Song of Ice and Fire Audiobook Bundle: A Game of Thrones (HBO Tie-In), a Clash of Kings (HBO Tie-In), a Storm of Swords a Feast for Crows, and a Dance Audio CD – Audiobook, 27 Mar 2012
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‘Of those who work in the grand epic fantasy tradition, Martin is by far the best’
‘Colossal, staggering… Martin captures all the intoxicating complexity of the Wars of the Roses or Imperial Rome’
‘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’
About the Author
George R.R. Martin is the author of fourteen novels, including five volumes of A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE, several collections of short stories and numerous screen plays for television drama and feature films. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I am NOT a typical fantasy fan... in fact the idea of goblins and wizards going off on some good vs evil quest of grand proportions does NOTHING for me. But this is no typical fantasy novel. The story spans several view-points from across the fictional lands of Westeros and beyond. It is a story where no characters are safe from harm (or death) at any time. Each of the character-arcs are expertly woven and plot developments continually keep you in the dark whilst simultaneously steadily moving toward what can be some really devastating conclusions.
What I love about these books is that every character serves their own purpose, has their own private agendas and are all capable of good and bad to one extent or another... they do what they must to survive, and through their actions I found myself able to relate to and bond with these fictional people, who I have loved, loathed, pitied and despised. These novels are extremely character-centric which means the reader really does become emotionally involved with its characters, and believe me I did!
As with a lot of other fantasy series' ASOIAF is set during a medival time-frame, a time defined by murder, chivalry, classes and war... a lot of war. However unlike other fantasy series' magic and mythical monsters do not play a major role, but instead is allowed to steadily build and spread from the beginning, with beings such as the mystical Others, skin changers, wights, dragons and more. This gives the series more of a realistic grounding, and is perfectly researched by Martin.
The bottom line is that I found this series truly addictive. It was difficult to put down at times and I really cannot recommend it enough. Give it a go... you will not regret it!
However if you are new to the series I'd recommend you pick up the first in the series, A Game of Thrones, or watch some of the TV show before buying this to see if the series is definitely to your taste. A lot of people complained that there is too much sex, swearing, detail and that their favorite characters were killed off. If you don't like any of that in the your fiction then I wouldn't suggest the series to you. If, however, you love that sort of stuff in your fiction, like me, then I urge you to go read A Game of Thrones right now or try and catch the TV show.
The books themselves are a lot better quality then the previous paperbacks. Before I bought this set I already owned all of the books but they were very used, small fat things with tiny print and the hardback of the fifth title was very, very heavy and after a while a nuisance to hold, if you have kindle those issues are not a problem but a lot of people have been annoyed with the kindle edition so I wouldn't recommend that unless the kindle edition is significantly cheaper. These paperbacks are taller, slimmer and the print is easier on the eye then older editions.Read more ›
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I dont know why they removed the "conveniently sized, hand-holdable" line from the UK description but i think it was a bit deceptive of them. In the pic you imagine these being paperback size at least, unless you look at the dimensions, but these are pretty much pocket books but a lot chunkier than usual ones so they feel like they could fall apart easily. I would have preferred thicker, sturdier covers with a smoother leather effect but for the price i paid i cant really complain. The colours are also a bit off in the picture but again thats not really a big deal.
The individual purchases of ASOIAF have X-Ray enabled - Of all the books ion Kindle this is a series of books that ABSOLUTELY needs X-Ray to keep track of all the very many characters and locations in these books.
But because you purchase 5 books in one order - nope no Xray an incredible disappointment.
Also the Books all come out as One book with a few thousand pages and NOT as 5 distinct books, or even in Kindle terms 10 Kindle books.
Bizarre and bemusing that they dropped the ball here, this of all books would really benefit from an e-book functionality and Amazon blew it.
Great book, sucky implementation - just plain lazy Amazon - you get a D- here - must do better.
******* BETTER SOLUTION found
Buy all seven Kindle books, yes seven - Book 3 and Book 5 are sold as two Kindle Books each, go figure - ALL 7 can be purchased for £13.58 over HALF price and you get all the books as individual books AND you get XRAY - So for half price you get a much better ebook - go figure Amazon.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Alright as a book worm, i felt like a headless chicken when i got these books.
+Well displayed and heeey free MAP of Game of Thrones! Read more
Perfect condition, in a plastic wrap, plus free map! After watching all 6 seasons of the Television programme, which I was recommended to do first before reading the books as it... Read morePublished 6 days ago by Cait
A nice set to own, and for £20 during Prime day, this is cheaper than reading on Kindle. Will be getting the hardback set to keep for my son, but these are great to have on hand to... Read morePublished 8 days ago by Spirited77
Loved this book form beginning to end I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves the tv program I could read it agen and agenPublished 11 days ago by James venus