• Fire and Blood

  • A Song of Ice and Fire
  • By: George R.R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 27 hrs and 15 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (306 ratings)

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Fire and Blood

By: George R.R. Martin
Narrated by: Simon Vance
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Centuries before A Game of Thrones, an even greater game began, one that set the skies alight with dragon flame and saw the Seven Kingdoms turned to ash.

So began the Targaryens’ bloody rule, with fire and blood. Setting brother against brother, mother against daughter, and dragon against dragon. Chronicled by a learned maester of the Citadel, this thrilling and bloody history of Westeros tells the story of where the battle for the Iron Throne began....

This audio edition now includes an exclusive interview between George R.R. Martin and historian Dan Jones.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2018 George R.R. Martin (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

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Absolutely Brilliant!!!

I always enjoy the complexity with which George R. R Martin writes his novels, you understand why it takes as long as it takes.
For anyone who’s a fan of “A Song of Ice and Fire” this is a great add to your knowledge and for anyone who’s a fan of well written stories and likes to imagine, this here is your gem.
I can’t wait for the next one.

While you might wish for Mr Martin to finish his books quicker what you do not want if for him to have compromised in anything that he did in this book and any of his other books.

I love the narration by Simon Vance, “Well done Ser” in the voice of Ser Maynard Plumm

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Must ready for Ice and Fire fans

Amazing book. great Narration. it was a pleasure to read. loved it. must read for all fans.

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Nice addition to the history of House Targaryen

I did it like very much but it is too short as it does not include the whole history of the house Targaryen, it ends with start if reign of king Aegon III.

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AWESOME! Can hardly wait for part 2

If you love History and Fantasy, you'll love "Fire & Blood"!
But if you're not into History and/or Fantasy, this book is not for you.
This isn't an ordinary novel. In fact, it's not a novel at all. It's a fantastic fictional History.
Which is to say: it reads like a History book.
If you're not into that, stay away.
This isn't Historical Fiction either.
It's a fictional History book, about imaginary events in an unreal world, with dragons and other Fantasy elements.

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Very good , well read and detailed

Its written very well and positioned from the perspective of a narrator - historian . Nice fresh approach that makes you wonder how much is true. It puts a lot of perspective to the original Ice and fire saga.
Very amusing and never dull.

One downside : it ends closely after the civil war: Dance of Dragons events. Thus its a bit misleading because you expect the whole story until Aerys II.

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Great for any Game of Thrones or history fan

I wish there were more books in the style of “history book of a fictional event or world” in the way that Fire and Blood and World War Z do so well. This book perfectly emulates reading a real history book but adds more humor and character and most importantly dragons that most academic texts sadly lack.

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Fantastic!

If you often find yourself looking up the lore and history of and behind obscure details as well as major events in whatever media you are consuming this book was made for you. I loved every chapter of this fictional history and was sad to have it end so far before the events of A Song of Ice and Fire.

The exploration of different sources and unreliable narrators made the story feel fresh and immersive, made all the better by the excellent narration by Simon Vance. His voice was made for this book.

If you have zero interest in the history before A Song of Ice and Fire you might find ths book dull and skip it, I would strongly recommend to give it a chance anyway since it’s truly fantastic.

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Return to form.

I feel like main series has gotten steadily waffly as it has gone on, but this book 100% gold. All the little threads and backstories give so muich depth to the rest of the world & inhabitants of Westeros. It really pulls things together. Its like the main books are full of jokes and this one has all the punchlines.

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More wonderful works building from GRRM

Fire and Blood is a very unique book giving long time ASOIAF fans a great depth of back story to our main plot in the series.
This book stands on it's own in terms of story, but it ads later upon later to GRRM's other works in the series.
Can't wait for part 2, and the tv series that will be made from this.
Also looking forward to The Winds of Winter more than any other book in my life.
5 stars. Give it a chance and you will not regret it at all....

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It's like listening to a Discovery documentary!

The book is very good, but it's a lot of information condensed into parts ... It's 300 years of history about the Targaryen family narrated in a spectacular way. Listening to this book is like accompanying a Discovery Channel documentary, where historians are presenting known facts and other deductive facts based on the discoveries made.
It is marvelous how the author recounts the story of Targaryen family, narrating at various times various narratives about the same fact, which makes the story a little nebulous but with surprising results.
The search for power, betrayals, alliances permeate the narrative at all times, which ends up being a characteristic feature of the series.

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