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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)

What Members Say

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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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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    Hillary Dorchester, MA, United States 11-05-12
    Hillary Dorchester, MA, United States 11-05-12
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    "WARNING!!!!!!!!!!! THIS RECORDING IS THE 5TH BOOK"
    Any additional comments?

    I love this series so far, but Little did I know by listening to this I was going to have the 3rd and 4th book spoiled as THIS RECORDING IS OF THE 5TH BOOK!!!!!!. Book also says it's unabridged, but the recording is like only 6hrs...not possible. BOOO

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    MaChar ALBERT LEA, MN, United States 11-05-12
    MaChar ALBERT LEA, MN, United States 11-05-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Never know what to happen next"
    If you could sum up A Storm of Swords in three words, what would they be?

    Great continuing story, so much going on and always going in a different direction than you think the story is going to go.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Paul 11-01-12
    Paul 11-01-12
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    "Excellent quality, but chaptering is wrong"
    Would you listen to A Storm of Swords again? Why?

    First, not going to bother with the story much. Every other review praises it correctly. The reader is excellent, and does a great job with the material.

    My only complaint is that in this audio book, they just inject chapter markers every 45 minutes and they don't actually match up with the chapter. This means when you hit next button to go to the next track (or back to listen to the last chapter), it takes you back 45 minutes regardless. I personally find that very annoying. That said, great book, and highly recommended.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joel Bedford, NY, United States 10-31-12
    Joel Bedford, NY, United States 10-31-12 Member Since 2015

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    "Love this series, and Roy Dotrice makes it fun!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Storm of Swords to be better than the print version?

    I have thoroughly enjoyed listening to the audio edition of this series! I'm an avid reader, but had never done audio books until the summer of 2012. We were preparing for a relatively long driving vacation up into Canada, so I decided to get Audible and the first book in this series to listen as I drove. I've become hooked!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Vast and sweeping story that keeps you itching to turn the next page!


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

    I love his voices and accents! The characters come alive and it has made the story fun!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jay Sacramento, CA, United States 10-29-12
    Jay Sacramento, CA, United States 10-29-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Actually threw up a little bit in my mouth"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Was thinking if you put the entire series in a 5 hour abridged version might not be to bad.


    Would you ever listen to anything by George R. R. Martin again?

    Not when the series is over. Have the type of personality I have to finish.


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

    No, thought he did a great job reading though


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Nope you know how the book is going to end and there is very little advancement of the overall plot.


    Any additional comments?

    Watch the shows, way better than wasting 100+ hours of your life.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    D. Nelson 10-26-12
    D. Nelson 10-26-12 Member Since 2012

    Mema

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    "More, More, More!!!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Storm of Swords to be better than the print version?

    I don't ever read with my eyes, so cannot answer this question. But I do love to hear the voice of the narrator.


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

    Both of the weddings! There is no way to say that one or the other was most memorable. I was floored by both. Of course you are expecting something bad to happen, but without spoiling either event for someone who hasn't read this yet, all I can say is "OH MY GOSH!"


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

    Only in the previous two of this series. He has kept very steady with his voices for the characters thru out over 120 hours of reading that I have heard so far. I can not imagine now, if the next book was read by someone else. It just wouldn't feel like the same story.


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

    When John is with the wildlings and finds himself not wanting to hurt them, and his falling in love with one of them, and yet he still has his oath to keep. I think that most of my moved moments were with John. What he chooses at the end, and how he chooses. You really don't know until then, which way he will go.


    Any additional comments?

    So far, of the 3 books of the Game of Thrones series, this one has been my favorite. I LOVE all of the character development up to this point, but now we know who the main players are and as they all keep meeting challenge after challenge you get to see them changing and their characters just get richer and more layered. The young characters development is really amazing. I just can't say enough about how much I am really loving this series. I am getting ready to read #4, and I just can't wait.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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