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A Storm of Swords (Part Two) - Blood and Gold: Book 3 of A Song of Ice and Fire | [George R. R. Martin]

A Storm of Swords (Part Two) - Blood and Gold: Book 3 of A Song of Ice and Fire

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"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." (The Guardian)

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    Ian Frankston South, Australia 09-21-11
    Ian Frankston South, Australia 09-21-11 Member Since 2010

    Movie loving Brit living Down Under. Anything 'end of the world' themed usually gets my attention, but The Stand has yet to be beat.

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    There are times when the story seems to be almost obtusely taking it's time to get somewhere but the story is still fantastic and the narration is still it's equal.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    I'm losing interest in the storyline because it's difficult to tell what order the parts of the books (let alone the books in the series) are. A whole section of the second book didn't download properly and I skipped it and now I'm lost and kind of drifting away...

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    beau melbourne, Australia 06-28-12
    beau melbourne, Australia 06-28-12 Member Since 2010

    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...

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    "I had to stop..."

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Zane United States, 1243 East 2nd street, Bloomington 06-01-12
    Zane United States, 1243 East 2nd street, Bloomington 06-01-12 Member Since 2011
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    "The best series"
    If you could sum up A Storm of Swords (Part Two) - Blood and Gold in three words, what would they be?

    Brilliant, exciting, thrilling


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All the characters are so detailed and richly described that its hard to pick one.


    What about Roy Dotrice’s performance did you like?

    I don't know what ells he would be suited to narrate but for this genre he is perfect!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sam WINDSOR, Australia 02-29-12
    Sam WINDSOR, Australia 02-29-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Why are you all surprised?"
    What did you love best about A Storm of Swords (Part Two) - Blood and Gold?

    Good story. Unpredictable.


    Have you listened to any of Roy Dotrice’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes. Same. I'm ambivalent.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Lots of people are complaining about Roy's narration. I think he does a good job, given the overwhelming number of characters and contexts. HOWEVER...the inconsistent narration has been happening since book 1. it would be nice if he consistently read the major characters. For a significant example: from book 1 to book 3 Jamie Lannister changes from aristocratic English ponce to Welsh. Tywin changes from gruff English aristocratic ponce to Winston Churchill! As an aside - what is it about the English that assumes all dwarves are Welsh, all uncultured yokels are from Yorkshire, and all cut-throat ne'er-do-wells are Scots or Irish? As for names. Brienne is Bree-enn, not Bry-een. Apparently this changes again in later books. Finally, while I am rapt by this series, it's clear that G.R.R. Martin used to write tv screenplays. There's definitely the taste of soap-drama behind it. How many times is Tyrion close to execution? How many major characters have to die, or disappear? I know it harkens at a more brutal era of humanity, but jeez! Is it just me, or does the story seem to leap over significant events, only to mention them almost in passing?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Walsh Darwin NT Australia 11-06-12
    Karen Walsh Darwin NT Australia 11-06-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Well worth listening to."
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Storm of Swords (Part Two) - Blood and Gold to be better than the print version?

    Some things about the audio are annoying like you when you want to go back and listen again, you can only go back a sentence or a whole chapter or couple of chapters. If you lose your spot you can never find it again. The narrator took a bit of getting used to and some of the voices he uses are really annoying, but over all he does a fantastic job, and I really like listening to him now.


    Which character – as performed by Roy Dotrice – was your favorite?

    I like most of the character performances


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I hated it when Rob was killed


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
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  • Mr. S. W. Stanley
    sheffield UK
    10/6/11
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    "What happened to A Feast for Crows?"

    If you've listened to the previous two books then you'll enjoy this one just as much once you get used to Roy Dotrice's narration. But now I've finished it and want to go on to A Feast for Crows but there's still no sign of it in audible, so I can either read the book (I have little time to spare, which is why I listen to audio books while I'm doing other things) or hope audible gets its act together. Why have they put out book 5 and not book 4? Come on Audible at least give us an explanation or a time scale. Good communication with your customers is half the battle. Try adding a customer questions section to your website (one that you answer questions like this!).

