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've watched the series on HBO and this audio of the book helped clarify the many stories. The narrator was excellent and adapted his voice to distinguish the numerous characters. Well done.
I like the story. I have not seen the shows or movies but wanted to hear what they hype was about. It starts slow as it explains the families and their burdens. I enjoyed the narrator but would have like to had a female play the parts. Too many characters for one person to play.
The book is amazing. But, the reader's pronunciation was often wrong and he sometimes pronounced the same word/name 2-3 different ways which made it harder to follow.
Gripping. Thriving. incredible commentator with perfect voice inflection. this book and series are a perfect blend of fantasy and realism it will grip you from start to finish. one of my favorite reads.
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