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)
Had high expectations and the were met. Had seen the series on HBO and loved it. The book, as one should expect was full of details that can't be captured in a show/film. The reader is excellent and keeps it very exciting.
Roy Dotrice' narration is epic. He brings the book to LIFE more than HBO could ever hope to do. One of the greatest books written told by an epic story teller. A must for any fan.
The story is quite good (I never saw the series on TV and now I understand why there was so much buzz) and the reader is amazing.
This recording more than met my expectations a great listen. I use audio books at the office to just get threw my days but several times while listing to this I had to remind my self that I had to be working I would get so absorbed into the story. And the voice actors performance.
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