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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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    Silver Hooligan Citizen of the World 04-24-13
    Silver Hooligan Citizen of the World 04-24-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Big mistake not listening to sample before purchas"
    What would have made A Storm of Swords better?

    Someone reading the book instead of a strange attempt of acting it out.


    Has A Storm of Swords turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I will be much more careful to listen and sample before buying.


    What didn’t you like about Roy Dotrice’s performance?

    Overacting, hammy, annoying intonations. His voice. I feel cruel writing this but it was like nails scraping against a chalkboard.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Grateful that I didn't download it onto my phone.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    jean 04-20-13
    jean 04-20-13

    Say something about yourself!

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    "I don't care what anyone says, I loved this book"
    What made the experience of listening to A Storm of Swords the most enjoyable?

    The characters, the style, the story, the scenes, the adventure, the descriptions, etc.


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

    I love the books of Bernard Cornwell, so anything in his historical novels - especially the ones about King Alfred the Great - would fit the bill. The only difference it this is mythical vs. historical.


    What about Roy Dotrice’s performance did you like?

    The consistancy of the characters. There are so many of them and he handles them all well.


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

    there were times when it made me scream, but since I don't want to give anything away, I'll leave it at that.


    Any additional comments?

    Well worth a credit!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amy 04-10-13
    Amy 04-10-13
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    "Sir Droolface of House Lisp, First of His Name"
    Where does A Storm of Swords rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is not the best book I have listened to in terms of literary merit. However it is excellent daydream material, perfect when you need an escape. The world R.R. Martin creates is lived in, and richly imagined.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Characters are the highlight of this series. There are over 1000 named characters in all of the books combined. Each part is written from the point of view of one of several main characters, making it difficult to choose just one. Bran Stark's portions of the novel are my favorite because he has so much potential to grow. I also enjoyed the way R.R. Martin chooses to write women. They are dynamic, each with their own strengths.


    What aspect of Roy Dotrice’s performance would you have changed?

    Dotrice gives each character their own unique voice, which is helpful because of the number of characters and the amount of dialogue. However, he gives many of the minor characters lisps or other speech impediments. It's OK for the first 12 or so hours. But, after that they start to sound like they've had head trauma and are helplessly drooling all over themselves.


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

    I had a huge nerdgasm, actually, because of the awesome understated portrayal of magic. This is high fantasy (dragons + zombies = awesome) but it is strong because it focuses more on court drama.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Shari River Forest, IL, United States 04-05-13
    Shari River Forest, IL, United States 04-05-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Required Listening for Performers"
    Would you try another book from George R. R. Martin and/or Roy Dotrice?

    The change in readers here was a HUGE error!! I would suggest that previous books in a serious are REQUIRED LISTENING for a new reader in a series. The changes in pronunciation of names and places are distracting and ridiculous!

    Unfortunately also the weakest story in the series but still good.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Queens part makes it worth the read


    Would you be willing to try another one of Roy Dotrice’s performances?

    Not a bad reader.. in fact but the performance poor.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kyle 04-02-13
    Kyle 04-02-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Sweet agony"

    Powerful continuation of the series, packed with interest amidst the continued long yarns of sometimes confusing value -- a tremendous amount of time continues to be spent on details of uncertain significance, yet I still couldn't seem to stop listening. There's just quality all the way through, even when it's not clear whether a scene or a chapter have much of a role in the greater plot(s). But for those who pay attention, sometimes even the small things come back in some way or other. I remain awed. Anyone who thinks they have a good grasp of what is happening in this world, or what will happen, may yet again be surprised. As always, do not neglect any prologue or epilogue, in its proper time and place. Anyone who has been through the first two books, however, really shouldn't need to read a review to decide whether to move on to the next in this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    William Naperville, IL, United States 04-01-13
    William Naperville, IL, United States 04-01-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Story, Great Storytelling!"
    Would you listen to A Storm of Swords again? Why?

    The storytelling in this book is amazing! Keeps you engaged from beginning to end!


    What about Roy Dotrice’s performance did you like?

    Roy Dotrice is able to use different voices for each of the regions and familys in this book. It really helps to build the characters and identify the characters while listening


    Any additional comments?

    Listen to this book and all of the rest of the series!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kareem MANASSAS, VA, United States 03-31-13
    Kareem MANASSAS, VA, United States 03-31-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Awesome Character voices"
    What made the experience of listening to A Storm of Swords the most enjoyable?

    The various destinct voices and the eligence of the narrators voice made the experience realistic. I listened to 8 straight hours everyday and bought the next book right after and now on the 4th.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Sex, violence and the surprise ending. There was nothing predictable about this book especially the ending.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Danny finding her voice and confidence with her Dragons. Why do they treat Giant of Lannisters in such a way after saving the Kingdom and Shae turning on him during the trial.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The Storm before Winter


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara Jackson Pawnee City, NE USA 03-30-13
    Barbara Jackson Pawnee City, NE USA 03-30-13 Member Since 2013

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    "I wish I could pick who should die!"

    This series reminds me of the wild west as written by masters of the genre, like Louis L'amour, Larry McMurtry or Elmore Leonard. As different as they were, these were stories! Good, bad, ugly and brutal with surprises and gentility from unexpected people and places. Most of all, never a dull moment. This is why I love this series and am one of those people who have assured George R R Martin a very comfortable living. I am hoping that my favorite character does not die! So far so good. I saw that some of the actors in the mini series said that they wanted to stay on and I thought "Read the book! See if you live!" Roy Dotrice does a fine job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    stephen 03-27-13
    stephen 03-27-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Great story, great performance."
    If you could sum up A Storm of Swords in three words, what would they be?

    So far, the best of the 1st 3 books in the series.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Storm of Swords?

    King Geoffrey's wedding and Tywin Lanister's death by crossbow.


    Have you listened to any of Roy Dotrice’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This one was just as good as Game of Thrones


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Epic Adventure.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas Airdrie, AB, Canada 03-26-13
    Thomas Airdrie, AB, Canada 03-26-13
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    "Hooked on Audible because of this book!!"
    If you could sum up A Storm of Swords in three words, what would they be?

    Cliffhanger Performance Excellence


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

    Class of its own.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The red wedding and the royal wedding.


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

    To many to list in a review


    Any additional comments?

    Best book of the series so far. Seems third time is the charm!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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