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A Storm of Swords

A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3
Written by: George R. R. Martin
Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
Length: 47 hrs and 34 mins
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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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The chapters are out of order

Save your credit and save your $$ as the chapters are out of order and Audible has done nothing to fix it. I downloaded this book and the chapters are completely out of order. I called audible and did all of the troubleshooting and the chapters are still out of order. Audible opened a case file saying that this had been happening to others and said they would contact me. It has been nearly a week and I have still not been contacted. This book was ruined for me as characters kept dying and coming back to life and it was incredibly frustrating which was compounded by the fact that audible has done nothing to rectify it.

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The chapters aren’t in the correct order!
Messed up the entire story and spoiled it

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Very frustrated!!!!!!!

I spent 47 hours trying to understand why the Author would jump back and forth in the timelines. Had I read the reviews first, I would have learned that this audio book has all of the chapters mixed up. When I reached (what I thought was) the end, a narrator stated there was another part of the book in my Library. this only added to the confusion. It turns out that the ending chapters had already been played and the middle section appeared last , this is completely unacceptable, specially since the issue has been brought to your attention. I am sorry if this is confusing - welcome to my experience. I'm seriously thinking about canceling my subscription. Unbelievable.

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Chapters out of order

I’m very familiar with this series, and love the story. However I’ve given the performance a poor review because all the chapters are out of order, which really takes away from the story. I noticed when Jamie’s chapters (3 and 31) were interchanged, which confused his whole timeline. Also inconvenient as I listen to these as I drive and I can’t search around the chapters for the right one when the story strays.

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The Chapters

The order of the chapters is correct. I'm guessing Audible fixed the audiobook.

What a amazing story!

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Great audiobook!

I was a little skeptical to buy this audiobook because of the bad reviews saying that chapters were skipped or omitted but mine played through fine. Very entertaining!

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Sometimes Less is More

I am not referring to the length of the book. The book is as long as it needs to be. I am talking about the narrator. He uses a lot of obnoxious voices and it takes you out of the story. It's a distraction.

But here is what is really irritating: he can't pronounce a large number of the names. Gendry is "gentry". Brienne is "BRI-een". Petyr is "Puh-Tire". I think he also gets Varys wrong, but I can't quite recall.

If half the characters sounding like pirates or hearing "Brienne" and "Petyr" repeatedly pronounced incorrectly are deal breakers for you, it's a HARD pass. If not, it's an excellent book.

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  • cc
  • 2018-12-05

I wish I had read the reviews

The entire book is out of order!? Not sure how this happened. I am very confused now about the plot and what happens when. I wish that audible would rectify this issue.

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Easy Listen for a Long Read

I read the first and second of these books, but was struggling to find the time to finish this third one. Having is on audible means I can listen whenever/wherever without toting around a suitcase of a book. I'm almost done it and will be listening to the fourth for sure.
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A great audiobook!

The story is griping and the characters are rich and real as ever. Roy Dotrice is a fantastic narrator, however at times the various voices can get tedious.

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  • Magikarp Salad
  • 2007-12-22

Wow.

I had a very hard time turning this one off... I'd find extra house-work to do or look for traffic jams on the way to work just so I could keep listening.

The narrator, Roy Dotrice, is fantastic.

The characters in this book are amazing... We see the bad parts of the good guys, and the good parts of the bad. We get an understanding of what motivates both, and it's not always what we think. And, just as in the first two, G.R.R.M. has no problems setting people up with opportunities to win or escape or get out of whatever mess they're in...sometimes they get out, sometimes they die - no matter how important a character they've been...

This is not a kids book. This is not the usual "you are special and need to save the world" drivel with hollywood happy endings we usually feed on... This one is more...real.

The story keeps moving, plenty of action, laugh-out-loud funny parts, hardship, and surprises.

Anyone who says G.R.R.M. was only trying to make the book long, probaby wasn't paying attention.

