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)
When I purchased Audible Book, Amazon said it would work with WhisperSync. Since my purchase, they've changed the listing to say it doesn't work - AFTER my purchase and multiple UNHELPFUL contacts with Audible Customer Service (a joke).
The characters, of course, are even better in the book. I got hooked on the show and turned to the books when the season was over. A lot more happens in the book than in the series, but the theme is just as dark and unforgiving.
I'm not crazy about Roy Dotrice's narration, but am getting used to it. I will definitely be moving through this series.
Although I have not read the print version my hunch is this is much better: like listening to well-acted theater.
My favorite character was Denarius because she grew from a timid and fearful girl into a stong woman afraid of no one and willing to follow her destiny.
Roy Dotrice had very definite shifts in voice from character to character that kept the listener's attention.
A novel of fine character development with black kings and queens battling white kings and queens in an age long gone with dragons and black magic.
Do not start this unless you are willing to fall head first into this fandom! I can't wait to start the next book!
I would listen to another. The story and narration were both excellent. I'm just unsure when I'll be ready to commit another 34 hours of listening time to one story.
I love this story and if you have watched the TV series then you will see that they dovetail amazingly well. I did read the books before watching the series and I am very happy with both which I find is rare in most book to TV/movie conversions
I would compare the Song of Ice and Fire to the Sword of Truth or Wheel of time series but without the same heroic quality of characters and a MUCH more gritty world that sadly enough makes the books very palpable and realistic feeling
Poor Roy, the narrator, he has talent but after listening to him for 5 books and thousands of characters they all start to sound the same and get confusing. The narration should have been performed by at least two readers like the wheel of time did which was very pleasing to listen too
The end... wow, I have never been so surprised and emotionally effected by a book, lol.
If you need a hero then... "Move along, these are not the books you are looking for"
I love the audio version because I can listen to them while I'm working.
There is no comparison!!! But I will take suggestions!
I really don't think I have. I'm sure I would remember wonderful voice!
It's a pretty emotional story and I watch the show so I already had an idea of what was coming up.
Great book. Love the story and the structure. The narrator, in my opinion, was a little slow. I found myself having to turn up the speed of the playback in order to get through the already lengthy book in a timely manner. Also some of the voices he gives to some of the characters I thought were annoying and unnecessary. With that being said I did enjoy the book and the overall narration. A must listen.
Characters and plot line. Everything was believable.
Arya, she's smart and courageous. I can't wait to listen to the next book to find out what happens to her.
No I haven't but I thought he did a very good job.
Yes and no. It is a very long book, it was definitely heavy at times but it was also exciting and interesting.
I am a pharmaceutical rep. who does a lot of driving which leads to a lot of book listening!
The tv series is amazing, but the actual audio book it just WOW! I am a pharmaceutical Rep. so I drive around a lot so I have plenty of time to listen to this book. Sometimes I do not want to get out of my car because this book is so good.
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