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)
Not only is the story brilliant, the narrator is the best I have ever heard! He does all the voices and accents. I don't know how he remembered them all. Brilliant!
Enjoyed this thoroughly. My 2nd time thru and just as enjoyable as the first. Highly recommend. Can't wait for WoW
This is one of the best shows I've ever seen. Problem is (I never thought I'd say this) watch the show, ditch the audiobook. This would likely be a good read, but listening to the story was disappointing, a little funny, and lackluster.
The most memorable part was listening to the narrator do EVERY VOICE EXACTLY THE SAME. Very confusing when Aria sounds exactly like Robert Baratheon. A little girl shouldn't sound like a fully grown, lecherous, beast of a man.
There I was, thinking I was about to get a series of books I knew for sure I would enjoy, and stupidly got 3 books in the series in one go. The narrator can make or break a good book, and he tore this book up, burned it, and buried the ashes in the middle of a dead forest.
Definitely. Just that good.
It was real, he connected with every character and you know when someone else is talking
Yes, I was so attached to the characters in the story, I laughed, cried, screamed, sighed you name it, I felt it.
George R. R. Martin's writing is to the point with details coming in waves sometimes completely irrelevant to the story. Roy Dotrice's performance does nothing but accentuate those short, to the point sentences with little done to emote the actual story. Mix that with his "I've smoked too much in my life" gargly voice and I couldn't make it past the 5th chapter. I have officially give up on the audio version of this book and picked up a used copy to read.
What can I say that hasn't already been said? So much detail, so many characters and so much fun to listen to. It amazes me at how much depth these characters have despite the massive number of characters to flesh out. Switching between perspectives from chapter to chapter keeps things moving.
Roy Dotrice does a really nice job tackling the many characters in this book. I'm happy to know that I'll hear him again in the sequels.
Even though I'm up to speed on the HBO series, I can't wait to dig into the rest of the books, Martin is a master!
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