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  • A Game of Thrones

  • A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1
  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
  • Length: 33 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113,099
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98,382
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 98,249

Winter is coming. Such is the stern motto of House Stark, the northernmost of the fiefdoms that owe allegiance to King Robert Baratheon in far-off King's Landing. There Eddard Stark of Winterfell rules in Robert's name. Far to the north, behind the towering Wall, lie savage Wildings and worse - unnatural things relegated to myth during the centuries-long summer, but proving all too real and all too deadly in the turning of the season. Yet a more immediate threat lurks to the south, where Jon Arryn, the Hand of the King, has died under mysterious circumstances....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Review of First 5 Books

  • By DCinMI on 09-12-13

Epic

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-25-11

Would you listen to A Game of Thrones again? Why?

I am a huge Tolkein fan with high expectations for epic fantasy that are very often unfulfilled - I was not particularly hopeful about this series and resisted listening for quite awhile - boy am I glad I finally gave in! It has its slow moments, but all epic fantasy must in order to lay the groundwork for the many threads that work through each volume. I could not believe over 33 hours ad passed when it came to an end and I can't wait to dive into the next one! Great listen!

What other book might you compare A Game of Thrones to and why?

The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, The Return of the King, Sky of Swords, The Sword of Truth Series are all similar in genre, pace, and complexity of interwoven story lines.

  • The Altar of Bones

  • By: Philip Carter
  • Narrated by: Jim Frangione
  • Length: 17 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 55

Cryptic dying words from a murdered homeless woman in present day San Francisco unlock a decades-buried secret that changed history. Now a pair of ruthless assassins are sent to cut the few living "loose ends." And a young, resourceful woman on the run encounters a determined man with his own connected past and vengeful agenda. Forced to partner for survival and answers, a fast-paced and deadly game of cat and mouse ensues.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fast Moving Exciting Read

  • By Jack on 03-27-11

Great Listen

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-22-11

I had a little trouble getting into the narrator's voice at first, but the story is well written and captured me before long. I love the layers of the story and the various points of view the story was told from - it was a nice variation on the international intrigue we're so used to. I was very pleasantly surprised at the depth of character development & that the plot was well thought out and did not fray and lose focus at the end - especially for a debut novel. All in all a great listen.