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A Storm of Swords Audiobook

A Storm of Swords: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3

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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.

What the Critics Say

  • 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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    Garrett 10-01-15
    Garrett 10-01-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Fantastic, but might require more than one read"

    I could probably discuss this aloud for more than hour, and have no desire to transcribe that much thought, speculation, praise, or criticism. (Not to mention the dreaded s- word.) So I'll be as brief as I can: this book is, as a whole, amazing and totally worth the time to read, but was my least favorite so far in the trilogy. Certain characters are back from the previous books, newly discovered as focal points of view (or chapters), while other new ones are introduced entirely. Most of them are disappointing to me in some way or another. We learn much more about Westeros and there is a lot of action, but definitely less than Clash, and it is not as poignantly focused as Game. Roy Dotrice turns in a brilliant narration yet again, but the sheer length of the work and the nature of its delivery (I.E. the way it was written, not read) seems to me to nessecitate another read. If I had been at it in 2004, when this was brand new and hadn't yet seen all current seasons of the HBO drama, I might be up to the task. But there are still two more books in this Song to go (currently), and Lisbeth Salander is back in The Girl in the Spider's Web, so I will not be taking my own advice and pledging another 48 hours to listening to the novel again.
    In summation: Read this book. Twice, if you can. If not for the book itself, than for the love of the saga and the obligation you have to yourself as a fan. It is DEFINITELY worth it.

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    Kiel 10-01-15
    Kiel 10-01-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Another great performance by Dotrice!"

    I'm very much enjoying Dotrice's rendition of these characters. I only just started watching the TV show, and find myself disappointed with their voices because his are so good. His performance definitely gets me through some of the dull moments in the story.

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    Yerodin 09-30-15
    Yerodin 09-30-15
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    "A wonderful storm"

    Yet again another masterpiece, my only complaint is the thought of the series coming to an end.

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    BMul 09-29-15
    BMul 09-29-15
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    "An interesting story with a decent narrator."

    Overall, I am enjoying this series and the narrator does a great job managing the massive number of characters that are involved.
    There are a few places where I feel the story progress slows to the point of boredom. However, like many people, I've only started this series after watching the TV series. So, it may be that I know what is coming, which takes away from the build-up intended in these sections.

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    Lidia Alvarez 09-26-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Glorious!!!"

    The story has you on your toes from beginning to end. Can't wait to hear the next one!

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    Mark 09-25-15
    Mark 09-25-15 Member Since 2016
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    the reader takes the reading seriously. he pauses just long enough for ut to build suspens. the story is well written and leaves just enough to mystery.

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    Seth McNamara 09-24-15
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    "Another wonderful adventure"

    yet again I was entrapped in a Game book Mr. Martin did a spectacular job and Mr. Dotrice was once again perfect to narrate.

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    Heidi Lucas 09-24-15
    Heidi Lucas 09-24-15 Member Since 2016
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    An excellent story & worth the read. The plot keeps you enthralled and guessing.

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    Han 09-20-15
    Han 09-20-15
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    "Did he actually say that?"

    Oh, Roy Dotrice, how I've missed you. I feared you might have taken a cue from your audience and actually put an end to those funny voices and that terrible reading style, but much to my delight, you didn't learn a thing!

    This time round we're treated to the most offensive voices yet! Tywin Lannister's brand-new speaking style makes even the most outrageous imitation of William Shatner seem mundane and ordinary, and makes the listener cringe at every disjointed phrase. In Jamie Lannister, we have Tyrion's older brother in truth: he seems to have adopted the same bizarre accent whose inspiration can only have come from the oldest living person on earth whose mother hails from Ireland and his father from Pakistan. The scribe at Astapor sounds like the most backward, offensive 40s-era imitation of an Oriental, to which no ordinary person could possibly hope to suffer through without either a drink or earplugs. Or both.

    Best of all: while characters in the novel typically refer to Arstan as "Whitebeard", Roy Dotrice prefers the more affectionate "Whitebread." Yes, he actually said that, and yes, in his unfailing arrogance (or ignorance), it did not occur to him to go back and reread the passage.

    Be sure not to miss all your other favorite Roy Dotrice quirks--mispronunciations, bizarre rhythms, odd pauses and toothless old men's voices! Listen as Roy reads his very first book in English out loud, for a stipend!

    And never forget--you actually paid money for this.

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    Julie 09-19-15
    Julie 09-19-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing"

    It is very intense book and has many characters. But the narration is so good that you can tell the differing characters and storylines which way they are heading.

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