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)
I love Game of Thrones on HBO and have been tempted for years to pick up the books. But I get terribly distracted reading books of any length, and novels these long would have taken me years. I wasn't sure if I could get into the novel using audio books. Now I'm hooked! I find it very easy to listen to while I drive or workout, hell even cutting the grass. I began by imagining the characters as I saw them on TV, but now they've come to life differently based on how the narrator uses different voices and how Martin describes them. I'm very happy to have taken a listen and now I can be on of those book snobs that says, "Well they did such and such in the books and changed it on TV." If you love the series, or are interested to see what the fuss is about you must listen/read these books.
As soon as Bran is thrown from the window if feels just like what I expected from the TV. But the way Martin describes Bran freely running and his adventures previously on rooftops gives his fall more weight, and I felt even worse for the boy knowing how much climbing was part of his life.
No I haven't. His voices took a little to get used to, but once I was sucked into the story I liked the way he narrated the books.
You win or you die
Roy Dotrice performed the reading fabulously, providing unique and colorful voices to the key cast of characters that made listening a very pleasant experience.
I decided it was time to delve into the source material after finishing the latest GoT season. I was not disappointed with my choice to experience more of the world of westeros expanded with content that simply did not fit the constraints of the HBO series, excellent though it may be. The audible performance of this book is certainly one I'd recommend, I'm looking forward to delving into the rest of the series too :)
I've watched the series on HBO and this audio of the book helped clarify the many stories. The narrator was excellent and adapted his voice to distinguish the numerous characters. Well done.
I like the story. I have not seen the shows or movies but wanted to hear what they hype was about. It starts slow as it explains the families and their burdens. I enjoyed the narrator but would have like to had a female play the parts. Too many characters for one person to play.
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