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

Synopsis:
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.

Review:
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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