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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (18,486 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: George R. R. Martin Narrator: Roy Dotrice Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Song of Ice and Fire Series Release Date: March 2004 ISBN: 9780739308738
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George R. R. Martin began his series, A Song of Ice and Fire, with such a compelling plotline in A Game of Thrones that it was hard to believe he could keep it up in sequels to the book. Yet, A Clash of Kings, the second book in the series managed to be equally gripping, developing some of the characters that hadn't been fleshed out in book one, in place of characters we had lost, like Ned Stark. In book three, A Storm of Swords audiobook, Martin continues to astound us by taking characters that we've grown to think of in a certain way and turning them around so that we see a whole new side to their personality.

Until now, we believed that Jaime Lannister was one of the bad guys. Not only was he having an incestuous relationship with his sister, he apparently killed the king before Robert Baratheon by stabbing him in the back which resulted in his nickname, “kingslayer.” Now, we have Jaime refusing his sister's advances and revealing a secret that suddenly casts him in a new light. As a result Jaime is now seen as an unsung hero.

Plus, we'd grown to think that the Stark family was finally making a comeback after Ned Stark's death, in the shape of Robb Stark who had become King in the North with many followers. But Robb makes a fatal mistake that has tragic results for the entire Stark family.

So once again, the chess pieces have changed completely at the end of this book and Martin continues to keep us guessing about what will happen next. One might wonder why exactly this series is so popular given that the fantasy element is very small and it's mostly about a fictional kingdom where people keep killing one another. And it's not always the good guys killing the bad guys. It's usually bad guys killing bad guys. And yet, there's something about the book that keeps us hopeful that good will triumph in the end. Even if someone with integrity like Ned Stark or Robb Stark is killed, someone else rises up in his place to keep the flame going.

Martin, known to many of his fans as GRRM, has been a writer since childhood. He studied journalism in college and started his career writing fiction, at which he was quite successful at first. However, his fourth novel wa not so well received and he turned from books to TV, getting involved in writing for the Twilight Zone remake. When that series came to an end, he became a producer for Beauty and the Beast, only returning to writing novels in the early 90's. The result was A Song of Ice and Fire, his most successful work yet. The books that comprise the series have frequently been on the NYT bestseller list and have also won numerous awards. A Storm of Swords won the Locus award, the Geffen award and the Nebula award.

THE BOOK BEHIND THE THIRD SEASON OF GAME OF THRONES, AN ORIGINAL SERIES NOW ON HBO.

Here is the third volume in George R. R. Martin’s magnificent cycle of novels that includes A Game of Thrones and A Clash of Kings. As a whole, this series comprises a genuine masterpiece of modern fantasy, bringing together the best the genre has to offer. Magic, mystery, intrigue, romance, and adventure fill these pages and transport us to a world unlike any we have ever experienced. Already hailed as a classic, George R. R. Martin’s stunning series is destined to stand as one of the great achievements of imaginative fiction.

A STORM OF SWORDS

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. . . .


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Quotes & Awards

  • “I always expect the best from George R. R. Martin, and he always delivers.”

    Robert Jordan

  • A riveting continuation of a series whose brilliance continues to dazzle. Patriot News
  • “I always expect the best from George R. R. Martin, and he always delivers. Robert Jordan
  • “High fantasy doesn’t get any better than this.”

    Oregonian

  • “Martin creates a gorgeously and intricately textured world, peopled with absolutely believable and fascinating characters.”

    Cleveland Plain Dealer

  • “Martin’s epic advances his series with gritty characterizations, bold plot moves, and plenty of action.”

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch

  • “The latest and the best in a powerful…cycle that delivers real people and a page-turning plot.”

    Contra Costa Times

  • “Enough grit and action to please even the most macho…A page-turner.”

    Dallas Morning News

  • “A riveting continuation of a series whose brilliance continues to dazzle.”

    Patriot News

  • “George R. R. Martin continues to take epic fantasy to new levels of insight and sophistication, resonant with the turmoils and stress of the world we call our own.”

    Locus

  • “One of the more rewarding examples of gigantism in contemporary fantasy…Richly imagined.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A Los Angeles Times Bestseller
  • Winner of the 2001 Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel
  • A 2001 Hugo Award Nominee
  • A 2002 Nebula Award Finalist for Best Novel

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Graham Crawford | 2/16/2014

    " Wow. this was as good as the first book again! and a killer epilogue. This book (both of them) made me ball my eyes out. I want Daenerys to marry Tyrion AND Arya. Two bad girls (one with a pointy bit), a dwarf, and three dragons. What more could you want in a power marriage. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gail Mallin | 2/14/2014

    " I think this is the best of the series so far. Lots of pace and interesting plot developments with a few twists that surprised me. I found it hard to put down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Geanina Raluca | 1/26/2014

    " No one is safe in George RR Martin's world. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelly | 1/11/2014

    " Wow......thats all I can say, the plot just keeps getting more and more full on...loved it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Samantha | 1/10/2014

