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.
©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)
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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.
The reader is realy very poor. Berable though and if you soilder on the story is rewording.
"Nicely put together"
Nicely put together to develop the twists and leave a lot to wonder how things will turn out. And once again, SPLENDID NARRATION!!!!
"Can't make it through the first part"
When the main character of a book leaves you cold, none of the imagination or writing style can make up for disinterest in the hero and his story. I quickly wished that he would die quickly along with all his friends (incase another might take up a pen to finish the story).
I know it's popular, why defeats me.
"Brilliant book but Dotrice fumbles it AGAIN"
It has always been weird that Tyrian has been the only Lannister with a welsh accent but when this book starts Roy Dotrice has decided that Tiewen [sic] Lannister is now going to be Welsh too??? But fair enough I thought - I can live with that - but then barely 5 minutes later, Dotrice decodes out of the blue to start doing him with like an appalling amateur dramatics society impersonation of Winston Churchill - the kind you would get if you asked a 10 year old 'what does Winston Churchill sound like?'
It's just embarrassing. I really hope someone else records thes books again and does a better job.
Note to audible - I WOULD BUY THEM ALL AGAIN!
"Great story, poor narrator."
Cutting down from five stars as the narrator makes me want to go and buy the paperbacks instead... Not being native English speaker I am not bothered by the inconsistent accents other people have complained about, but I would at least like to be able to understand what the characters are saying instead of guessing. I sincerely hope these will be re-recorded with a better narrator, would definitely buy them then again - I would even prefer text-to-speech version, as it would be at least void of characterization Dotrice is so fond of.
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