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Fire & Blood

300 Years Before A Game of Thrones (A Targaryen History)
Auteur(s): George R. R. Martin
Narrateur(s): Simon Vance
Durée: 26 h et 24 min
4.5 out of 5 stars (134 évaluations)
Prix: CDN$ 52,63
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Description

The thrilling history of the Targaryens comes to life in this masterly work by the author of A Song of Ice and Fire, the inspiration for HBO's Game of Thrones.

With all the fire and fury fans have come to expect from internationally best-selling author George R. R. Martin, this is the first volume of the definitive two-part history of the Targaryens in Westeros.

Centuries before the events of A Game of Thrones, House Targaryen - the only family of dragonlords to survive the Doom of Valyria - took up residence on Dragonstone. Fire & Blood begins their tale with the legendary Aegon the Conqueror, creator of the Iron Throne, and goes on to recount the generations of Targaryens who fought to hold that iconic seat, all the way up to the civil war that nearly tore their dynasty apart.

What really happened during the Dance of the Dragons? Why was it so deadly to visit Valyria after the Doom? What were Maegor the Cruel’s worst crimes? What was it like in Westeros when dragons ruled the skies? These are but a few of the questions answered in this essential chronicle, as related by a learned maester of the Citadel and featuring more than 80 all-new black-and-white illustrations by artist Doug Wheatley. Listeners have glimpsed small parts of this narrative in such volumes as The World of Ice & Fire, but now, for the first time, the full tapestry of Targaryen history is revealed.

With all the scope and grandeur of Gibbon’s The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Fire & Blood is the ultimate game of thrones, giving listeners a whole new appreciation for the dynamic, often bloody, and always fascinating history of Westeros.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2018 George R. R. Martin (P)2018 Random House Audio

Ce que les critiques disent

“A masterpiece of popular historical fiction.” (The Sunday Times)

“[Fire & Blood] explores the dragon-fueled secrets upon which the current saga is built." (Hollywood Reporter)

“[There are] treasures hidden in this new Targaryen history.” (Vanity Fair)

"Martin has done it again.... [Fire & Blood is] a beautiful weaving of the wars, marriages, deaths, dragons, and politics that shape the world Martin has created, leaving the reader feeling like this is a true history rather than a piece of fantasy. This is a masterpiece of world-building.... Beyond Martin’s legions of fans, anyone with a taste for richly, even obsessively detailed historical fiction or fantasy about royalty will enjoy this extraordinary work.” (Booklist, starred review)

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Au global

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  • Au global
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Great narrator, lethally boring

Martin's customary style of writing is tragically absent from this book. It shares nothing of the potency of the Song of Fire and Ice series, and fails to stir any real emotion or excitement. The narrator is excellent, but the content is dry, boring and snooze-inducing. Would make a good sleep aid.

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  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars

Fantastic

Another marvelous dive into Westeros and the contrasts between narrators compared to the World of Ice and Fire make a fascinating and sometimes amusing contrast akin to reading different histories across time.

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  • Au global
    1 out of 5 stars
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So Boring; Quit Halfway Through

I've read all the Song of Ice and Fire books (aka Game of Thrones) and thoroughly enjoyed them. As such, I was really looking forward to another blockbuster by George R.R. Martin but sadly this book was really lacking for me. This book is more of a reading of the Targarian family tree and less story, plotting and mayhem that GoT fans have come to love and expect.
I was so bored by this book I had to quit listening to it halfway through. I'm an avid reader and I can count the books I couldn't finish on one hand. Unfortunately that list now has one more dud to keep the others company.
I would recommend skipping this book unless listening to 300 years of fictional family trees are your thing.
It should be noted that the narrator was good, I just found the story lacking.

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  • Au global
    3 out of 5 stars
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Dry dry dry

I’m a huge fan of GoT but this was a dry list of names and dates. At times it reminded me of the worst parts of high school history. The narrator was superb however.

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  • Au global
    3 out of 5 stars
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    2 out of 5 stars

Not a story

It reads like a history - like reasoning the book of Genesis from the Bible - hard to keep track of who begat who and which person is being referred to

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So Disappointing

If you enjoyed the political intrigue and scheming that were in the other books within the Westeros universe, you’ll be disappointed with this one. There is none of that. I returned it after 2 hours of listening.

Martin has “Jumped the shark” with this book.

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  • Au global
    4 out of 5 stars
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  • P
  • 2019-01-13

Interesting read

I found this to be an interesting read. I understand that it was written by the perspective of a maester but did not enjoy the repetitious content. Instead of reading a story a man wrote it felt like I was hearing first hand. Leaving wanting to say “Get on with it”.

