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A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1 Audiobook (Unabridged)

Extended Audio Sample A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1 (Unabridged), by George R. R. Martin
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.45 (411,059 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: George R. R. Martin Narrator: Roy Dotrice Publisher: Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Winter is coming...

Sinister forces are descending upon the Seven Kingdoms, a mysterious land where warm summers can stretch over decades and treacherously brutal winters can last a lifetime. And at the center of this epic adventure is Winterfell, the great kingdom of the north led by the noble Stark family. As winter approaches, Ned Stark, the strong-willed but fair-minded Lord of Winterfell, is offered the prestigious post of "Hand of the King" (the king's most trusted and highly ranked adviser). This sets the stage for an epic tale that finds the Stark family thrust into an awe-inspiring world of political intrigue, sorcery, and a brutal war between the kingdoms. Deftly weaving a multiple storylines, each immensely fascinating in its own right, into a cohesive and immensely compelling story, A Game of Thrones is arguably one of the finest epic fantasy novels to be published in recent years.

Breathtaking in its scope and breadth, A Game of Thrones serves as an excellent beginning to the epic series "A Song of Ice and Fire", a fantastic world of intrigue and mystery that could only have sprung from the brilliant mind of acclaimed author George R. R. Martin. And there's no better way to be introduced to the world of the Seven Kingdoms than through this brilliantly narrated unabridged audiobook adaptation!

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.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Review by Mike | 2/15/2014

    " Gripping, shocking, haunting. Nothing sums up the suspense better than "winter is coming" often mentioned throughout the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Review by Jonathan | 1/17/2014

    " The best fiction book I have read in a a year! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Joe Matson | 1/6/2014

    " I watched the HBO series first, and then I read the book. I think this (achronological) order was a good choice for me because when I read fantasy novels, I often feel overwhelmed and ultimately give up because I have trouble remembering all the characters. By watching the series first, however, I was able to track all the different characters because I had a picture in my mind of who they were, and I had little difficulty following the long and winding plot because I had a general idea of where it was going. Therefore, my reading experience centered on the hidden nooks that either weren't in the show or, if they were, I had forgotten. I was also able to give some of my attention to the writing, which I enjoyed and is probably what I'm looking forward to most in the next book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Pam Kenney | 12/18/2013

    " Slow going for me at the beginning, but once I had characters and places figured out it was really intriguing. Can't wait to start the next one! "

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About the Author
Author George R. R. Martin

George R. R. Martin sold his first story in 1971 and has been writing professionally ever since. He spent ten years in Hollywood as a writer-producer, working on The Twilight Zone, Beauty and the Beast, and various feature films and television pilots that were never made. In the mid ’90s he returned to prose, his first love, and began work on his epic fantasy series, A Song of Ice and Fire. He has been in the Seven Kingdoms ever since. Whenever he’s allowed to leave, he returns to Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he lives with the lovely Parris, a big white dog called Mischa, and two cats named Augustus and Caligula, who think they run the place.