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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.

Critiques

  • 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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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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Great!

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

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Magikarp Salad
  • 22/12/2007

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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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Theodore
  • 05/02/2012

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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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Troy
  • 17/07/2011

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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  • Global
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    5 out of 5 stars
  • John D. Frazier
  • 14/02/2013

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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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Herve Bronnimann
  • 09/08/2005

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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  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Robert
  • 15/06/2012

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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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Bennie
  • 20/05/2004

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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  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Will
  • 24/05/2012

Excellent story with the wrong reader

Storm of Swords is the third in George R.R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire series. I strongly suggest reading or listening to Game of Thrones and Clash of Kings before attempting to read this book. George R.R. Martin writes extremely complex characters and storylines, and the background from the previous books is required to understand the motivations in this book. That being said, if you are a fan of the series, or enjoy Arthurian fantasy, this is the series to read. It's extremely immersive, and the characters are wonderfully human and flawed. There are good guys and bad guys, but the good guys aren't always so good, and the bad guys aren't always so bad. If you want a story where you can guess what will happen next, this may not be the proper book, because the good guys don't always win.

The major failing of this audiobook, however, is in the performance. Roy Dotrice's narration leaves much to be desired. This book is very heavily character-driven, but all of his characters sound the same in spoken dialogue. I had to go back and re-listen to a part of the story, because I had confused two of his characters. Mr. Dotrice's command of the accents of the British Isles is commendable, and if you listen for long enough, you may find yourself thinking or even speaking in a British accent, which raises the immersion of the book. However, Mr. Dotrice is a low, slightly gravelly-voiced British man, and, unfortunately, even the women he performs have low, slightly gravelly voices.

Dispite my prior paragraph, I do highly recommend this book to anyone who loves good fantasy.

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  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Darwin8u
  • 28/02/2014

This book is long and full of chapters.

This review is short, and winter is coming. Quck summary, here is a tasty in less than 1/2 minute: Swords, sex, incest, ships, war, slaves, maidens, maidenhead (no not that town in Berkshire, England), night, knights, dragons, draegans, a dwarf, dire-wolves, the cold, war, sex, fire, ice, crows (crows, crows, crows), snow, Snow, whores, weddings and more sex.

Roy Doltrice does a good job with the narration of a long book, but he seems to only have four voices: King/knight and low-born man; high-born woman and whore. It is like a barratone choir with only four notes. Great notes, rich notes, but only four. That makes it difficult when the audiobook has more flaming swords than voices. That being said, didn't Bono say once that all one needed to be great was three chords and the truth. I guess, then, this narration has the truth + 1.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Jennifer
  • 28/07/2011

Awesome!

There's no deviation in this book from the excellence of the series, and if anything it has more moments of shocking revelation than the first two. Go downlaod now!

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  • Global
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Marko
  • Braunschweig, Deutschland
  • 28/06/2013

Gutes Hörbuch mit mieser Kapiteleinteilung

Die Buchvorlage ist hervorragend und die Umsetzung als Hörbuch, wie schon beim ersten Teil, gelungen. Roy Dotrice liefert eine überzeugende Leistung ab - wem Game of Thrones gefallen hat, der wird sicher hier nicht daneben greifen.
(5 Sterne für das Hörbuch an sich.)

Nervig ist jedoch die Einteilung in Kapitel (für die iOS-App), die nichts mit den Kapiteln im Buch zu tun haben. Erstens fehlt so die Anzeige, wie viel Zeit noch im laufenden Kapitel verbleibt. Zweitens ist die Möglichkeit, zum Anfang eines Kapitels zu springen, völlig sinnlos, wenn der Schnitt zwischen zwei Kapiteln z.B. mitten in einem Satz liegt. Hoffentlich ist das beim nächsten Teil nicht derselbe Murks.
(2 Sterne Abzug wegen liebloser Formatierung.)

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • D. Binder
  • 15/02/2011

Großartig

Großartiges Buch, das für mich den (vorläufigen?) Höhepunkt in diesem noch unvollendeten Epos bildet. In der Fantasy ist die Spannung, die sehr filmhafte Erzählweise und die große Unvorhersehbarkeit dieser Geschichte eine echte Wohltat neben den dutzenden immer gleichen Gut-gegen-Böse-Geschichten (Eragon, Rad der Zeit, Drachenbeinthron usw.), deren Ende man im Grunde nach dem ersten Dutzend Seiten schon kennt, selbst wenn es dann noch 1000 (oder sogar 10.000) Seiten auf sich warten lässt. Achtung: Der Autor nimmt wenig Blätter vor den Mund. Ausruck und Inhalt sind eindeutig für Erwachsene.
Der Sprecher des englischen Originals, Roy Dotrice, macht dem Ganzen alle Ehre, er ist einfach großartig. Abwechslungsreich und mit ungeheuer ausdrucksstarker Stimme. Uneingeschränkte Empfehlung. Echter Hörgenuss.
Vorsicht: Wohl völlig sinnlos, wenn man die beiden ersten Bände der Serie nicht kennt.

