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)
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This is in my top 5 that I've listened to so far
Not to spoil anything, Let's just say the youngest daughter is my favorite
This actor seems to really get into what he is reading
Game well played
I had not watched the TV show so I was not prepared for the level of violence in this book. Now that I am into the book series, I know what to expect but I don't listen to this with kids in the car!
Mary Dean RN, BSN, Health Sciences Teacher. Member since March 2010.
I would recommend this to a friend, yes. There are numerous characters in this book, but once you learn who the characters are and their relationship with each other, the story is nothing short of fabulous. The pictures painted in the listeners mind are limited only to the listener. With the help of George R. R. Martin and Roy Dotrice, I can only imagine how life was in those times.
Roy Dotrice brings the accents and enunciations of the times and origination of each character. His performance is remarkable, especially since there are so many different characters.
Who will win the Game of Thrones?
Killer, Sex, Sweet
The Narrated keeps me listing the hole time the story was something the best.q
Daenerys the Mother of Dragons she gets off her butt and takes controls of her life.
When they take off the Wolfs head no cool man not cool
Nope the book was good i like it a lot I need to read the rest when I get more time
The story is great, but I'd warn them to put a bib over their speakers or earphones because this narrator likes to slobber and you can just hear him drooling when he does that. Gross.
Not sure. It's gross the way he makes the eunuchs slobber when they talk. He must be wearing a bib when he does those parts. It's really gross and hard to understand. He also makes a few of the really old people mumble and hard to understand. Where was the director?
I liked the book when I read it...but when I got the audio book to (re-read it..i.e listen to it..) I found it quite boring. I kept skipping to the characters I like (i.e Danerys and Tyrion).
No..I actually preferred reading the book..weird.
Now that i have read the books, listened to the audio book and seen the TV show...and I cant believe i am saying this...the TV show is so much better than the three.
I like to read almost anything by Jim Butcher, Terry Goodkind, and George R.R.Martin.
There is nothing like turning pages in a book, but the narrator in Game of Thrones makes you feel like you are sitting in the small council chambers with Ned Stark. The story is a great piece of fiction with plots and subplots. I found that this type of story is my favortie. The story take place in a midevil realm where summer last for years and winter lasts for decades. The king has asked an old friend to the his right hand so that the king can relax. The only problem is that the Hand finds out more things that are kept secret from the king. This causes him some major problems. There are other groups who believe that there family should be king due to how King Robert took the throne in a rebellion. The story goes deeper and deeper with each new charater as it introduced.
Bran waking up. Lady Stark cutting her fingers. Joffery killing Ned Stark.
He makes you feel like you are hearing the intimate conversations and are part of the story.
Winter is coming!
Fantasy & Sci-Fi lover who mostly refuses to read books without their audiobook counterparts. How else can a girl get any housework done?
At the very highest. No audiobook or book has surpassed it. It sets the bar for all other audiobooks/books.
So many! I would say that Ned's demise would be at the very top, along with what happens at the end of the book with Dany. Actually, I found Dany's whole story in the first book to be one of my favorites.
Roy Dotrice's performance was simply amazing! It must be very difficult to create different inflections and accents for so many characters, but Dotrice seems to do it with ease.
Oh yes! Both.
Fantasy and Non-Fantasy lovers alike - If you haven't listened to this book/series, do so right now! Trust me, you won't regret it.
I WANT TO TELL LISTENERS THER ARE 6 MILLION VIEWERS OF GAME OF THRONES PLUS READERS, WHEN LISTENING TO THE BOOK YOU HEAR THE NAMES OF THE CHARACTORS BUT DONT KNOW THE CORRECT SPELLING, I POSTED A COMMENT ON FACEBOOK AND WAS CRUCIFIED FOR MISSPLELLING A NAME. IT IS WORSE THAN THAN THE STAR TRECK? MANIA.
THESE WONDERFUL STORIES ARE BEING BASTARDIZED ON T.V IT HAS POLARIZED VIEWERS AND LISTENERS. . AUDIBLE REVIEWERS SHARE OPINIONS AND GIVE OTHERS A FORUM TO GIVE THIER POINT OF VIEW. MY THANKS TO ALL
My biggest problem is not getting spoiled by the HBO series, which is doing an incredible job with the material. That said, there is a lot more depth in the books, and they are worth reading/listening to.
The narrator is very good, but perhaps not perfect. That said, I'm already into the second book, and will no doubt listen to them all.
The Starks have Dire Wolves! It is an awesome story! Roy Dotrice does an awesome job!
You won't be disappointed with this series!
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