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)
Going through the books after watching the show, and I have to say that this was amazing. I'm so excited for the next book and to catch up with the show, and beyond. The narration is almost perfect and one can only appreciate the hard work of Roy Dotrice. Only small complaint is the very occasional wrong name pronunciations. Thank you so much George, Roy, and Audible for this story.
The story is wonderfully written and
Beautifully performed. If you are a fan of fantasy this is an excellent addition to your collection
Having heard all the buzz about this book from the HBO series, I decided to give it a listen. As a long time reader/listener of fantasy novels, I have to say I was very impressed! The story is strong, the characters are memorable and the pace is excellent. I have since listened to all five novels that have been released so far and I am totally in love with them. I will eventually re-listen to the series and watch the HBO show, too.
Dotrice does an amazing job as narrator in this book. As the series goes on (books 3-4-5), his work goes downhill. All the characters in this book are masterfully done.
I recently started watching the HBO series and I always like to read the story as well as watch the show or movie. HBO does a great job at portraying this world but their is nothing like reading it and the book has so much more to offer the fan of this series. It is strange to watch a series and read it at the same time because there are little differences and there are also great insights into what is going on in the minds and thoughts of the characters but also huge parts of the book had to be removed from the show because of time restraints. If you are a fan of the series I highly recommend reading this and if you have never seen the series, this is one of the best fantasy novels I have ever read.
So many moments are memorable and I don't want to spoil the shocking things that happen in the book for those who have not read it.
He does a fantastic job of giving voice to so many characters and you are able to distinguish characters by the voices he does. Not every reader is that talented. He is amazing.
Many. Jon snows journey at the wall. When Jon is thinking of leaving and he speaks to some members of the black. Also Danarius when she will do anything for her husband and the results.
I am so glad that this is only the first book in a series and their are so many more. This truly is an amazing novel and I highly recommend it to all fans of great writing and fantasy worlds.
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