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)
You always hear the book is better than the movie/show. It's true. Although reading the book has made me appreciate the series even more; their choice of who plays the characters; and the actors abilities to portray the characters so well.
There were some characters I liked before I read the book, and I know them better now and no longer like them.
It's a long book, but doesn't seem long at all once you get started.
I didn't think I'd like the narrator, however he grew on me and I quite enjoyed him once my ears adjusted to his voice and style.
I'm starting book 2. If you aren't sure about this book, just spend the credit, you won't be disappointed.
Several names are mispronounced which I find unacceptable, did anyone listen to this before it was put out for sale? bran becomes Brian, Arya becomes Anya and Joffrey becomes Jeffrey.... The performer also often mixes up his voices for the characters, and makes some people Scotish for some reason
Initially it was difficult to stick with and appears daunting giving the more than 30 hours that must be dedicated to book. Fantastically, not long after you'll soon find yourself listening everyday, everywhere and wanting the book to go on just as the plot thickens! What an exceptional read done well by the narrator.
A very complex, frustrating, sad and possibly very realistic account of a fantasy world that might have been close to our own. A complete epic that will make you mad as well as draw you into a whole other world and keep you wanting more. It sucks to be a Stark.
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