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.
The best story by far is the background on Jon Snow. There other stories that are expanded from the series and complemented with information from the books.
Overall this is a good listen if you are a fan of the TV show or have read the books some time ago. Probably as the stories continue to be developed the book will become outdated. After reading A Dance of Dragons and even during season 5 of the TV show the book remains very pertinent. I really enjoyed it and appreciated the GOT content.
Finally, all the connections are made. I understand so much more about A Song of Fire and Ice after listening to Winter is Coming and will enjoy the TV series and the next book (waiting for #6…) even more. Great research and writing and outstanding audio performance.
I was incredibly skeptical when I purchased this audio book. I found myself incredibly entertained, as well as educated. It had a lot of points that I had missed, as well as a few theories that I do not agree with, but was glad to hear anyway. This is worth the three hours it took to listen to.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sound quality dreadful. Does not come close to its description -- just jumps around and just repeats unrelated items in the books .
Write better, know subject better, have some insight instead of just repeating the book.
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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