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)
Very well performed, and I love the storyline for this book--the author has written so much emotion and physical joy and pain into each character. However, the book would have been just as enthralling without the sexual descriptions. I suppose those were added to appeal to society's baser nature. Overall, however, it is a wonderful story of the strength of family, the sadness of war and treachery, and the oftentimes blindness, of love.
The narrator does a good job of changing his voice for different character.
The story seems to drag on at parts, but it is providing details that will be important in later books.
I love me some Roy Dotrice! The performance is fantastic and the story is really a fantastic, sprawling adventure drama. I love this series. The read / performance is so fantastic that it will ruin audio books for you, because there are few that even come close to the badassness of Roy Dotrice.
I love audio books. As I spend hours a day driving they keeps me going. Thank you great performers and delightful writers.
There are Knights. Queens and kings good and evil. The word pictures are amazing. You feel the brutal cold. See the battles. Addicting.
Sometimes it takes a bit to build the characters and especially as many as there are in this book. After listening to the entire series I now KNOW the characters and it made the second time easier to follow.
Great story and great listen. I agree with other reviews the narrator is definitely annoying. However, it could not have been executed any better! It is this style of narration that is annoying. I would prefer to simply hear the story read with or without an accent but in one solid voice. I'm sure others prefer this more annoying style where the narrator changes his voice and exaggerates every character.
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