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 series is very well writen and totally griping. It sucks you in. I totally regret purchasing it. I got the whole series so far but I found that it colored my life darkly. There are no happy endings. You like a character and they are mamed or tortured cruely to death. I kept looking for the good but never found it. Its underlying mesage seems to be life is an unpleasent struggle and then you die. I found myself moody and unhappy and those close to me noticed. I am back to my happy self a month after I gave up in dances with dragons. If you want to feel bad in the end, get this series.
i am a 48 year old disabled man. i am an aspergers cyber junkie and techno phile. i enjoy cyber punk, net runner epic fantasy and mysteries
remove the psychodrama. this story is all about political back stabing and betrayal set in a fantast environment.
i dont like polatics and psychodrama. it took me 3 tries to get past the first few chapters and i will never finish this book or listen to this series. i see far too much crap like this in the real world. i don't need to fantasize about it.
i have seen many rave reviews for this sceries. good for them. this is just not my style. there is little adventure and lots of intregue and drama about betrayal and corruption. i prefer a heavy dose of adventure mystery and creativity. all of which are lacking in this book. nothing new just a rehashing of the infinite fantasy back story present in most medieval fantasy based stories
With work, family, and my own aspirations at a future writing career, I find very little time for reading. I love audio-books because I can listen to books on my way to and from work.
Excellent writing, character development, and story. The language and graphic situations are shocking, and Martin does not hold back, which took some getting used to. The the thing that strikes me about Martin's writing is the fact that it doesn't matter how much you love a character, whom you may count among the "main" characters, they are not safe from being taken from his (Martin's) twisted world. I won't spoil the story, but I kept thinking, "How can he kill this person off?" The good guys don't always win; the bad guys don't always lose...but occasionally things might work out. Warning: Prepare to commit to the series. I'm in for the duration.
No. If you are not familiar with this book, read a few pages before spending 2 credits on it. If you are expecting something like Lord of the Rings, or Gormenghast, or Perdido Street Station, you will be disappointed.
I understand the human condition and the brutality of war, but the raw, brutal sex scenes were over the top... I did not need to revisit that perspective on every other chapter to get it. Other books in this genre do not go this far and I will be looking for others that concentrate on developing the story line
I liked Roy and thought he did a good job with the number of charachters presented.
Sex is a part of human life and the dark side should probably be represented... but the reader just needs to understand the context... not reminded of the details so often. Tone it down
The story line itself was not bad... it just needs to be more of the focus for the reader
I may be simple minded here, but, the audible of this was too much for me. I can tell the story would probably rock with detail and twists/turns if I hung in there. But, too many characters with little happening, I lost interest. I know others liked it, maybe my listening needs are different, my listening time is limited. I need a story to pick up and GO. This doesn't GO for a long time, and if you wait too long between listens, you forget and it doesn't make much sense. And it was easy to wait between listens since it never captivated me. Honest moment: I didn't complete the listen, I did get a few hours in, I believe. To me though, if it doesn't hold my interest, its not a good listen.
For someone who can concentrate fully and can dedicate long swaths of time, I think it would be very good.
I would recommend this book. The book has a good story line wasa well narrated and takes you to another time and place. I am also watching the same Game of Thrones on HBO and found the book to fill in many parts the series was not able to elaborate on
The caracter developemnet and the story line.
no I listen to the story while I am driving or late in the evening
It's hard to pick just one favorite, but Arya, Nedd Stark, Jon Snow, Tyrion and the direwolves are my favorite
No, but he is GREAT!
An avid listener! My taste runs from Non-Fiction to Sci-Fi and everything in between. Only novel I could not get through . . . 50 SHADES. Terrible! Falling from the reading train due to a busy life made for a boring person and finding Audible in 2008 gave back so much life.
Could not say because I have not read this book in print.
Love the ending...or is it the beginning.
With almost a Clancy-like loquasciousness Martin takes us on an enthralling and immersive journey through his world. For both old a new fans alike there will be hours of devoted listening that will await you with delight.
My personal first exposure of this series was thanks to HBO's stunning adaptation of the works currently airing, and as such I was kind of taken aback by Ray Dotrice's performance initially. However, as soon as I detatched my perception from the HBO ideal, I truly began a wonderous experiance. The narration is akin to a maedter's teachings in the world of Martin and as such I found the story-telling even more compelling with this backdrop.
The characters are flushed out exceptionally well and the political machinations are cunning. Martin is crass where he needs to be and pious and sensible all where appropriate. Nothing is done without purpose. A brilliant piece of craft.
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