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 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!
I enjoyed this captivating and thoroughly entertaining book. The performance (not a narration, Dotrice is a voice actor) is world-class, and the characters become alive and will stay with you a long time. My favorite character is Tyrion Lannister, the dwarf whose quick wit, intelligence, and wisdom belie his tiny stature. There is much sadness and death, but hope keeps this tale epic and not overwhelmingly tragic. I am excited to listen to the rest of the series!
People interested in a long drawn out story with very little action.
Not necessarily. I'm not interested in this particular author or his other works.
Can't hear you....I'm reading!!
Slow start....the book got a little confusing at the beginning. There were many characters to know and I just couldn't keep up with all the names. Especially one person has their name, nickname and their sire name. UGH!!! I almost gave up listening, but being a person who can "NOT" finish a book once I started, kept on listening.
I am soooo glad I did! Once you get to know the characters, you get hooked. If you love this book, you should listen to it. Roy Dotrice is an awesome narrator. He really brings each character to life (and there are a lot of characters).
**I recommend watching the series first to get to know the people.
If you have seen the TV show, it covers almost every scene in the book. Still, the book is a different experience and VERY enjoyable. I would recommend getting the Audiobook because I find this series hard to read in print.
LOVE this book!
He sounds just like the grand maester on the show! lol.
One thing that annoyed me was the repeated sentences due to bad editing. Come on folks, if you're going to charge us $$$ for these books, at least do a proper editing job!
The book: Surprisingly well-written. I was expecting a typical fantasy novel--imaginative but struggling to be real literature--however, Game of Thrones is complex and intelligent.
The performance: On the whole he does a decent job and seems to stick to the spirit of the words. But he sounds like an old man, and most of the characters, even the young ones, also sound like old men. One or two of his accents are a little bizarre. One woman from the southern tribes sounds Irish. And the Imp's accent is way overacted--it sounds like a really bad and fake Welsh(?) accent, and is so annoying I cringe every time he speaks. That was a big disappointment, because he's probably my favorite character.
I think these performers need to do a little less "performing" and more good reading.
Book 1 is incredible epic fantasy at its best - I doubt i can give it any more praise then most of the other reviewers - I can however say that not having HBO and keeping myself away from the show until i read the books has been a challenge - but as always the book is way more 'inside" the heads of the characters -So i starting watching the shwe show after i finished this book and its a much better watch when you know whats going on behind the eyes of the character being portrayed. Not too mention the importance of the Dyer wolves and other animals only touched upon in the show.
Thickly intreging Interwoven story that moves very fast. Epic tragic and unpredictable.
The ending blew my head off - So visual!
I listen during my commute and several times i found my self sitting in the driveway after making it home to continue to listen.
I get completely within lost in this story - Roy Dotrice and inflections really make for a great experience!
I almost gave up on this book within the first hour but grew to enjoy it. I so looked forward to the end that I kept listening. I was highly disappointed the book just stopped at the end and nothing at all was resolved. I can't see listening for another 40 hrs and still nothing. So I'm stopping here. I purchased this book because of the very high ratings it's getting. That's it for me. I'm on to a different story that has an ending and away from the soap operish style this is written in.
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