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 am not a big fan of sci-fi or fantasy or other genres of the like. However, I had tried to read this book once and found the story interesting, but I didn't have the patience for the pages. I thoroughly enjoyed listening! The reader does an excellent job, and the story is full of strange twists and amazing characters. I am looking forward to listening to the second book.
I haven't seen the show. I haven't read the book. this is by far the best narrator I've come across and at 34 hours long, I was hesitant, but I would listen to this in bed before I went to sleep and it was like my own personal movie. there wasn't even any confusion about who said what and who was speaking which can happen in audio books because you can't look back over the sentence. as far as the story, it got really good for me half way in but I expected that. I can't buy these books at $30 each but I will at least use a credit on one more and stalk this narrator
I can't tell if it is the narration or the story, but I didn't engage in this book until the very end. It's a 17 hour hook for the next book. Watching the series now.
Always in touch with my inner child. Crazy about alternate realities and science fiction. Oh , I am also pretty stoked by books where people get pregnant. Very loyal to good authors but always looking for another to add to my list
Wide sweeping story with a richness and depth not often seen. Readers beware, no character is sacred. No character is spared.
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