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  • Theodore
  • 2012-02-05

Wow... Another EPIC novel

As I sat and listened to the book I found myself once again at the edge of my seat almost. The book seemed to be moving too slowly and yet too fast as I read it. Too slow in that you get impatient wondering what is going to happen next yet everything seemed so relevant and then too fast in terms of when you do reach the end you are left pining for more.

George R. R. Martin did a superlative job with every character in the book. This particular book has one of the most startling twists yet, one of those twists that make you think "What the?!?!" I remember listening what happened and for a VERY VERY long time wondering "Did that really happen?". He spares no one in these books I find and I have now come to expect the unexpected.

Roy Dotrice.... What can I say? There is little I can say about his performance except this... just plain exceptional.

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  • Troy
  • 2011-07-17

Chapter and part breaks are incorrect

The story and narration are excellent, but is it too much to ask for the audio book to be constructed properly? The chapter breaks do not align with the actual chapters and the parts will end in the middle of a paragraph. Very sloppy and unprofessional. For a $50 audiobook I would expect more.

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  • Herve Bronnimann
  • 2005-08-09

Thrilling fantastic literary works.

Now I know there have been so many reviews that I hesitate to add one. I just wish to say I enjoyed these books tremendously. This one is the third of the series "A Song of Ice and Fire", whose title takes more and more ominous tones as the story unfolds. The first two books were "A Game of Thrones" and "A Clash of Kings", and although I haven't written a review of those, I agree with all those who raved for the book. I loved them all. How else could you listen to this third volume (38 hrs?!?) So I assume I am preaching to the choir here. If by any chance, you haven't listened to the first two, you really need to start with GoT (as the first volume is called amongst fans). Absolutely.

For the fans, I just wish to say that the fourth installment comes in November. I've already asked Audible when they plan to provide the audio version. I find these books more immensely enjoyable in audio form, although I recently bought the paperbacks as a reference, esp. when the fourth volume comes out. It'll be handy, and more easily browsable than an audio version.

So there. If you don't know where the web site is, and would like to read the announcement from the author himself, google it or go to georgerrmartin.com. In a previous page (now defunct, I wonder why) he explained that his choice for "A Feast for Crows", as the fourth tome is going to be named, is to take apart the book he'd be writing and only keep the part about the Seven Kingdoms (yeah! my favorite!) The part about Daenerys and the Isles is going to go into the next installments. This way he'll be able to finish the fourth in time, and in fact it makes more sense to him. And to me too: it was a bit irritating to jump back and fourth between the two continents in two stories which we knew wouldn't come together till much later in the story (perhaps not even in the next two volumes).

For those of you feel same, my favorite character is Arya. Can't wait to hear her story. Yeah!

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  • John D. Frazier
  • 2013-02-14

Narrator often completely unintelligible

Would you try another book from George R. R. Martin and/or Roy Dotrice?

Read this book because it's good, but the performance by Roy Dotrice can often times be so mush-mouthed and affected, it makes many of the characters he portrays completely unintelligible. Sadly, we only have his performance to listen to.

How could the performance have been better?

I wish the narrator put a lot less Cockney in his characterizations.

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  • Robert
  • 2012-06-15

Dear Ice and Fire Junkie

This review contains comments on Books 3 and 4 of the Ice and FIre series.

Dear Ice and Fire Junkie

The popularity of the HBO series, Game of Thrones has enticed many folks to pick up and start plowing through the entire series of tomes from which the TV shows derive their inspiration. And, once you’re sucked in, it’s pretty much like quicksand. The brilliant acting of most, if not all, of the characters along with the masterful writing of their roles and place in this Tolkienesque saga makes us easy prey for this quagmire. But beware good reader, there is much more to this sticky wicket than a mere addiction.

