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A Storm of Swords: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3 | [George R. R. Martin]

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

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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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    Herve Bronnimann 08-09-05 Member Since 2014
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    "Thrilling fantastic literary works."

    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!

    15 of 20 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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    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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    Trent Regina, SK, Canada 11-08-04
    Trent Regina, SK, Canada 11-08-04
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    "Phenomenal"

    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.

    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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    Gyasi Boston, MA, USA 01-30-05
    Gyasi Boston, MA, USA 01-30-05
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    "Roy Dotrice"

    I listened to the first book, read the second, and heard the last. Without a doubt Mr. Dotrice delivers an eloquent narration from beginning to end.He reminds me of how much I loved being read to as a kid. Somewhere in the spoken word you can hear the sounds of atmosphere and ambiance that compel the listener into beliveable worlds. His repetroire of accents are numerous and deep. Some of the women's voices fall flat, but the children and men are well done. And those are obvious strengths and weaknesses.

    I finished the book in less time it took to listen to the narration. But I thought that the spoken word added so much more to a strong foundation. It seems to me that though I consider myself a strong reader I did not read the story for all that it was worth; a good reason to buy the audio book.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Brenda Canada 12-30-13
    Brenda Canada 12-30-13 Member Since 2014
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    "I'm hooked- cant put it down"
    What made the experience of listening to A Storm of Swords the most enjoyable?

    I hate violence but in historic dark ages it was more fact of life. Superstitions and witchcraft lore were their answers for unexplained. Therefore historically Enlightening even though totally fiction.

    The orator is fabulous.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It captured me. No easy happy endings just twists and turns constantly surprising.


    What does Roy Dotrice bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Character , depth. Authenticity, drama


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Rob and his Lady Mother died at the wedding feast


    Any additional comments?

    Please bring us more of this calibre. It's unsurpassed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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