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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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    Saro Fort Lee, NJ, United States 08-13-12
    Saro Fort Lee, NJ, United States 08-13-12 Member Since 2002
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    "Just fantastic"
    Where does A Storm of Swords rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This has been one of the top 10 audio book series I have listened to.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The broad epic tale


    Which character – as performed by Roy Dotrice – was your favorite?

    Jamie Lanister


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

    both


    Any additional comments?

    Roy Dotrice takes you to the Seven Kingdoms with his perfect recitation and the rich story of Martin's series keeps you there. Hours gone before you know it

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    Kasey 08-06-12
    Kasey 08-06-12
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    "I love this series!"
    Would you listen to A Storm of Swords again? Why?

    I


    What three words best describe Roy Dotrice’s performance?

    Distracting.....


    Any additional comments?

    I love this series. The narrator leaves a bit to be desired. Many characters in the book end up sounding like pirates.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gwen Callahan Texas, USA 08-06-12
    Gwen Callahan Texas, USA 08-06-12 Member Since 2012
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    "A Storm of Swords Will Draw You In"
    What made the experience of listening to A Storm of Swords the most enjoyable?

    This is the third book in the series and I am listening to them in order. Not the usual book genre I normally read but I can't stop now. The story line is difficult to follow. It jumps around so much. The lesser characters are hard to keep up with because their names are so similar and a few of the younger ones are named after older ones. I have found that it helps to borrow a copy of the book from my local library while listening to the audio book. The book has a list of the main characters and families in the appendix. It helps in understanding who they are and to follow the story. Do not get too attached to the main characters. They don't all survive. I was very sad when two of my favorites met a very sad end in this book. It is a great series, just very, very long.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The Starks.


    Which character – as performed by Roy Dotrice – was your favorite?

    Tierion is a very interesting character and I really enjoy the accent the reader gives him.


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

    There is no way to listen to this book in one sitting.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Baltimore, Moldova, Republic of 08-06-12
    Elizabeth Baltimore, Moldova, Republic of 08-06-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Another great book and a great performance!"

    Expect the unexpected! This book shocks and delights with every turn of a page!

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    Scott 08-01-12
    Scott 08-01-12
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    "Book is great, but Audible break-up is suspect."
    Any additional comments?

    I feel like I missed something between parts five and six of the Audible breakdown. Part six started abruptly; and it seemed as though part of the establishment of the scene was left out.

    Not positive, just a suspicion.

    The story and performance are five-star, but I want my concerns to be noticed.

    Thanks!

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    karla Bakersfield, US, Canada 07-31-12
    karla Bakersfield, US, Canada 07-31-12 Member Since 2010

    love books

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    "Geat book"
    Where does A Storm of Swords rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I really like it! It had a few surprises. Great follow up to the other two.


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    dj anchorage, AK, United States 07-26-12
    dj anchorage, AK, United States 07-26-12
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    "the midget saves the kingdom"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    i would recomend the story it draws you in till your addicted im not even a fantasy guy but this story is good


    What did you like best about this story?

    the midget kicks ass


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

    a bunch of different voices


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

    no this is a very long story so plan for it


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Miner Arlington, Texas, United States 07-21-12
    Miner Arlington, Texas, United States 07-21-12 Member Since 2011
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    "OMG! The Best Book Yet!"

    I am stunned and shocked at all of the unexpected events in this book III. OMG sums it up. What can come next?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    AlTonya DAVIDSON, NC, United States 07-20-12
    AlTonya DAVIDSON, NC, United States 07-20-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Continually Amazed By A Master Storyteller!!"
    If you could sum up A Storm of Swords in three words, what would they be?

    Amazing, Vivid, Devastating


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

    Well of course I can't help but compare this story to others in the series. A Song of Fire and Ice as well as Clash of Kings


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

    I have only listened to Roy Dotrice during his reading of this series and I am amazed by his extraordinary performance and the life he brings to these characters.


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

    The entire marriage scene between Sansa and Tyrion. I wanted it to end- I was just too angry that this was happening. I've had my issues with Sansa since she put so much of this into motion being a dreamy eyed girl over the vile Joffrey but now I think she's learned her lesson. Enough! Give the girl a break!


    Any additional comments?

    Moving on to Book 4- A Feast For Crows!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    J Atlanta, GA, United States 07-15-12
    J Atlanta, GA, United States 07-15-12 Member Since 2015
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    "So Very Long"

    I am about to finish the third book and that will probably be it. The author has a preoccupation with boring characters like Auria and Sansa Stark. He keeps introducing more characters both major and minor.

    The genealogy references get tiresome as well. No wonder this story plays out much better as a series than in the book. The story can be particularly difficult to follow without constantly having a map in front of you. Overall, I am very disappointed with how this story just drags and drags.

    However, I will say that the narration is amazing and that has kept me going. Each book averages 33 hours and one can only listen to so many Irish,Scottish and various British accents for so long.

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