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)
There are no words that I can say to do justice to what I have just heard! Roy Dotrice is a masterful narrator and kept me longing for more of the story. I found myself rewinding parts just to hear them again. This is now one of my all time favorite stories and I know that I will listen to this series over and over again. This is a MUST for any true readers collectioin. The written work is beautiful and woven in a way that it doesn't matter what you typically like or listen to you will be enthralled with the story, it has something for everyone and TRUST ME IT WILL NOT LET YOU DOWN!!!
It would be better if it wasn't full of unexpected evil and horror!
As soon as I start to get a feel for a character and get involved in their story line, they are killed. What's the point?
Roy Dotrice does an excellent job of reading a very convoluted story line.
I'm disappointed that it's so difficult to get involved in the story line with all the deaths and dying coupled with all the evil and treachery.
I can't finish listening to this...it's horrible.
I had a hard time with this book on many levels. The narrator sounded like he was salivating over every word. It was so distracting to me. The book itself was hard for me to follow because there were just too many characters and not enough character development for me to be able to follow who was who. Lastly, it got to be a bit "saucy" for my tastes.
No, I don't believe so. I ordered this mostly because of the hype. I truly can't understand what all of the excitement was about.
No, mostly because of the above comments.
I started the series with the TV show, and was skeptical whether it was worth investing the huge amount of time this series requires. I only speak to season 1 vs book 1 - but it's as accurate a reproduction of the book as any tv or movie series I've ever seen. It's almost uncanny.
I do believe that the TV series provided an excellent framework for the characters, watching their development, knowing what's going to happen - that was fascinating to observe subtleties in conflicts that are cleverly inserted.
Overall, this listen isn't required to start reading book 2 - but the depth and backstory and precision behind motives that is communicated is very fulfilling.
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