Storm of Swords

A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire, #3)A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’ve been listening to the audio book in the car, and I have to start off with what many people over on Audible have said — it was really, really hard to warm up to this book just because the person reading this one was not the same person who read the first two books. When you get used to a person’s voice, his pronunciation and the way he does different voices, to have a book start off not only with brand new characters but with a narrator who is completely different, doesn’t do the same voices, and doesn’t even pronounce many of the names the same way….? Very difficult to get into. In fact, I was probably about ten hours into the book before I started to enjoy it. None of that, of course, is a reflection of the author, who is brilliant.

It seems that a lot happened “off camera” in this book. Events, deaths, main characters we never even got to… And overall, bad things happen to good people, bad people make shockingly good choices, and rocks fall and people die.

I can’t wait to get to the next book.

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3 Comments

  1. saffenn December 29, 2012 7:36 am Reply

    They released a version with Roy Dotrice reading – I want to say, about six months ago?

    I haven’t listened to it yet, but I am glad I was able to find all five books with him narrating. It’s hard enough getting used to the differences between his reading and the HBO series. :)

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    • Lorena December 29, 2012 8:14 am Reply

      I did find that out about two months ago, but had already bought and was more than halfway through this one (and I was way too cheap to buy it again). But I bought the next one, read by him — but I also bought Zelazny’s Amber series at the same time and want to get through those before I get into another Martin book. Have you read _Nine Princes in Amber_? You might like it, that whole five-book series are some of my favorite novels.

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  2. Saffy December 30, 2012 4:57 pm Reply

    Carl introduced me to them and I really liked them. An audio refresher sounds like a fine idea!

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