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)
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"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!
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!
"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.
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