George R.R. Martin’s superb and highly acclaimed epic fantasy A Song of Ice and Fire continues with the third in the series A Storm of Swords. There is passion here, and misery and charm, grandeur and squalor, tragedy, nobility and courage. Unabridged and split into two parts. 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 twenty-thousand 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.
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"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)
Everything. Don't mean to be glib. But it is simply brilliant.
All of them. Masterfully rendered.
Yes. As brilliant as ever.
I don't think I would like to listen to any book for 24 hours straight. But if I had to, this would be the one.
By the time you read this review you would've listened to the previous books, so all i'm going to say is, it's more of the same great listen as all the other books.
The great thing about this story is that just when you think you've got the usual plot figured out, BAM! you're thrown completely out of the water and have no idea what's going to happen.
Roy Dotrice's performance is flawless. Great narration and great character performance. i particularly picked up towards the end how the Lanister brother's accents were becoming more and more alike as the characters became similar in sympathies.
I'm a horticulturist so I am mainlined to audible constantly while doing a spot of gardening. I prefer non-fiction as I like walking away from work with a bit of extra knowledge, but have recently found a beautiful escape in fiction titles which bring their own knowledge with them, I guess...
I had to stop what I was doing to pick up my jaw, lest I stepped on it.
I think I have learned how this man writes and so brace myself for an unexpected turn, trying to predict where the book will go but for the life of me, I can not pick most of the plot line twists.
You can imagine how stoked I am when I come close to guessing it but on the whole, this series is highly recommended for those who wish to be taken on a roller coaster for over 200 hours.
Its great and whats fabulous is the series and the book match which is double the benefit
I am an Australian woman who enjoys reading many different styles of books, from history to sci fi and mystery to poetry.
This is the third in the series. I am so glad I didn't read these books I would never have been able to read the amount I have listened to. Even listening I am finding that other things are getting in the way of my continuing to hear my story.
NARRATOR - Just the same as the first two books. He continues to disappoint in the accent department. But once again he is not too flowery or overly dramatic which would have ruined this saga. Overall he does a good job. I just think that I am spoiled by having listened to the magnificent Humphrey Bower too often (I mean honestly… how could anyone better THOSE performances??).
STORY – In this book the story becomes very graphic indeed concerning violence and sex. I repeat, this is not a story for little people, or even most tweens for that matter. But it continues to be a great story and is still moving along at a good pace with only a bit of “filler” creeping in here and there. The majority of the female characters remain a little one dimensional which annoys me. Having said that, this is improving, as some of the women (and girls), have started to show a little more to their characters than just pure good or pure evil.
I would recommend this book as the third in a series. It is not a read alone book, you have to start at the beginning.
My name is Cuban Pete, I'm the king of the Rumba Beat - when I play the maracas I go chick-chicky boom chick-chicky boom
Roy Dotrice is a complete rockstar. His performance, which much have taken an obscene amount of time (He's done audiobooks for the whole series) is flawless, and the giant range of character voices is extremely impressive. An awesome audiobook that I absolutely powered through.
The narration is excellent and suits the story which is also of epic proportions
Tirien witty character with a good helping of the good and bad in him and really cunning
Excellent narration his uses of the different dialecs and ability to switch between them in conversation makes the story all the more authticland excitinga
A classic epic involving in depth explainations of the 7r ealms
"a very good listen."
This book ranks in my top 5 of books .
this book is on par with the rest of the game of Rhone series .
all of the chapters had parts where I could not stop listening .
I wish I could have listen for longer periods , but couldn't .
the narrotor Roy Dotrice Is excellent , he put everything in to the reading the story .
I found this audio book extremely good. After watching the TV show I could not wait for the next series to come out and decided to get the audio book! Was very enjoyable and the narrator, Roy Dotrice, is very good indeed. If you are considering getting this I suggest that you should buy it. Great story line as well!
Brilliant book, gripping and immersion. I am loving this series of books. I can't wait to get the next book!
"Great book, not so great reading"
Like the title said the story is great but Roy lets it down. Feels awkward when the characters get intimate!
What an incredible world has been conjured up.
So rich in imagination.
Great characterisation and amazing story.
I am totally immersed in it.
"Dragons and Deceit..."
Sometimes you have to 'sell' a dragon to 'win' an army... And sometimes you have to 'loose' yourself to gain 'freedom'... But who can say what would 'profit' you more....
Another excellent instalment of the series.
"The story continues"
Nice pace as the story begins to unfold. This book is possibly my favourite. fantastic
The narrator is a talented man and he reads this book in a great way. Thoroughly enjoyed every minute of the book.
"Enjoy the story but have to take breaks from it."
The story is really engaging and interesting listening as the characters develop, but the reader Roy Dotrice really can put you off in places. He has made a lot of the characters have slobbering wet voice that I can at time find very it very difficult to listen to and at worst make me feel vaguely sick. I understand that some of the voices should in that vain but really it places such as Vargo Hoat when he has a long monologue I just want to skip it.
I would really love the cast of the TV show to dotted reading but as I don't expect that to happen I will keep going through the audible books taking pauses to listen to other things like The News Quiz or the Rivers of London Series. I think Roy Dotrice could take a few lessons from Kobna Holdbrook-Smith about keeping it simple and letting a good story almost telling itself.
The narration - Roy does a superb job! Especially with Varys. I think the show has obscured the characters for most which is why they find Roy's narration difficult. I however love how he's given the characters distinct personalities with the voices. Although I wish Arya sounded a bit more powerful given she is a little rascal!
I hope he narrates them all because he's simply the best!
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