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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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Love It!

The book is amazing, and so was Roy Dotrice's performance as well. I would recommend it to anyone!

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loved it

one of the greatest books ever loved it man o man gotta get the next one

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Another great book in the series.

The performance really made the book come to life. I am a very big fan of the narrator. I highly recommend book 3, but if you've already listened to the first two books I don't think you need my recommendation to know that it's going to be great.

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Engaging

this was a captivating book. I would recommend that you listen to the whole series.
Each book takes you deeper and deeper within the walls of the 7 kingdoms.

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Dotrice gives me a headache!

How could the performance have been better?

I could not understand half of the book as it was narrated. When he was reading in Walder/Lord Tyvinn voice I could not tell what in the world was being said, to much freaking mumbling, extremely frustrating.

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Perfection

Listened to it while riding bike to work and it made the rides very enjoyable. narrator was awesome doing different voices for every character which made it easy to tell who was talking.

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Best of the series thus far

There is not a slow part in this book. All of it is top notch. I was sad it ended.

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Expand you GOT horizons

If you love the show you need to read/listen to the books. I use audible just out of convenience. You have to think each audio book is 40+ hours each, some are 56 hours. That's with a guy reading perfectly. It took me FOREVER to read the first book.

Truly excellent books, the show literally tells maybe 10% of the story! A Song of Ice and Fire has become my favorite book series. Hands down. I'm an expanded universe kind of person.

I wasn't happy with the voice actor in the beginning. But that's because I watched the show before reading or listening to the books. I had a picture of the characters in my head and when I heard the voice on the audiobooks it did not match. Since then the voices have grown on me. You will not be disappointed :)

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awesome

this series keeps surprising me after every turn and keeps on getting better after each book.

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Some Really Bad Choices and Voices

How did the narrator detract from the book?

I'm a big fan of Game of Thrones, both the books and the show. These audio books are a convenient way to re-read the series. But if you haven't read the books or watched the show, do that BEFORE you listen to these. With Martin's great character arcs - one book's hero is the next book's villain and vice versa - and the many excellent performances on the show, it would be a shame if this narration were your foundation for imagining the characters. Roy Dotrice made some questionable choices early in the series, and they got progressively worse. By Storm of Swords, they're distracting. Varys and Barristan Selmy are especially bad. Selmy - a legendary warrior repeatedly described as physically formidable despite his age - sounds like a feeble old man with dementia. Dotrice's Varys sounds like he's talking with a mouth full of live squid. And pretty much every Eastern character sounds like a bad Arab caricature. Propaganda-film bad. Aladdin's Jafar is nuanced compared to Eastern merchant Xaro Xhoan Daxos.I think the audible books are worthwhile - just hearing the dialogue lends a different perspective. For example, the exchanges between Tywin and Tyrion are incredibly toxic, and hearing them out loud, unabridged, lends weight to some fan theories about Tyrion's parentage. But as another reviewer noted, Dotrice seems to have a really hard time voicing young men or women. And time spent puzzling over his mush-mouthed delivery and affected accents (are the Lannisters supposed to be Scots?) detracts from the story. Don't let this medium be your first impression of the books and characters.