George R.R. Martin's superb and highly acclaimed epic fantasy A Song of Ice and Fire continues with the third in the series A Storm of Swords. There is passion here, and misery and charm, grandeur and squalor, tragedy, nobility and courage. Unabridged and split into two parts. The Seven Kingdoms are divided by revolt and blood feud, and winter approaches like an angry beast. Beyond the Northern borders, wildlings leave their villages to gather in the ice and stone wasteland of the Frostfangs. From there, the renegade Brother Mance Rayder will lead them South towards the Wall.
The men of the Night's Watch are ready for the coming of a great cold and the walking corpses that travel with it. But now they face a horde of wildlings twenty-thousand strong - hungry savage people steeped in the dark magic of the haunted wilderness - poised to invade the Kingdom of the North where Robb Stark wears his new-forged crown. But Robb's defences are ranged against attack from the South, the land of House Stark's enemies the Lannisters. His sisters are trapped there, dead or likely yet to die, at the whim of the Lannister boy-king Joffrey or his depraved mother Cersei, regent of the Iron Throne. Cersei's ambition is unfettered while the dwarf Tyrion Lannister fights for his life, a victim of treachery. And on the other side of the ocean, the last of the Targaryens rears the dragons she hatched from her husband's funeral pyre. Daenerys Stormborn will return to the land of her birth to avenge the murder of her father, the last Dragon King on the Iron Throne.
©2011 George R. R. Martin (P)2011 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
"Colossal, staggering... Martin captures all the intoxicating complexity of the Wars of the Roses or Imperial Rome in his imaginary world... one of the greats of fantasy literature." (SFX)
"Fantasy literature has never shied away from grandeur, but the sheer-mind-boggling scope of this epic has sent other fantasy writers away shaking their heads... Its ambition: to construct the Twelve Caesars of fantasy fiction, with characters so venomous they could eat the Borgias." (The Guardian)
If you've listened to the previous two books then you'll enjoy this one just as much once you get used to Roy Dotrice's narration. But now I've finished it and want to go on to A Feast for Crows but there's still no sign of it in audible, so I can either read the book (I have little time to spare, which is why I listen to audio books while I'm doing other things) or hope audible gets its act together. Why have they put out book 5 and not book 4? Come on Audible at least give us an explanation or a time scale. Good communication with your customers is half the battle. Try adding a customer questions section to your website (one that you answer questions like this!).
Still gripping and I can't wait for the next part but unfortunately you can't downlad it from audible and its not read by Roy Dotrice if you find it anywhere else. what a let down!
It does take time to get into the stories as there are so many characters, plot lines and background history. What really helped me to follow what is happening was a website called Tower of the Hand, which has summaries of each chapter and links to biographies of all the characters.
This is my favourite book of the series so far with great battles in the north and many betrayals . Great story telling with cliffhangers in most chapters. Expect to be gripped and shocked.
I have loved the first 3 volumes of this audio book series but like other reviewers am wondering where is book 4? I only discovered this book series on audible and so have not 'read' this series. It now looks as if I will have to get the 'paper' copy. Why produce book 5 before book 4?
I love Roy Dotrice's narration. He has a wonderful voice.
I have found a feast of crows on the US site by a different narrator (Roy Dotrice was busy apparently) but don't understand why we can't get it in the uk!?!?
like the poster above me, i am annoyed that audible have missed the 4th book and jumped straight to the 5th.
I have started the 5th book without releasing there was a 4th book, simply because it is missing from this site....
If you have read the others and you were left with questions about who did what and why then this book anwsers them - really enjoyed this book
Little finger... why you'll find out
Love Roy Dotrice's voice and movement of tone when he reads
4 stars for the book, but 1 star for the narration. After seeing the first two parts as a series on TV, I got the Audiobook version of the "A storm of Swards".
I found it very hard to understand who is who in the book and I felt that all characters have aged about 20-40 years and that they are covered in about 20 more layers of dirt.
