Game Of Thrones Audiobooks 1-5 – Roy Dotrice
The story of A Song of Ice and Fire takes place in a fictional world where seasons last for years. Centuries before the events of the first novel (see backstory), the Seven Kingdoms on the continent Westeros were united under several generations of the Targaryen dynasty, who wielded the power of fire-breathing dragons until their apparent extinction. The last Targaryen king was killed in a rebellion of feudal lords led by a young Robert Baratheon some fourteen years before the events of the first novel. Following the conclusion of the rebellion, Robert became king.
The main story chronicles a power struggle for the Iron Throne of Westeros after King Robert’s death in the first book, A Game of Thrones. King Robert’s son Joffrey immediately claims the throne with the support of his mother’s powerful, immensely wealthy Lannister family. When Lord Eddard Stark, King Robert’s “Hand” (chief advisor) finds out Joffrey and his siblings were not fathered by Robert but are Jaime Lannister and Cersei Lannister’s offspring out of incest, Eddard is executed for treason and Robert’s brothers Stannis and Renly individually lay claim to the throne. Meanwhile, several regions of Westeros seek to return to self-rule: Eddard Stark’s eldest son Robb is proclaimed King in the North, while Balon Greyjoy re-establishes an independent Kingdom in his region, the Iron Islands. This so-called War of the Five Kings is in full progress by the middle of the second book, A Clash of Kings, with more people gradually joining the struggle for power. In the fifth book, A Dance with Dragons, Joffrey’s younger brother Tommen holds the Iron Throne, with his mother and later his uncle serving as his regents as the winter snow arrives.
The second story takes place on the northern border of Westeros, where an enormous, eight-thousand-year-old wall of ice defends Westeros from the Others, creatures believed to be mythical at the start of the series. The Wall’s sentinels, the Sworn Brotherhood of the Night’s Watch, are spending most of their time dealing with the human wildlings living beyond the Wall when the first Others appear in A Game of Thrones. The Night’s Watch story is told primarily through the eyes of Jon Snow, supposed ~ censored ~ son of Eddard Stark, as he rises through the ranks of the Watch and learns the true nature of the threat from the north. With the third volume, A Storm of Swords, this story becomes entangled with the civil war to the south when Stannis moves to the Wall to protect the realm from the threat of invasion and simultaneously win the favor of the northern strongholds.
The third story is set on a huge eastern continent named Essos and follows the adventures of Daenerys Targaryen, the last known scion of House Targaryen. Her story is isolated from the others until more POV characters join her in A Dance with Dragons. Living in exile on Essos, Daenerys’ adventures show her growing ability as she rises from a pauper sold into an arranged marriage to a powerful and canny ruler. Her rise is aided by the birth of three dragons from fossilized dragon eggs given to her as wedding gifts. With a three-headed dragon as her family’s coat of arms, these creatures are of symbolic value to her before they grow big enough to be of tactical use for her goal of reclaiming the Iron Throne.
Books (Read by Roy Dotrice)
1. A Game of Thrones
2. A Clash of Kings
3. A Storm of Swords
4. A Feast for Crows
5. A Dance with Dragons