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)
Great story with many surprising twists! The narrator was entertaining but was unable to portray the younger characters very well. He did an excellent job with the many older characters though.
I listen to quite a few audiobooks given my daily commute is around two hours. This audiobook definitely lives up to the expectations I had before I started listening. The audio quality is excellent, the characters are diverse, and the plot is enticing. I wish I had picked this audiobook up years ago.
it's amazing how detailed the writer is, just binge watched the show and this just got me more excited for each new episode. the dialog is awesome and if reading this before watching the show this is the first season of the show almost exactly.
Love this series, but the narrator can't seem to pronounce anything consistently: Winterfell/Winterfall, Jeffery/Geoffrey, Petar/Peter to name a few. Pick a pronunciation and stick with it.
I think it's a great story and I love the man who reads it. He does all these different voices for different characters really well. It's quite nice and I find myself listening with a child like wonder!!!
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