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)
Definitely. It's a well written story with well developed characters and a talented narrator.
Not really my standard genre.
Having already seen the HBO series, it didn't have that affect, but it probably would have had I not.
This book (and the series) are among the best I've heard.
No spoilers here.
His distinct characters make the story a bit easier to follow - not a simple task with the dozens and dozens of players in the book. I never thought I would hear anything to compare to Jim Dale but Dotrice is very, very close - the only thing I noticed was that his women characters all fall into either the high-born voice he uses or the nasty crone voice. All-in-all, this book has the winning combo of excellent storytelling matched with the exact right narrator!
This is not one to listen to aloud with children present - quite graphic.
It takes a while to get into the story, but once I did the story picks up pace.
Awesome performance by the speaker. He does an amazing job breathing life into each of the characters. Loved his sound effects!
Yes, I will watch the series - but I probably will not go on to the next book simply because of the drawn out nature of the story. None of the "mini" stories ever seem to conclude....
I have loved both science fiction & especially fantasy since a young child & now what a joy revisiting in audio the old & new works here
This book, And the entire series predictably will become known as a classic masterpiece of our time. I totally was enthralled by this entire series couldn't put it down.
I can't compare it to another series of books it's too unique, it is it's own and I couldn't begin to compare it to something else.
This narrator does an excellent job and gives the entire series the feel of actually being there in the world created by this wonderful author
The extreme reaction I had to this book was that I just couldn't stop reading it and couldn't wait for the next book until I was finally finished with the books that were in the series and that left me feeling sad that it was over.
Don't cheat yourself by passing up the opportunity to enjoy this great work, your life will be richer for having experienced it.
Wonderful writing, great story telling, and very addicting to read more about this series.
I liked the dwarf character because he was very funny. He seemed more real than the rest of the characters.
At first, I liked the narration, but after a while he was becoming tedious and distracting. I wished they used a different narrator like Jim Dale that read the Harry Potter series. Since I could not stand the narrator, I stopped listening to it and I read the book myself.
I was moved when one of the direwolves died.
I have recommended this book to my walking partner. We try to stay on the same part of the book. Sometimes we don't listen to the book while we walk, we discuss characters, story line, and how Roy Dotrice becomes so many believable voices.
I have enjoyed all of the characters. My walking partner and I have different favorites.
Roy Dotrice can make me believe that I am listening to a young girl's dialog or an old phlegmy man's. During a conversation between two people (even with one of them eating) it is clear whom is who. I would love to talk to Mr. Dotrice and learn how he keeps all of the characters' voices separate. Also, there is very good production. The transitions between the characters are seamless.
I was moved by the scene when the "imp" was explaining to the "bastard" why they needed to use their heads when they were on their way to the "wall".
Thank you Roy Dotrice!
Yes, the narrator uses such a wide variety of voices, it is very exciting and easy to distinguish the characters. I do with there was a way to see a map at times for the battle plans.
All of the different points of view as it transitioned to all the different kingdoms.
Well, it is about 33 hours long, but I was shocked at how it flew by!
I read it after seeing the series, and I have to say the book was better!
I joined the Game of Thrones bandwagon late after Season 1 was already available on iTunes and Season 2 was in progress, but was instantly hooked. After watching seasons 1 & 2 I wanted to read or listen to the original novels. Due to my work schedule at the time, I decided to try out the audible book version.
Although I am a Roy Dotrice fan going back to his performance in Amadeus, I couldn't connect with his reading of this book. His voice sounded far too "plummy" to me and made it hard for me to keep in the story. I found my self wishing he read it in his Leopard Mozart voice. It's a matter of taste I suppose, but after this experience I went and bought the print books to complete the series.
Over the last few years there have many fantarsy books oriented towards kids that have sold tremendously. The royalty does not live in Hogwarts and the swords, battle axes and arrows are not delivered by boys and girls. Instead you have real adults who battle it out across a geographically diverse land. It is a long book because the plot entails three main themes that are all interesting. The reader is wonderful. He does a tremendous job of voicing many characters, both male and female in a energetic and fun way. Good enough for me to download the next title...now I just need that really long car ride.
Great story. Lots of interesting characters.
There were too many to pick just one!
Hang onto your head!
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