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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 & Fire.
This volume 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 - 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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By Daniel on 10-30-14

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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By Stefan Dascalu on 09-20-16

Good acting, Terrible editing

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

Better structuring and better cutting of the audio

Any additional comments?

The book has several sections where the audio is so poorly cut it's laughable how this could have left the editing desk. Whenever you start to lose yourself in the story you're pulled right out when you hear jarring shifts in volume and intonation. And after a few you realize it's not the performance it's the amateurish job of stitching the various sections of audio they had available the publishing company performed.

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15 of 16 people found this review helpful

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