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)
Had it worked the first or even the second time I downloaded it. I haven't downloaded many books but half the time they haven't worked
Great story, at least the first half that played. The first half moved a little slower than the first and second book. But I love the series, I will listen to them all
I like Roy Dotrice, its not his fault the audiobook won't play
yes. It was a performance issue not a story issue
To echo what many others have said, Dotrice's character voices include some so terrible that I want to cover my ears. I don't care if the ugly "voice" he gives a man with no nose might be realistic... I don't want to hear it! I was very glad when a main character died just because I wouldn't have to listen to his "voice" any more! (And his voice wasn't the most offensive to the ear!) Ugh...
Some of the details in the book(s) get old after a while. Do we really need all the details of what every character is wearing, when it has nothing to do with the story? Maybe Martin is trying to help us visualize, but with an audio, where you can't glance at and skip over such details, it gets a bit irritating.
But those are small things in the big picture, which is that this is a fantastic story, a great book, and a series I can't get enough of!
I can't add much more than other reviewers, but too much of the book left me irritable and wishing he would just get to the point. It felt like pages for pages' sake.
I will be listening to The Mauritius Command by Patrick O'Brian.
Initially Mr. Dotrice was the reason I really enjoyed the first two audiobooks in this series. There were so many different characters but I could still tell exactly who was speaking because of his excellent voice acting. The quality diminished a little bit in book 3, but by this book, everyone sounded like a pirate. Perhaps he got as bored with the material as I did.
I would've cut out all of the burdensome details of irrelevant nonsense. It's hard to pick when it seems like hundreds of pages could have been deleted because they didn't advance the plot one iota.
I can't really express how much I now dislike this series compared to how much I enjoyed it when I read the first book. This series is like the Police Academy movies: the first one was enjoyable but each one afterward was worse and made solely for the purpose of making a few more bucks.
This novel has a sprawling, epic narrative that takes the reader-listener all around a fully realized fantasy world. The story is engaging and the characters are memorable.
While most people would say that the Red Wedding is the keystone of the book, the remainder of the novel after that event is just as engaging.
I will most likely continue to listen to his terrible narration in this series of books, but I will certainly try to avoid him in the future. He has a Shatner-esque stop and go narration style that is extremely irritating, and his voices for the characters all sound like either withered old men or wizened crones.
Good fun, some shocking moments.
Roy Dotrice is an amazing vocal actor. I'm amazed at how many characters is able to portray... and in this fabulous series, there are ooodles. You won't be able to stop listening!
Would it KILL whoever parsed up this book into parts to wait the end of a chapter before breaking it up??? Seriously, several of the breaks happen in the middle of a conversation, when if someone had just waited 2 to 3 minutes they could have cut it at a chapter break and not seriously affected the size of the file. I'm surprised that whoever cut this up bothered waiting until the end of sentence before inserting the mindlessly repetitive warning about the reaching "the end of a part but not the end of the book" - while I am at it, why bother doing this more than once per book? If someone hasn't figured out the book is in multiple parts after the first break then they aren't going to get much out of the book to begin with.
I was completely blown away by this book. It's incredibly long (maybe one of the longest books I have ever listened to), but there is never a dull moment. I scarcely wanted to stop listening.
SoS ranks up there with my all-time favorite books across many genres. I am not even sure which book to compare it to in the fantasy world, because I feel like this book puts Martin head and shoulders above everyone else.
There are many memorable scenes, but I think the ending in particular will stick with me for a long time to come.
Game of Thrones, Season 4 is loosely based on the events in this book. I can't think of anything short enough that still adequately captures the heart-pounding, breathless anticipation of the action.
One of the best books I have ever read in my life. I can't wait to read it again.
Yes, it is full of action, a surprise at every turn, kept me listening .I can't wait to start the next one.
The action and development of the characters
Yes, and this one is on par with the others.
The story is great, but Roy Dotrice, needs to create some new voices. He makes everyone sound like an " old drunken pirate" even the women. It's TORTURE !!!
I am a lover of fantasy novels with exciting action, complex plots, and unforgettable characters.
All I can say after listening to this book is wow. As the title of my review states the listener is literally hit with a storm of skills. This sounds pretty corny but its true, wherever you look in this book everything is close to perfect. Lets start with the plot. While reading the first two books I occasionally got the impression that Martin was carefully setting up plot lines to unleash later in the story. The books were by no means boring at this point, but I got very excited for things to happen and started to get a bit impatient out of purely wanting to know what would happen next. Well I can safely tell everyone that all of the plot lines start to explode in this third book. The pace of the story seems to increase, serious dicisions are made by characters, and many very intense moments occur. The best part are the plot twists that continue to hit the reader like trucks. The number of them is boundless, but at no point does Martin lose his flow or control of the story. The next aspect whitch simply made this story fly by was the characters. I have already stated in my previous reviews that Martin's character handling is nothing short of insane. Well if it is possible he turns up his character intensity in this novel. New characters are introduced and many characters meet very nasty ends in this book. I hate spoiling books for people so i will only say that i got very upset at certain points of the story. i will stop and stress again that these novels are not for the people who like their books happy and care free. Despite Martin's harsh character dicisions in certain points in the novel, all of them make complete sense and fit with the story perfectly. I don't want you guys to get the impression that he is needlessly killing off characters for his own pleasure, because he isn't. Each dicision made in these books makes complete sense and is absolutely logical. Next on the menu of skills we have Martin's world. By this point in the story he has mostly developed his very large and detailed world. Everything from his lush forests to his intricate cities are richly described and detailed to a fault. Our fourth aspect of skill in this novel is its length. I can honestly say that this is the single longest book I have ever read and the thing that made it great is that it never once dragged. Martin is one of the few authors who can right a story that spans thousands of pages and keep it organized and interesting at the same time. Finally, I must talk about the narration because it is an audio book. Again I think that Roy Dotrice does a very good job. I will never say he does a great job because there are still some flaws in his narration, like mispronounced words, words he pronounced differently in one book but changed them in this novel, and a few other mistakes. However, I must give him credit because of the number of voices he keeps straight threwout the novel. To wrap up this review I must say that this book makes my top 10 books ever read list and probably my top five. I am of the opinion that this is the best book in the series so far. I would strongly consider reading it, but if you are going to listen to it, I would recommend getting it with credits because the price for such a mammoth novel is very high.
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