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)
Having already seen the series on HBO, this was a great listen! Made the story that much more enjoyable.
How well the reader does his job!
Impossible to do, too long of a book.
Didn't let me down. Worth it! Narration is great. I would like the dwarfs voice a little lower but a small preference compared to all that the book is.
The story speaks for itself at this point. what makes the story come alive is the performance of the reader. imagine having to come up with a voice for every character! And he does! My one little, nitpicky issue is the way he preforms Drogo's voice. I know...it's a dumb complaint, but for whatever reason it was like nails on a chalkboard! Other than that minor thing it is incredible. One of my favorite things that George R.R. does in this book series, is how he writes each chapter from a certain character's point of view. I absolutely love that particular aspect of the books...along with the superb story, of course!
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