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 have listened to this book four times. I think that the speaks for itself. Suspense, drama, love, hope, hate, this series of books will take there and beyond.
Up at the top so far
I would compare it to Eragon as far as adventure/fantasy.
First recording I have heard of Roy Dotrice. Does an excellent job
In for the long haul
Have braced myself for this story as some reviews talk about the violence and how many characters will die. However, got through first one and want to hear more. A rich tapestry of characters, lands and plots has begun to unfold.
I love the Game of Thrones series; it's an epic fantasy worth getting caught up in. The writing style leaves a little to behold, but that is easy to overlook once you get lost in the happenings of Westeros.
Just listened through this book for the the third time. Felt like now I could post a proper review of the book.
Compare? Sorry, but I am new to Fantasy. The Eyes Of The Dragon by Stephen King carries the same type of political atmosphere. However my current my number one Fantasy tale is the Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss.
Not much really. I guess he does a good Hodor?
Yes. It's slow paced but provides a lot of details so the build up is great.
This book is obviously amazing. I listened to this after watching the shows and the two are actually very similar (for the first book....they're doing some weird stuff on the show now). because I watched the show first I have an image of what the characters look like and the only reason I gave the performance a 4 star review is because some of the voices he takes on for different characters are odd to me. like...tywinn sounded old fat and Irish lol but that's being really picky. it's very easy to listen too and keeps you engaged throughout.
I alternated between print and audio depending on my surroundings. The audio is fantastic!
Funny enough; the feasts. There is SO MUCH FOOD! The battles and journeys are emotional and insightful.
It's a tie between Robert Baratheon and Varys. Both were beautifully portrayed.
Honor cannot live when stealth and deceit rule.
I'm excited for the next one.
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