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)
Not the first time I've "read" it, certainly not the last. WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?!? READ IT, YOU TURKEYS!!!
Roy Dotrice is a phenomenal voice actor! There are so many characters is this book and he had different voices for each of them! The story keeps you enthralled from start to finish, and the way it is written every little detail immerses you into the world that the author has created! If you are a fan of this genre, you will definitely enjoy this book. For first timers, it will be a hard listen because the book uses a lot of Old English language that may throw you off course.
Sad but beautiful. The TV series has made me love the books, and wonder what's wrong with George Martin. I hate the animal violence and rape. But the dragons being birthed make so much sense of Dany's horrible ending to family life. My favorite TV characters are still the same in the book: Dany, John, and Brendon.
If I'd only read this book, I would have quit long before I got hooked. But Roy Dotrice brought so much life, intrigue and excitement to the stories and made each character so unique and so real that I kept on listening until the story itself became interesting enough to stay with it. If I decide to go on it will largely be because of the qualities of his work.
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