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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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    Carolyn SAINT PAUL, MN, United States 12-20-12
    Carolyn SAINT PAUL, MN, United States 12-20-12 Member Since 2011

    I am a proud Mexican woman that loves words and reading/listening to books. I also believe that only through knowledge can we achieve progress.

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    "Interesting"

    I really love George R.R. Martin's stories and he has a way with writting that has no comparison. I do think that Roy Dotrice has a hard time pronouncing all the names the same way repeatedly but I tried not to let that bother me. All in all a very fun and entertaining way to read/listen to a soon to be classic.

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    Mirokami 12-12-12
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    "another outstanding audio book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would highly recommend every book in the series. Roy Dotrice is an excellent narrator who brings each character to life.


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    Karen Sarasota,FL. United States 12-10-12
    Karen Sarasota,FL. United States 12-10-12

    I'm an LMT originally from the Caribbean Islands of Trinidad and Tobago. I lived in NYC off and on for 15 years. I decided I had enough of long cold winters so summer of 2012 I relocated and now live in sunny Sarasota FL and loving every moment of it. My favorite thing to do is lay on the beach all day long listening to the waves and a great audible book.

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    "Awesome"
    What did you love best about A Storm of Swords?

    I've never been one for Knights and Savages but now I'm hooked.


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

    I've never before read this type of book, in fact, I'm not much of a reader but I was captivated by the HBO series and couldn't wait for the rest of it.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My heart lept when King Stannis showed up, with his army at the wall, at the 11th hour to save the realm.


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

    Jon Snow holding down the wall against thousands of wildlings and the rest, with just a few men of the Nights Watch.


    Any additional comments?

    I talk about it all the time with everyone that will listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph Beaverton, OR, United States 12-07-12
    Joseph Beaverton, OR, United States 12-07-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Story!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Rich detail


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters


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

    Roy's the man!


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

    I wanted to, but at 40 hours it would be very hard. lol


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    Christina TROY, Israel 12-07-12
    Christina TROY, Israel 12-07-12 Member Since 2012
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    "I love the Game of Thrones"
    What made the experience of listening to A Storm of Swords the most enjoyable?

    The narration makes you feel like you are watching a movie in your head.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This is Book 4, so it's a continuaton.


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

    Yes - he pronounces some words differently and the voices he uses are a bit different for some characters, like Cierce, but he's great.


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

    Yes, except that it's very complicated and over 40 hours!


    Any additional comments?

    Dotrice is a great choice for this book. I'd love to hear him narrate the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy!

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    History Buff 11-25-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Best of the Series - so far..."

    I've read all five books and am now listening to them (just finished Storm, headed to the Feast). This is the best of the five so far, in my view. Lots going on, but easy enough to follow the characters. You love to hate one former "bad guy" and you feel bad once again for another, and you will be shocked more than you were by what happened to Ned in Book 1. Listen carefully!

    I'm quite impressed by the performance. Although some characters sound similar to others, they do not within each chapter so keeping track of who's who is easier than I feared and this is well worth the listen -but make sure to read the Game and Clash first or you'll likely be confused until at least half way through the book.

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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

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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"
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    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.

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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.

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