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)
Narrator pronounces some words oddly and changes pronunciation of character names which c can be very confusing. Often he pronounced a character name differently in one sentence than in the immediately previous. Mostly is just a slight annoyance bit can be confusing and takes away from the immersiveness of the performance.
Title says it all. Reader is ok but I've heard better. But still definitely worth getting
The story was excellent I love George R. R. Martin's descriptive words. Definitely a master of fantasy.
My pet peeve with this story is the narrator changes how he pronounces the names every other time he says them. It's only a little thing but it got under my skin.
The book yes - the audiobook, no.
It is a great strory; beautifully written. Great characters and plot. All the things that you require in a work this big.
But: the narrator gets on my nerves. The insistence that nearly all characters must have their 'own' voice leads to near incomprehensible parts as the narrator slurps and gurgles though dialogue. Parts of the story went over my head, as I simply couldnt hear anything (note to reader: Im non-native speaker of english).
Tyrrion ... who else ;-)
Not in a million years.
It needs a rereading - Ill even consider buying the whole lot again to get rid of Mr Dotrice
Quit the series after book two - wouldnt waste any more time on listening, and will continue the series the old fashioned way
I'm enjoying the series so far. It is refreshing to have a taste of reality in a fantasy novel. Also the narrator's performance is fantastic. Each character's voice is recognizable.
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