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Publisher's Summary

In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow. At the center of the conflict, the Starks of Winterfell hold the key: a reluctant Lord Eddard is summoned to serve as the king's new Hand, an appointment that threatens to sunder both family and kingdom. In this land of extremes, plots and counterplots, soldiers and sorcerers, each side fights to win the deadliest of conflicts: the game of thrones.

©1996 George R.R. Martin, (P)2003 Books On Tape, Inc., published in arrangement with Random House Audio Group,a division of Random House, Inc.

Critic Reviews

  • Locus Award, 1997

"Martin's trophy case is already stuffed with major prizes...He's probably going to have to add another shelf, at least." (Publishers Weekly)
"The first volume in Martin's first fantasy saga combines intrigue, action, romance, and mystery in a family saga." (Booklist)
"Grabs hold and won't let go. It's brilliant." (Robert Jordan)
"This novel is an absorbing combination of the mythic, the sweepingly historical, and the intensely personal." (Chicago Sun-Times)

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Amazing! great performance and story.

highly recommend it to anyone who likes reading. I am ready for the next one.

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Great narration

the narration was great! I didn't expect to finish it as quickly as I did.

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Good book. The English accent gets old.

I really enjoyed the story having watched the HBO series first. My only complaint is that every character seems to be from the U.K. It gets a little tiresome but does not overly distract.

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  • Chris
  • Apache junction, AZ, United States
  • 06-12-17

Vivid and vicious! You will be enthralled.

Not one for the G.O.T. t.v. series but I will continue listening to this series. I LO e the story, although it took a bit to get used to jumping from one character to the next and meshing their stories together to keep it all straight. Once I quit worrying about keeping up and just listened I was able to mesh them quite easily. Unlike many other listeners I did not find the sex graphic or distracting, in contrast it was mild versus some of the other stories I've listened to. I am presently surprised I enjoyed the story as much as I did. Now on the book 2.

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Please, stop calling him 'Jeffrey'

What three words best describe Roy Dotrice’s performance?

slightly off target

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If you're going to mispronounce the name of a character at least be consistent about it. Very annoying detail, but otherwise a great audiobook.

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narrator sucks

loved the story. the narrator is very dry and boring. still a great story to hear.

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loved it!

I've read and reread this series. this man does an amazing job of reading it.

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As awesome as Expected!

Had high expectations for this book and it delivered! Now I'm off to read the 2nd!

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Awesome!

I own the paper back version of the whole series but never had time to get through even the first one. I'd start, stop midway forget what was happening and get frustrated. with this version I couldn't have stopped listening if I wanted to. I binged strait through and loved it. I can't wait to get the second one! thank you audible for turning all the time I spend driving into time I spend enjoying books!

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As great as the HBO show.

it is a very long story, over 60 chapters, but amazingly good. I can not recommend it enough if you have the time.