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)
George Martin is one of my all time favorite writers with this ongoing story spellbinding. Cannot wait to get my hands on the rest of them.
It's worth listening to again. Great narration, and superb fiction. It's much better than the tv adaptation, although that is good too.
There is a ton of characters in the book, and the narrator gives a unique pitch to each of them. I enjoyed listening to all the distinctive characters. So yeah, the narrator really made this a great listen.
Yes, but I don't want to spoil you with spoilers! There are moments when you go
I bought this when it was on sale for 1 credit. I'm waiting for the 2nd book to go to 1 credit before I get another one. So please hurry up already, lol!
The narrator is very good at reading a very difficult book with tons of characters, and yet I can follow who is who just by how he changes his voice.
The richness of the characters, descriptions of the world, and the depictions of human frailties are all so very, very rich and so true to life. Even though this is a fantasy, it is so real. Just watch the news! Love it!
He's very good at depicting the various characters which makes it become alive. This can't be an easy book to read and he does it so well. I sometimes don't get back to listening, and yet, I can figure out who's who by his voice. I could listen to him for hours and I don't get bored.
I would love to, but it's way too long. ;) But I find myself thinking about it as it fits into our politics and human nature when I'm not listening.
I have friends that are also reading, (listening) and we talk about it at our lunch break. It's so fun!There's always something that my friends have seen or heard that I missed or hadn't thought of. It's just so very, very rich!
No, not the audiobook. Definitely the paper book.
Story is amazing. Brilliant character study. More politics than Fantasy. But still good.
The male version of Emily Gray.
Yes, but the reader was beyond exhausting.
Holy hell. The narrator. Whether reading dialogue for an old man, young girl, or whatever - nearly the same tired, plodding voice. Yes, you have an English accent. Awesome! But young boys and girls do not sound like old, gravely men. The reader made this audiobook exhausting. Will avoid anything he reads in the future.
Twisting plot and strong characters and some characters are written just perfect, but don't fall in love with any one character you never know when they may meet a grisly end. Great first story of an exciting series.
true crime fan
I am usually not one for fantasy books but after seeing the TV show I took a chance and am so happy I did. Everything I love in a book; it transported me to another world and I can't wait to read the sequel.
I like spoken stories. A good narrator adds to the pleasure. Thrones is not such a book. It bounces around from character to character. Quite unlike the Lord of the Rings. I'd spend your 2 credits elsewhere. For example, albeit not in SciFi, look at "Prayers for Sale."
i am a 27 year old male. i got into audible because i love to listen to them at work. I like zombies, survival, and fantasy, game of thrones
No all my friends read it lol
the bible because this book was GODLY
he brings me a hands free experiance. lol i dont really know.
this has been made into film.
keep up and you will enjoy.
I'm not sure why so many people complained about Roy Dotrice's narration, I thought he did a really good job. He's a bit gruff sounding but that works well with the story. I held out for a long time before reading this but I'm glad I did. Excellent world-building and lots of political intrigue.
I was surprised at Roy Dotrice's performance as this is my first audible book. Having seen HBO series I was curious about the book-but being so busy for the holidays I figured I would try this out. WOW-I am not disappointed. The fact that it is a performance and not just being read to makes it very enjoyable.
Poor Ned-a man of honor trying to do the right thing and loses his head.
I love the accents.
Well considering HBO already did this- I like the line
Looking forward to the rest of the series.
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