A Storm of Swords

Book 3 of A Song of Ice and Fire
Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
Series: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3
Length: 47 hrs and 32 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (725 ratings)

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The complete, unabridged audiobook of A Storm of Swords.

HBO’s hit series A Game of Thrones is based on George R. R. Martin’s internationally best-selling series A Song of Ice and Fire, the greatest fantasy epic of the modern age. A Storm of Swords is the third volume in the series.

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 20000 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

Critic Reviews

"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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The best in the series yet!

A Storm of Swords is the third book in the “A Song of Ice and Fire” series. It is in my view the best of the series so far. There is so much going on, and its all nail-biting and exciting! It evokes so many emotions in you, you literally cannot stop until you get to the end. The characters grow and start changing. You see different sides to most of them and start understanding them much better.
 
The narration is, once again, absolutely amazing. Roy has more voices than you could ever imagine and does them all with flair. What an epic performer!
 
This was definitely the best in the series thus far, I highly recommend this book.

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Brilliant.

What did you love best about A Storm of Swords (Part One) - Steel and Snow?

Everything. Don't mean to be glib. But it is simply brilliant.

Who was your favorite character and why?

All of them. Masterfully rendered.

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

Yes. As brilliant as ever.

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

I don't think I would like to listen to any book for 24 hours straight. But if I had to, this would be the one.

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Fantastic Narration and an awesome book!

Where does A Storm of Swords (Part One) - Steel and Snow rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

By the time you read this review you would've listened to the previous books, so all i'm going to say is, it's more of the same great listen as all the other books.

What did you like best about this story?

The great thing about this story is that just when you think you've got the usual plot figured out, BAM! you're thrown completely out of the water and have no idea what's going to happen.

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

Roy Dotrice's performance is flawless. Great narration and great character performance. i particularly picked up towards the end how the Lanister brother's accents were becoming more and more alike as the characters became similar in sympathies.

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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.

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stunning

absolutely amazing storytelling and such gripping narrative . every character shines and grows with every page

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Worst narration I've ever heard.

If you can't pronounce "toga" then maybe this is not the job for you. Due to my worsening eyesight I find reading increasingly frustrating and turned to audio books. This narration is the worst I've come across. Female voices sound like a poor impression of the swamp hag, the vast majority of characters sound like they are dim witted or stoned and many characters have different voices in the same dialogue.
It's hard to believe that the ASOIAF series is narrated by a man that can't pronounce "toga". Listening to this has become more of a struggle than a pleasure.

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Great book!

Such a crazy ending of this book; the epilogue... Sick (In a good way) I think this is my favorite book out of the first three!

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Gripping!

this was another masterpiece by GRRM. spectacular writing, wonderful narration save a few minor gaps in the audio.

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Exceptional

A damn good story just listen and lose yourself in the world of despair and desperation.

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Brilliant story - better than the TV series

The book's are better than the series as they are separate and interesting in their differences. I loved the narrative but at times - the narrator ruins the voices of some of the characters. My most hideous is the hand maiden of Daenerys - he does an awful rendition of an extremely old fashioned and insulting Asian accent from a bad Pink Panther movie.
Martin's characters and world are wonderful filled with people you love and many you love to hate. I loved the TV series and it brought me to the books and I now love the written version as well. Just 'differently'...

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  • Marianne
  • 05-05-12

Odd narration

I've been listening to Roy Dotrice's narration of the books for some time now, having read them all previously. It did take a while to get used to - I don't think he cares for women too much as he always seems to give them a whiny, wheedling tone, even the noble characters like Brienne of Tarth, who doesn't sound a bit like I imagined her. The regional accents are inconsistent and downright odd in some cases - Davos Seaworth = Captain Pugwash anyone? Almost expected an 'aaargh, Jim lad'. Brothers and sisters of the same family all having completely different accents, like Edmure Tully (Scots) and Caitlin Tully/Stark (English-not regional). And then Tywin Lannister suddenly morphs into Winston Churchill halfway through the book - very irritating. Despite this the books are terrific, and I am (mostly) enjoying the audio version - a little more consistency from Mr Dotrice would be a boon.

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  • Sam
  • 03-10-16

Great Story, Poor Audiobook

This really picked up after Clash of Kings. I thought this book would be a bore but it's my favourite in the series so far. I can't wait to see what happens next.
You really need an updated version of these audiobooks. Roy Dotrice is just not cutting it. he has a bunch of great voices but he messes up a few times and the editing around it is no good.

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  • A
  • 03-24-13

Time to say goodbye....

I LOVE this series of books, and have read them all. I wanted to read them again when I discovered Audible and decided to buy these editions instead. The first two books were well done, I liked what Roy Dotrice was doing in giving the characters British regional accents based upon their location in the Westeros land... ie Lannisters being from the west had Welsh accents etc. But in this book Tywin Lannister suddenly morphs into Winston Churchill and it has driven me to distraction. Dotrice has always been a little inconsistent with the voices, but considering his age and the numbers of characters involved, this has been more than forgiveable. But now, I've had to go back to my e-reader, and am annoyed that I've bought up to the second part of book 4 already.

Lessons learned: Don't buy too far ahead of your listening in a saga of books; listen to the sample on the book's page to check that the narrator's voice doesn't rub you up the wrong way. I checked one on another series and will definitely avoid that, though the reviews thankfully warned of it too.

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  • Cole's
  • 03-03-13

Why the Change?!!

I'm loving this audio book but I wander why Roy Dotrice decided to change the voice of Tiewen Lannister? He has already appeared in previous books with a stern Welsh accent, in fact he started this book with the same accent. Bizarrely, he now sounds like Winston Churchill!!??!! A minor blip in an otherwise superb narration.

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  • Kieran
  • 12-23-12

Amazing book not the best voice over.

