In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow. At the center of the conflict, the Starks of Winterfell hold the key: a reluctant Lord Eddard is summoned to serve as the king's new Hand, an appointment that threatens to sunder both family and kingdom. In this land of extremes, plots and counterplots, soldiers and sorcerers, each side fights to win the deadliest of conflicts: the game of thrones.
©1996 George R.R. Martin, (P)2003 Books On Tape, Inc., published in arrangement with Random House Audio Group,a division of Random House, Inc.
"Martin's trophy case is already stuffed with major prizes...He's probably going to have to add another shelf, at least." (Publishers Weekly)
"The first volume in Martin's first fantasy saga combines intrigue, action, romance, and mystery in a family saga." (Booklist)
"Grabs hold and won't let go. It's brilliant." (Robert Jordan)
"This novel is an absorbing combination of the mythic, the sweepingly historical, and the intensely personal." (Chicago Sun-Times)
The reader CONSTANTLY mispronounces names and words. It's really annoying. But it's a great book, so if you like the series it's a good purchase but you might want to scream every time he pronounces Petyr Baelish's name or Vas Dothrak
I love these books but Roy Dotrice does a terrible job in performance. He mispronounces names, and worse yet he changes pronunciations multiple times in a chapter. Caitlyn name pronounced as Cat-a-lyn, Kate-lyn and Cat-lyn. Bran become Brian and Joeffrey becomes Jeffrey. Lazy performance and not worth a nickel. His voices are stale and too many sound alike.
Excellent story - I've read the books several times. Narration took a little getting used to, but I just came from the exceptional narration of Dunk & Egg audiobook. It took a couple of chapters to get used to this narrator's style. He's an older Englishman and voice is somewhat like talking with a mouthful - that actually suits assume of the character voices (Pycelle), but strains the imagination for the female & youth characters. Overall quality of recording is great - no background and surprisingly lacked that obvious change you often hear when stopping & restarting the recording (I notice a change in volume & slight pitch on other recordings). All in all I enjoyed this telling. I would only recommend not listening to this right after The Knight stories.
I finally got to listen to the first book. LOVE!!! It really makes the HBO series make sense. Take the time to listen to the books if you can.
Roy Dotrice does a fantastic job reading. He has an awesome range of voices!
Fantasy All Day Every Day!
I have watched every episode of the HBO series and it does not do the books justice in my opinion. I watched the series 1st and read the books 2nd. The books are AMAZING!! This is how I do it. I have all the Game of Thrones books at home. I read when I can and I listen when I can't or don't want to. Either way I am always plugging through this Epic Story! Roy Dotrice is the best narrator out there and is right up there with Robert Inglis.
This book made me laugh more than I thought I would. George is a hilarious writer and that doesn't come through on the HBO series.
If you like the show you NEED to read or listen to the books. I would listen/read. You can't beat Robert Inglis voices. They are so well done! It's hard to put this down.
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