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 loved this story. I thought the narration was exceptional and I was absolutely thrilled with the voices of all the characters throughout the story. It really kept me tuned in! Very professionally done.
I love audiobooks because I used to have to decide whether I would read OR do the needlework I love (currently quilting). With audiobooks I can do BOTH at once!
I was not completely thrilled by Roy Dotrice's performance; I simply don't care for his voice, and there was a voice that he used for The Imp and a few other characters that just grated on my ears. Also, the editing wasn't terrific, and there were at least a dozen places where a paragraph was read, a pause, then the paragraph repeated.
I adored how GRR Martin handled the witch/sorceress who promised Dani she would save her husband's life ... the seeming disappointment then the ingenious way Dani used the witch's power -- wonderful!
The story is magnificent. I like big sagas, long books, and series -- the Song of Ice & Fire will keep me happy for weeks!
I just finish the last book in this series and would highly recommend this series! I don't usually purchase fantasy books, but wanted to try something different. I was hooked after the first book and ended listening to all five books.
There are twists and turns in this story that I wasn't expecting. It kept my interest and I was happy with the narrator. There were a lot of different characters in the series and some of them sounded alike, but you would expect this even in the real world.
Each book is very long and I think you will get your moneys worth! Enjoy!!!
Sci-fi and fantasy has taken control of my reading
for sure at the top
Thus far,I have to say my favorite character is Danni. She has had to be so malible and adept at protecting herself and her own. She shows such strength, focus, and purpose.
Drogo giving Danni's brother his crown.
A story of family, betrayal and triumph
The narration leaves a lot to be desired
This is the first of a series of books dealing with the fight (both political and actual) for power and control of several fictional kingdoms. One gets pulled in to the action and the lives of the richly drawn characters. We follow their motivations and their relationships both at court and in the fields of war. These are stories of ambition and betrayal, war and magic. Martin creates a world of fantasy that seems like a real time and place.
John being saved by his friends from deserting
on the technical side, several parts of the audio repeated - got to be irritating.
History, sci fi, fantasy, biography.
The narrator was not consistent in pronunciation of names and at times the narration was halting or uneven in pace. Overall I enjoyed the book and once I got familiar with the narration I liked it.
Simon Vance, Tim Curry, and Nathaniel Parker are my favorite narrators, for comparison.
I didn't LOVE anything but I enjoyed the character development
I enjoyed Denyris. She starts out as a little girl and grows confident as a woman. My sec ond favorite is Arya. She is a little girl, but brave and self-reliant, unlike her sister, Sansa, who is a ninny.
spotty at best
No. Too long
The recording had a lot of problems with the editing. There were several times when three or four sentences were repeated. But really bad - the first 40 minutes of the last volume was the same as the last forty minutes of the prior volume. Since I was listening in the car it took almost ten minutes to get through the repeat - lots of red lights!
Many people like this book. It's not a bad book. It's an interesting world. But I don't find anything compelling about it. I might read a sequel because I'm mildly curious where this is going. But I'm not sure the time is worth it.
He's generally okay. I found his characters all sounded similar to each other, but every know and then he'd have a minor character with a distinctive voice. And old man here, a young boy there. But I found it disappointing how similar all the voices were to each other.
This is not the type of book I normally read; however, it has enthralled my entire family, so I finally gave in! I listen during my morning and evening commute and I almost am saddened when I arrive home at night because I am on the edge of my seat and can't wait until I can hear more! The detail of the land and its inhabitants is incredible and the story is absolutely riveting!
Danaerys Targaryen is my favourite character. I love that she has integrated into Dothraki society so completely and has assumed her power!
His voice is fabulous and the different voices he lends to each character - amazing!!
Too many to count, but I loved the golden crown - it's always nice when a villain gets their comeuppance!
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