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George R. R. Martin’s sprawling, highly acclaimed epic fantasy series, on which the hit TV show Game of Thrones is based, continues. Veteran actor Roy Doctrice reads this classic audiobook, in which blood feuds and rebellions are laying waste the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros. As winter draws nearer, 20,000 wildings are congregating in far-north Frostfangs to attack Robb Stark’s Kingdom of the North, under fire from the south by the treacherous Lannisters. Thrilling, moving and deeply complex, A Storm of Swords (Part One) - Steel and Snow, book 3 of A Song of Ice and Fire, is available from Audible.
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The complete, unabridged audiobook of A Storm of Swords.
HBO’s hit series A Game of Thrones is based on George R. R. Martin’s internationally best-selling series A Song of Ice and Fire, the greatest fantasy epic of the modern age. A Storm of Swords is the third volume in the series.
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 20000 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
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Critic reviews

"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." ( Guardian)
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3 out of 5 stars
By A on 24-03-13

Time to say goodbye....

I LOVE this series of books, and have read them all. I wanted to read them again when I discovered Audible and decided to buy these editions instead. The first two books were well done, I liked what Roy Dotrice was doing in giving the characters British regional accents based upon their location in the Westeros land... ie Lannisters being from the west had Welsh accents etc. But in this book Tywin Lannister suddenly morphs into Winston Churchill and it has driven me to distraction. Dotrice has always been a little inconsistent with the voices, but considering his age and the numbers of characters involved, this has been more than forgiveable. But now, I've had to go back to my e-reader, and am annoyed that I've bought up to the second part of book 4 already.

Lessons learned: Don't buy too far ahead of your listening in a saga of books; listen to the sample on the book's page to check that the narrator's voice doesn't rub you up the wrong way. I checked one on another series and will definitely avoid that, though the reviews thankfully warned of it too.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Marianne on 05-05-12

Odd narration

I've been listening to Roy Dotrice's narration of the books for some time now, having read them all previously. It did take a while to get used to - I don't think he cares for women too much as he always seems to give them a whiny, wheedling tone, even the noble characters like Brienne of Tarth, who doesn't sound a bit like I imagined her. The regional accents are inconsistent and downright odd in some cases - Davos Seaworth = Captain Pugwash anyone? Almost expected an 'aaargh, Jim lad'. Brothers and sisters of the same family all having completely different accents, like Edmure Tully (Scots) and Caitlin Tully/Stark (English-not regional). And then Tywin Lannister suddenly morphs into Winston Churchill halfway through the book - very irritating. Despite this the books are terrific, and I am (mostly) enjoying the audio version - a little more consistency from Mr Dotrice would be a boon.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Lliam on 10-09-12


What did you love best about A Storm of Swords (Part One) - Steel and Snow?

Everything. Don't mean to be glib. But it is simply brilliant.

Who was your favorite character and why?

All of them. Masterfully rendered.

Have you listened to any of Roy Dotrice’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes. As brilliant as ever.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I don't think I would like to listen to any book for 24 hours straight. But if I had to, this would be the one.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Dora on 03-09-12

Fantastic Narration and an awesome book!

Where does A Storm of Swords (Part One) - Steel and Snow rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

By the time you read this review you would've listened to the previous books, so all i'm going to say is, it's more of the same great listen as all the other books.

What did you like best about this story?

The great thing about this story is that just when you think you've got the usual plot figured out, BAM! you're thrown completely out of the water and have no idea what's going to happen.

Have you listened to any of Roy Dotrice’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Roy Dotrice's performance is flawless. Great narration and great character performance. i particularly picked up towards the end how the Lanister brother's accents were becoming more and more alike as the characters became similar in sympathies.

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