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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This is an excellent audio book - the story is great in the first place and the narration really helps to build the atmosphere and make you keep listening. I really, really enjoyed this audio book and I couldn't turn it off!
The audio quality is also up to the usual high standard. I would recommend this!
I loved A Storm of Swords part 1
It is a huge book part 1 is 24hrs long, there was so much happening in the book and I just wanted to keep listening!!
There are many twists and turns in this book, some expected but others totally unexpected. I loved all the intrigue, betrayal, fighting that was going on.
All that struggle for power, plotting to take each others land, castle, title, wife or kingdom...
The characters are so well written that I really feel like I know them. All these different points of view from all these characters has you sympathising with characters you think you shouldnt but this makes it so much more interesting to listen. Roy Dotrice does and excellent job with different voices for each character which is some feat as there are lots of them.
Even if you haven't seen the tv serialisation then you will still enjoy the expanded and expansive story of George R.R. Martin's amazing narrative. Roy Dotrice animates the characters brilliantly and the intrigue and plotting that binds the different nations together gives for an awesome tale.
"Brilliant, though no need to buy it in parts"
I have to admit that I was quite disappointed when I found out it was possible to get both parts as one book on audible.com for 1 credit, but anyway, the book is brilliant and the audiobook is great. Maybe the "female voices" are a bit irritating, but it is still a fantastic listen.
"Captivating with intricate detail"
Although there is many Different stories all at once they are written so well together that they reference each other subtly enough that you have to think, but not so hidden that its unnoticeable. The frank nature of controversial topics make it realistic, apart from the dungeons and dragons type fantasy, Also the insight of the characters give you a good chance to empathise with them and connect with them. Roy Dotrice is a captivating reader. And is a great next step in the song of fire and ice series.
"Narrator stopped me listening"
Either read the book yourself or wait for the series as although the narrator has the best of intentions he will freak you out when it comes to the sex scenes!
"High point of the series"
Looking back on the series as a whole, I'm now struck on how much this was a high point, and what came afterwards, whilst still entertaining, never quite reached the same heights. The narration style does take a little getting used to but I think the publishers made a brave decision not to used an "American" voice, even though it is a US novel. Worth the listen.
"A great read!"
A storm of swords, is an excellent sequel, competently written, it takes the world of Westeros and makes it real. I listened to this while working at my computer and the excellent narration, not to mention story transported me away From my boring work to a world of excitement adventure and intrigue.
I would highly recommend this audio book to all. Better be quick though, because winter is comming.
Well, I thought I could live with the 'Imp' being Welsh and most of the cast of Yorkshire/Lancashire stock, I even enjoy the old school 'ok yah' type of Lords and Knights but why oh why has the Imp's father now become Winston Churchill in this latest book? Other than these comments the books so far have been very good (in my humble opinion) but - and here I go again - there isn't Book 4 available I'm told by Customer services...Book 5 but no book 4. Now what sense does that make (unless Roy decided that book 4 was so far away from the story that he has refused to narrate it...)? So I have Book 4 on the Christmas list in paperback..oh horrors..but hey ho if it has to be - so be it. Roll on me finishing that to get back to Roy's narrative - notwithstanding poor old Winston...
"My favourite book in the series"
I mean 5 stars now! It does take time to get into the stories as there are so many characters, plot lines and background history. What really helped me to follow what is happening was a website called Tower of the Hand, which has summaries of each chapter and links to biographies of all the characters.
This is my favourite book of the series so far with great battles in the north and many betrayals . Great story telling with cliffhangers in most chapters. Expect to be gripped and shocked.
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