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)
This book was outstanding! I had a little trouble following at the first part of the book, but it all tied together soon enough. The narration by Roy Dotrice was outstanding. I can't wait to start the second book.
I can't think of anyone who wouldn't enjoy this book series, especially people who don't like to read. If you like fantasy, war, drama, mystery, sci-fi or all of the above I would highly recommend.
The Narration is well done with a British speaker. I like hiw he says, "beautiful" butdon't like the voice the narrator gave Tyrion.
Interests: Ancient History, Medicine, Biology, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Classics, Politics, Social Issues, Inequality, and everything New Orleans.
Excellent story that is well suited to an audiobook format. The narrator does voices! Downloading book 2 now
No, I read the book & loved the voices that I imagined for myself for each character. The Narrator's version of the characters voices is completely annoying at times.
In the first book my favorite character is Dany. It best describes her rags to riches tale of duty, courage, strength & love.
The Narrator's voice is too old & harsh for a lot of the character's parts that he read. Tons of female voices & he tried his best to make the younger men/boys voice a bit feminine but instead it just came out sounding creepy & awkward.
The author truly made you feel the maternal love that a mother can have for a son. The author's portrayal of Catelyn's role at Bran's bedside couldn't have been more accurate.
Not sure how feasible it would be to have maybe 2 narrators or a narrator with a more diverse appeal to his voices when he speaks for the characters in the book. It's needed!
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