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The World of Ice and Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones

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The never-before-seen history of Westeros and the lands beyond. With hundreds of pages 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 and Fire. George R.R. Martin, in collaboration with Elio M. García, Jr. and Linda Antonsson, has written a comprehensive history of the Seven Kingdoms, featuring the epic battles, bitter rivalries, and daring rebellions that lead up to the events in the bestselling A Song of Ice and Fire series.

Collected within this volume is the accumulated knowledge, scholarly speculation, and inherited folk tales of maesters and septons, maegi and singers, family trees for the Houses Stark, Lannister and Targaryen, and in-depth explanations of the history and culture of Westeros.

This is the definitive companion volume to George R.R. Martin's dazzlingly conceived universe; The World of Ice and Fire is indeed proof that the pen is mightier than a storm of swords.

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

Critic reviews

"Of those who work in the grand epic fantasy tradition, George R.R. Martin is by far the best" ( Time Magazine)
"Colossal, staggering… Martin captures all the intoxicating complexity of the Wars of the Roses or Imperial Rome in his imaginary world … one of the greats of fantasy literature" ( SFX)
"The sheer-mind-boggling scope of this epic has sent other fantasy writers away shaking their heads … Its ambition: to construct the Twelve Caesars of fantasy fiction, with characters so venomous they could eat the Borgias" ( Guardian)

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One for the hardcore GOT fans

I have really enjoyed the GOT audiobooks so far, but the performances here seem a bit tired. The material probably isn’t ideal audiobook material and I didn’t find it an easy listen. Probably great as a book to dip into.

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Interesting but not for audiobook

This was a very interesting book providing a depth of background to the Game of Thrones universe. It is a must read for any big fan. I've given this a low star though as it feels more like a coffee table book that you read with illustrations and maps. I found it hard to follow as an audiobook.

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Fantastic

Altogether brilliant however... Whilst I adore everything about the mythopia Martin has created I feel perhaps this should have been released after the story has come to a close, because I couldn't help feeling there were concessions and omissions made for the sake of avoiding spoilers. His brain is a marvellous thing and it makes sense to write it from the point of view of a maester of the citadel, because he can blame plot omissions and changes on the maester's ignorance and the point in time he was writing.

Engaging and well read, if you love game of thrones its certainly worth a listen (or if your like me its worth buying the book too as the art work if astonishing)

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Not best suited to audiobook format

Really great to hear the history and nuances of the world of ice and fire. I really really enjoyed this history but it's not a natural fit for an audiobook.

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good detail, one of the readers needs a rest

The dead really good, however I was really distracted by one of the readers, he sounded very mumbled ,slurred ,and even stumbled and repeated words,was this proofed? he struggles to take breaths in the correct places Which makes it difficult to sound fluent . I'm sorry to leave a critical post but it was disappointing for the price.

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Not good.

I'm assuming that this was George Martin's attempt at The Silmarillion where the need for pre main story history was thought to be neccessary. For sure, Tolkiens book was another masterpiece in as much that it was beautifully written and had a story line, but this is just a list of dates, events and characters with no real thread. The narration was abysmal. Hesitant staccato style very uneasy on the ear. 2 out of 10. Can do better.

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Not really a story

A bit like a collection of old wives tales in the GOT world. Not really worth listening too. Way too long and impossible to keep up with all of these small stories on different kings/knights.

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  • 02-11-17

Probably the best story of our time...but very poorly read...

I just love the GOT saga, but after having bought all the books I have not managed to keep listening to the first one for more then an hour.... I tried but could not take any longer the character’s voices, the tones etc.

Nothing against the reader per se, it’s just that after having listened to all the Harry potter and all the Sherlock Holmes both read by Stephen Fry, well it’s totally another dimension...

I would love Steven Fry’s version of GOT, would surely buy all the books again!

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Lengthy!!

The book started off really well but I struggled to finish, became very monotonous towards the end. I felt there was no connection and even the narrator seemed to be going through the motions

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Very good

Huge fan of the series. Any fan interested in the world's history would love it. Not sure about casual fans.

The only issue I had was that it sounded at times as if they had cut two different takes together to complete one statement and it sounds disjointed.

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  • Conor
  • 22-03-16

Must read for any GOT fan

I would agree with some users that it can get a bit dry in certain parts, at very start and towards the end a bit. But for anyone who wants to know what happens to Dunc & Egg, or anyone who has a keen interest in the GOT universe it's a must read.

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  • jayesh dharamsey
  • 05-03-18

fiction more interesting then fact.

while listening you often forget that this is not real history of our world. awesome

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  • Abi Showkath Ali
  • 26-07-17

splendid piece of work

the audio book is great
now i know more details about the world created by g.r.r martin and better understand his unforgiving story

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-10-18

Not a page turner

Struggled to finish, no storyline or plot. Written as a badly authored history book. It's a shame given how well the thrones canon was written.

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