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.
"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)
Someone reading the book instead of a strange attempt of acting it out.
I will be much more careful to listen and sample before buying.
Overacting, hammy, annoying intonations. His voice. I feel cruel writing this but it was like nails scraping against a chalkboard.
Grateful that I didn't download it onto my phone.
The characters, the style, the story, the scenes, the adventure, the descriptions, etc.
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.
The consistancy of the characters. There are so many of them and he handles them all well.
there were times when it made me scream, but since I don't want to give anything away, I'll leave it at that.
Well worth a credit!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Queens part makes it worth the read
Not a bad reader.. in fact but the performance poor.
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.
The storytelling in this book is amazing! Keeps you engaged from beginning to end!
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
Listen to this book and all of the rest of the series!
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.
Sex, violence and the surprise ending. There was nothing predictable about this book especially the ending.
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.
The Storm before Winter
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.
So far, the best of the 1st 3 books in the series.
King Geoffrey's wedding and Tywin Lanister's death by crossbow.
This one was just as good as Game of Thrones
Cliffhanger Performance Excellence
Class of its own.
The red wedding and the royal wedding.
To many to list in a review
Best book of the series so far. Seems third time is the charm!
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