    " I have laughed out loud so much, choked on food, shouted at this book, been completely stumped where I have walked around in a daze after reading. So many twist! :D "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Titus Hjelm | 1/7/2014

    " The gloom won't pass--and that's why these books are so above basic fantasy. But I do think I need to take a break from the series for a bit. I couldn't take another setback or death of someone I've cared about. Great book, of course. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Whatfroth | 12/24/2013

    " Arguably the most dramatic of the series so far, this second part of A Storm of Swords has some thrilling stories tied up in a comprehensive manner. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 12/19/2013

    " What can I say? This book was non stop epic from the beginning to end. So so heartbreaking in parts, but joyful in others. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daisy-Mai | 11/30/2013

    " Fantastic book. So many twists and turns. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Spiro | 9/23/2013

    " Gave up, don't care. Martin is killing off all the good characters, so I have no reason to continue buying this series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adam | 6/16/2013

    " So far the best book out of the series. :) can't wait to read the next one :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stew | 5/27/2013

    " I'm completely hooked. These books just get more intense! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jimmy Moore | 5/26/2013

    " Collectively, I'd say the two parts of a Storm of Swords have been the best of the series so far. A great read "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hallur | 5/22/2013

    " :O Holy plot-twist, Batman! I know this is isn't really an independent book, but this is by far the most interesting book in the series thus far, because some -serious- shit goes down. Especially in the last chapter. DAMN. I can't wait to see where all of this is going. :D "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mitchell | 2/21/2013

    " Possibly one of my favourite books so far in the series, so many intriguing developments all over the GoT world, I'm hooked! Look forward to next few volumes, but will be hard to beat this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris Edwards | 2/13/2013

    " definitely a middle book. No clear finish or beginning. Looking forward to the next one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elina Zalkalne | 12/15/2012

    " if only i was this dedicated to my thesis "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Casey Arn | 7/7/2012

    " My favourite of the series thus far. Sooo much good stuff, except for that one part.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jackson | 4/21/2012

    " By far the best installment so far! Loved every page - the detail used and the emotions in each characters POV was brilliant. So much happening at once that you're compelled to read on and find out what will happen next! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael Harris | 4/8/2012

    " So much happened in this book that part one seemed a bit pointless. So many twists & turns, I was that gripped by the story that I read the book in 3 days "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 marie | 1/27/2012

    " awesome! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lucia | 11/7/2011

    " This was definitely a good read! Great plot twists and great twists to the twists (if that makes sense). Cannot wait to start reading the 4th book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lowtalker | 10/13/2011

    " The best so far. Truly amazing from start to finish. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lauren | 7/31/2011

    " SO MUCH happens in this book. Mind blowing. My favourite of the series so far. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky | 5/24/2011

    " Thanks to my co-worker, Erin, I have been sucked in to starting this series. Thanks, Erin! I'm not sure I'd call it Fantasy, although there are some fantastical elements (creatures, magic). It is like an alternative medieval universe soap opera. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christian | 5/24/2011

    " slipcased autographed edition #129. I really love this series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gina | 5/24/2011

    " One of the best books I have read in a long time. You get hooked right away. There's fantasy and political intrigue, wonderful characters, and a totally new world to dive into. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Krystyna | 5/24/2011

    " This time refreshing with an audiobook version, read by Roy Dotrice. A good way to make the fun last longer... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leah | 5/24/2011

    " WOW complicated. Love all the characters, their depth, their flaws, their fighting. Can't wait to read more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Piat | 5/24/2011

    " Amazing book! Great start to an incredibly gritty series! The characters are fully fleshed out, as is the world of the 7 kingdoms. Fast paced and just brilliant. The series only gets better! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tatiana | 5/24/2011

    " Soap for men - politics, sex, violence and characters with no complexity. Occasionally entertaining in a sordid way. Same goes for the TV show. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan | 5/23/2011

    " This book will magically take you to another place. It is exciting and captures many elements of Medieval times......honor, pride, revenge, etc. I am very eager to read the next installment of this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Samantha | 5/23/2011

    " 4.5 stars - very well written, with complex political intrigue and an sense of looming dread as the book goes on. Pretty dramatic finish, as well. Can't wait to read the next volume! "

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About the Author
Author George R. R. Martin

George R. R. Martin sold his first story in 1971 and has been writing professionally ever since. He spent ten years in Hollywood as a writer-producer, working on The Twilight Zone, Beauty and the Beast, and various feature films and television pilots that were never made. In the mid ’90s he returned to prose, his first love, and began work on his epic fantasy series, A Song of Ice and Fire. He has been in the Seven Kingdoms ever since. Whenever he’s allowed to leave, he returns to Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he lives with the lovely Parris, a big white dog called Mischa, and two cats named Augustus and Caligula, who think they run the place.

About the Narrator

Roy Dotrice is a Tony Award–winning actor best known for his Broadway performance in the revival of A Moon for the Misbegotten. He studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art before producing and directing some three hundred stage plays. In 1957, he joined the Shakespeare Memorial Theater, an experience that brought him opportunities in radio, film, television, and numerous Broadway productions.