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)
the depth of the characters and how unpredictable it is
hard-to understand; makes me feel uncomfortable; annoying role-playing attempts that fail to accomplish anything
no.. it's way too long for that! took me forever to get through this book
Audible apps don't do a good job of helping you pick up where you left off across multiple devices, so try to use this on only one device if you don't want to end up lost and having to search through 40some hours for where you were!
a story that does not crush the soul then spit on it.
tolled me head of time that very character will like will be killed and you will end up read in the hope of seeing those you dislike die.
i have read most of the books and at this rite there will be no one left to cut, so the question does not work.
save your self some greave and go find another series to read
Say something about yourself!
How would I know? It bored be beyond belief, and I love fantasy.
No. I hated the narrator too.
Jim Dale. But even Jim could not save this turd.
Yes. It makes a good sleep aid.
Possibly a different narrator
Someone younger as none of the characters in this story are over about 40.
This book is way too detailed to be listened to. There are too many characters, too many shifts in point of view. Trying to keep track of all this while listening and doing something else at the time is impossible. I got most of the way through the first download and decided I just wasn't enjoying it. The book is probably better read since obviously it has been a best-seller. I might consider this in the future but...there are just too many other good books to read.
Ancient History, philology, non-fiction.
Classically, I would describe this a "King Arthur" Knight's of the Roundtable tome. But I love the way Martin built this Universe from scratch, free of constraints, he weaves and incredibly rich story with unique and pleasant "differentness" -It's not quite fantasy, not quite science fiction, it's just brilliant writing in a fresh, unique presentation that features the best of all genres.
I wondered if Roy Dotrice didn't see photos of the Characters that ended up playing the parts, it seems to me he must have, because he sure did nail each character. What an amazing job he did narrating this book, this was easily -the- most enjoyable Audiobook I have listened to. I could listen to him reading a phonebook.
Wanted too, but found myself going back and re-listening to each chapter.
This was an amazing book, doesn't matter to me if people watch the series 1st but if you are going to listen to the audio book, you might as well get he Kindle read along version while you are at it! Enjoy the Series!
The performance was riveting. The story spellbinding!
Could not choose a favorite character if I tried. They were all intriguing.
He is by far, the best I have listened to.
I would recommend this book without reservation!
I would consider the audio edition better than the print version. The Voice acting is amazing and Roy Dotrice has more voices and accents in his repertoire than I have voices in my head (that sentence didn't come out exactly as I'd planned, but you get the idea). This became a much more engaging novel when heard by such an astonishing actor.When a character is called on to laugh Mr Dotrice laugh's in the character's voice. He laugh's, sounds astonished, plaintiff, frightened or angry all in character. His voices are all unique and believable. This is not a simple narrative. This is a masterful performance.I have no experience with the televised version of this novel and now I don't even want to see it. This novel and this performance take me away to a different land and time. I would just be disappointed if I watched the film version.I would absolutely recommend this audio book to anybody who is a fan of this genre.
I LOVE Game of Thrones on HBO....The book was FANTASTIC!! I can't wait to sink my teeth into the next one.....I am even more addicted to the show now that I read the first book. The narration is WONDERFUL....a very talented narrator.
maybe if I had chosen another book
Maybe another Ken Follet
He just did not draw me into this book and I found it a painful listen.
Yes, in the future I will not be swayed by the rating and popularity of a book. I realize we all have our favorites and that's what makes reading so personal!
Most likely not, I'm just not a fan of fantasy.
he was a bit monotone for my taste.
didn't get that far into it.
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