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The World of Ice and Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones

Length: 21 hrs and 22 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (72 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The never-before-seen history of Westeros and the lands beyond. With hundreds of pages of all-new material from George R.R. Martin. If the past is prologue, then George R.R. Martin's masterwork - the most inventive and entertaining fantasy saga of our time - warrants one hell of an introduction.

At long last, it has arrived with The World of Ice and Fire. George R.R. Martin, in collaboration with Elio M. García, Jr. and Linda Antonsson, has written a comprehensive history of the Seven Kingdoms, featuring the epic battles, bitter rivalries, and daring rebellions that lead up to the events in the bestselling A Song of Ice and Fire series.

Collected within this volume is the accumulated knowledge, scholarly speculation, and inherited folk tales of maesters and septons, maegi and singers, family trees for the Houses Stark, Lannister and Targaryen, and in-depth explanations of the history and culture of Westeros.

This is the definitive companion volume to George R.R. Martin's dazzlingly conceived universe; The World of Ice and Fire is indeed proof that the pen is mightier than a storm of swords.

©2014 George R.R. Martin (P)2014 2014 Random House LLC

Critic Reviews

"Of those who work in the grand epic fantasy tradition, George R.R. Martin is by far the best" ( Time Magazine)
"Colossal, staggering… Martin captures all the intoxicating complexity of the Wars of the Roses or Imperial Rome in his imaginary world … one of the greats of fantasy literature" ( SFX)
"The sheer-mind-boggling scope of this epic has sent other fantasy writers away shaking their heads … Its ambition: to construct the Twelve Caesars of fantasy fiction, with characters so venomous they could eat the Borgias" ( Guardian)

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Not a page turner

Struggled to finish, no storyline or plot. Written as a badly authored history book. It's a shame given how well the thrones canon was written.

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Must read for any GOT fan

I would agree with some users that it can get a bit dry in certain parts, at very start and towards the end a bit. But for anyone who wants to know what happens to Dunc & Egg, or anyone who has a keen interest in the GOT universe it's a must read.

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fiction more interesting then fact.

while listening you often forget that this is not real history of our world. awesome

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splendid piece of work

the audio book is great
now i know more details about the world created by g.r.r martin and better understand his unforgiving story

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  • Alex Goldsmith
  • 03-31-15

Fantastic

Altogether brilliant however... Whilst I adore everything about the mythopia Martin has created I feel perhaps this should have been released after the story has come to a close, because I couldn't help feeling there were concessions and omissions made for the sake of avoiding spoilers. His brain is a marvellous thing and it makes sense to write it from the point of view of a maester of the citadel, because he can blame plot omissions and changes on the maester's ignorance and the point in time he was writing.

Engaging and well read, if you love game of thrones its certainly worth a listen (or if your like me its worth buying the book too as the art work if astonishing)

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  • Matt Styles
  • 10-17-17

Not best suited to audiobook format

Really great to hear the history and nuances of the world of ice and fire. I really really enjoyed this history but it's not a natural fit for an audiobook.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-12-19

good detail, one of the readers needs a rest

The dead really good, however I was really distracted by one of the readers, he sounded very mumbled ,slurred ,and even stumbled and repeated words,was this proofed? he struggles to take breaths in the correct places Which makes it difficult to sound fluent . I'm sorry to leave a critical post but it was disappointing for the price.

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  • David
  • 11-10-18

Not good.

I'm assuming that this was George Martin's attempt at The Silmarillion where the need for pre main story history was thought to be neccessary.
For sure, Tolkiens book was another masterpiece in as much that it was beautifully written and had a story line, but this is just a list of dates, events and characters with no real thread.
The narration was abysmal. Hesitant staccato style very uneasy on the ear.
2 out of 10. Can do better.

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  • bonohodge
  • 09-15-18

One for the hardcore GOT fans

I have really enjoyed the GOT audiobooks so far, but the performances here seem a bit tired. The material probably isn’t ideal audiobook material and I didn’t find it an easy listen. Probably great as a book to dip into.

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  • Becky
  • 09-07-18

Not really a story

A bit like a collection of old wives tales in the GOT world. Not really worth listening too. Way too long and impossible to keep up with all of these small stories on different kings/knights.

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  • Shima Djedidi
  • 09-13-17

Lengthy!!

The book started off really well but I struggled to finish, became very monotonous towards the end. I felt there was no connection and even the narrator seemed to be going through the motions

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  • Sara
  • 07-20-17

Interesting but not for audiobook

This was a very interesting book providing a depth of background to the Game of Thrones universe. It is a must read for any big fan. I've given this a low star though as it feels more like a coffee table book that you read with illustrations and maps. I found it hard to follow as an audiobook.

