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)
No. The narration does not make justice to this book.
I am sorry that the narrator did not perform for this book in a way that would engage me to keep listening for more than 10 minutes.
This is the first time I have read/listened to a book where I had already seen it portrayed on the screen. That being said, I had in mind some of the characters and their "voices". I had the benefit of knowing them beforehand. Mr. Dotrice did not. And I'm not certain how much he had pre-read the book before his performance. The voices in the first several chapters were inconsistent, and many of them took on a caricaturistic quality (Tyrion sounded like a freaking leprechaun!). I struggled listening to the first several hours. However, my husband began listening to the book a good deal sooner than I, and insisted that the performance improved; and it did. While the voices of the lesser characters drew from a shallow well and his noble voice was a bit too severe and gravelly for those of young men and women, the cadence of his voice and the depth of emotion he articulated proved to create an enjoyable and moving performance. I enjoyed this book and look forward to listening th the remainder of the series.
My only qualms are with the pronunciation of several of the names. It wouldn't bother me if they were consistent but sometimes it's Joffrey and sometimes it Jeffrey, sometimes it's maester and sometimes it's master.
What a great book that the reader was able to understand the characters and the different voices each character had. Loved thia book and all the stories. Little longer than the average book read but great non the less.
It took a little while to get used to the narrators voice (He has a British-English accent, I'm from Canada), but it ended up making it better in the end.
The narrator tried really hard, sometimes his voice acting was a little distracting.
Overall it was really well done and a very good story, I can see why it was made into a television show.
I've been reading since I was 3. I've always been a book worm. This series is my favourite so far. The narrator is great too. He occasionally is inconsistent with voices, but the amount of characters in these books is overwhelming and I can't fault him too much for an occasional misstep
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