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Winter is Coming: Symbols and Hidden Meanings in A Game of Thrones | [Valerie Estelle Frankel]

Winter is Coming: Symbols and Hidden Meanings in A Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones fans watch in delight as the epic battle of Lannister and Stark entangles the Seven Kingdoms. But only the sharpest notice how these houses echo Lancaster and York in the War of the Roses. Druids, Catholics, and even Zoroastrians wander through Westeros, reframing their religions for a new world of fantasy. But how medieval is Westeros? Did lady knights and pirates really battle across Europe? The audiobook Winter is Coming: Symbols and Hidden Meanings in A Game of Thrones explores all this and more, from the echoes of history to the symbols and omens our beloved characters.
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Game of Thrones fans watch in delight as the epic battle of Lannister and Stark entangles the Seven Kingdoms. But only the sharpest notice how these houses echo Lancaster and York in the War of the Roses. Druids, Catholics, and even Zoroastrians wander through Westeros, reframing their religions for a new world of fantasy. But how medieval is Westeros? Did lady knights and pirates really battle across Europe? The audiobook Winter is Coming: Symbols and Hidden Meanings in A Game of Thrones explores all this and more, from the echoes of history to the symbols and omens our beloved characters.

Who is Jon Snow's mother and why is she a secret? What is Daenerys's real power, unknown even to her? Will these two characters share a destiny? Where is the red priestess's real Light bringer and when will it arrive? Through dreams and prophecies, imagery and allegory, the deepest secrets of the series unfold, in an exploration friendly to watchers and listeners alike.

©2013 Valerie Estelle Frankel (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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    Bunny Mama 03-16-15
    Bunny Mama 03-16-15

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    "Repetitive"

    There is a lot of good information in this book, but it is very repetitive in parts. The narrator is okay, but at times he has an "announcer" tone of voice (think "Come on down!" from The Price is Right). It was worth the listen...just could have been shorter.

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    Barry Burnsville, MN, United States 03-10-15
    Barry Burnsville, MN, United States 03-10-15 Member Since 2008
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    "not what I expected"

    I thought the book would be more about parallels with European or English history. There was some of that but it was more about the specific characters in Game of Thrones. It did help with my understanding of the series.

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    CHRISTIE O HANSEN 03-09-15
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    "Nothing new"

    Hard to follow, poorly laid out, and doesn't actually tell you much about the history inspiring the story. Just seems to jump from random fan theory to random character or event and mention very briefly (and only sometimes) an historical counterpart. I would say it's worth the $2 but you can get most of this info or more from reading Wikipedia.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Erica Samuels Teruel JAMAICA, NY USA 03-06-15
    Erica Samuels Teruel JAMAICA, NY USA 03-06-15 Member Since 2013

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    "Such a fan"

    Getting eager for the upcoming season I got busy reading and then listening to the books. To be reminded and then walked through the Game story as told having the human story baring a background to fantasy is confirming to the draw of excellent writing. Valerie Frankel is more than a fan in her writing she is a supportive tool ( if I may) to honoring work that will stand the test of time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sylvia Atlanta, GA, United States 03-02-15
    Sylvia Atlanta, GA, United States 03-02-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Awful and sounds like it was recorded in a well"
    What disappointed you about Winter is Coming?

    Sound quality dreadful. Does not come close to its description -- just jumps around and just repeats unrelated items in the books .


    What could Valerie Estelle Frankel have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Write better, know subject better, have some insight instead of just repeating the book.


    What didn’t you like about Oliver Wyman’s performance?

    His eingineer.


    What character would you cut from Winter is Coming?

    The listing.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca Alpharetta, GA, United States 02-23-15
    Rebecca Alpharetta, GA, United States 02-23-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Interesting insights"

    This provides some interesting insights into the series. I liked the parallels the author drew with actual history. The narrator really enriched the material with his voices and dramatic readings of passages from the book.

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    Pam 02-05-15
    Pam 02-05-15
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    "Great background info"

    Very much enjoyed this supplemental information to the game of thrones series. It includes wonderful parallels between medieval England and Westeros and provides thoughtful insights.

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    Jes Hobart, IN, United States 01-23-15
    Jes Hobart, IN, United States 01-23-15 Member Since 2011
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    "A great insight into this book series"

    Years ago my mother would take notes while reading books to keep track of thoughts as the book progresses. She can figure out how a story ends before anything is revealed by the author. I tried this concerning the Game of Thrones series, but I gave it up. Here are all those notes and it’s in a nice format.

    Anyone that loves or just watches/reads the Game of Thrones this book ties all the threads together. Yet, it doesn’t reveal how it ends, but it does give you an idea of how it will end. We are still waiting on the last two books after all.

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    Dawn Moss NAPLES, FL, US 06-26-14
    Dawn Moss NAPLES, FL, US 06-26-14 Member Since 2015
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    "All just a bunch of speculation..bored me to death"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    When they started spouting about how they think John could really King Roberts bastard son that Ned adopted I totally lost interest.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    11njr11 Jerusalem 05-15-14
    11njr11 Jerusalem 05-15-14
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    "Think r/asoiaf on audible"

    Fantastic audiobook.
    If reddit r/asoiaf was mixed with conspiracy tv shows from the 50's and put in a nice little bow of audiobook form.
    Thanks audible and keep it up

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