Ill start off my saying that the book is amazing, one of the best books I have read and part of perhaps the best book series I have ever read. The voicing was not the greatest though. I felt that it really took away from the immersion of the book with not great accents and tones of voice.

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  • K
  • 08-14-15

Story good enough despite narration

I have a few short story collections and usually skip any that are narrated by Dotrice but since I'd bought this felt I had to give it a go.
the story is brilliant, I just find Dotrice's portrayal of 90% of the characters horrible. especially the female ones. next I'll buy a book narrated by Rupert Degas, anything, just to hear it done property

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  • MPB
  • 03-13-13

A Storm of Swords

I really enjoy the story but the characters accents are terrible. To many of the characters are made to sound like country bumpkins. I also dislike the fact that each book is split into two.

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  • Peché
  • 02-12-16

A fine continuation to A Song of Ice and Fire

Would you listen to A Storm of Swords again? Why?

I would possibly listen to this once again, though in general I spend more time reading the books. I have slight bugbears with the pronunciation of certain names, especially that of Brienne. I also never really had the Lannisters in my head as Welshes that took a little getting used to. That said Roy Dotrice is no bad choice for any audiobook, it just takes some adjusting from how the characters were in my mind.

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Storm of Swords?

I will not give away things! Even those who watch the TV show will miss things in the book and if they do read or listen to it they will find so much more.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

I like the capabilities of Roy Dotrice to give characters different accents across a wide range of roles that A Song of Ice and Fire opens us up to. Some worked for what I had in mind, others however did not so well. Having previously read the books I had some voices for characters in mind. The Lannisters were never Welsh. I also think name pronunciation is something that should have been checked with George R. R. Martin before recording.

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

I ran through 11 hours in one sitting. As with the rest of the series there is always something happening and something you want to find out. Waiting for the next book has led me to go through them again, but like all readers of the series I'm looking forward to things still to come

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  • Matt St P
  • 12-23-12

Good Story, strange chapter divisions.

Whilst I have enjoyed the GRR Martins stories, there are a couple of niggling problems with the audio book, the first of which is why have Roy Dotrice chosen to make Tyrion Welsh when all of the other Lannisters are not?Was he fostered to a Welsh Lord as a child? The narrator clearly struggles to do any accents other than those of the British Isles, anyone from exotic lands seem to automatically be given an Irish accent,but on the whole it's fairly well read It's not the type of book I can listen to falling asleep, as there's so much going on in it, really have to concentrate, even when driving I find myself having to go back in places when my attention has wondered as I've missed something important.



My only other criticism is aimed at Audible, and that is the chapter divisions. Why are they so random? Some are in the middle of sentences, chapters are split into seemingly random intervals.This makes finding my place quite difficult if I am listening on my desktop or a different device. The whole series has this problem, it can take a good 5 minutes of listening time trying to find my last place if I change devices or have drifted off.

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  • ESM
  • 10-18-15

Great Story but not the right narrator

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Yes- epic

How could the performance have been better?

The guy who narrates is too old to be narrating this. He uses a 'winston churchill ' take-off type voice for too many of the Knights.
Some of the stuff done with scottish and yorkshire accents is better. It would have been better to read it without the accented voices.

If this book were a film would you go see it?

great saga

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  • Daniel
  • 01-20-15

Great book, Good Reading

Story is excellent! Roy Dotrice's voice is growing on me. I originally didn't think I could stick with these audiobooks because of the reading, but now it feels like my grandfather is reading to me and doing the voices. Really loving the whole series.

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  • Thomas
  • 02-11-19

Swords Wot Storm

The continuing adventures of Rob, Sansa, Bran, Arya, Rickon aka the Famous Five. Thank goodness Timmy the Direwolf is close at hand to save the day.

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  • Tanya Klein
  • 03-12-18

Roy Detrice rocks

These books are so much better for his reading them! I am totally hooked. I love the accents

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  • Rob Silvester
  • 05-01-20

Narration is terrible, story is great

The story is great but as per the rest of the series the narration is so, so, so terrible. Mixing up accents, mis pronouncing names from one chapter to the next. These books really need re-narrating by someone who is actually capable.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-19-20

Magjificent

Listened with every spare moment over the last five days. Roy Dotrice is a fun narrator, his takes on many characters were enjoyable, some sounding very similar but what else can you expect given the diverse cast of young and old, male and female. overall, he did a fantastic job and is very well-suited to the story.

And the story. Wow. GRRM weaves such a compelling tapestry, it's an enviable skill and quite daunting to think on how long and hard he must have worked at it. Storm is the crescendo of the first three books, and is a wrenching experience. Many know now thanks the TV show about what exact horrors and twists go down in this story, but the myriads of details and dot connects on show here are essential to experiencing this story as it was meant to be absorbed. I'm about to start Feast right now and I can't wait to listen with fresh ears. The next phase of this saga begins...

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  • Jane
  • 09-26-19

Terrible narration

I've read the first two books so went for the third as audio. The narration ruined this totally with regional UK accents allocated to characters seemingly at random. A brother and sister had completely different geographical accents... Couldn't listen. Had to return it. Will go back to paper copy!

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  • Barnacles
  • 09-10-19

Best yet

Roy Dotrice does an incredible job in this performance. The plot develops greatly through the (long) story. Absolutely fantastic.

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  • Leonard
  • 09-01-19

Teriffic!

Loved it, plowing through all of these great books :)
Can't wait to finish the series.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-25-19

Great

Well written, only complaint is the wide range of characters voiced, and the female heavy accents voiced by a male english actor

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  • Jason
  • 07-15-19

Perfect!

Loved it, well worth the time. Perfectly narrated by Roy Dotrice. I Can not wait for the next book in the series!