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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best seller

The perfect gift for fans of A Song of Ice and Fire and HBO’s Game of Thrones - an epic history of Westeros and the lands beyond, featuring hundreds of minutes of all-new material from George R. R. Martin!

If the past is prologue, then George R. R. Martin’s masterwork - the most inventive and entertaining fantasy saga of our time - warrants one hell of an introduction. At long last, it has arrived with The World of Ice & Fire

This is a comprehensive history of the Seven Kingdoms, providing vividly constructed accounts of the epic battles, bitter rivalries, and daring rebellions that lead to the events of A Song of Ice and Fire and HBO’s Game of Thrones. In a collaboration that’s been years in the making, Martin has teamed with Elio M. García, Jr., and Linda Antonsson, the founders of the renowned fan site Westeros.org - perhaps the only people who know this world almost as well as its visionary creator. 

Collected here is all the accumulated knowledge, scholarly speculation, and inherited folk tales of maesters and septons, maegi and singers, including:

  • full family trees for Houses Stark, Lannister, and Targaryen
  • in-depth explorations of the history and culture of Westeros 
  • 100% all-new material, more than half of which Martin wrote specifically for this book 

The definitive companion piece to George R. R. Martin’s dazzlingly conceived universe, The World of Ice & Fire is indeed proof that the pen is mightier than a storm of swords. 

©2014 George R.R. Martin (P)2014 Random House Audio

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Masterpiece, as expected

To be honest, I have to say that when I first started listening to this book, I was surprised by the fact that this is not a novel( or a story). It is a history book. Some parts that talked about the early history of Westeros, I can't call anything but boring, but once the book got closer to the "present time", I found it very interesting. It gives a very detailed history of every house and even the free cities. The longer I listened the more hooked I was. It is clear that the authors have spent countless hours creating this world.
Bottom line, if you're a die-hard Game of Thrones fan, you'll love it, but if you're just looking for an easy listen, pass on this one.

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The World of Suck

Jumped back and forth between two readers with opposite styles and pitches. Difficult to understand from one to another when first changing. Speed reading through the history of Westeros. Would not recommend

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Calm Down, Fanboys

I loved all the other books in the series, but this book was a disappointment. This offering may work in print as reference material. It does not work as an audiobook. Unless you enjoy listening to an almanac, save your credit and buy the print version.

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The Silmarillion of GRR Martin's World

Though this book is more for backstory to explain how and why the world we are thrust into came to be, and does a wonderful job at explaining where the different ethnicities developed, the conflicts of ages past, as well as the ancient tales of empires come and gone by, as well as a pondering on the races that may have come before.
As always, Roy was a wonderful narrarator and has not lost his talent for the series.

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For super fans only!!!

If you want to know all about the Andals, the Rhoynar, the first city of Ghis, the fabled land of Sotheros, and about the Doom of Valyria, then this is great for you.

If you don't know what I'm talking about or don't care, stick to the main novels.

A semi-complete history of the major houses is contained within, also, which is fascinating. But that's only about the first half of the book. The second half deals with the Free Cities and the other continents.

Hope that helps!

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Does not work as an audio book

I have to agree with Daniel. This book may work well in print as reference material but as an audiobook it is a snoozer. As a history book I did learn interesting background information on the characters but listening to someone read it was a struggle.

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The book for beginners!!!

If you're a true Game Of Thrones fan this is a good read but you should already know most of this book. I've read all five books twice and watched the series three or four times. With all that being said i still learned more about the 7 kingdoms. This book is a great feel in as we all wait for the 6th book to come out and we all know that HBO or the millions of fans out there won't make George R.R. Martin write faster. The one thing Martin does do in this book is he sets up the prequel for the New HBO series!!!! This book really tells you all about the Targaryen blood line and all the family trees and the wars to win the throne. If Martin feels to finish book 6 and 7 before the HBO last seasons starts, this is always a new route they can go. One things for sure-nobody can get enough Game Of Thrones!!!!

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Sweet History Text

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Definitely. However, this book ins't a novel. It's set up as a maester's chronicling of the history of Westeros and beyond. If you love the other books, you should find these tales very interesting. Roy Dotrice does a great job as always, and there is another narrator for what are essentially footnotes, which works well. You forget there there are two other co-authors being the storytelling is so consistent. Well Done.

Have you listened to any of Roy Dotrice and Nicholas Guy Smith ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Just as good as Roy's other Ice and Fire readings

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

YES

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It's a Text Book

Absolutely love the series, 5 stars on all of the books. But this? This should not be an audio book. It would be nice to have the text copy to reference, but it's literally 200 different similar sounding names per chapter in rapid fire succession.

It just doesn't work as an audiobook.

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This Makes My 7th Grade History Book Look Amazing

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

While family lines are interesting in the World of Ice & Fire, somehow this book wasn't able to do that. It gave rather a disjointed genealogy with poor detail and very little story to bring in the reader.

Has The World of Ice & Fire turned you off from other books in this genre?

I love this world and will continue reading other books by Martin, but I will be more careful what I buy from this series in the future.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Roy Dotrice and Nicholas Guy Smith ?

The Narrator was the only reason I listened to this book as long as I did.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment. I love history/historical fiction and this was terrible to read.

Any additional comments?

While the spin off books, other projects, and graphic novels are interesting...It would be great if we actually had the rest of the books in the original series. I realize that you need to make money while there is interest in the series, but a lot of attention will be gone after HBO finishes the story that the writer was too distracted to write. I find this sad as I much prefer the books to HBO.

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