A Game of Thrones AudioBook


The first book in the epic fantasy series entitled A Song of Ice & Fire by American author George R.R. Martin, the Game of Thrones follows the story of the families in the Seven Kingdoms located in the fictional land of Westeros. It was first published on August 6, 1996 and has since become a series of five books and has even spawned a miniseries produced by HBO. The novel itself has won the Locus Award in 1997 and has been nominated for many other accolades since it first came out. The books, which start with The Game of Thrones is followed by A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, A Feast for Crows and the most recent one of them all, A Dance with Dragons.

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A Game Of Thrones Story (Spoiler!)

The story starts out from the point of view of one of the major houses in the series, that of Lord Eddard Stark of Winterfell. The House of Stark, whose sigil is the dire wolf, is in charge of the kingdom’s Northern border and are the designated guardians of The Wall- literally a giant man-made structure that protects them from the savages of the north. Eddard is depicted as a serious yet extremely honorable man who happens to be the best friend of the reigning King, Robert Baratheon. Robert Baratheon whose house is situated at Storm’s End and has for its sigil a crowned stag, took the throne from the “Mad King” Aerys Targaryen II in what is called as The War of the Usurper. Robert is described as a once formidable warrior who has grown too accustomed to the life of the King. His apparent disinterest to ruling was brought about by the murder of his true love Lyanna by Rhaegar Targaryen, the son of Aerys II. This travesty was the reason why Robert rose up in arms against the Mad King and eventually took the throne for himself. Lyanna as it would turn out, was Lord Eddard Stark’s sister. Eventually, Robert married Cersei of House Lannister, whose father Tywinn, was the former Hand of the King and is considered to be the richest man in all of the Seven Kingdoms. It was more of a political move to consolidate the military strength of Robert with the economical one of the Lannisters.

The story opens with Robert, who is already King by this time, asking Eddard Stark to become his second in command. This was brought about by the recent death of the former Hand of the King, John Arryn, who was also the adoptive father to both Eddard and Robert. Lord Stark reluctantly agrees to his new assignment and proceeds to move to the capital, Kings Landing. It is here where the plot thickens as the politics begin to play out amongst the major characters who all want to consolidate the power and take the throne for themselves.

 

About the Audiobook Narrator:

A Game of Thrones Audiobook featuring the unabridged version is also made available by Random House Audio as read by the respected British actor Roy Dotrice. It was offered as a cassette as early as January 2004 and is as much enjoyed as its written version. Best for those who are regularly in transit or who simply do not have the time to sit down and read, the audiobook is presented in such a vivid manner that it truly does capture the essence of the story the way the author intended.