“A Game of Thrones” (A Song of Ice and Fire book 1) by George R. R. Martin – narrated by Roy Dotrice

I honestly don’t know what took me so long to start this series. My friend Ceci on Twitter told me last year that I should read this series but for some reason I stubbornly fought it. The books are too long, I argued. I like long books but there are too many in the series for them to be so long, I argued. Then B started watching the TV show and I thought more and more about starting the novels. I can’t remember how I came by the first book but I know it was some sort of sale on Audible. I’d had the book for quite awhile when last week, I found myself thinking about Ceci and wondered where she’ been since she hadn’t tweeted in a long time. All of the sudden, there was a tweet from her and I thought, ok time to read the book. I think about her and she appears, time to read the book.

I just leaned my head back and sighed because how do I write about this book?I suppose by just starting off with something like wow this book was good! I finished it this afternoon after not being able to stay up and finish it last night. I literally got chills towards the very end. I wish I could dive into the next book but I need to wait for my Audible credits. A break is probably needed anyway. There is a lot to take in and so many characters to love and hate. It will be good to get off the ride and get my feet under me again before beginning the next book.

“A Game of Thrones” is set in ancient times. Or is it? This isn’t Earth we’re talking about. In “the realm” as they call it, summers and winters can last for years and years. So while the times might seem ancient, in my mind the realm could simply be on some distant planet with a different son and an orbit that makes seasons last for years on end. Perhaps this civilization hasn’t had their technological boom yet.
In this realm, there are kings and queens and lords and ladies and princes and princesses and mysteries and magic and a past full of dragons and dire wolves that are not extinct and fearsome warriors and men of the black and and and oh my!
I love the way the book was written from the point of view of several different characters. Each chapter focuses on one certain character and their experiences as the entire story is told. I like to refer to this as “being in so and so’s head”. We might be in the head of Arya Stark, the youngest daughter of lord Eddard Stark or maybe we’re in his head. That chapter ends and we might then be in Tyrion Lannister’s head as he wobbles along on his dwarf legs saying something sarcastic to make you laugh out loud. Then there’s Jon Snow and Sansa Stark, and Daenerys Targaryen and Catelyn Stark and am I forgetting anyone? So as you can see, you get to experience the story from all these different points of views. And Martin obviously likes the letter y.

I can’t even begin to try and describe the plot because it’s so detailed and intricately woven together. Basically there’s a king and that family and a lord and that family and they marry this family and those families hate each other and then there’s this other family that is pretty much all dead way over there and it’s only hinted at what that family’s relation is to these other families and then you have this wall, this gigantic wall and there are bad things on the other side so the men of the black have to guard it and winter is coming. Winter is coming. Winter is coming.

I just sighed again. So good! I was able to just sit back with this book and completely escape. I wasn’t sure about the narrator, Roy Dotrice, at first because he seemed to pause in some odd places but my goodness did he do a fantastic job with all the characters! He also seems to really get into the story and when he’s describing action, he sounds out of breath or speaks through grunts when someone is injured. There are a lot of injuries. This book is very bloody. Dotrice brings the story completely alive. I’m happy to see he narrates the whole series, which is good because it would be pretty awkward to try and get used to how certain people sound if the narraters had changed.

Ah I can’t wait to begin the next book!

Rating: So good!

“A Game of Thrones” at Audible ~ “A Game of Thrones” at Amazon

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