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)
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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!
Well, what hasn't been written about this book yet? I'm at a loss for new words. Entertaining, fantastical, gut-wrenching! So easy to get lost in this other world. . . when you raise your head in your own life, you wonder where you are.
This book has multiple story lines. I started listening to it only during driving. Then when I got to my destination it would be 5 minutes more, then 10 minutes more. At 20 minutes sitting in the car, I decided to take it with me. Now I'm listening at work, walking with my ear buds in. It's such a complex story. I just love it.
When the Lanistar's beheaded Edard and what is happening to Areia.
His many voices for the characters. It's unnerving when he does the slobber and spiter's voices. I imagine they have to break to clean up after that.
Danny and CalDrogo's relationship and his death.
You just cannot go wrong with this. I really didn't think I'd like it and I'm glad I was very wrong. Be careful, you'll get hooked. I'm on the 2nd book now and it only gets better.
I feel obliged to buy every single audiobook Roy Dotrice narrates. Incredible performance, many variations that make it easy to picture the scenes. Amazing experience, I loved that this was my first audiobook
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