I find the history very enthralling. It was worth telling. However, I would have preferred that he finished his Fire and Ice before this. Having waited so long for that, to get this book (as good as it was) feels a bit bitter sweet. I do recommend this book but leave by saying “ I am still waiting...

  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • TC
  • 2019-01-10

Fasinating!

An excellent addition to the Ice and Fire saga. The lives of the Targaryen Kings and Queens of Westeros turn out to be just as fasinating as the lives and stories in the current Game of Thrones universe.

  • Au global
    2 out of 5 stars
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    2 out of 5 stars

Boring not a real story more af a bibliographic narration

Not game of thrones story telling be forewarned!
Might ask for a refund on this one

  • Au global
    3 out of 5 stars
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Very dry

Reads much like the Bible, concise but with no character development to invest the reader.

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  • Nicolas
  • 2019-02-03

Reads like a real history book

sometimes it is hard to follow all the name and places, especially if you are not familiar with ASOIAF world.
the performance is top notch !

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  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Kingsley
  • Henely Brook, Australia
  • 2018-11-22

150 years of Westeros history

'Fire and Blood' is a fictional history of Westeros. It is not historical fiction – in that it is written in the style of a history, not of a fiction book. Anyone expecting a fictional story will be disappointed. This book covers about half the Targaryen's reign of Westeros. 26 hours to cover 150 years, when GRRM has taken hundreds of hours to cover a few years in the main ASOIAF series. There is little dialogue - although there is some, covering more famous quote by people involved in the 'history'. In this way it's similar to what you might see in Will Durant's 'Story of Civilization' or other history texts. It may not be for everyone, and certainly not for those just joining the ASOIAF world, but it is a great addition.

The narrator here is not wholly reliable. The history is not completely set and known, as there is discussion by the narrator around discrepancies and how some of the stories didn’t appear until decades after the fact. There are other stylistic things here that would be in history books such as the narrator directly talking to the reader – ''and now we will leave this part of the story'' or ''we will come back to this guy later''.

Stylistically it works perfectly for what GRRM is trying to achieve.

There is some overlap here between this book and the previously released 'The World of Ice and Fire', but in much greater detail. GRRM said that he took out thousands of words from 'The World of Ice and Fire' when editing that book, much of which would form the basis of this book. So much of this book is not exactly new writing from GRRM as it is collected and edited works. There is a second book, currently unwritten, that will cover the rest of the time period in question. How quickly he writes that second book is part of his productivity question, whereas this book was partly already there.

One thing I have not seen any review mention, yet really should be is the PDF that comes with this book. It is beautiful. 100+ pages of illustrations of dragons, kings, battles etc. It’s a great addition to the book. It is not needed to enjoy the book, it's just the icing on the cake. I've added a full extra star to the 'overall' just for this PDF.

Narration by Simon Vance is great. It suits the book perfectly. I'm not sure he would be my choice for replacement of Roy Dotrice for the main series, but for a piece of fictional history like this he is great. He is well paced, easy to listen to and have a gravitas that works wonderfully with the text.

I'm looking forward to Book 2 of this history (although after Winds of Winter, please)


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For 'new' vs 'existing'

The Targaryen Conquest: Published in more or less same version in The World of Ice & Fire.

The Peace of the Dragon: briefly glossed over in The World of Ice & Fire, no parts of the text have previously been published.

The Sons of the Dragon: An abridged version of The Sons of the Dragon was released in October 2017 titled The Sons of the Dragon in the anthology The Book of Swords.

Heirs of the Dragon: An abridged version, The Rogue Prince, previously published in the anthology Rogues in 2014. This uses the majority of that text.

The Dying of the Dragons: Being about 60,000 words in length. An abridged version of 30,000 words was included in The Princess and the Queen, which was published in the anthology Dangerous Women in 2013.

Aftermath — The Boy King and His Regents: All new other than a very small piece in The World of Ice and Fire

So this is more than 50% all new content.

[If you enjoy this review please check out my other reviews. I review a lot of small press and indie books - support the small guys and you may find something new you will love]

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  • Au global
    4 out of 5 stars
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  • Stefan Filipovits
  • 2018-11-20

26 Hours of lore, gore,and glory

Whoever said George RR Martin has been slacking is clearly insane. This audiobook features 26 hours of content. 26 hours of Targaryen history in all its bloody glory. While I’m still getting used to not having Roy Dotrice as our guide to Westeros they have found what I think will be a very capable replacement.
The work itself is fascinating. As someone obsessed with and rooting for a Targaryen restoration in the ASOIAF stories proper, 26 hours of Targaryen lore, gore, and glory is very appealing. Some of the histories will undoubtedly be familiar to practiced ASOIAF readers. Familiar episodes of Targaryen history like Aegon’s conquest, the sons of the dragon, and the Dance Of The Dragons are all featured. However there is also tons of new information to fill in the gaps of our knowledge. It also reads like a true medieval history which might be its greatest trick of all and it certainly equals The World Of Ice & Fire in its ability to sound like a genuine piece of history. While I wouldn’t recommend it to those dipping their toes in the world of ice & fire, for comitted fans or lovers of fantasy it’s perfect.

