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)
It is an excellent story with depth to make you think it is a real world with real people.
The character development
Roy's voice is perfect for the story. I have always enjoyed his narrations.
The reader does not have many vocal ranges as some the characters sound alike a during the reading.
Great sort of like Stephen Kings Dark Tower series.
He is not a great reader but does a good enough job to keep you interested.
Live on edge of National Forest with lake, birds & wild animals. No more perfect place to indulge life-long love of reading.
I read through the other reviews of this book and series a couple of times. The majority of them fall somewhere between very appreciate and rave reviews. In fact, somewhere in the middle of this book, when I considered just giving up, I went back and reread the reviews trying to get a grasp on what all the fuss was about. That was a helpful thing to do, I finished the book and I'm happy that I did.
* The narrator (once you get used to his growls and other inflections) is truly excellent and very engaging.
* The plot moves along with good pace and is never entirely predictable. There are several mini-cliffhangers throughout which are entertaining.
* Way too much gore for this listener's taste -- both to animals and humans. I did appreciate the fact that these scenes were neither prolonged nor sensationalized.
* Some of the political plotting (liberally mixed in with counter-plots) got a little tedious.
* The story gets off to a rather slow start, which is exacerbated by a long list of characters that need to be introduced (and then remembered by the listener).
Maybe if I were watching the HBO series I would feel more empathy and anticipation. But I'm not watching; and I'm just not empathizing. Bottomline: my weariness at some of the plain meanness overcame my curiosity at what would happen next. I won't read any further in this series.
Not really. I gave it a try because it is so popular right now
There seems to be no objective. Just wandering through time. I prefer goal oriented plots.
He was fine
Just love listing to audiobooks. Some of my favorite authors are Vince Flynn and Brad Thor
Yes, very easy to listen to.
They all were
This is the first one
Great fantasies story
Better than the show
Eddard Stark because he is so loyal to the true king.
No I have not but I really like his performance in the reading of this
No extreme reactions from this book
Hyperbole aside, this may very well be the most enjoyable audiobook to which I've ever listened.
Tyrion Lannister. Of all the players he may be the most disadvantaged but he's also the smartest, wittiest and most enjoyable company. Everyone underestimates him simply because he's a dwarf but he's simply biding his time. I expect great things from him in the following books.
Mr. Dotrice truly PERFORMS the story. He doesn't simply read, he plays each character so well and so uniquely that it's almost like a radio drama. This was -- by far and away -- the best job of audiobook narration I've ever heard, bar none. Magnificent!
The novel is so sharply written, with amazing characters, action and political intrigue, that I couldn't wait to get back to it. Normally I only listen to audiobooks during my commute and while I'm running but this one had me so firmly in its grasp that I didn't want to remove my earbuds long enough even to shower or sleep. It's that good.
I normally have no patience whatsoever with fantasy novels. All the twee Tolkien-facsimilie 'elves 'n' fairies' balderdash makes me nauseous. This, though... this was COMPLETELY different. It couldn't be further from the sort of Terry Brooks-ish rip-off stupidity that seems to dominate the genre. Martin's world is hard and cynical and very, very adult. There's no ostentatious magic to get characters out of jams, no white knights rescuing virginal maidens from bridge trolls. None of that nonsense. Just white-knuckle storytelling and characters you won't want to leave once it's over. Luckily, you won't have to as there are four more volumes already written and more on the way. I can't wait to get started on Book 2!
I think audio books are far superior to printed books if they have a good reader. Roy Dotrice has made the characters come alive.
The mother of dragons. I'm on book 3 and everything is still up in the air, but I think she will come out on top. I'm rooting for her.
He kind of made everyone sound old and fat and a couple sounded like Long John Silver. I think I've been spoiled by the beautiful people in the TV series. But he does a very good job.
Lions and Dire Wolves and Crackens, oh my.
I'm addicted to these books.
There is nothing I dont like about this book, or the series. It took a little while to be able to keep track of all the different characters at first, but Martin makes most of them so unique and unforgettable that you end up thinking about them as if they are real people who are a part of your life.
I love Danny...I can tell she is going to go far...
I started reading this book after watching the TV series, OMG not sure how I hadn't heard of these books before but they are intense and an awesome read! Unlike LOTR this one was a little easier to follow so if you like sorted plot lines and lots and lots of detailed twisty plot lines give this a try, listen to at least the first hour before you give up, the jumping around can be confusing at first and made it an almost frustrating read even though I had seen the TV show first and knew the general plot line, but it all ties together as you get into the book I promise.. before you know it you wont even notice it's jumping around at all and then it will be over and you'll be dying for more!
Side note: It seems that some of the voices are similar to that in the show which made it easier for me coming from the show to the books, also the show left very little out in the first book, they did an amazing job staying true to the story, the book gives you the same story at different view points though as you can see what the characters are thinking and more of the motivations behind things that the show just can't show you.
Be warned though, it's REALLY hard to not listen to this one straight through and given that it's an incredibly long book make sure you have some time available as you may find yourself up all night and cancelling engagements so you can keep listening!
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