The complete, unabridged audiobook of A Storm of Swords.
HBO’s hit series A Game of Thrones is based on George R. R. Martin’s internationally best-selling series A Song of Ice and Fire, the greatest fantasy epic of the modern age. A Storm of Swords is the third volume in the series.
The Seven Kingdoms are divided by revolt and blood feud, and winter approaches like an angry beast. Beyond the Northern borders, wildlings leave their villages to gather in the ice and stone wasteland of the Frostfangs. From there, the renegade Brother Mance Rayder will lead them South towards the Wall.
The men of the Night’s Watch are ready for the coming of a great cold and the walking corpses that travel with it. But now they face a horde of wildlings 20000 strong - hungry savage people steeped in the dark magic of the haunted wilderness – poised to invade the Kingdom of the North where Robb Stark wears his new-forged crown.
But Robb’s defences are ranged against attack from the South, the land of House Stark’s enemies the Lannisters. His sisters are trapped there, dead or likely yet to die, at the whim of the Lannister boy-king Joffrey or his depraved mother Cersei, regent of the Iron Throne. Cersei’s ambition is unfettered while the dwarf Tyrion Lannister fights for his life, a victim of treachery.
And on the other side of the ocean, the last of the Targaryens rears the dragons she hatched from her husband’s funeral pyre. Daenerys Stormborn will return to the land of her birth to avenge the murder of her father, the last Dragon King on the Iron Throne.
©2011 George R. R. Martin (P)2011 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
"Colossal, staggering.... Martin captures all the intoxicating complexity of the Wars of the Roses or Imperial Rome in his imaginary world...one of the greats of fantasy literature." (SFX)
"Fantasy literature has never shied away from grandeur, but the sheer-mind-boggling scope of this epic has sent other fantasy writers away shaking their heads.... Its ambition: to construct the Twelve Caesars of fantasy fiction, with characters so venomous they could eat the Borgias." (Guardian)
"Better than the show"
If you liked the show then you will love these books, more details and explanations than the show could ever hope to have! Get these and remind yourself how the seven kingdoms got to where they are now!
Loving every minute
"The narration is really off putting!"
I really love all the books and I enjoy getting lost in them, in a huge fan of books and tv series the background build of of westeros, characters, themes the story literally can not be faulted it's built with such a depth it's amazing that being said the narrator as with past books in series I'm afraid to say is off putting due to making all the characters sounds Welsh, Scottish and extreme old! Such a shame! I can understand you have to be creative with the voices due to the amount of characters but Tyrian Lannister sounds like he has been brought up in Cardiff!
"Great Story but not the right narrator"
The guy who narrates is too old to be narrating this. He uses a 'winston churchill ' take-off type voice for too many of the Knights.
Some of the stuff done with scottish and yorkshire accents is better. It would have been better to read it without the accented voices.
"clearly an excellent book"
this is a great book with some reat accents from Roy, just a shame that some name pronunciation was off.
just like all the otgers this is a great story. some of the voices used for certain characters are difficult to understand though
"Again debatable pronunciation"
This time, Brienne's and Melisandre's name pronunciations are the ones that rub me the wrong way. The story though is as brilliant as ever.
"Story good enough despite narration"
I have a few short story collections and usually skip any that are narrated by Dotrice but since I'd bought this felt I had to give it a go.
the story is brilliant, I just find Dotrice's portrayal of 90% of the characters horrible. especially the female ones. next I'll buy a book narrated by Rupert Degas, anything, just to hear it done property
"Enjoyable from start to… well… half way."
Don't know if it's just that I'm getting used to him, but I'm really enjoying listening to the narrator. First book I wasn't sure - felt the accents just too strong and a bit off-putting. But seems a bit softer now, and I can't imagine listening to anyone else reading this. Really enjoy listening to him.
I adore Aria - such a cool babe - and great character arc. But I think Brienne is the most intriguing here - she faces such prejudice and disrespect, but handles it with integrity and remains true to herself. I hope she doesn't become part of GRRM's cull!
Pretty much anything with Jamie and Brienne in it - interesting how these two characters keep steeping either side of the hate / disgust and respect / attraction line.
Listening to Caitlin struggle with her inner turmoil of trying to protect (save) her daughters while staying loyal and obedient to her newly-crowned and maturing son plays out beautifully and painfully.
It's very frustrating that this book is split into two, tho I guess audible have to make their money from these very long books. Having to sit and wait until my next credit is due to hear the rest of the book….
So gripping as the drama progresses! The characters really develop and George RR Martin knows how to capture you're attention. Also, Roy Dotrice has a wonderful clear voice!
Brilliant book, gripping and immersion. I am loving this series of books. I can't wait to get the next book!
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