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)
Mispronunciations, wrong words, inconsistencies with pronunciations, and in general, just bad. He overacts a number of characters to the point where thery're almost impossible to understand.
I'm not usually inclined to write reviews, but this one was just great all around. The book is great all the way through, I'll definitely move on to the next one in the series. But even more impressive was the performance by the narrator. There are lots of characters in this book, and the narrator added life and distinction to them all. Really impressive.
I tried twice, got pretty far, but only after I watched a couple episodes did I get the characters down & fell face 1st into this epic tale! Narrator is a genius amongst narrators. Thouroughly enjoyed his talent for variety & nuance; especially with the volume of voices to interpret. The author has incredible insight into human nature & the innumerable paths one can pursue for power and the consequences along the way. Duty to family, country, and love are powerfully portrayed. I'm always stunned how a fiction can harmonize and remind me if not enrich my own values. The battle of good vs. evil of honor, glory and for power are pleasantly depicted in a seamless imagination that seduces the demand for realism to relent.
This book was fantastic! I especially loved how the narrator changed his voice for different characters. I finally figured out that you could speed up the pace of the narrator's reading and I would suggest 1.25 unless you have a billion hours to listen. I highly suggest this book! On to the second!!
I've watched the series on HBO, and I decided to order it on Audible because I'm always on the go with work, school and family life. I started to listen while I was walking at the park, and I honestly walked six miles without noticing. Roy Dotrice's narration was amazing, his is voice captivating.
Although I love the HBO series, I love the story more!! I got to get inside of the heads of the main characters and learn some history of Westoros, the First Men etc. Very happy with My purchase
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