Game of Thrones by George RR Martin (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1)

Political powers battle for control of the Iron Throne, while to the north supernatural powers threaten, and in the south a dispossessed royal begins to raise an army.

I wanted to reread Game of Thrones before the HBO series launches in April, and decided I’d give the audiobook a try. I am so glad I did. The narrator, Roy Dotrice, not only has a magnificent voice but sets all of the characters apart from each other. He’s just amazing.

As for the story, well, it’s just as captivating as I remember, perhaps even more so because I know where Martin plans to take the characters (at least as far as book 4 of the planned 7-part series). I definitely got a lot more out of it because I knew to pay attention to seemingly minor figures like the Hound and Renly Baratheon.

And because I wasn’t caught up in the “what happens next” suspense, I could really enjoy the big set pieces, like the Hand’s tourney and the battles seen through Tyrion’s and Catelyn’s eyes.

I am so excited for the HBO series. Have you seen the 10-minute extended look?

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