Anyone who watched ‘The Golden Compass’ and listened to the Philip Pullmans full cast audiobook trilogy "His Dark Materials" would tell you that the characters in the film and in the audiobook sounded very much alike, which really helped with the continuity of the story. It was very easy to imagine the role of Miss Coulter’s still being narrated by Nicole Kidman, Lord Asriel’s as Daniel Craig and Lyra’s as Dakota Blue Richards.
Having watched the “Game of Thrones’ as a series I see a huge clash between the characters in the book and the series and I find it impossible to imagine any of the characters from the series when listening to the voice of Roy Dotrice.
Also, not being a native English speaker and not really being familiar with the UK regional accents, I find it hard to distinguish the different accents UK listeners are talking about.
For me there are only a few voices: the narrator, the extreemly annoying slurring voice, the annoying whiny old voice, the annoying whiny 'youger' voice and the deep husky voice.
Perhaps UK listeners don't have this problem, and can appreciate the 'effort', but I can't.
All in all I find the audiobook to be a huge let down and I would really love to see it being published again with consideration for the voices of the characters played in the series.
I love this audio book - the story is great and so exciting! The narration really helps to build the atmosphere and make you keep listening. I really, really enjoyed this audio book and I couldn't turn it off!
The audio quality is also up to the usual high standard. I would recommend this book!
Oh my goodness! So many twists and turns! I've listened to all the books from the start and I've enjoyed every minute. The detail is fantastic and the plot intricate and fascinating. The narration is also excellent, Roy Dotrice takes you to new lands effortlessly. Total escapism!
"hard to navigate"
I'm losing interest in the storyline because it's difficult to tell what order the parts of the books (let alone the books in the series) are. A whole section of the second book didn't download properly and I skipped it and now I'm lost and kind of drifting away...
"I had to stop..."
I had to stop what I was doing to pick up my jaw, lest I stepped on it.
I think I have learned how this man writes and so brace myself for an unexpected turn, trying to predict where the book will go but for the life of me, I can not pick most of the plot line twists.
You can imagine how stoked I am when I come close to guessing it but on the whole, this series is highly recommended for those who wish to be taken on a roller coaster for over 200 hours.
"The best series"
Brilliant, exciting, thrilling
All the characters are so detailed and richly described that its hard to pick one.
I don't know what ells he would be suited to narrate but for this genre he is perfect!
"Why are you all surprised?"
Good story. Unpredictable.
Yes. Same. I'm ambivalent.
Lots of people are complaining about Roy's narration. I think he does a good job, given the overwhelming number of characters and contexts. HOWEVER...the inconsistent narration has been happening since book 1. it would be nice if he consistently read the major characters. For a significant example: from book 1 to book 3 Jamie Lannister changes from aristocratic English ponce to Welsh. Tywin changes from gruff English aristocratic ponce to Winston Churchill! As an aside - what is it about the English that assumes all dwarves are Welsh, all uncultured yokels are from Yorkshire, and all cut-throat ne'er-do-wells are Scots or Irish? As for names. Brienne is Bree-enn, not Bry-een. Apparently this changes again in later books. Finally, while I am rapt by this series, it's clear that G.R.R. Martin used to write tv screenplays. There's definitely the taste of soap-drama behind it. How many times is Tyrion close to execution? How many major characters have to die, or disappear? I know it harkens at a more brutal era of humanity, but jeez! Is it just me, or does the story seem to leap over significant events, only to mention them almost in passing?
"Just Keeps Getting Better"
There are times when the story seems to be almost obtusely taking it's time to get somewhere but the story is still fantastic and the narration is still it's equal.
"Well worth listening to."
Some things about the audio are annoying like you when you want to go back and listen again, you can only go back a sentence or a whole chapter or couple of chapters. If you lose your spot you can never find it again. The narrator took a bit of getting used to and some of the voices he uses are really annoying, but over all he does a fantastic job, and I really like listening to him now.
I like most of the character performances
I hated it when Rob was killed
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