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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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Great Story! Amazing performamce.

I started listening to this series, because I wanted to finally watch the HBO series.

Wow, was that a mistake. I've now watched the first two seasons, and as wonderful as it is to see these characters and this story come to life on screen, it simply is nothing compared to the books. From what I have watched, they did a pretty good job as far as books to screen go, however in the end it just missed the mark IMHO.

Now, let me just say to this particular audio version of this book. Roy Dotrice brings it all to life. Such depth of character. His voice and range of personalities is perfectly suited for making this story come to life. And bring it all to life is what he does here. I'm disappointed with some of the casting and acting on the HBO series after envisioning his interpretation of the character first. There are a few I wish I could unsee from the series so that I could only have the picture I have in my imagination inspired by Dotrice's performance of Martin's characters and story.

The developments of the story in this book is exciting, disappointing, exhilirating, hopeful, troubling all rolled up into one. Its like binge wathing Breaking Bad. I cannot wait to start the next one to find out what happens next!

Watching the series is definitely on hold until I complete listening to all of the audio books in this epic tale.

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this country is going straight to hell 7/26/2016

This was a good book. It was long and hard, which is ideal for a girl like me. The kind of book, you want to snuggle with on a rainy day. After finishing , I feel like just lying in bed and catching my breath for a minute, only to roll over and pick it up for another round.

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the narration is amazing

the narration is amazing, I was fully engrossed from start to finish. and must admit finding excuses at every turn to listen to this performance instead of completing chores or other boring life essential duties

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amazing

By far, the best of the first 3 books. Deep, violent and powerful.
Vastly deviates from the HBO series.

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Amazing!

Everything about this narration and material is completely bad ass! Roy Dotrice is pure magic! I'd recommend this book to anyone and everyone who enjoys fantasy and great fiction. G.R.R. Martin has woven a rich fabric of well developed characters, so much so that their tragedies and triumphs become the readers. Hours never went by so fast as they did while I was engrossed in this book ❤️

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Unbelievable

The story is fantastic. The narrator pulls off so many different people in the story in such a convincing way, it is absolutely amazing. One if not the best book ever narrated

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5 stars

The narrator is so talented, he portrays the characters personalities excellently.
Mr. Martin is in a league of his own.
Downloading book 4 next.

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soooooo great!

it was long and I was happy for that! great great book.... it kept me engaged from start to finish. I cannot wait to start the next book

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rad

super good. Roy dotrice rad at. grrm rad af. can't wait for winds of winter.

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May Be the BEST!

This may be the best Book of the I&F/GOT series. It's jam packed with action and plot twists with little "down time." Even the slower chapters almost always have a cliff hanger or dramatic turn. I give it five stars!😃