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)
If J.R.R. Tolkein's The Lord of the Rings was the definitive fantasy epic of the Twentieth Century, then George R.R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire may well be that of the Twenty-First. A Storm of Swords, the third novel in the series, maintains the momentum of the first two books--bringing with it new heights of heroism, depths of duplicity, and a cunning savvy that breathes new life into the entire fantasy genre. Critical cynics who have lost faith in the ability of contemporary fantasy writers would do well to dig into Martin's world. I've bought these books in hard copy, on kindle, and on audible and consider every penny well=spent. If you're looking for a series that can withstand many listenings, look no further--I'm on my fourth round and continue to find new gems in unlooked for corners.
I am working my way through all of the books in this series and so far this one was the best! Hopefully George R. R. Martin gets around to finishing the series.
I really enjoyed each of the books in this series and was thoroughly entertained for several months. The plot was intricate, the narrator was wonderful and by the time I had finished I felt as if I actually knew the characters and was part of the story. I hope that Book 4 "A Feast for Crows" will be available soon. Thanks Audible!
I find this series to be amazing. I started listening to 'A Game Of Thrones' AGAIN when I got near the end of 'A Storm Of Swords'. There is just so much 'stuff' packed in these books, I think I could read them each several times and still enjoy them. I'm anxiously awaiting 'A Feast for Crows' and from what I read there will be 2 more after that book for a total of 6 in the series. That's a long time to wait but 'A Feast for Crows' may be completed in 2004..there is still a little time left anyway.
I've grown so comfortable with the characters that when one of them dies I feel like I'm in mourning. I found it difficult to believe that Martin kills off so many of his MAIN characters, but that is probably truer to real life at least in that era. I believe that with this series of books you either love it or find it's not your cup of tea. I find myself extremely engulfed in each character.
but I am now. I accidentally came across the first book and have been hooked ever since. No matter your preferred genre, you will find something to love in this series. The characters are so "knowable" and the surprises never end. Must read!!
This has been an incredible series of books. I read the first two, and listened to the third. The narration is stunning. This was the best voice acting/narration I have heard. So many different voices and accents. This series will leave you craving the as-yet-unpublished fourth book. Bring on "A Feast For Crows"!!
A Storm of Swords has taken its rightful place amongst the most honored and beloved of fantasy fiction. Mr. John R. R. Tolkien, scoot over man, Mr George R. R. Martin needs a place of honor on the shelf. Maybe it's the double R's? In any case, A Storm of Swords takes you on an emotional run as the Song of Ice and Fire series becomes more cruel to it's victims and more hopeful in the magic of some characters. Characters I have fallen in love with, have died, or not died, but always to my surprise. But I do believe Tyrion is my favorite. I think I could go for a little dwarfish fellow with such a wit and heart. This is the third book, but now we must wait for the story to continue. This one was read in total excellence by Roy Dotrice, as I hope the next will be. So do hurry, Mr. Martin! What happens next???
Bachelor Chef and Mathematician. I don't bother with books shorter than 20 hours, not worth the effort.
The story was very engaging and the narration is great. Though I felt the story dragged in a few places and there were some areas that could have used a bit more time. Overall though the time was well spent.
This is the third in a series of six stories and George R. R. Martin has kept the characters moving through the story. Though I really don't like to wait for a series to finish, this time I am glad I made the effort to wait and anticipate the next installment.
Thanks to the narrator as he keeps the story interesting. Too many narrators, rather readers, have no ability to keep the story interesting from a listeners point of view.
Though I don't generally give high marks to books, I do think that every point of the rating is well earned.
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