he and his brother Jaime have some of the best dialogue I've ever read outside of Elmore Leonard.

    The narrator, Roy Dotrice, does a fabulous job, bringing life to the characters with his blustery British tones. I was disappointed to see that he didn't narrate the next book in this series, A Feast for Crows, but that didn't make this book any less enjoyable.

    One caveat: if you've listened to the first two books in this series, you probably already know that it isn't always family-friendly. It's definitely PG-13, and in places even R. If that's a concern, there are other excellent titles with less for parents to worry about (the Shannara series comes to mind).

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    chris schmitz 05-25-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Story"
    If you could sum up A Storm of Swords in three words, what would they be?

    Wonderfully expansive story


    What other book might you compare A Storm of Swords to and why?

    don't know


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    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.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    no


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Nik 03-17-11
    Nik 03-17-11 Member Since 2007

    Enjoying audiobooks daily!

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    "Yeah. THIS IS MY FAV ASoIaF book!"

    Ok, so how fair is that statement when this is the last one I read of the series? But thus far, this IS the best book! Jaime becomes more human. Joffrey gets some payback. Tyrion narrowly escapes death...again. Sansa is taken captive...again. Arya spends just way too much time with Sandor Clegane (even though I love him!) and get's Needle back. Jon becomes a man and faces his peers on the wall. Bran and his crew are always on the move. Stannis, Davos and Melisandre have problems with each other. Lady Catelyn becomes...well, I won't spoil that for you. The Red Wedding. The Wall being attacked. Joff's wedding. Jaime held hostage. The Others. OMG!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you GRRM. Thank you for THIS book.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Stephan LuzernSwitzerland 01-05-06
    Stephan LuzernSwitzerland 01-05-06
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    "Two Masters at Work"

    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.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Arthur 06-10-05
    Arthur 06-10-05
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    "Back to Westeros for another captivating tale...."

    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.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    David USA 08-12-04
    David USA 08-12-04
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    "A master"

    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!

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Scott M. GRUSSING 06-29-04

    Scott

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    "Outstanding!"

    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!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Anne Harris Canada 05-19-09
    Anne Harris Canada 05-19-09 Member Since 2012
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    "Can't stand the narration but can't stop listening"

    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?

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    justin 03-15-15
    justin 03-15-15 Member Since 2015
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    "May you be but a pawn, or a player?"

    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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