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A Game of Thrones Audiobook

A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

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Audible Editor Reviews

Why we think it's Essential: A favorite of Audible listeners, the first book in Martin's series introduces a world of deep intrigue, dark fantasy, and varied characters. It might prove overwhelming, were it not for Roy Dotrice. With a voice so seasoned and gripping that he may have stepped from, well, a George R. R. Martin novel, Dotrice gives each character their own persona and regionality, helping to anchor the listener throughout the action and intrigue. —Ed Walloga

Publisher's Summary

In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow. At the center of the conflict, the Starks of Winterfell hold the key: a reluctant Lord Eddard is summoned to serve as the king's new Hand, an appointment that threatens to sunder both family and kingdom. In this land of extremes, plots and counterplots, soldiers and sorcerers, each side fights to win the deadliest of conflicts: the game of thrones.

©1996 George R.R. Martin, (P)2003 Books On Tape, Inc., published in arrangement with Random House Audio Group,a division of Random House, Inc.

What the Critics Say

  • Locus Award, 1997

"Martin's trophy case is already stuffed with major prizes...He's probably going to have to add another shelf, at least." (Publishers Weekly)
"The first volume in Martin's first fantasy saga combines intrigue, action, romance, and mystery in a family saga." (Booklist)
"Grabs hold and won't let go. It's brilliant." (Robert Jordan)
"This novel is an absorbing combination of the mythic, the sweepingly historical, and the intensely personal." (Chicago Sun-Times)

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    GippyP Edmond, OK United States 06-28-15
    GippyP Edmond, OK United States 06-28-15 Member Since 2015
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    "As great as I've heard it would be!"

    This book was outstanding! I had a little trouble following at the first part of the book, but it all tied together soon enough. The narration by Roy Dotrice was outstanding. I can't wait to start the second book.

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    Karin H. 06-27-15
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    "Cool"

    Great voiceover, very interesting plot although it's more of a set up for the rest of the series than anything. Not just for fantasy or medieval lovers, and definitely not for the faint of heart.

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    D. Edward Myers 06-26-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Unlike anything you'll ever read"

    I can't think of anyone who wouldn't enjoy this book series, especially people who don't like to read. If you like fantasy, war, drama, mystery, sci-fi or all of the above I would highly recommend.

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    Jeff 06-26-15
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    "reads like movie, with great narration"

    I felt this book was a great listen and I found myself engrossed in the story

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    Edward'sExWife 06-25-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Awesome"

    Loved it! Great voice and used many character changes. My first audio book and I'm hooked!

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    JewelryArtist Middletown, CT 06-25-15
    JewelryArtist Middletown, CT 06-25-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great writing! very much like medieval Europe"

    The Narration is well done with a British speaker. I like hiw he says, "beautiful" butdon't like the voice the narrator gave Tyrion.

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    TTNelson 06-25-15
    TTNelson 06-25-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Wow! Awesome ending"

    This book was splendid and The reader did a wonderful job. I had heard of the HBO series but I'm so glad I listened instead.

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    Erin 06-24-15
    Erin 06-24-15
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    "Very Good Book"

    I really enjoyed this book and the narrator was really good. Can't wait to start book two.

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    TATABox New Orleans, LA, US 06-24-15
    TATABox New Orleans, LA, US 06-24-15 Member Since 2014

    Interests: Ancient History, Medicine, Biology, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Classics, Politics, Social Issues, Inequality, and everything New Orleans.

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    "Fitting narrator"

    Excellent story that is well suited to an audiobook format. The narrator does voices! Downloading book 2 now

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    Rachel 06-24-15
    Rachel 06-24-15
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    "Needs a Better Narrator"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Game of Thrones to be better than the print version?

    No, I read the book & loved the voices that I imagined for myself for each character. The Narrator's version of the characters voices is completely annoying at times.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    In the first book my favorite character is Dany. It best describes her rags to riches tale of duty, courage, strength & love.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The Narrator's voice is too old & harsh for a lot of the character's parts that he read. Tons of female voices & he tried his best to make the younger men/boys voice a bit feminine but instead it just came out sounding creepy & awkward.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The author truly made you feel the maternal love that a mother can have for a son. The author's portrayal of Catelyn's role at Bran's bedside couldn't have been more accurate.


    Any additional comments?

    Not sure how feasible it would be to have maybe 2 narrators or a narrator with a more diverse appeal to his voices when he speaks for the characters in the book. It's needed!

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