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 watched the HBO series first but I wanted more. Plus, I wanted the chance to compare the book versus the television show. Honestly, I loved them both. Now I'll be moving onto book 2 later on in July.
This was my first audio book. very much enjoyed the performance and story! It wasn't very difficult to stay involved, and the narrator did a great job portraying the characters and their independent personalities.
Amazing story! I've read the books before and watched the show, but Dotrice brings an entirely new life to the characters and the Martin's story! I listened to it at the gym, in my car and whenever I needed my GoT fix! Great for anyone out there wanting a good audiobook or even fans who need more of Westeros!
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