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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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    Janice Las Vegas, NV, United States 11-23-12
    Janice Las Vegas, NV, United States 11-23-12 Member Since 2010

    true crime fan

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    "Never a Dull Moment"

    This book had much more violence and surprises than the last book. Characters that I had enjoyed getting to know were suddenly killed and that was very unsettling but it makes for an exciting story as you never know what will happen next. I enjoyed this book and am anxious to see what happens next in the 4th book

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    lindsey jacksonville, FL, United States 11-23-12
    lindsey jacksonville, FL, United States 11-23-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Best series I have ever read/ listened to"
    If you could sum up A Storm of Swords in three words, what would they be?

    Remarkable Heartbreaking Delicious


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Arya, Tyrion, Dolorous Edd, Jaime Lannister


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

    He not only gives a voice to each character, he breathes life into even the most seemingly insignificant of them, makes them a part of your memory, and makes your heart break for them...


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

    Too many. This is 47+ hours of continuous surprise, twists and turns, gut wrenching deception, redemption, horror, heartache, and intense and very real emotion. I have become so attached to these characters, I feel like they are a part of me. There have been several times that I have had to stop and take a break because I am so upset. It's amazing.


    Any additional comments?

    Favorite series of all time....so far. I am 2 hours from being done with book 3...and terrified by the reviews I have read for books 4 & 5

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Pål Bodoe, Norway 11-19-12
    Pål Bodoe, Norway 11-19-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Intriguing plot(s), mediocre prose"
    Any additional comments?

    Having read the books when I was younger, I wanted to revisit them after having enjoyed the tv-series. The plot and characters are still intriguing, but I do find the prose somewhat drab and full of clichés. Still an enjoyable listen, though, especially due to the inventive narration of mr. Dotrice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Judith 11-19-12
    Judith 11-19-12
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    "Intriguing tale but wordy"

    As the other books in this series, the story is very gripping, yet good and bad things often happen to the "wrong" people, i.e. evil folks are sometimes rewardedk and the good are sometimes killed prematurely.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Roger A. Rethlake 11-15-12
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    "Wish download was in smaller segments"
    Where does A Storm of Swords rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Excellent story, exciting, mixed in with some fantasy, and very interesting. My problem was not with the story or narration, but the way the download was "sectioned." It was not user friendly. The download received was divided into long chaperters which if the phone rang or some other distraction occured while listening and a few moments were missed, there was no way to reverse the story to review what was missed. The mechanism or device used to listen to the story may or may not have a "reverse feature" thus requiring the listener to "replay an entire chapter" which could be an hour long to review a short missed segment. The story is very intensive and the listener does not want to miss a thing. Previously downloaded books from this series were in short easy to manage segments (only a few minutes long) which allowed the listener to "review" missed segments regardless of whether or not the device used for listening had a "review" feature.When I contacted the help desk they told me that some publishers divide stories into short segments and other don't. I suggest that Auible check this feature and let the consumer know if the download contains this feature. Some listeners may not care; other listeners may care. The download for Game of Thrones and Class of Kings was sectioned nicely to accomodate any needed review. Why Storm of Swords was not sectioned the same way was a surprise. I would have purchased it from another vendor had I known.


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

    Game of Thrones and Clash of Kings are must reads to follow Storm of Swords enjoyably.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Some very small percentage of the accents and dialects used by the narrator are hard to understand if he speaks too fast. I love the varied accents and dialects - almost like watching a movie in your head, and I have noticed that the narrator does slow down his speech when using a very deep throated accent or dialect (for the most part), but there are times it was hard to understand him. For the most part it was an awesome narration.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Summer Hater Houston, Texas 11-14-12
    Summer Hater Houston, Texas 11-14-12 Member Since 2011

    Summer Hater

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    "Kudos to Martin and Dotrice"
    What did you love best about A Storm of Swords?

    Of course, the entire GOT series is wonderful, but seriously, Roy Dotrice is a wizard. I can't imagine it getting any better! He is the best I've ever heard.


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

    All the Game of Thrones audiobooks are stellar.


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

    Um - everything? I listen in the car, in the kitchen when I'm doing boring kitchen duties, etc., etc. I hope he lives forever and reads and reads.


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

    Well, no. That is saved for real life.


    Any additional comments?

    This is such a wonderful combination and I'm very happy to have experienced it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    meaghan stockton, ut, United States 11-13-12
    meaghan stockton, ut, United States 11-13-12
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    "amazing!!! I can't wait to get to the next book!!"
    If you could sum up A Storm of Swords in three words, what would they be?

    i love the narration


    What did you like best about this story?

    The plot, the narration, all of the different voices!!!!


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

    different voices and then my imagination creates different images for each character.


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

    I cried alot and cheered for the heroes


    Any additional comments?

    I love every one of these books but I would definitely say that they are an adult fantasy book and not for a teenager. The language is not appropriate for teenagers.

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    Christopher NEW YORK, NY, United States 11-12-12
    Christopher NEW YORK, NY, United States 11-12-12
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    "Another great step in journey, narration awesome"
    What about Roy Dotrice’s performance did you like?

    Love the impressions, this book has a lot of names, and I'm a visual person so I will read on Kindle, but I'll listen on 2x speed because his narration is just amazing.


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    Shane Arlington, TX, United States 11-06-12
    Shane Arlington, TX, United States 11-06-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Many sharp turns"
    What made the experience of listening to A Storm of Swords the most enjoyable?

    Many turns and twists keep you on your toes.


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

    Not going to spoil this one.


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

    Roy Dotrice is very good


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Norway, ME, United States 11-05-12
    Susan Norway, ME, United States 11-05-12 Member Since 2012
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    "You never know what is coming Next!"
    If you could sum up A Storm of Swords in three words, what would they be?

    Unpredictable, Exciting, Engaging


    What did you like best about this story?

    The descriptions of the characters


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The burning of the boats in the battle of King's Landing.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I would just love to sit and listen, but don't have that much free time. I don't want to stop listening when I do have to end.


    Any additional comments?

    The characters are so vivid that you feel you personally know them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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