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The World of Ice and Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones Audiobook

The World of Ice and Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones

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Publisher's Summary

The never-before-seen history of Westeros and the lands beyond. With hundreds of pages of all-new material from George R.R. Martin. If the past is prologue, then George R.R. Martin's masterwork - the most inventive and entertaining fantasy saga of our time - warrants one hell of an introduction.

At long last, it has arrived with The World of Ice and Fire. George R.R. Martin, in collaboration with Elio M. García, Jr. and Linda Antonsson, has written a comprehensive history of the Seven Kingdoms, featuring the epic battles, bitter rivalries, and daring rebellions that lead up to the events in the bestselling A Song of Ice and Fire series.

Collected within this volume is the accumulated knowledge, scholarly speculation, and inherited folk tales of maesters and septons, maegi and singers, family trees for the Houses Stark, Lannister and Targaryen, and in-depth explanations of the history and culture of Westeros.

This is the definitive companion volume to George R.R. Martin's dazzlingly conceived universe; The World of Ice and Fire is indeed proof that the pen is mightier than a storm of swords.

©2014 George R.R. Martin (P)2014 2014 Random House LLC

What the Critics Say

"Of those who work in the grand epic fantasy tradition, George R.R. Martin is by far the best" (Time Magazine)

"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)

"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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    Conor 03-22-16
    Conor 03-22-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Must read for any GOT fan"

    I would agree with some users that it can get a bit dry in certain parts, at very start and towards the end a bit. But for anyone who wants to know what happens to Dunc & Egg, or anyone who has a keen interest in the GOT universe it's a must read.

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  • T.C
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    4/23/15
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    "Fantastic history lesson"

    As the cover says this is a history lesson for those who have read Ice and Fire. As such it is not suitable for those who are not fans of the series. However for those who are i cannot imagine anyone has ever written as good a fictional history as this!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Alex Goldsmith
    3/31/15
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    "Fantastic"

    Altogether brilliant however... Whilst I adore everything about the mythopia Martin has created I feel perhaps this should have been released after the story has come to a close, because I couldn't help feeling there were concessions and omissions made for the sake of avoiding spoilers. His brain is a marvellous thing and it makes sense to write it from the point of view of a maester of the citadel, because he can blame plot omissions and changes on the maester's ignorance and the point in time he was writing.

    Engaging and well read, if you love game of thrones its certainly worth a listen (or if your like me its worth buying the book too as the art work if astonishing)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Simon Hatch
    9/24/16
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    "Very good"

    Huge fan of the series. Any fan interested in the world's history would love it. Not sure about casual fans.

    The only issue I had was that it sounded at times as if they had cut two different takes together to complete one statement and it sounds disjointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Oscar Lankford
    7/17/16
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    "More of a reference book"
    Would you try another book written by the authors or narrated by Roy Dotrice and Nicholas Guy Smith ?

    Narrators are good and George. R. R. Martin is also good.


    Would you ever listen to anything by the authors again?

    Yes, i already have.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Roy Dotrice and Nicholas Guy Smith ?

    Maybe, I wouldn't be put off by their names but I wouldn't seek them out


    Could you see The World of Ice and Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

    parts could be made into a series, like the game of thrones is, but the whole book could not be made into a series as it covers much too much and it onle briefly glances over characters so it would be too complicated to watch with so many people dying and all the bloody aegons, damn theres thousands


    Any additional comments?

    this book is more of a refrence book, it is not nearly as good as the song of ice and fire series for listening to, and seing as there is so much to cover, it gets too much when you have to visualise it all, you definetly need the book even if you arent very good at reading like me. I would however, definetly recomend all the other GRRM audiobooks, (it would be worth it to buy the whole "a song of ice and fire" series)

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  • laz
    5/14/16
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    "Rubbish"

    Totally Rubbish,monotonous dialogue of ohhh just don't waste your money. Put it in your pocket.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • John
    Chesterfield, United Kingdom
    5/12/16
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    "excellent "

    really good but would have been better to have been done after finishing the main books so he could dullyvezplain recent events

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  • Frederick
    5/9/16
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    "Brilliant if you're a fan"

    Love this audio book. My second time listening through. You always catch something new. Highly recommend to fans of GoT.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Edward Kennard
    4/23/16
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    "Expanded GoT"

    This audio book made for hours upon hours of interesting geography, history and politics of the World of Ice and Fire. If you play the game of thrones with the intention of winning, I thoroughly recommend this title

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    4/17/16
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    "Essential for fans"

    An essential read for any readers who love and wish to explore this world. Highly recommended.

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  • amanda
    3/1/16
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    "magic loved every minute"

    if you love all things game of thrones this is for you .
    delves deep into house and family history
    also connects a few dots

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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