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)
The depth of the point of view from each of the characters is amazing and rich in content and emotion. As you listen (or read), it is easy to become immersed with the characters, as if you're walking with them in sync.
Jon and Ned are my favorite characters in this book.
All of them were delivered well. I would love to see G.R.R.M. revisit the audible books and have the actors/actresses voice their spoken parts after the series is over. I would definitely buy this set again if he does.
Having watch the series on HBO first, certain parts in the books deliver a much more rich experience and connection to the characters as they face their perils and defeats, wins and successes.
I listen to books while running and walking my dog so on average about an hour day and like books that have a good pace to them.
This book was proof that all the buzz surrounding the Game of Thrones is well worth it. I couldn't stop listening to this book with it's great narration and compelling story. the various twists and turns within the characters' lives are artfully woven together and crafted into a great introduction. The echos of European and global history add a dimension of realism to this fantasy tale that make it work as both a fantasy book and a political thriller. I was concerned that i would struggle keeping track of the various characters given the scope of the story but Roy Dotrice's depiction of each is such that this concern was quickly forgotten as i became immersed in the seven kingdoms and the realms beyond.
This is one of the best audiobooks I have ever listened to. The narrator was not the best but he wasnt the worst either. I could tolerate him. The story is what was so great. I loved all the different people and their lives. Cant wait to listen to the next book in the series.
The narrator for sure!
When Bran got thrown off of the tower.
When that jerk got the hot gold poured on his head
It was all brilliant!
I really recommend this book if you love fantasy! What a way to introduce and make someone a fan for life.
Everything about this book was an awesome experience for me - the story, the characters, and the narration. The narration is so strong that I feel as if I am transported to another world as I am listening to his words. I absolutely recommend this book; it's fantastic.
Having never watch the television show, I thought I could listen to this book and learn what everyone is talking about. I guess you have to be familiar with the show to understand the book.
It seems to me that the charactors in the book are not explained enough to those of us who haven't watched the show.
Yes, it has it all intrigue, action, war, a great story line.
When Ned gave up honor for family.
This story is truly amazing and involved. Even the chapters that I wasn't too crazy about, which happen within every book, still had me interested and entertained.
I am a fantasy fan through and through, magic, dragons, swords, sign me up.
Yes, the tone of his voice requires that you pay attention and enjoy every word.
Either one of the various imp chapters or Jon, as everyone I am sure.
My only complaint is one mirrored by others, the narrator creates several inconsistencies in pronunciation, and keeping with charter dialects. Also, I noticed at certain times it sounded like he was speaking into a tin can, there was an echo. Granted I listen for the majority by headphones so maybe my clarity in noticing the tin can effect is more noticeable than others, but that does not excuse simple character dialect consistency issues. Every time he speaks as either Theon Greyjoy or Gendry he uses a different accent. Now that I have listened to part of sea of swords I can tell future listeners that it only gets worse. If Stephen Fry can hit a home run with the harry potter series Roy Dotrice has no excuse.
This is a great storyline, you just want to keep listening.
Some characters are very very hard to understand, so hard that you have to go back and listen to them a few times to get all that is being said. That is something I don't like to do. I want to understand what is being said the first time.
Say something about yourself!
I absolutely love everything about this story. I wasn't sure at first because I heard that the story was complex and there were 1,000,000 characters (of which I thought I would loose interest after the first chapter). But, not true at all. The story IS complex but is engaging. I don't think I have ever loved a story so much that entails so many spiteful and easily hate-able characters. But their stories keep you going and rooting for the under dog. The narrator is the icing on the cake - he brings the characters to life and makes you believe the story is real. Five stars for the narrator. Actually TEN stars. He does a superb job - probably the best I have ever heard. I would recommend this book to anyone trying to decide what to spend their credit on. Its a long read but keeps your attention the whole way. Definitely worth your credit!
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