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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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Great story, but not meant to sound like a Pirates Tale

I really enjoyed listening to this audio version, after I eventually got used to the narrators style. I found myself dreading anytime Tyrion spoke - the narrators take was so brutal. I don't think he was meant to sound like a pirate Leprechan. And the women all sounded like old crones - even the young ones. When he wasn't doing voices, I enjoyed the performance much more. And as I said, I eventually got used to the voices.

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so glad i decided to give this series a try.

amazing story full of drama and betrayal. the narration was very skillfully done and had me completely captivated. ive never seen the series and decided to get this audiobook on a whim. i loved it so much i bought myself the box set for xmas

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Really brought the story to life!

I watched the show Game of Thrones but this book really brought everything together for me. I absolutely loved it!

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fantastic book

I have caught up on all the seasons of Game of Thrones and have been an avid watcher of the show ever since it aired. but I have always wanted to read the book or listen to the book and it's fantastic. I have all the other Game of Thrones books and my pre-orders waiting I can't wait to hear them all.

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  • 12-03-16

great story!

A fantastic reading of a wonderful story by a single reader. I can't wait to hear the rest!

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Awesome highly recommend if you love show get this

if you love the show you will love the books a must have awesome to listen to

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First Rate Tale!

I had my doubts about the book when I first started, but found that the narrator quickly drew me into the story, do that by the end, I had a hard time turning the car off to go to work. I can't say enough good things about the book...excellent story, very well told. Time spent listening to it is time well spent!

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thanks for this book

I wish I would read the book first but it's good to see the background of all the characters in Game of Thrones

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great book and an amazing performance

I loved the book so much better then the TV show and that really says a lot! I really enjoyed all the extra details in the battles.

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A relisten to fully enjoy a wonderful experience!

Thank you, Roy Dotrice & Audible for presenting this wonderful opportunity to relisten and resubmerge in the wonderful world provided in "A Game of Thrones - A Song of Fire and Ice" by author George R. R. Martin! I can only hope I'll be around to re-enjoy multiple repetitions (over time).....I know I'll savour each relisten for refreshed details of imagination!