This is Part One of Book 1 of the A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE Series.
This first volume in the hugely popular and highly acclaimed epic fantasy series A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE is unabridged and split into two parts. Now a major Sky Atlantic TV series from HBO, starring Sean Bean. Summers span decades. Winter can last a lifetime. And the struggle for the Iron Throne has begun. It will stretch from the south, where heat breeds plot, lusts and intrigues; to the vast and savage eastern lands; all the way to the frozen north, where an 800-foot wall of ice protects the kingdom from the dark forces that lie beyond. Kings and queens, knights and renegades, liars, lords and honest men… all will play the Game of Thrones. Winter is coming…
©2011 George R. R. Martin (P)2011 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
"A Game of Thrones grabs hold and won’t let go. It’s brilliant." (Robert Jordan)
"Colossal, staggering… Martin captures all the intoxicating complexity of the Wars of the Roses or Imperial Rome in his imaginary world… one of the greats of fantasy literature." (SFX)
"Fantasy literature has never shied away from grandeur, but the sheer-mind-boggling scope of this epic has sent other fantasy writers away shaking their heads… Its ambition: to construct the Twelve Caesars of fantasy fiction, with characters so venomous they could eat the Borgias." (Guardian)
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I love the TV show and I always wanted to start reading the books of A Song of Ice and Fire, but never had the time to do so. The audio version of this book is a great compromise. I was able to finish the first book in about 2 weeks. If you love the show, give it a go!
"Didn't like the voice"
The narration was too fast for me and the voice too wizened for me to be able to connect with female characters. I gave up and carried on reading the book.
"Wonderful story, poor narration"
Five stars for the novel, a masterpiece of storytelling. Minus a star for the narration. The reader, Roy Dotrice, has a good range of voices for the various characters (though why on earth he would choose to give Tyrion Lannister a Welsh accent when the rest of the Lannister clan have a posh English accent I just don't know) but there are many, many times throughout the narration where he pauses in the wrong place, or for too long, and disrupts the flow. He has a very annoying reading style. There are times when he obviously stumbles and I would have expected this to be edited, but no, it's left in. It spoils the experience for me.
"Great book - poor narrator"
I made the mistake I had not "listened" the sample prior buying this audio book.
I read the books several years ago and wondered how these wonderful books could be filmed into movies/series - HBO did a great job, though books are better.
Unfortunately the narrator is not "fitting" in what the book needs and his voice is irritable sometimes.
As I bought it for reason to improve my English by passive, more comfortable way than English lessons - I think I will survive. But next time I will listen to samples and read the reviews more carefully.
"Part 2 is not "Clash of kings""
I have spoken to a few people who fell in the same trap as me: thinking that part 2 was the second book. For some reason this title is in two parts- make sure you order both-before you read "Clash of kings" (Book 2 of A Song of Ice and Snow)!
Otherwise, an enjoyable read, but a little laboured in places with a huge cast. Maybe reading them out of sync affected my judgement!
"A word on the reader"
I wont bother reviewing the story as such that has been well reviewed many times (though as i read through i do increasingly feel the excellent caracterization and beutifully descriptive narative is getting bogged down in endless and overly dense political intrigues)
No rather I'd like to defend the narrator He has a rich and interesting voice and does very well to maintain your interest through (by nessesity) very long listening sessions. Obviously having an older gentelman reading you rather obseanly worded sex scenes is quiet funny (his embarresment is well but not entierly veiled). This is definatly a plus as i dont like those bits and there no other humor to be wrought from these books. His treatment of so many different cahracters and is sufficently distinct and the few voices he uses are apt and well maintained.
Dont be put off by negative reviews of the narration this is a great listen!
"Just Really Not That Good"
Friends have raved about both the T.V. adaption and the series of novels, reviews of both have also been positive across much of the media so I was looking forward to finally discovering what I had missed.
Although Martin delivers some good descriptive prose and weaves a complex plot, ultimately I found this very unsatisfying and not engaging of my interest. I didn't really get to care about the myriad characters and I certainly wasn't going to spend money on Part 2 to find out how the various threads came together, if at all, because I started to get the feeling that Martin's main purpose here was to write a multi-volume Fantasy epic rather than tell an epic tale.
I don't think it's my lack of patience or even Roy Dotrice's narration, which was generally good. I found a lot of the book very derivative in some ways and one can tick off various influences as the story unfolds: Tolkien, Moorcock, le Guin etc. but just not as good. This struck me as very much Emperor's New Clothes.
Tried and failed several times to listen to these books - the narration by Roy Dotrice is terrible
I read the 1st of the Ice & Fire series last year at the beginning of August and finished the 5th book by the end of the same month. Given that each book approaches a 1000 pages that is some going. The brutal world of Westoros is absolutely convincing in detail and absorbing in its grand sweep. I will download every part of this series although it may take me years to listen to it all as I love the books so much.
However; the choice of Roy Dotrice as reader was in my opinion a poor one. He lacks range my dear. Tyrion is a dwarf not an ancient Leprechaun and Arya is a teenage girl not a wizzened old lady. For such an important series why not choose a proper voice artist?
"Not for me..."
Hi bought this after reading many of the excellent reviews. Got to say, really struggled with it. Took me much longer to listen to it than other books. I bought the part 2 at the same time - and about an hour in, I gave up on it. I found it slow and hard to follow...... disappointed overall.
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