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  • Simon Hatch
  • 09-24-16

Very good

Huge fan of the series. Any fan interested in the world's history would love it. Not sure about casual fans.

The only issue I had was that it sounded at times as if they had cut two different takes together to complete one statement and it sounds disjointed.

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  • Oscar Lankford
  • 07-17-16

More of a reference book

Would you try another book written by the authors or narrated by Roy Dotrice and Nicholas Guy Smith ?

Narrators are good and George. R. R. Martin is also good.

Would you ever listen to anything by the authors again?

Yes, i already have.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Roy Dotrice and Nicholas Guy Smith ?

Maybe, I wouldn't be put off by their names but I wouldn't seek them out

Could you see The World of Ice and Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

parts could be made into a series, like the game of thrones is, but the whole book could not be made into a series as it covers much too much and it onle briefly glances over characters so it would be too complicated to watch with so many people dying and all the bloody aegons, damn theres thousands

Any additional comments?

this book is more of a refrence book, it is not nearly as good as the song of ice and fire series for listening to, and seing as there is so much to cover, it gets too much when you have to visualise it all, you definetly need the book even if you arent very good at reading like me. I would however, definetly recomend all the other GRRM audiobooks, (it would be worth it to buy the whole "a song of ice and fire" series)

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  • Amanda
  • 01-13-15

So glad I purchased this.

Don't think I could have read this. The audio was brilliant. Thrones fans only.

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  • Daniel
  • 04-21-15

Tedious. Most avid fans of the subject matter only

As a physical book, with illustrations and all, this book works really well. If you want to read about Dorne, you just thumb through to the 'Dorne' section – it has maps and you can find the bits and pieces that you want to read through, without having to go through everything else as well. With this audiobook, you listen to everything from the dawn of time onwards, through every Aegon, Aemon and Aerys, through where one Aegon kills the other Aegon and so on and so forth. If you are intensely interested in the subject matter, this will be fine and you will have a great time. I enjoyed it for the most part, but I will freely admit that I am the horrible sort of person who goes online and posts in forums regarding the series.

I do not think that the casual reader will get the enjoyment out of this that they would get from the physical copy of the book.

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  • Rachel
  • 05-25-15

If you enjoy worldbuilding, this is a gem.

I probably actually enjoyed this more than the Song Of Ice And Fire books. It reminds me of some of the "History of England" books I read growing up, and each listen through I've picked up new aspects that affect the ASOIAF story line. Plus Roy Dotrice is such a great narrator for this kind of book. I like the use of the alternate narrator for the asides and footnotes. The "history" is painted in broad strokes so you can flesh out the world. This is very much like a wide shot, and the ASOIAF stories are in closeup. Loved it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-20-18

Not what you might be expecting

I’m a Game of Thrones fan, but this book is boring. It’s like a getting a history lesson by a bad teacher. If you want to learn the history of every descendant of every family in Game of Thrones and which descendant rode which dragon 300 years ago then you might like it otherwise stay clear. The man reading the book sounds like a maester which was good but he lacked variety in his reading and it got a bit tedious.

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  • Scott
  • 11-13-18

For fans wanting to learn more!

Highly recommend downloading the GOT map app for this book!!
Great geographical and historical summary of Westeros and Essos, great houses, cities and lands

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  • Jordan
  • 11-04-18

Great info

Great addition to the GOT lore! It fleashes out a lot of history & lore before 'Robert's rebellion' about 'Westeros' and the lands across the narrow sea! After reading the previous books, you are left with a thirst for knowing more info on so many topics that George mentions in passing; this tries to give you background information some places, or cultures you might have been interested in knowing more about.

I know there's a story about 'Sir Duncan' but I wish this gave more than a nod to his story. I wanted to know more about his travels with Aegon & maybe what became of them later.

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  • Angelina Reay
  • 10-27-18

Excellent

It was very interesting to hear the surrounding history. just as good as the other books

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  • Sylvia
  • 08-30-18

an amazing book on history of Ice and Fire.

it tells many untold stories and expands on many off hand comments from the books. the footnotes are done absolutely phenomenally.

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  • Elizabeth N Francis
  • 08-18-18

Poor performance spoils Doltrice's record.

Out of breath, little or no expression, inappropriate pauses, no voice modulation, all the pointers to an ill-prepared first reading. What a pity that Doltrice's last performance in the World of Ice and Fire series will forever spoil his excellent record.
Not sure what or how it happened, Roy Doltrice was probably quite unwell by the time he made this recording, but why release it if he wasn't able to bring it up to the standard of his previous readings. Whatever the reason, the end result is extremely disappointing and does no justice to a great story.

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  • John
  • 07-22-17

for the true lover

if you are a massive fan of the books. then this is for you. production needs a little work as there a few places where words are missed or separate recordings joined to close.