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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Have read the all the books in the series & have watched the TV show, but listening to the story brought it to life for me in a totally different way.
If you haven't listened to this yet, my advice would be to not hesitate to buy it. It truly is an outstanding story!
This is a most remarkable story, I have read all the books already but listening to it just brings it to life. Roy Dotrice does a stunning job in the telling of this story too, yes, there are a couple of quibbles with the Imp's accent change for example but there are 274 voices, how anyone could manage half that number I do not know and therefore can easily forgive a couple of hiccups.
I haven't listend to all of part one yet, as I now have to buy the second half!!
This is the first time I have heard any of his performances.
The one thing I can't forgive is why, oh why, are the books all split into two parts? There are many, many books that are much longer and can be bought in one go, does smack of a money making scheme to me.
"Brilliant book - shame that the ending is missing!"
It's brilliantly imagined and described, with believable and interesting characterisation. It made me re-evaluate my moral values, because these characters are trying to survive in a harsher world than our modern western one, a world which takes elements from our mediaeval historical period and adds some other intriguing details.
I have not yet listened to any other performances by this reader, but I would be glad to in future. He reads clearly and sensitively, and creates appropriate voices for the different characters (and there are a lot of different characters!)
The book takes a reader through all the emotions.
The reason I've given this overall 2 stars when the story and reading are both superb, is that the Audible recording stops halfway through the book! The full recording does exist, as I've now got it from our local library.
"Getting the names right"
I've listened to the entire series and loved it. My key criticism is that at different points through the series the narrator changed the pronunciation of the character's names - Bran was Brian for a time, Petyr was Peter for quite a few chapters, and Joffery was Geoffrey for a while. A bit disconcerting.
"failed to capture me"
did not find it interesting and the reader could not make it so
it is a popular story so I tried but it is for another taste
"Epic in scale, gripping in execution. Addictive."
Well, it's Game of Thrones so if you going to listen to it, you know all about it by now. It's grim and gripping and wildly, hugely ambitious in scope. I
So, yes, I am definitely committed to listening to the rest of the series which will keep me going for the next year. It's always a bit irritating when you know you can't get the end of a series as it's not written yet. However, I am also aware that GRRM is NOT MY BITCH! (if that doesn't mean anything to you, I urge you to do an internet search)
I like Roy Dotrice as a narrator who does a pretty good job of keeping a grip on the hundreds of different characters (although his Theon Greyjoy is pitched too old). He has a gravitas a reader which works well with the text.
"Pleasantly surprised after watching the TV show"
After watching the TV shows I thought I would give the books a go, and I'm pleased I did.
It's pretty hard not to imagine the characters from the show as the characters in the book, Tyrion seems strange with a welsh accent.
As always the book gives lots more detail and history to the characters.
It's a bit of a marathon listen as each book is split into two 16 hour parts but was very enjoyable...... Now for book 2
"Roy Dotrice must be someone's uncle"
I know Roy Dotrice is an actor, but this is the worst reading ever! Re-record the whole series with someone who pays attention to the punctuation, please!
The story is great; complex characters, interesting motivations, fluent writing. I get a bit tired of "D'arit sitting in his lonely castle of An Aphora wondering if he will ever find the lost crystal of Glottle Stop" fantasy. This has a lot more to it, thankfully.
I'm suffering him for the sake of the story in the rest of the series. Would I listen to him perform anything else? No. All the characters have random accents (he seems particularly fond of Gutteral Celtic) and he often carries the accent over into the narration. The random pauses bear no relation to the punctuation or meaning of the sentences. Excitingly, all the characters change accents half way through the series, yet they make no more sense than they ever did. It's distressing.
I would listen again. Roy Dotrice does a brilliant job of bringing the pages to life. A world record 224 different voices - I don't know how he does it, amazing. George RR Martin tells a great story and when you get to the end you realise that the story has only just begun, went straight back to Audible to get the second book.
The ending was amazing - the whole book had built up to this ending. You could see it coming but it was also an amazing surprise - if that's possible.
This was the first Roy Dotrice performance I have listened to. A great voice for these books.
I'm moved by John's story and particularly interested in where that will go as I go on to read the rest of the series.
With so many characters I love the fact that George RR Martin has no loyalty to them and anyone could be killed off at any time. I haven't seen the TV series so I am really enjoying discovering these stories fresh. It has made the journey to and from work fly by each day.
"Voices got better!"
I hated the reader for the first half hour or so of the book, and considered trying to get a refund... Everyone seemed to have an irritatingly pompous tone. But I changed my mind in time - I think he settled into it better and also I got used to it. Actually I think he did a really good job with all the voices.
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