This is the first of the series, introducing the characters and the complex world of Houses Stark and Baratheon. The story is intricate and interesting, and Roy Dotrice does a superb job of pulling the reader in. It is a brutal, political story with enough description to bring the world fully alive.
As others have said, this very long novel is only the beginning of the saga. I highly recommend it and its sequels.
Great story, 33 hours but held my rapt attention all the way from Maine to Wash DC and back!
Martin does a great job of developing characters at a timely pace and not getting bogged down in particular storylines. Great pace. Dotrice is awesome. I put off listening for several months not sure of enduring the length. But it is a no brainer purchase.
Stacey S. Slatten, NREMT, Cosmetologist
Most titles that become so expansive tend to begin a little slower due to the amount of background needed for the story to evolve, which is what I expected from this book. However, with the rave reviews, I expected this book to grab me at some point prior to the last chapter.
That said, it was well read, and entertaining. I will probably continue the series because I feel like I'm in the middle of a story that needs to be finished.
Deliria for not giving up, although she was dealt a crappy hand.
When Deliria wakes up to find her husband is no longer her husband.
When Jamie said "The things i do for love"
I wasn't really curious about the HBO show G of Thrones until I read the book, I hope they do it justice. As a matter of fact, I'm not going to see it until I've listen to all the books. So I'm not tainted by Hollywood's version of it.
There is nothing better in audiobooks than any book by George R. R. Martin narrated by Roy Dotrice. Game of Thrones and A Clash of Kings are " Perfection" !
I am a huge Tolkein fan with high expectations for epic fantasy that are very often unfulfilled - I was not particularly hopeful about this series and resisted listening for quite awhile - boy am I glad I finally gave in! It has its slow moments, but all epic fantasy must in order to lay the groundwork for the many threads that work through each volume. I could not believe over 33 hours ad passed when it came to an end and I can't wait to dive into the next one! Great listen!
The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, The Return of the King, Sky of Swords, The Sword of Truth Series are all similar in genre, pace, and complexity of interwoven story lines.
You can buy martin's books on audible for $22.05. But if you use the two credits to pay, you will have paid $28.90. Save $7.85, and use the credits on something else, like Brandon Sanderson, or Guy Kay, or Butcher, or Lynch, or many others.
Wish there were a 3.5 stars rating. There were places along this journey that I really wasn't enjoying the ride. But the author did eventually make me care about the characters and the story has some nice twists from the typical fantasy genre that I can appreciate. But geesh, can nothing good ever happen in this world? Does no one have any humor other than the dwarf? I'm conflicted whether to keep reading or not as the other reviews make it sound like things get darker and darker. Definitely could have done without the sex too, It didn't add much to the story and seemed kind of tacked in as an afterthought. I did enjoy the narration, for me it added to the story enough that I'll look for this narrator again.