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)
Fantastic content! Great twisting story of betrayal and uneasy alliances.
nothing is like this that I've read.
Hodor-- not that he is a complex character, but I chuckle nearly every time he speaks Hodor's "dialog".
The scenes leading up to a major character not faring well... it was painful to listen to knowing where it was going (I had seen the TV show first).
Negative Ghost Rider.
Probably, this just isn't a good fit for him despite his talents.
I do believe that was George's intent.
Roy Dotrice is clearly a theatrical speaker. Some parts will literally make you cringe though with a slight annoyance (with some reviewers I've seen, slight is an understatement).
Half the time the "unique" voice he portrays for each individual character doesn't seem to fit whatsoever. Not only that, he'll even have a different voice for the SAME character at times. He even did it with Tyrion (right after Brann is pushed off the ledge and Tyrion joins his family for breakfast).
Also occasionally his dialogue, depending on the character, can be a bit....slurpy. It's kind of disturbing even sometimes.
The thing is, he really is a GOOD voice actor. It just didn't work for this story in my opinion. I didn't let that take away from the total experience like some reviewers. I was able to look past those faults in narrative and formulate my own version of expression in my head whenever I felt it was needed. At times, Roy did a great job actually.
That's the thing about audio books that some people let ruin a good story even. You have to take the words and make them your own despite the theatrics of the narrative.
While on the surface, A Game of Thrones may look like a typical fantasy if you haven't bought into the HBO show's hype. As I quickly discovered, AGOT was less goblins/elves/wizards type fantasy and more focused on relationships, politics, families, and betrayals. The setting comes to life in the story. George RR Martin has crafted a detailed world full of rich history and mystery that unfolds as the story progresses. It's hard to keep up with the multitude of characters, but the main ones will stand out and be memorable. Martin doesn't just create one-dimensional stock characters: he inserts real people, with unique ideas, ambitions, and dark sides. In the end, I feel that this first step into the AGOT series will be a worthwhile journey, as I plan to listen to all 5 books this year.
Difficult to pick. Tyrion Lannister always had the best quips, but Jon Snow felt like the most genuinely heroic character.
This was my first time listening to audiobooks, and he set a such a high bar. Mr. Dotrice puts all he has into acting out the story. He definitely helped to elevate the material and bring George RR Matin's writing to life.
I wish I had 33 hours of free time, but yes, I would.
I've recently come to the conclusion that I don't care for series. But this turned out to be an exception. I found this book one to be interesting in and of itself and not just a setup for the books that follow.
Fantasy worlds are also not my first listening choice, but I was enticed by others' positive reviews, and I'm glad I gave it a go. I was drawn in by the interweaving characters and story, and the transitions between them were nicely done. I do want to visit them again!
A fan of fantasies, thrillers, horror, epic-fantasies, darker stories and general literature..
At the top of them, i find it to be better than LoTR since it's darker, more realistic (Character-wise) and it has more character and profoundly witty conversations..
How the story doesn't present to you all of the Fantasy elements right away but rather give you bits and pieces as you go along to make it more mysterious and satisfying!And the fact that you get to be in the characters' heads and see their valid reasoning behind every move they make..
The scene where Syrio Forel, Arya's trainer had this very profound conversation with Arya Stark"Do you pray to the gods? -Syrio"The Old and the New." -Arya"There is only one god, and His name is Death. And there is only one thing we say to Death: 'not today'." - Syrio
I wanted to, yes..But it's too long for a one sitting..
Roy Dotrice did an amazing job at narrating the book, but he tried too hard to give every unique character a unique voice.. (Hard enough to make you have to rewind to undestand what he said)I would've enjoyed it much more if he had used his own voice..
Books, Art, Animals, and the void.
Anticipation, blood, and awsome
a more interesting sexyer version of LOTR
I wish he would have more variation and no sound so ridicules with his women's voices.
well yes, but you can not because it is longer then a full day but i did listen
to 5 to 6 hours everyday.
... you'll like this book if you don't need the story to have an ending. The author is terrific and the reader brought the characters to life but I felt a bit let down with the ending (or lack thereof). I would have rated it higher if more elements of the story were resolved.
I would have wrapped up a few things. This book, while well-read and quite entertaining, is more like a very long chapter. Very little gets resolved and for those of us who want stories with endings, this one requires that you buy the next book (and so on).
A wonderful range of accent, and a voice that fits the century
It inspired me to be a bit more choosy when selecting series. A trilogy like 'Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' has an ending but also begs to be continued. This is not the case with Game of Thrones.
A man. A plan. A canal. Panama
Martin is a genius, weaving an excellent and compelling tale full of twists and turns. Dotrice's narration really brings the characters to life.
I am almost at the end of the third book. The multiple points of view gets me deeper and deeper into the heads as well as the trial and tribulations of several main characters to the point that when i sleep, i dream i am Jamie Lanister, Tyrion Lannister, Daenerys Targaryen, Sansa Stark, Arya Stark or Jon Snow.
No story in my entire life has done this to me.
I recommend this with all my heart.
I have several even some who are not fist person POV characters.
Even if his performance was sub par (which i am not suggesting) the writing would obfiscate that. The characters are brilliant.
I can't do anything for 35 plus hours at a time.
I hope Audible gets book six on tape as soon as it is possible, when it finally comes out.
I would, and have, recommended to my friends.
It is beautifully written, and absolutely unpredictable. You get to know the characters, love them, hate them, and yet are surprised by them.
Absolutely. His intonation, timing, and voices bring the characters to life.
Don't watch the film! Read the book!
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