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)
Chapter 46 Eddard Stark also has the following chapter, Daenerys in it. I so wish the chapter names included the number and the name, a la "Chapter 46, Eddard". I refer to a cheat sheet to recall which character the chapter is about if my mind wanders.
Enjoyable, gripping story. Can't wait to start the next one. I listened almost everyday, more then twice most days. The auther is skilled at character development and presents a compelling story. You can't go wrong.
This book is great, it gives you more of what the characters are feeling and gives you a better understanding of their relationships to each other.
This is the first book of the fantasy genre I have ever read/listened to. I chose it because of the many rave reviews. I was not disappointed. The author is an astonishingly gifted storyteller, and the narrator...I don't know how much they paid him, but they got their money's worth from him. He gave distinct voices to every character, and there were dozens of them. What a writer George R.R. Martin is. It's hard to believe all of this came solely from his imagination. Highly recommend.
The Good: in depth characters, great language, interesting concept, great mystery.
The bad: too many characters. Characters with similar names. Drawn out.
The Ugly: bad narration. Bad narration. Narrator can't read a sentence past the end of the written line. The voices range from good to horribly annoying. Pronunciation is all over the place.
I was disappointed in this, although, it was still quite enjoyable.
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