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." (The Guardian)
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...
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.
Brilliant, exciting, thrilling
All the characters are so detailed and richly described that its hard to pick one.
I don't know what ells he would be suited to narrate but for this genre he is perfect!
Good story. Unpredictable.
Yes. Same. I'm ambivalent.
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?
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.
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.
I like most of the character performances
I hated it when Rob was killed
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