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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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absolutely required reading

riveting from beginning to end. I'd recommend it to anyone over the age of 17. lol.

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Awesome

probably my favorite of all 5. Cant wait for the 6th one. Hopeful for more.

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Awesome Series of Books

Where does A Game of Thrones rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Not your normal one Hero does it all to the end. Characters you love & hate die, there not any truly evil ones. Just your normal human person with an ambition for power who will use any and all means to win a throne or save a clan. Some are smart, some cruel, some just lack information, but a decision right or wrong may cost them everything they love. True Life Politics only with fatal consequences, then add in brutal medieval style wars, dragons, wolves, faeries and magically gifted people.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Aria Stark - Tom Boy to Master Assassin - whats not to love.

What aspect of Roy Dotrice’s performance would you have changed?

I wish he would not make up voices, and just read in his own voice. I did not find his character changes very good at all. His own reading voice is great, his women are just terrible, his men are OK, but every one is overly thick British Isle accent. To represent different cultures try some others, India, Spain, east coast American.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

When reading on paper, I did try that!

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freaking amazing

the story was amazing, the character s were easy to get attached to or despise. well worth the read / listen.

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Amazing I still have a job after I got hooked

I have already seen the HBO series and I've heard that the books are better so I've wanted to read them. Figured I'd try audible and I figured this should be my first book. it was amazing. I could hardly pull myself away from it.

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Wonderful tittle looking forward to the rest<br />

Wonderful tittle looking forward to the rest and I'm sure they will be better than this one

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loved it

now i will go on and listen to the others which I'm sure are just as great!

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Great story

Great story, matches the show pretty well. Looking forward to the next book in the series.

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best book I've ever read.

the story was amazing and the language usage was perfect and effective to let you step into the characters minds

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excellent

Narration was superb. The book was better than the HBO series. I would recommend this to anyone.