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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"Watch the TV program its better"
going to have to, the end of the book is a cliff hanger
no, but will have to listen to part two and may have a break
Me, I could do with a better paid job
nope. Don't feel like wearing Armour and riding a horse or climbing castle walls. I won't be having an bastards. Although in the story the bastard knows who his father is.
Watch the TV series, it's better.
"Great story - awful narration"
I'm sorry to say that the narrator finally got so frustrating that I abandoned the book. He has such an odd timing, pausing at odd places. It is distracting to the point where I loose the thread of the story. Better to cut my losses and read the rest of it from hardcopy.
Otherwise the story itself is well thought out, I do want to finish it.
"Good story - poor narrator"
no, didn't like the narration
very bad characters
Having loved the TV show I thought I'd listen to the audiobooks rather than spend time reading a story that I already know.
The narrator is ok when reading the main story - he sounds a little old for my liking - but I guess they were going for a 'wise old storyteller' vibe. However his character voices are completely cringeworthy; Tyrian sounds like a demented Yoda, the Southern families are all Northen English accents(?), Varys sounds like John Hurts Elephant man and on it goes. Everytime an old favourite character is introduced you think 'here we go' how's he going to muff this one up. They sound like 'Little Britain' characters.
Overtime the dialogue grates so much that you begin to resent the narrator for ruining the book.
As you may have guessed I won't be getting the other audiobooks. Mores the pity.
Better than TV!
Very good. No issues
No, not really. The story is very gripping however..
thrilling, exciting, gripping.
This is my first contact with Game Of Thrones. I really love the narration!
"Narration ruined my listening pleasure"
Gripping, gruesome and great!
Now that would be a plot spoiler....
Dreadful - made Tryrion sound like an even camper Alan Bennett and most of the time Dotrice just sounded like he was completely bored.
It's a great story and brilliantly written. However I was rather disappointed with the narration by Mr Dotrice. I felt it lacked emotion and was rather bland. It ruined the booke for me
Tyrion is my all time favourite both in the book and in the tv series
Th death of Joffre
At times, both!
Read the books and then get the audible series. Unfortunately , up to now, I still rate reading the books for oneself
"Felt let down..."
No. The story drags along. There are too many characters introduced almost immediately. There is far too much backstory for every character. Roy Dotrice does a decent job telling the story, but he sounds so much older than all the characters that it jars
Well-thought out and researched background about life in early medieval Europe
Roy Dotrice does a decent job telling the story, but he sounds so much older than all the characters that it jars
Not if it stuck to this story, far too slow
Feel disappointed by the work. Too slow, too many characters, hard to feel engaged.
"Amazing first book!"
This is the first book in the Game of Thrones set and is a fantastic introduction to the Game of Thrones world. It is not, in my opinion, the best of the books but of course you have to read it to get to the others, and I cannot imagine many people would be disappointed at having to do so.
The detail the George RR Martin uses for the geographies, characters, politics and history is absolutely amazing and he clearly has a whole long term story line that he is setting the scene for in this book. You will be dying to listen to the next installment by the time you have finished this one!
The quality is excellent and the narration is fantastic! Highly recommended!!!
"Simply loved it!"
Having already watched the TV adaptation and been riveted, I was looking forward to hearing the unabridged version of the novel which my wife, who has already read each of the books, twice, has been telling me for ages that I'd enjoy. And I did. No surprises really that characters are rounder and story lines more developed than can be achieved on TV.
The first part of the first book is something of a build-up, developing characters, their relationship and stories, setting them up for the crescendo that is bound to come in the next book.
Roy Dotrice's narration is enjoyable - his voices bring many of the characters to life and he is particularly good at some of the rougher, more common, base characters. I didn't think I would, be even came to enjoy his Welsh Tyrion Lannister.
I particularly enjoyed the description of landscape and of the clothing, armour and weapons.
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