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 voices Roy Dotrice has for each character are incredible. This book definitely made my long commutes bearable.
I've seen the whole tv series before I started listening to the books (I know so shameful), however I did enjoy getting inside the minds of the characters, and hearing what they were thinking in certain moments. The story was just as fun the second time around, and hearing the details Martin include only made the world that much more believable.
I do wish there was more chapters that focused on different POVs, perhaps in the next books. There is definitely a more whimsical aspect of the stories that even the TV show cannot capture. If you love the show I definitely suggest reading the novels. Some people are mentioning that the editing is poor, however I did not notice any issues.
Sex, violence, and intrigue
Daenerys waking dragons from stone. Fire and Blood.
No, this is the first. Mr. Dotrice is not only an accomplished actor, but he is also a terrific story teller.
Not much in the way of laughter, but there were many moments that can bring tears to the eyes of a grown man.
George Martin's written words, as spoken by the famed veteran actor Roy Dotrice. It does not get any better than this.
What an incredible tale. Loved it completely! The reader was excellent and the best I've ever heard. really kept me captivated and his performance was top notch. Incredible!
Since I'm a very avid viewer of the television series I decided to purchase at once all of the audiobooks of Game of thrones, hoping to quench my sad addiction between tv seasons. Sadly, I've tried to listen to the first book at least 4 times already, and I've come to the conclusion that this isn't a book that can be easily adapted to audio narration. I won't blame Roy Dotrice like others have done. He tries the best he can to make subtle distinctions between each character, but there are too many of them, so eventually they all start to sound the same. I know of other books that have been adapted using a full cast of narrators and I'm not sure why the same hasn't been done with this series. I've recently bought the ebook version of A Song of Ice and Fire, and I've found it much easier to follow than the audio version. As it's often said, the book is much better than the movie/tv adaptation, so I definitely recommend reading the original novel.
The book I'd very good. It definitely fills in a lot of the gaps that are purposely left open in the show. Whether I would have watch before, or hadn't, it is a great story to listen to.
The only reason why I knocked off a star for performance was that the reader messed up a few times throughout the story when pronouncing names and places. He was a little inconsistent in this respect, but besides that, phenomenal!
while the book was great on its own, Roy Dotrice brought the book to an exellent level. His voice acting and tone gave the book the attention it deserves.
Halfway through, I no longer heard a man reading a book, but a man enjoying the story as much as the listener as it was told.
This is a good way to introduce new readers and fans of the fantasy genre into the series.
Loved every second. Narration could use a little work but phenomenal nonetheless. I give a 10 out of 10 and will most definitely listen again. Can't wait to finish the rest of the series.
The book is full of thrills and -for those who got engaged through the TV show- it is a great way to broad the universe and the characters we have gotten to love.
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