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)
I've watched part of the TV series and I thought I'd give this book a try on a road trip. I wasn't sure I would be able to listen to such a long book and keep everything straight. I was afraid it might be too long-winded to keep my attention. Boy was I surprised how fast my drive went! This is a great audio book, and I can't wait to download the next one.
There are a few recording problems; the first two chapters of part 4 repeat the last chapter of part 3. Probably because of the way it was originally recorded, sentences are often repeated as well. Oh well, doesn't stop me from enjoying the story.
The incredible detail is riveting. Martin must have lived in this book as each character to be able to create such a masterpiece. He takes us on a wonderful journey to a place created by his prolific imagination. Just captivating.
The author introduces us to a host of characters that we love or despise, each playing essential roles in the story. I found it difficult to find a favorite or even distinguish in order of importance as each was equally fascinating.
Roy Dotrice was flawless in the reading of this book, lending to it the feel of his own immersion into the world of the author. His voice, a perfect compliment to the book, in itself is music to the listener. I would be nailed down by Dotrice's reading of the classified ads. He is magic.
I wasn't sure I would like it when I started listening but quickly got involved and enjoyed it so much I bought the rest of the series because I needed to find out what happens to all these interesting people.
He's able to change his voice so characters are easily identified.
I'm not sure but one thing I wouldn't do is focus on the sexual parts like the TV show does. There is far more more to the story than that.
I'm frequently skeptical of books that are hyped. But a friend recommended GOT to me a few years ago and since I think she has good taste in books, I finally found the time to dig into this series. I'm glad I did.
For me, the best part of GOT is the world building. George R.R. Martin has created a totally engrossing, believable world filled with interesting characters. I found myself thinking about the story between periods of listening, wondering what would happen to the characters.
I'm not an expert on the medieval period, but it feels like Martin got it right. His rich detail helps to get the reader totally engrossed the world of GOT. And I love the intrigue of the royals and nobles.
This book is also full of surprises. I loved that. So often, by the end of the first three chapters, I know exactly what will happen. Not with this book. You never know what's going to happen. I didn't see things coming.
The only negative thing I can say about this book is that at times, the descriptions get too long and go on and on. Especially after I was through the first part (of 4), some things seemed repetitive. He could have back off on some of the descriptions of the same things over and over.
But I was so engrossed in the story, it didn't overly bother me.
Now I've got to get to the second one. I want to know what happens!
I was drawn into Ned Starks' story immediately. And his children are all likeable, but I'm most interested in John Snow.
But my favorite character - the dire wolves. The are, I think, collectively an intriguing character.
I planned to read these books, but never had the time to commit. I'm glad I chose the audio book. Roy Dotrice's voice characterizations bring the story to life. And because he created different voices for each of the main characters, it helped to keep them straight (which is helpful for a book with so many points of view and so many characters). Roy Dotrice was a perfect pick for this book.
I did want to, but it's impossible. It's far too long. I listened to it mainly on a long drive in my car.
I love Mr. Martins books, but watch out. Nothing is sacred with him. It takes courage to turn the page! He makes you fall in love with all his characters, even the ones you hate. The narrator is awful, but the book is so good that you can get past it.
I don't this book works very well in audio format. There are so many characters andplotlines to follow that it would be much more enjoyable on paper- where you flip ack and forth and annotate more daily. I listen mostly in the car and found myself losing track of who was who.
The time period and the author's attention to detail
No real negatives
Bought the video of the TV show, wish I had bought the book instead
Not well spent. Too difficult to relate one chapter to another.
I like Bernard Cornwell and Lee Childs.
The narrator was awful, too many poor attempts at British accents, few of which were relevant. No explanation of why a Welsh accent should pop up in the middle of Northumbrian and Southern accents
I like fantasy as much as the next but I had trouble relating this to British history, clearly one of the attempts being made.
This book was so hyped up, that I was expecting to be swept away by it. I honestly didn't make it very far, so it may not be the most accurate review. Everyone just keeps being killed off. Every scene seemed to have an icy chill, and every location seemed to smell of blood. It seemed very cliche.
I actually played the beginning a couple of times to get the characters straight. Once I did, I didn't want to stop listening! I'm hooked....
This is a first. I think Roy does an awesome job.
I haven't finished listening yet. I have the e-books but this is so much better. The gentleman, Roy Dotrice, is a great narrator. I'm very grateful for the opportunity to get to listen to this book. It brings it to life for me. Far more better than trying to read it all.
In book 1, A song of Ice and Fire, when the men came upon the dead dire-wolf and her pups. The 5 pups were given to the 5 legitimate children, then the illegitimate son was able to find one for himself. I just love things so loving and emotional.
As I said above, He brought life to the story.
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