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)
This is a fantastic story and I can not wait to buy the next installment.
I loved the character inflections the narrator introduced. It helped distinguish the characters and added flavor to the story. I cannot say that it was better than the print version but in terms of the narrator and how this audio book fit perfectly into my schedule I would say this worked out far better for me. I had tried to read the book but simply did not have the time.
No. I already listened to it.
Terrian Lanister. He is a very complex character. It's hard to figure out if he's a good guy or bad guy.
The narrator did a fantastic job of creating different voices and accents for each character, and there are a lot of characters. He makes it very interesting to listen to.
This is one the best fictional books I have listen to yet. Can not wait to listen to the rest of them!
After many of the chapter breaks, it repeats the last several seconds of the previous chapters. The 4th section is by far the worst. It repeats several entire chapters from section 3.
I am a proud Mexican woman that loves words and reading/listening to books. I also believe that only through knowledge can we achieve progress.
Book I is my favorite book of all of them. The narration in this book is fairly consistent however it does waver a little between pronunciations of some names.
After Larry McMurtry stories.
John Having to deal with secound rate ststus in a family but coping well
yes but way to long
No. But the voice in my head is hard to beat ;) I would highly recommend the audio though.
This is the best series I've found since the "Dark Tower Series".
I love his rich accents.
The whole book is full of twists, turns and surprises.
Fantastic fantasy novel
It's action-packed, but not busy. There's enough happening to constantly keep my interest, but not enough to leave me confused.
Great story teller
Winter is coming.
Unfortunately, I must give a low rating for the performance, as it's obvious that the book was ripped from a CD without much care to properly convert it to the format Audible uses. For example, every 60-80 minutes, there's a pause and then the narrator repeats the last sentence (a telltale sign that it was a CD change). I hope Audible will fix this, as it's below the quality standard I've come to expect from the audio books here, and far below the standard seen in Audible Frontiers productions.
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