    18 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • Marcus
    London, United Kingdom
    1/1/12
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    "Best book so far"

     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. 

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Marie
    Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom
    12/9/11
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    "Where is book 4?"

    I have loved the first 3 volumes of this audio book series but like other reviewers am wondering where is book 4? I only discovered this book series on audible and so have not 'read' this series. It now looks as if I will have to get the 'paper' copy. Why produce book 5 before book 4?

    I love Roy Dotrice's narration. He has a wonderful voice.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • J
    Romford, United Kingdom
    12/3/11
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    "Still gripping!"

    Still gripping and I can't wait for the next part but unfortunately you can't downlad it from audible and its not read by Roy Dotrice if you find it anywhere else. what a let down!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Lorraine
    St Helens, United Kingdom
    11/12/11
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    "No feast of crows"

    I have found a feast of crows on the US site by a different narrator (Roy Dotrice was busy apparently) but don't understand why we can't get it in the uk!?!?

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • MR
    London, United Kingdom
    10/15/11
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    "where is the 4th book?"

    like the poster above me, i am annoyed that audible have missed the 4th book and jumped straight to the 5th.


    I have started the 5th book without releasing there was a 4th book, simply because it is missing from this site....

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Jean
    Xagħra Gozo Malta
    1/31/14
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    "Excellent listening"
    What did you like most about A Storm of Swords (Part Two) - Blood and Gold?

    All of it. I have reviewed most of the series now all I can say is I want to complete the whole series.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Again I enjoy the pleasure of listening.


    Have you listened to any of Roy Dotrice’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    All first class


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs
    Stockport, United Kingdom
    12/13/13
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    "Well worth a listen."
    What made the experience of listening to A Storm of Swords (Part Two) - Blood and Gold the most enjoyable?

    It's well written and goes from character to character leaving you wanting all the time. You have to keep listening to find out what happens next to your favourite characters - but don't get too close to them as no one is safe.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Storm of Swords (Part Two) - Blood and Gold?

    The death scene. Couldn't wish for a better ending to such a horrible character. I was almost looking forward to it.


    What about Roy Dotrice’s performance did you like?

    Whilst initially I was hesitant with the narrator due to him being obviously a lot older and the characters being mostly teenagers and/or 20-30 age group I thought Roy did an amazing job. How he remembers all the voices for each different character is a pretty impressive task- well done.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Winter is coming... No one is safe


    Any additional comments?

    Brilliant series full stop, I am halfway through the series and love them.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • D. M. York
    Manchester, UK
    12/4/14
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    "Continuing to show its quality"
    What made the experience of listening to A Storm of Swords (Part Two) - Blood and Gold the most enjoyable?

    Roy Dotrice continues to show his quality as a first rate narrator for these audio-books. In fact I think he has set a record for the largest number of characters played by a single actor in a series. He puts in a real effort into the characters, putting on accents and using different pitches in his voice so that you are never in any doubt as to which character it is. He makes it impossible for the book to become boring.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bernd
    Kassel, Germany
    7/7/14
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    "The greatest fantasy story after Tolkiens "Ring""
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I recommend this book not only to my friends, but to all Readers, who like toread interesting and fascinating books. For myself it is a good chance, to learn better English, caue I`m a German.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story is realistic and nontheless full of exciting proceedings. You could mean, that You are in the real wordl of middle age.


    Have you listened to any of Roy Dotrice’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    I heard all oh the books of the Ice-And-Fire serie. I have the opinien, that all books are similar good, very good.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Often I felt fear for the champions, sometimes I have ti smile , and sometimesI `m satisfied about the process, but disappointment isalso a piece of my feelings.


    Any additional comments?

    Buy it, read it and are bound vor a lot of hours.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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