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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"a modern classic,enthralling."
a mesmerizing fairytale for adults.can't wait to listen to the next part,but disapointed that it is being sold as two books.Roy Dotrice's narration is amazing.
The narrator is dreadful, truly dreadful, it's like listening to someone read a (very, very boring) text book. I have no idea whether the story is actually good (I think I actually would like it, it's very much my type of book) because I just couldn't listen to that man's voice.
Completely. He's just bad.
I'm returning this book.
"A ripping yarn"
Can't put it down... I've had a head start by watching series 1,2 & 3 so the characters are already in my head but the book is fabulous,lots of extra detail which you need to move onto the rest of the books. I've just started part 2 of book 1 so am looking forward to moving onto book 2. Definitely highly recommended. The narrator is good...I was however a little confused that Tyrion started off with a northern accent which suddenly became Welsh!! Overall Roy Dotrice does a good job.... So many characters to remember and differentiate between. If you want to lose yourself this is a damn good yarn with lots of shocks along the way.
"very difficult to follow"
young people, who like this sort of book
unlikely to as did not like this one
not enough variation in voices to tell difference which made it confusing
Reader is wonderful, one of the best I've heard, he really immerses you in the story.
Just remember the story stops suddenly so you will definitely have to buy part 2
"Utterly compelling story, flawed narration ..."
Was ever there a story with such a vast and rich array of characters and sub-plots? I can't think of one off-hand. Like many others I came to A Song of Ice and Fire from the HBO TV series and I haven't been disappointed in audiobook format as it's just such a wonderful tale. Unfortunately the narration here is not the best. It's not so much the narration as the acting, if Roy Dotrice was just to read straight from the page his voice is fine. However when he embodies the characters (which is what is required after all) his voices are often tedious and the weird choices to add a Welsh or Irish twang to the accent of some characters is frankly just odd, especially when direct family members have completely different accents. That said it is not a big enough problem to ruin my enjoyment overall and the quandary I find myself in now is do I go beyond the TV series or wait patiently for it to catch up? I'll make that decision when I catch up myself, for now it's on to Part 2 of this book and then A Clash of Kings awaits!
"Not usually my sort of stuff but..."
This is not a genre I am particularly drawn to but a friend had enjoyed the television series and for the want of any other book at the time I thought I would give it a try. I was engaged straight from the first page (or audio equivalent). The fantasy setting was realistic, believable and credulity took little to be suspended. I was quickly drawn into the characterisation, the settings, plot and sub plot. I finished it and immediately bought part two.
I didn't listen to much as I started watching the series which was better. I think it would be easier to follow after watching the series as the characters are so well cast but either was- well worth it.
"Better than expected"
This was the first audiobook I have listened to, and I was not disappointed. It took a while to get used to Dotrice's voice, but once I was into it I found no problems. He does slip names occasionally - Jeffrey instead of Joffrey for example - but that was merely an amusement to me than anything else.
This is a long book, and not one of my preferred genre, so initially I was a bit concerned I wouldn't like it. It turned out it was much better than I was expecting, and I became more engrossed as the book went on. Looking forward to watching the series now!
"DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK ... not for a while at least"
This is a brilliant book in a great series (although it does lose momentum in the 3rd and 4th books before picking up again in the 5th). My big problem is that it is likely to be many years before the author complete the story. Each book doesn't end, they simply stop, leaving you hanging. I strongly recommend that you wait until he has finished the last book before you buy the first.
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