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 book series far outreaches all but the most competent and talented Fantasy Fiction writers of all time.
Beware the 4th and 5th books, the plot line hits slack water and the narrator becomes inconsistent. Overall a great series so far, but I think the 4th and 5th books could have been combined or worked into the rest of the books,
This first book is beautifully written. Not only has the author created an amazing set of characters and a vibrant world for the reader to immerse themselves in, but his language is engrossing as well. By the time you are finished you will find yourself using "too smart by half" to describe a few people in your own life.
Thoroughly enjoyable from beginning to end.
This was an excellent book to listen to. I did have a hard time at first getting used to the narrator, but once I got used to it, I couldn't stop listening to it!
It was way too long to listen to in one sitting.
A marvelously crafted story full of vibrant characters, places, & creatures. Intrigue abounds as twists & turns keep you wondering what's coming next. By far one of the best fantasy novels I've ever listened to!
I tried to read this book because several friends kept recommending the TV series to me, but I had a hard time getting beyond the prologue, for some reason. I decided to listen to it. A much better option for me. Although the narrator sometimes pauses in strange places, I enjoy this the performancr very much. I'm not normally a fan of tales of court intrigue and struggles for power, but this book has enough action in so many settings and enough story lines, along with wonderful detailed descriptions that it is very enjoyable to me.
One hing I love about the book is that I hate some characters so much. (I don't like that I hate characters but what it means about the author's writing ability.) I rarely actually despise characters, so to me, it's the mark of a good author when he or she can make me hate someone so much. All these characters are all very well developed, very thought out, and very individual, and that is a mark of a wonderful writer, as far as I'm concerned.
yes most certainly
poor, everytime the narrator began to speak in what i can only guess is local accents he became at times totally uncomphrehensiable. worst narrator in the over 300 books i have order since joining audible
all of them
Some of the weakest character s I have encountered in some time when the reader or listener are able to predict every action and reaction of the main characters do, I feel the author failed to establish the believability of those characters and that was certainly the case with game of thrones. And the plot in a word silly.
The story takes you back to medieval times when kings ruled according to their desires with no regret for right or wrong. I love the diversity of characters and their own background tales. The narrative performance in the story is excellent.
While Roy Dotrice's voice sometimes sounds like an old man, his different accents and dialects make the story come alive. I haven't read this series yet, but I recommend either version based on what I heard. The plot is constantly twisting and although there are a lot of characters to keep track of, they do come together to make the story clearer for the time being. This is a story line I enjoy.
audio is good but there's so many characters it's hard to remember. However the storyline is entertaining and original!
No but he does a great job tryin to change his voice or different characters
I loved this story. I thought the narration was exceptional and I was absolutely thrilled with the voices of all the characters throughout the story. It really kept me tuned in! Very professionally done.
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