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 can't wait to read the next book in the series. There is a little bit of everything in this book, romance, intrigue, drama, fantasy...
Very much enjoyed this book as well as the accompanying TV show. The performance was excellent and overall I would recommend this to a friend. My only qualm is that I like to let my imagination run a bit more and Mr. Martin's style of writing does not allow for much of that it would seem.
I got into Game of Thrones through HBO, like so many. But when I got to the end of season 5 I craved more. I don't have the time to read the books, but I do have a lot of windshield time in my car. So I figured I'd put it to use and listen to the books.
I can honestly say that once I started listening to this performance, I rarely stopped unless I was sleeping or with company. I listened while I drove. I listened while I did chores. I listened while I drifted off to sleep, making use of Audible's excellent sleep timer. It's not just Georege RR Martin's excellent writing that made this such a compelling listen. It's also the stellar performance given by Roy Dotrice as he gives life and personality to the characters on the page.
I got my audible account and subscription purely so I could listen to A Song of Ice and Fire. And it's a decision I don't regret in the slightest.
I loved everything about this. The story is epic and I highly suggest listening if you also watch the HBO series as it really helps get all of the characters and story lines in order. Roy Dotrice is a gem! I loved how he varied the voicing for each character and he was so pleasant to listen to. I highly recommend this audio book and can't wait to continue in the series!
I'm a busy person and don't have time to read and this was great! Kept entertained and my ADD self listening through 95 percent of it! Wish my car would never have to fill up cause I wanted keep listening!
Difficult to follow the characters via audio as they move from scene to scene and I couldn't quite figure out who was related to who or who was routing for who.
The book was good and I enjoyed narrator, but the story has been hyped in so many ways I expected more. A good read but can only give it 3 stars since I have read many other better books. it is slow and detailed at times with the twists and surprises taking awhile to get there.
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