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)
Satisfied Audible listener since 2002. I mostly listen to Sci-fi and anything by Stephen King.
The reader of this book puts so much life into each character, each has a different way accent and cadence. Very impressive, it makes an engrossing story a pleasure to listen to.
I was worried by the previous reviews that warned about the narrator, but found that he did a surprisingly good job in my opinion. He does a different voice for each character (which may or may not align with what the author intended, but this is audio not the written word) and I never had trouble understanding his speech (I did use the level 3 download rather than the usual 2). Enjoyed the book and finished it faster than most I have listened to. Definitely will download the sequel(s).
This book is very intense. Although it starts a little slow, The story line is very gripping and very hard to stop listning. I have already picked up Book II and Book III. This is a must have.
This is one of the best stories I have ever had the pleasure to read and now listen to. It's very fun to come back to this book after reading it two years ago and to have a solid narrartor give voice to characters that even years after I love and hate. The thing about Martin that makes him so appealing is that the good guys/gals don't always and early on don't often prevail. I've never hated fictional characters like I have in this series of books, but it doesn't detract from the pure enjoyment of this compelling story. This might be a tough book to come to as an audio listener because there are dozens and dozens of main characters and hundreds of others that have small roles, it can be hard to keep them straight, as it was difficult to when actually reading the book. Still, once you start, you'll have a hard time leaving. I'm glad to see the other two books are now available as well.
_A Game of Thrones_ is a truly wonderful book. For that alone, it deserves the four stars that I give it. Over all, Roy Dotrice does a fair job plugging through the 33+ hours of the story, but at times his accent can be difficult to follow.
I couldn't understand the narrator. It was dissapointing since I have very good comments on the book. I guess it has to be read, instead of listened.
Couldn't understand him.
Maybe, but I tried listening to this book several times and couldn't get past the first three chapters.
Maybe, but not in this series.
Yes, the reader's vocalizations were good and he transitioned between characters well.
The reader had a broad range.
I had a hard time with this book. Maybe I am just not that interested in the subject or maybe I don't have enough back story to engage. Maybe I'll try this one again in the future.
If I was able to get past the voice or really I should I the performance of the narrator. I just could not stand hearing the way this book was read. I tried very hard to push my was into this book hoping the voice would grow on me but I just could not do it.
What little of the story I was able to hear from about an hour of this book just was not able to grab.
I dont know if Roy Dotrice was really all that bad. This was the first book that he has narrated that I have bought.
I'm not sure. I restarted it several times. I just couldn't get interested enough in it. I was disappointed but I had heard it was very good.
I think sometimes his voices were a little confusing to tell who the characters were.
Couldn't tell you, because I didn't get very far.
Me am Pop-Surrealist Tiki-Artist living and making Art on the active volcanic "Big Island" of Hawaii. Aloha.
Good bok, weak performance.
The dwarf... very clever writing.
Anyone who would not read any male person in the royal family as a flaming homosexual.
Yes. This interesting and exciting book was nearly reduced to a comedy by the silly foppish voices Roy Dotrice used for any male person in any royal house. They all sounded extremely prissy and gay. They were all flaming queens and you could not grasp these were tough men in armor fighting bloody battles and supernatural evil. It was almost a joke and I cringed every time a royal male spoke a line of dialogue.
Please have Roy Dotrice just read the male parts as regular sounding men, and not as foppish homosexuals. This would have made for much better story telling and a much more thrilling tale.
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