• Winter is Coming

  • Symbols and Hidden Meanings in A Game of Thrones
  • By: Valerie Estelle Frankel
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 3 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 17-01-2014
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Audible Studios
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.1 (9 ratings)

Publisher's Summary

Game of Thrones fans watch in delight as the epic battle of Lannister and Stark entangles the Seven Kingdoms. But only the sharpest notice how these houses echo Lancaster and York in the War of the Roses. Druids, Catholics, and even Zoroastrians wander through Westeros, reframing their religions for a new world of fantasy. But how medieval is Westeros? Did lady knights and pirates really battle across Europe? The audiobook Winter is Coming: Symbols and Hidden Meanings in A Game of Thrones explores all this and more, from the echoes of history to the symbols and omens our beloved characters.
Who is Jon Snow's mother and why is she a secret? What is Daenerys's real power, unknown even to her? Will these two characters share a destiny? Where is the red priestess's real Light bringer and when will it arrive? Through dreams and prophecies, imagery and allegory, the deepest secrets of the series unfold, in an exploration friendly to watchers and listeners alike.
©2013 Valerie Estelle Frankel (P)2014 Audible Inc.
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3 out of 5 stars
By Margaret on 27-09-2016

Very interesting for Game of Thrones Fans

Some good points, clarifications and speculations for the early (books 1-4) approx. Some interesting information for viewers of the show as well. No spoilers really as the show has progressed past the point of this book.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Rita Jones-Mayes on 05-07-2014

Great Look Into Future of Game of Thrones

Would you listen to Winter is Coming again? Why?

I might listen this this again. It is short and an easy listen. There is lots of thought provoking discussion and a behind the scenes look at what is really going on. Good discussion of symbolism in the books.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Winter is Coming?

I especially enjoyed the discussion on Jon's parentage. This is something that my daughter and I had discussed at length and some of the theories that we had come up with were discussed as well as some that we had not thought of.

Which scene was your favorite?

I enjoyed the discussion of prophecy of what was going to happen in the future for Game of Thrones especially in regards to the dragons.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

This that was a book about other books it did not provoke extreme reactions. It was enjoyable from beginning to end.

Any additional comments?

The narrator was easy to understand which is my first priority for a audible book. I would buy this one again.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

1 out of 5 stars
By J. Quigley on 08-08-2014

Reference book, not for listening to

Would you try another book from Valerie Estelle Frankel and/or Oliver Wyman?

This book is for reference while you look at the books in the series. It is not for listening to, there is no flow. Page numbers are given for reference, but it jumps around from story to story, book to book. It also references the television shows as frequently as it does the books. It tells which episode, in which season, to refer to.

How could the performance have been better?

He read well enough. It wasn't his fault that it wasn't a flowing story.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I think I would enjoy a hard copy, it had interesting points, but there was no continuation of the points. No discussion. There was a short reference sentence, then on to an unrelated topic.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Dave A on 04-04-2014

Mildly diverting

Would you try another book written by Valerie Estelle Frankel or narrated by Oliver Wyman?

Probably not.

What was most disappointing about Valerie Estelle Frankel’s story?

Some sections are repeated. I appreciate that some events/themes may be relevant in several sections but repeating the points word for word is annoying.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Different voices are not really informative.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

A mixture of "more informed" and "annoyed".

Any additional comments?

An interesting reminder of some points in advance of Series 4.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

1 out of 5 stars
By Ralph on 12-03-2014

A Sony of Speculation

What would have made Winter is Coming better?

Less theorizing, speculation, conjecture, and second guessing the Author's intent as well the Film scriptwriters as she includes the HBO series.

Has Winter is Coming put you off other books in this genre?

Absolutely not I have been reading SF since 1955. And GRR Martin since 1986

What does Oliver Wyman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

You would have a better understanding and therefore enjoyment of the Ice and Fire books The authors conjectures only confuse an already complex storyline

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Winter is Coming?

I would not have accepted it for production

Any additional comments?

I am only surprised that the author did not include a reference to Area 51 in Nevada I believe her speculation is in the same category. I hope GRR Martin has a good laugh at these theories

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4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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