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    4 out of 5 stars
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  • Ricardo
  • 2018-12-24

Casuals readers beware!

if you do not know about who the Targaryens are and how they came into power. This book is not for you.

If you suspect a story with characer driven development you will be dissapointed. This is a history book about all notable Targaryens, lords and events around westeros before, during and after the conquering of westeros.

I enjoyed this because I am a hardcore reader and want to know every detail there is to know.

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  • Au global
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Ross R Thompson
  • 2018-11-21

I am starting to feel like an easy mark...

I love the world of ice and fire so much i have read and listened to it multiple times during this long wait for new material from George. Naturally I was excited for some new history and background on house Targaryen, but as I started to listen to fire and blood I found myself checking to make sure I had not put on The world of ice and fire audio book. So much of this book is an exact copy and paste from the last history book with new paragraphs added here and there that I feel a tad ripped off. I will say that I do love the stories and especially the new info added, like the added info about cregan stark and the aftermath of The dance, I just wish it was all 80% new info instead of 20% new info. (These numbers are not researched are definitely not correct lol). All said.. I will still read and listen to this numerous times and am adding a star after having finished and read through halfway again.

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  • Au global
    3 out of 5 stars
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  • Dan
  • Albany, NY
  • 2018-12-01

meh

I feel like paying to read this book is like George Lucas saying he had a whole trilogy planned before and after Star Wars, Empire, and RotJ, but when I paid to see the prequel about Darth Vader, what I got was a guy sitting on a stool on the screen who narrates the plot of the story, devoid of any actual suspense or emotion. This isn't so much a story as notes or backstory necessary for a robust feature presentation. I have zero emotional connection to anything that's going on in this book. it's literally just backstory or scaffolding for the Song of Ice and Fire. The voice acting is fine, but it's tough to rate him, because he's literally playing one character the whole time: a maester reading a chronicle of Westeros.

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  • Au global
    2 out of 5 stars
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    2 out of 5 stars
  • kulagirl
  • 2018-11-27

Not what I expected.

I have read or listened to all 5 books in the series. The writing style of Fire and Blood is more of a fictional history lesson or documentary. I found it hard to get attached to most of the characters, and the dragons seemed to have more personality. Tried very hard to finish, but kept falling asleep or getting disinterested. It also seemed to be repetitive.. Sorry gotta return this one.

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  • Au global
    3 out of 5 stars
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    1 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • AtomixIGN
  • New Jersey
  • 2018-11-23

Chapter Production is Crap. Narration is Good.

You can't divide a 30-something chapter book into 197 audio chapters. This is a well-written history. It's imaginative, it's deep, and answers a lot of questions. The narrator is competent. It's not the best, but his droll delivery is befitting the droll writing.


but once again the audio has been broken into hundreds of 7 Minute chapters and its unnavigable. It's bull crap! I hate it. some audiobooks are so awesome as they literally have the chapter names on the audio file. others are at least kind enough to match up fairly reasonably so when you hit chapter 3 you are actually listening to chapter 3 of the book. these chapters end mid-sentence and slide to the next chapter with the next word. It's meaningless tripe. fire the producer. Remove them from the business.

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    1 out of 5 stars
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  • Clinton Veselis
  • 2018-11-26

A history

Listener beware - this is a history. There is no story here, just lots of names, lots of years, and lots of regret.

Don’t waste your credit like I did.

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  • Au global
    2 out of 5 stars
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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-01-25

There’s no story

It just gives a brief description of what happens each year. It’s not very entertaining or worth the money. The reader is good wish he had a story to read.

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    2 out of 5 stars
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  • Z. Gay
  • 2018-12-25

Where's the rest of it?

The title led me to believe we'd be covering all 300 years before aGoT. You have to read very carefully to catch that it's only up through the reign of Aegon III. That being said, I don't think I really wanted another 30 hours of Targaryen history. The comparison to the Silmarillion is a pretty good one, though I suffered through that one in print. It's not that they're bad books really, they're just histories where most people expect novels.

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