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)
I drive an average of 350 miles a week. Without an audio book playing I would go bonkers.
A terrific story, amazing characters, and such a complex (massive understatement) plot! Being the first book in a long series everything was fresh. The bad guys can't win ALL the time, right? Wrong. Call me 'old fashioned' but I still enjoy rooting for the underdog, and hoping against hope that the adage 'justice will prevail' is still in Mr. Martin's lexicon but as far as I can tell... it ain't.I sat through over 40 hours investing myself in these brilliant characters to watch them get killed off. One by one. By the end of the second book I just wanted to read something a little more light-hearted like.... War and Peace.
The narrator uses the same voice for muliple characters so that if you cannot rely on the accent or tone to know who is speaking. Due to the epic size of the series there are many slow parts that do net add much to the story but length. Still at other parts they fly by as you become entranced. Martin's favorite ploy is to kill off a main character early and qucik. It seems new characters come out of no where with little introduction to where they came from or what their purpose is. I've learned anyhing that may be construed as good for the house of Stark means that character will die or be or need to pay a huge price for what ever triumph they may have had. The more a character is a mouse the higher he will achieve and no intelligent character will see them for what they are. The comparrisons between G. RR Martin an J RR Tolkein are only that their book take place in fantasy worlds. Beyond that I find the comparrisons are a lark. While this may sould lie I'm giving the author a negitive review I should note that I am currently on Book 5 of the series. I must like them to keep listening and buying. I don;t know if I do this because of the enjoyment of just to find out if there is an end to some of the story lines. Truth be told that if there is not at least the completion of a couple of the storylines I would sugest that potential readers just watch the HBO series.
None because there in no end and sometimes I fell like there is no beginning.
I only made it through about 2 hrs of this book, so I can't speak for the entire thing. There were a lot of characters and it was hard to follow. The story didn't grab my attention. I found the narrator irritating.
A completely different beginning...
Probably not as we fell asleep both times of trying to listen to this one.
Not that I could find
We have tried twice to listen to this book and have given up both times. If you do not get me in the first two hours you can bet you are not going to get me. I am sorry I bought this book.
My husband asked me "What the hell is this about?" I said, "Beats me."
a Narrator you could understand
didnt get that far
stopped listening after 3 hours.. Just couldnt take it anymore
I guess i will have to sit down and read
Yes, in a few years. It's a great story.
No, but he is excellent. Will look for others he has done.
No, but looking forward to next book in the series.
Right up there with The Lord Of The Rings as a masterpiece.
Yes! The narrator is capable of making all different voices for the characters.
Aria Stark is my favorite.
ROBIN HOOD, BUT BETTER. BOOK REALLY GIVES GREAT DETAILS OF THE TIME.
SEEMS TO HAVE RIGHT VOICE FOR ALL PARTS.
BE IN THE MIDST OF THE FIGHTING...WITHOUT THE DANGER.
I CAN'T WAIT TO GET THE OTHER BOOKS OF THE SERIES.
Detailed, exciting, epic
The author did not just hang on to his favorit charecters, he keeps you gussing about who will take on the lead role. So many good charecters to love and want more of. His attention to detail about the world and the people living in it are just amazing.
Hard to chose, but when they beheaded Stark it made me hate George for a bit. But at the end of it all it was a big part of the story.
Yes, for sure!
Just get the book already :)
You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take. —Wayne Gretzky
I'm tired of reading people whining that this book could be shorter... Guess what the bible could be shorter too - is a history about a guy who dies to save other people.
I whatched the first season on TV then bouch the audionbook. This book is good BECAUSE it's story is complex and intricate and it takes mastery to do that, I don't care how long it is - It's a masterpiece.
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