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  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazon Kunde
  • 26/10/2017

Gut, aber...

an manchen Stellen schwer zu verstehen. Wenn Dotrice zB eine hohe Frauenstimme nachahmt. Etwas störend ist auch die Nummerierung der Kapitel.

  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Jakob
  • 23/05/2017

super!

Der Sprecher ist fantastisch und die Geschichte natürlich auch 😉
3 Teil mag ich am meisten der bisher veröffentlichen Bänder.

The guy who is reading the book is very good, certainly one of the best I know.
Story likewise. Book 3 of the series is my favorit!

  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Bryan Morse
  • Pfungstadt Germany
  • 25/01/2017

Masterfully read

The story is excellent but the way it is read is better than any book I have yet heard!

  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Michael Heinrich
  • 07/12/2016

wow

super Buch. ich bin echt zum G O T fan geworden toll spitzen kann was toll

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  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Lika77
  • 14/06/2015

Very good, can't stop listening

Würden Sie A Storm of Swords noch mal anhören? Warum?

Wie in meinen anderen Rezensionen, Buch 1 bis 3 sind absolut grossartig. Spannend und man freut sich sogar auf eine 2 Stunden Autofahrt zur Arbeit weil man herausbekommen möchte was mit den Charakteren passiert. Der Sprecher ist in Hochform und gibt allen Charakteren sehr eigene gute Stimmen und Persönlichkeiten. Buch 1 bis 3 sehr empfehlenswert!

  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Christina
  • Hannover, Deutschland
  • 22/12/2013

großartiger Erzähler, schlechte Formatierung

Nachdem ich die Bücher gelesen hatte, wollte ich die Geschichte gleich noch einmal erleben und habe mir die Hörbücher gekauft. Ein großartiger Erzähler, der die Geschichte und die verschiedenen Figuren leben lässt! Uneingeschränkt empfehlenswert! Leider wurde aber irgendwo ein bisschen gespart, denn die Formatierung ist furchtbar. Die Perspektiven wechseln nicht kapitelweise, sondern mittendrin.

  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • SKodura
  • Hamburg
  • 13/05/2013

Der Höhepunkt der Saga

Mit dem dritten Band von "A Song of Ice and Fire" erreicht man vorerst den Höhepunkt der Geschichte.

Rasante Storywendungen, Überraschungen, bombastische Schlachten und der Fantasyanteil wird nochmals angehoben.

Mehrmals musste ich innehalten aufgrund der soeben erlebten Geschichte, George R. R. Martin hat keine Probleme geliebte Charaktere sterben zu lassen, sodaß niemand sicher erscheint.

Ohne zu übertreiben gelingt Martin hier locker das Niveau von Tolkien zu erreichen und teilweise sogar diesen zu übertreffen! Dieser Teil ist für mich eines der besten Fantasybücher, die ich je gelesen bzw. gehört habe.

  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    5 out of 5 stars
  • EisbaerMami
  • 25/02/2014

Story top, Sprecher mittelmäßig

Für Fans der Ice and Fire-Reihe muss man wohl kaum etwas zum Inhalt des Buches sagen, es reiht sich nahtlos an den Vorgänger an.
Mir persönlich hat der Sprecher nicht so gut gefallen, da das Sprechtempo recht eintönig ist und deshalb nicht immer zur Handlung passend. Bei manchen Charakteren verstellt er ein bisschen die Stimme, wenn diese sprechen, was aber oft nicht zum Charakter der Person passt; bei anderen geht der Dialog fast im Handlungsfluss unter und es ist so eintönig gelesen, dass man z.B. die im Buch kursiven Gedanken nicht vom tatsächlich ausgesprochenen unterscheiden kann. Das wurde in anderen Hörbüchern schon besser intoniert.
Außerdem finde ich es als Fan auch der TV-Serie extrem irritierend, dass er viele Namen komplett anders ausspricht als sie in der Serie gesprochen werden (was bei einem noch lebenden Autor doch möglich sein sollte, die tatsächliche Aussprache herauszufinden). Viele der Namen sind bedeutungstragend, was bei der Aussprache total untergeht.

Was am Hörbuch insgesamt störend ist, ist die Einteilung der Kapitel, die absolut nichts mit den Kapiteln im Buch zu tun haben, manchmal springt ein Hörbuch-Kapitel mitten im Satz zum nächsten; manchmal ist zwischen dem Ende eines Buch-Kapitels und dem Namen des nächsten noch nicht einmal eine Sekunde Pause.
Laut dem freundlichen Service-Mitarbeiter von Audible liegt dies aber am Verlag und die schon häufig vorgekommene Beschwerde wurde weitergeleitet.

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