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Of the five contenders for power, one is dead, another in disfavor, and still the wars rage as violently as ever, as alliances are made and broken. Joffrey, of House Lannister, sits on the Iron Throne, the uneasy ruler of the land of the Seven Kingdoms. His most bitter rival, Lord Stannis, stands defeated and disgraced, the victim of the jealous sorceress who holds him in her evil thrall. But young Robb, of House Stark, still rules the North from the fortress of Riverrun. Robb plots against his despised Lannister enemies, even as they hold his sister hostage at King's Landing, the seat of the Iron Throne. Meanwhile, making her way across a blood-drenched continent is the exiled queen, Daenerys, mistress of the only three dragons still left in the world....

But as opposing forces maneuver for the final titanic showdown, an army of barbaric wildlings arrives from the outermost line of civilization. In their vanguard is a horde of mythical Others, a supernatural army of the living dead whose animated corpses are unstoppable. As the future of the land hangs in the balance, no one will rest until the Seven Kingdoms have exploded in a veritable storm of swords....

©2000 George R.R. Martin, (P)2004 Books On Tape, Inc., published in arrangement with Random House Audio Group, a division of Random House, Inc.

Critic Reviews

  • Locus Award, 2001

"Richly imagined." (Publishers Weekly)
"A riveting continuation of a series whose brilliance continues to dazzle." (The Patriot News)
"I always expect the best from George R. R. Martin, and he always delivers." (Robert Jordan)
"High fantasy with a vengeance!" (San Diego Union-Tribune)

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Great read, narration could be better

Would you consider the audio edition of A Storm of Swords to be better than the print version?

Didn't read the print version.

What did you like best about this story?

The twist of plot.

What three words best describe Roy Dotrice’s performance?

Females sound bad.

Any additional comments?

The narrator is great, except when he tries to do a woman's voice, then the woman or girl sounds like a wizened old hag. Not my favorite sound. But he makes most of the characters sound fine and he has a great reading voice that doesn't distract from the story, until he tries to do a woman's voice. ick.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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I'm hooked- cant put it down

What made the experience of listening to A Storm of Swords the most enjoyable?

I hate violence but in historic dark ages it was more fact of life. Superstitions and witchcraft lore were their answers for unexplained. Therefore historically Enlightening even though totally fiction.<br/><br/>The orator is fabulous.

What did you like best about this story?

It captured me. No easy happy endings just twists and turns constantly surprising.

What does Roy Dotrice bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Character , depth. Authenticity, drama

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

When Rob and his Lady Mother died at the wedding feast

Any additional comments?

Please bring us more of this calibre. It's unsurpassed.

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  • Barry
  • Petaluma, CA, United States
  • 12-17-13

Keeps getting better

I was a little nervous starting book 3. It had been a while since I finished book 2, and there is the further confusion of where the TV series left off, so it's hard to keep track of what has happened. However, Martin has the confidence of a storyteller who knows he has a good story to tell. He manages to entwine the recap of the last book with the plot threads of the new book in a way that feels totally natural. In fact, he takes such a long time getting his multiple story lines back in motion that I had forgotten I had ever taken a break in between books by the time all the characters were back in place.

I think Martin has improved as a writer. The first two books suffered from having too much exposition inserted under the pretence of interior monologue. Here in the third book the exposition is much better integrated and used to drive the story, not just as background filler. He often sets up certain vocabulary to foreshadow or bleed across in the transition to the next segment of one of his multiple storylines. And somehow he pulls off the amazing trick of making the ending incredibly satisfying and simultaneously leaving you craving the next book.

And now the list of words I would be happy never to hear again: garron, boiled leather, small clothes, milk of the poppy, dream wine, flagon.

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  • Byron
  • Tallahassee, FL, United States
  • 06-22-13

Keep Going Through the Valley! Plot Trophies Await

About halfway through this very long book, I came very close to calling it quits. After a particularly disgusting introduction to the "unsullied," a specially set apart army of eunuch slaves, the book then proceeded to some equally repulsive thing or another that I started shutting it out. I was on the verge of concluding that the book was not worth the time and energy I was investing in it, and that it was time to move on to some lighter reading.

But at some point in the middle of this book, perhaps in the fourth of the six Audible segments when downloaded to listen on your device, the book shifted gears, and over the remaining chapters, Martin treats us to a series of "breakthroughs" in the story. I went from plodding through to rushing along, eager to see the next twist, or to figure out the outcome of the previous one. In some cases, Martin's character-based segments did not jump from one part of the Seven Kingdoms to another, but rather stay in the same place, just changing perspective.

Book 3 has about 6 to 8 different breakthroughs or what I will call "plot trophies" in the last third of this book, starting with the red wedding and going through until the end. Martin has rewarded the reader for sticking with him, and as I finished the book, I felt very satisfied that I had accomplished something.

For those of you watching the TV version, Book 3 takes you much farther than Season 3 does.

Despite this rewarding finish, I am not eager to move on to Book 4. The length of the book, and the incredible volume of storylines and people, and the blood, gore and guts has taken its toll on me. I will get back to it in a month or two, but for now, I am going to take a breath.

Finally, three books into this series, and I just love Roy Dotrice. I don't know how he pulls it off!

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Spoiler Alert ... don't read if you haven't finish

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

yes

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

a lot

Which scene was your favorite?

i don't know. i liked a lot of them. but i love whenever Khaleesi burns men with her words. she is badass.

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

no lol omg it's 2 days long

Any additional comments?

Can anyone tell me which part, it's broken up into 6 parts for the iphone Audible app, does Joffery die in?? Please?? nessasirfalas at yahoo is how you can contact me, if you want to. thanks ;-)

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  • Patti P
  • MILFORD, DE, United States
  • 05-13-13

Love the book- hate the narrator

Would you try another book from George R. R. Martin and/or Roy Dotrice?

Yes, I love the story lines. The characters are great and the writing is very well done. Of course I am loving Game of Thrones on HBO.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

He slurs his words. Everyone sounds like an old man, even the women. It is a little creepy to hear him describing sex acts in his old many voice.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Not as strong as the previous two books

Would you recommend A Storm of Swords to your friends? Why or why not?

No, I would recommend the earlier books.

What about Roy Dotrice’s performance did you like?

The character delivery.

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

Some stretches of the book left me bored.

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OH MY!

A Storm of Swords is a fast paced roller coaster ride. This book is full of so many surprises that I kept thinking..... what just happened. Keep your rewind button handy on this read because you will be using it often! Storm will not disappoint. This is definitely in my list of best stories and I know I will listen again.

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  • Blair
  • Carnegie, PA, United States
  • 03-11-13

Hey you, read this

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

If they wanted to read the book, but didn't have the time, sure.

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

The deaths.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

All of his voices sound too similar- and too hillsy. Why would highborn Knight of the Kingsguard Jaime Lannister sound SO much like Hot Pie, some nobody thief that was on his way to the Night's Watch? And has this guy never met anybody named Peter? Or heard of a satyr? Where does "Peh-tire" come from? Or "Breye-een"? Every time I heard the mispronounced names, I almost yelled out loud at work, "It's PETER, you idiot! It's BREE-ENN, you idiot!"

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

"When you play the Storm of Swords, you win...or you die."

Any additional comments?

No

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  • Carolyn
  • Crystal, MN, United States
  • 12-20-12

Interesting

I really love George R.R. Martin's stories and he has a way with writting that has no comparison. I do think that Roy Dotrice has a hard time pronouncing all the names the same way repeatedly but I tried not to let that bother me. All in all a very fun and entertaining way to read/listen to a soon to be classic.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful