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

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

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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"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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    Daniel Mt. Lawley, Western Australia 21/04/2015
    Daniel Mt. Lawley, Western Australia 21/04/2015 Member Since 2014

    I am the sort of person who desperately wants to be a full-blown nerd, but lacks most of the credentials.

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    "Tedious. Most avid fans of the subject matter only"

    As a physical book, with illustrations and all, this book works really well. If you want to read about Dorne, you just thumb through to the 'Dorne' section – it has maps and you can find the bits and pieces that you want to read through, without having to go through everything else as well. With this audiobook, you listen to everything from the dawn of time onwards, through every Aegon, Aemon and Aerys, through where one Aegon kills the other Aegon and so on and so forth. If you are intensely interested in the subject matter, this will be fine and you will have a great time. I enjoyed it for the most part, but I will freely admit that I am the horrible sort of person who goes online and posts in forums regarding the series.

    I do not think that the casual reader will get the enjoyment out of this that they would get from the physical copy of the book.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Amanda macquarie fields, Australia 13/01/2015
    Amanda macquarie fields, Australia 13/01/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "So glad I purchased this."

    Don't think I could have read this. The audio was brilliant. Thrones fans only.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Rachel Wellington, New Zealand 25/05/2015
    Rachel Wellington, New Zealand 25/05/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "If you enjoy worldbuilding, this is a gem."

    I probably actually enjoyed this more than the Song Of Ice And Fire books. It reminds me of some of the "History of England" books I read growing up, and each listen through I've picked up new aspects that affect the ASOIAF story line. Plus Roy Dotrice is such a great narrator for this kind of book. I like the use of the alternate narrator for the asides and footnotes. The "history" is painted in broad strokes so you can flesh out the world. This is very much like a wide shot, and the ASOIAF stories are in closeup. Loved it.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Manton 13/11/2016
    Manton 13/11/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "exceptional history great detailed accounts"

    narrator was on point this lays out the wonderful history and backstory of westeros thankyou

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    Nathan 05/11/2016
    Nathan 05/11/2016
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    "Brilliant and in depth"

    Absolutely loved it, a great fleshing out of George R.R. Martins ice and fire series.

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    Jessica 24/09/2016
    Jessica 24/09/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Interesting history"

    Would be even better if it was read by Iain Glenn.
    Ot alternatively too hear an interesting female voice to narrate.

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    Andrew 31/05/2016
    Andrew 31/05/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Some exciting back stories."

    All information is noted as in a history text. Not all of it very interesting. Argon the conqueror's efforts are well with learning about. I didn't enjoy any other part as much.

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    glen Pingrup, Australia 27/10/2015
    glen Pingrup, Australia 27/10/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "WHAT ARE YOU THINKING!!!"

    in the last 4 months i have listened to the 8 books that preceed this one. i expected another well written, exciting and captivating book, instead i got a 21 hour history lesson which i thought initially would lay some history for the prequels to come, however it is just a collection of every thought that George has had but couldn't work out a way to include in one of the previous books.
    l'm no writer but but to make book of all the stuff you left on the cutting room floor is just taking the piss out of your readers.
    regards
    very disappointed consumer

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
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  • Conor
    22/03/16
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    "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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  • T.C
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    23/04/15
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    "Fantastic history lesson"

    As the cover says this is a history lesson for those who have read Ice and Fire. As such it is not suitable for those who are not fans of the series. However for those who are i cannot imagine anyone has ever written as good a fictional history as this!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Alex Goldsmith
    31/03/15
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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)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • H W Bruce
    Surrey
    10/12/14
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    "Only If you are song of Fire and Ice fan"
    Would you listen to The World of Ice and Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones again? Why?

    I may need to lesson this again as it can overwhelm you with Mr Martin's style of writing so it can be easy to miss gold between the filler lines which half recession why I love his work.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The World of Ice and Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones?

    I had hoped to find out more about the doom or even what really happened yet sadly this dose not happen however you do find out more than you hoped about the wars before and after that for me was the best part.


    What about Roy Dotrice and Nicholas Guy Smith ’s performance did you like?

    they are consistent which is the most you can ask for and they do bring what could be rather boring to life.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The longest nine hours of your life.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great book if your already a fan this is a must I do understand that this isn't for everyone and it is only the nerdy fans like myself that will really enjoy this.

    9 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Simon Hatch
    24/09/16
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Oscar Lankford
    17/07/16
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    "More of a reference book"
    Would you try another book written by the authors or narrated by Roy Dotrice and Nicholas Guy Smith ?

    Narrators are good and George. R. R. Martin is also good.


    Would you ever listen to anything by the authors again?

    Yes, i already have.


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

    Maybe, I wouldn't be put off by their names but I wouldn't seek them out


    Could you see The World of Ice and Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

    parts could be made into a series, like the game of thrones is, but the whole book could not be made into a series as it covers much too much and it onle briefly glances over characters so it would be too complicated to watch with so many people dying and all the bloody aegons, damn theres thousands


    Any additional comments?

    this book is more of a refrence book, it is not nearly as good as the song of ice and fire series for listening to, and seing as there is so much to cover, it gets too much when you have to visualise it all, you definetly need the book even if you arent very good at reading like me. I would however, definetly recomend all the other GRRM audiobooks, (it would be worth it to buy the whole "a song of ice and fire" series)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • John
    Chesterfield, United Kingdom
    12/05/16
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    "excellent "

    really good but would have been better to have been done after finishing the main books so he could dullyvezplain recent events

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Frederick
    9/05/16
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    "Brilliant if you're a fan"

    Love this audio book. My second time listening through. You always catch something new. Highly recommend to fans of GoT.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Edward Kennard
    23/04/16
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    "Expanded GoT"

    This audio book made for hours upon hours of interesting geography, history and politics of the World of Ice and Fire. If you play the game of thrones with the intention of winning, I thoroughly recommend this title

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    17/04/16
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    "Essential for fans"

    An essential read for any readers who love and wish to explore this world. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • amanda
    1/03/16
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    "magic loved every minute"

    if you love all things game of thrones this is for you .
    delves deep into house and family history
    also connects a few dots

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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