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Publisher's Summary

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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  • mj
  • 08-06-12

Treads Water

Is there anything you would change about this book?

After three books of a story that crawls like a 3 legged beetle, I'm done. I no longer care who lives and dies. It's like a never ending soap opera with violence, sex and lousy weather.

What was most disappointing about George R. R. Martin’s story?

It never went anywhere. After 3 books and hours of listening, nothing really happened.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Andrew
  • Boulder, CO, United States
  • 06-21-12

Still good, but too long.

An editor with a pair of hedge clippers would have made this a better book. Don't get me wrong, it's still good. But way too much time is spent with Sansa Stark, who is a bit of an airhead. While Brieen and Jamie's flight is essential both to the plot and his character growth, her accent is appalling, and she is frankly uninteresting. As awesome as he is, a little less time with Tyrian to keep the plot moving would have been fine.

When white riders are chasing half the Night's Watch back to The Wall how much court politics do you really want?

Roy Dotrice just adequate, bizarre accents, can't do women especially girls, etc.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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As good as the first!

I read the first two books in this series on my Kindle, but vowed (because of the length!) to listen to the rest. It took about 20 minutes to get used to the narrator's accent in the very beginning, but then I was hooked! Roy Dotrice does an excellent job, and the book itself is as good as the first. I can't wait to start the next one.

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Depressing

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I hate to sound negative, but I wish I never got into this series. My husband stopped the series at book 2 and I wish I did too. This narrator basically does 3 voices - a pirate, a super old phlegmy person or a super old phlegmy pirate. The story is just misery on top of misery, this book is downright depressing. There are probably over 300 characters named in this and I had to start a written list just to keep track of who is who. I'm just going to finish this out because I have extra credits with audible and a glimmer of hope that something not devastating will happen to the Starks for once.

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

No, for the reasons above.

Would you be willing to try another one of Roy Dotrice’s performances?

Absolutely not! I can't get used to the horrible voices. This narrator basically does 3 voices the whole book - a pirate, a super old phlegmy person or a super old phlegmy pirate.

Was A Storm of Swords worth the listening time?

No, too depressing and the narration made it worse

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Best book of the Series Thus far

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

Roy Dotrice is a god among men. He speaks the words and the story comes to life.

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  • Susan
  • Monroe, NY, United States
  • 07-17-11

Great series.

this is the third book in the series. It keeps getting better and better.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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3 starts demands an explanation...

This series of books is one of my favorite. It's well written, action packed and twists and turns that keep the stories interesting. It is a 5 star series of books. I have no complaints at all for this series.
The bad review comes because of this narrator. He's horrible. His voice is pleasant enough. The trouble lies in the fact that he makes every character sound horribly comical. Not in a funny "ha ha" way but in a "Why the heck is he doing that?" Every character in the story is apparently British. Which I find odd. Than the female characters he makes sound more manly then the male characters. He makes Tyrion sound like a cartoon character. Which kind of sucks because that character is highly intelligent but you lose that Completely because he sounds like an Alvin and the Chipmonks reject. The even worse thing is that he has only like 3 or 4 voices for ALL the characters. You end up losing who's saying what to whom. It really ruins the entire story. As for his voices creating atmosphere, forget it. His 3 - 4 voices are fairly monotoned and emotionless.
Read the books, they are Amazing. I can not wait for the HBO adaptation of this series. But as an audiobook, it's absolutely ruined due to the narrator.

9 of 13 people found this review helpful

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One of the best books of all time

This book is for adults that like characters that are in real danger. Don't get attached to anyone. you never know who's head will end-up on a pike

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Robert
  • Herndon, VA, USA
  • 05-28-08

A Storm of Swords - Review

Excellent book. Adult language. Explicit sexual connotations infrequently embedded throughout. A fine literary piece. Great story line.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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At Last...

Finally a sci-fi/fantasy series that doesn't make me feel like I am 12! Yep, there are certainly adult situations, and violence to boot. But there is also a complex story, plots and subplots, magic, politics, morality, mystery, and a narrator that knocks it all out of the park!
Thanks to GRRM for such a colorful and beloved tale. Characters I cherish, a battle of good and evil, tragedy that is sometimes stunning, and the warmth provided by a central family of characters who are worthy of the many hours of this tale. I never wanted it to end!

3 of 4 people found this review helpful