Before you get too heavily invested in this series, if you haven’t already, you owe it to yourself to pay attention to the negative reviews of Books 4 and 5. Among those reviews, the breakdown in narration after Book 3 is particularly egregious. I am generally a fan of Roy Dotrice. He is not my favorite narrator / performer but he is unquestionably a very good one but mostly for playing the roles of older men. The characters of young men seem to present Mr. Dotrice with something of a challenge and that of female characters, especially young ones, a challenge that is unsurmountable. That being said, Mr. Dotrice’s contribution to the powerful and stunningly produced first three books in this series was not insignificant. There were parts in the writing of those that seemed to drag on and on too long but they were still made entertaining by the narrator. In Books 4 and 5 there were many more dull, uninspired passages that were also made less entertaining by the narrator.

And, that being said, what in the heck is up with the changes in pronunciation of names and the voices of their owners? Was anyone paying attention to the editing and production of these last two books? I don’t know if it was Random House Audio or Audible who dropped the ball here but it all starts with Roy Dotrice. He’s the common denominator here and has to be aware of this huge distracting shift that took place between books and has to have the most responsibility for better quality control.

As far as the story goes, I will repeat here some of what I wrote in a review of Book 1. While I loved a lot about the writing in the first installment, I cared so much about the characters, to have so many of these good and honorable protagonists tortured and killed, I thought that I did not need to continue beyond Book 1. But, continue I did and was not sorry after Book 2. I enjoyed the third installment but things slid downhill in all respects after that. There are characters that I am still interested in and wish to know about their fates, even a couple of the villains. But, will I invest 2 more credits in this series? Me thinks not, at least not at this time. It is not That great.

Oh, and lest I not forget, the ending. Book 4 contains the very worst ending of any book I have ever picked up. If an author lacks so much imagination that s/he cannot satisfyingly end a book even if it is not the last in a series then me thinks the author's imagination needs work. I believe that authors owe it to their readers to finish a book and not just entice their readers to buy the next installment. Shame on you GRRM. Book 3 was an excellent book. It left many unanswered questions but at least had a decent conclusion. And, dear reader, you may wish to just end your addiction with Book 3. It's all downhill from there.

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  • Anne Harris
  • 2009-05-19

Can't stand the narration but can't stop listening

So many positive comments on the narration I was surprised. Yes, the man is talented and can do lots of accents. But why would different family members who've always lived together have different accents? Insanity. Why is Mance Rayder made to sound like a silly old man? Tywin Lannister sounds like a Winston Churchill imitation and don't get me started on the horrible, offensive chinese-esque accent for Missandei used even when she's speaking in her more familiar language and shouldn't have much of an accent. Generally, the accents and reading made me nuts, but the book is so good I couldn't stop listening. Big books like these need a good producer to track accents and pronunciation, so I don't necessarily blame the poor old narrator. The reviews of the reader of the next book aren't encouraging but I for one am ready for a break from this nonsense. Without a different production team, what are the chances it will be any better?

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  • Bennie
  • 2004-05-20

Better and Better.

I just finished this book, the third in the series and it was the best 40+ hours of audio book I've ever listened to. I have listens to well over a hundred audio books and all 3 of these books stand out as the very best. 110 hours and I could do it all over again. I will wait and check each day until the next book to ready. Powerful fantasy written for adults.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-01-12

Good Finish, But A Task & A Half To Get To It!

This was the first time I listened through an audiobook in this series, having finished the first two through e-Books. I can't really say I enjoyed "reading" this part overall, because the book was so long, as well as each chapter, that I can't truly remember everything I listened to since I started it back almost two years ago. In addition, I had a very hard time listening to the narrator, between he's three voices for practically every character: 1) Toothless & Senile, 2) Deepthroated and Mumbling, & 3) Generally British.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 2018-10-15

chapters out of order

the chapters are out of order wtf after chapter 30 the story makes no sense

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  • Imad
  • 2016-11-07

Great!

Great performance, very good storyline, with some minor dialogues that could have better, especially those of Lisa Arryn, but great overall!