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A Game of Thrones Audiobook

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

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.
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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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    Joanmarie 06-18-14
    Joanmarie 06-18-14 Member Since 2014
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    "like watching a movie with your eyes closed"
    What did you love best about A Game of Thrones?

    story line


    What about Roy Dotrice’s performance did you like?

    his performance was excellent , his voice went with all the emotions of the characters of the story and a different voice for each one .... EXCELLENT !


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

    YES


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    Julie Jordy 06-10-14
    Julie Jordy 06-10-14
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    "Prototypical fantasy with unpronounceable names."
    What did you like best about A Game of Thrones? What did you like least?

    The story about the family of the north. The rest felt overused in literature.


    Would you ever listen to anything by George R. R. Martin again?

    No.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Utilize a unique viewpoint or story.


    Was A Game of Thrones worth the listening time?

    Not original at all, not worth it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel 06-07-14
    Daniel 06-07-14 Member Since 2001

    Father of three

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    "Better the second time around"

    I initially purchased this book three years ago when I first plunged into the the worlds of Ice and Fire. I loved the story, but had a hard time listening to it. There are so many different characters that it was hard to keep them straight. I would miss the name of the narrator at the start of the chapter and be lost as to what was happening. After book one, I gave up on listening to the story and switched to the print version.

    After watching several seasons of the HBO series, I was intrigued to go back to it again. I suspected that there was much more to the story than what HBO showed. So I reloaded the book and began listening.

    Wow. what a story. There is so much that I missed the first time around. Knowing the story from having read it once and then watching the series, it is easy to follow the plot and therefore to focus on the details. It is fun to see the connection between the different characters and to know how their different decisions will play out. I love the book much more the second time around. I am now in Book 2 and resigned to spending my summer working my way forward through the rest.

    The one area where I struggle now is where the book characters (and the accents that the narrator give them) differs from the HBO series. Arya is not a cute little girl, but a 'horse-face girl." Daenerys is only 14. Rob is 15. Joeffry is 13. Ser Jorah Mormont should be a muscular man. I have to force myself to picture the characters as the author described them rather than as HBO portrays them.

    If you've read the books once, I would encourage you to come back and listen to them again.

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    Eliza 06-01-14
    Eliza 06-01-14
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    "great naration story draged a bit but 4.5 stars"
    What made the experience of listening to A Game of Thrones the most enjoyable?

    I was recommended Game of thrones by a friend I wasn't sure if I wanted to get in to such a series of books just because of the length of time I would have to put in to listening to the books so I started watching the game of thrones on HBO I was sucked in to the story almost immediately the story with all the charactors was very interesting the series twist and turns seem to be a little bit more creative then some of the books plot twists but those plot twists are what make this book most enjoyable


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Game of Thrones?

    When John Snow the bastard finds Ghost and what a asshole Veserious is to Dani and of course what happens to Ned Stark


    What about Roy Dotrice’s performance did you like?

    all the unique voices songs and sounds he is able to do I couldn't imagine a better narrator for this book the must be able to do over 100 different voices he is great so far I am on about 3/4's finished with A Clash of Kings Book 2 but I hope he narrates the whole series


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

    I cant figure Tyrian Lanister out his whole family is evil but is he like them or is he different?


    Any additional comments?

    if you watch the show on television like I do its still a interesting book but I like to know whats coming up next so I want to finish the books before they show the episodes

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    Josephine Salas 05-27-14 Member Since 2014
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    "audio performance lives up to the book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Game of Thrones to be better than the print version?

    I would consider it a close second.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Game of Thrones?

    The execution of the Hand and the events leading up to it and immediately after.


    What does Roy Dotrice bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I listen on my way to and from work. I have a long commute and he makes it a lot shorter as I am never ready to stop listening when I am finally home. I like his voice and how he tries to differentiate between each character. He does a decent job with the female voices all things considered.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    It's been done and done well already by HBO.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommend this version as a companion to the written version.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    LAlass 05-26-14
    LAlass 05-26-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Wonderful Intro to Westeros"
    What made the experience of listening to A Game of Thrones the most enjoyable?

    I am reading the book as well as listening to it. The match up of the book to the recording is great as I can go back and forth as needed. Roy Dotrice's voices make the book come alive. Compared to the TV program, it is not the word for word screenplay but the complexity of the book is literally more real.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Game of Thrones?

    The dire wolves discovery - since I had seen the discovery on the small screen, the book description was more evocative of the moment. I could feel the pups, hear their sounds and smell their acceptance. The screen seemed to gloss over the scene, so that I remembered Greyjoy more than the pups.


    What does Roy Dotrice bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His ability to create the many voices of the book, bring it to life - differently than the actors do in the scenes. Wonderful characters, brought to life.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Winter is coming.


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    Bryan Zaverl Simi Valley, CA United States 05-23-14
    Bryan Zaverl Simi Valley, CA United States 05-23-14
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    "Thoroughly Enjoyed It"
    What made the experience of listening to A Game of Thrones the most enjoyable?

    I found this was a great way to "read" a book I've wanted to read but haven't had the time to pick up the hard copy. I'm very glad I purchased my Audible membership to allow the opportunity to "read" more than just stuff I'd read at work.


    Have you listened to any of Roy Dotrice’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This was my first book read by Mr. Dotrice. I noticed numerous people complain about having issues understanding some of the accents used. I disagree and thought it was well done with no problems understanding what was being said (although it was strange not hearing the voices that I'm used to hearing on the TV show).


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    John V. Burns 05-23-14
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    "Never a dull moment; lots of plot twists"
    What made the experience of listening to A Game of Thrones the most enjoyable?

    The authors in depth descriptions of the visual aspects of the story from the surroundings, to the clothing and the battles were thoroughly engulfing.


    What did you like best about this story?

    There were several interesting plot lines that I was always anxious to catch up on as the author brought each one back;


    What does Roy Dotrice bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The reader's ability to bring each character to life in his voice and intonation was astounding; it sounded like a troupe of actors not one person.


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

    Some parts were sad;


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    andrew Reserve, LA, United States 05-21-14
    andrew Reserve, LA, United States 05-21-14 Member Since 2013

    I enjoy history, biographys, and nerdy/ dorky things.

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    "Great book, even better series"
    What made the experience of listening to A Game of Thrones the most enjoyable?

    The deception, the mystery, the magic all work in together to create a great story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This was my second read through. I read all the books before watching the TV series. If your a fan of medieval stories/ D&D, etc, you will enjoy this book.


    What about Roy Dotrice’s performance did you like?

    He gives every character a different voice, and personality.


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

    (SPOILER ALERT)..............................DRAGONS!!!!!!


    Any additional comments?

    Having the TV series give a face to each character has helped. I was worried listening to the book again might be a waste of time. I caught onto so many little teed-bits of information I had either forgotten, of glanced over on my first read.

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    Ross 05-17-14
    Ross 05-17-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Sadly I could not follow who was who"
    What disappointed you about A Game of Thrones?

    Switching from scene to scene couldn't follow what was going on, I re started but still no good.


    What could George R. R. Martin have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    For me I could not follow what charactor was talking. I watched the DVD and immediately went ohhh he pushed the boy out the window.


    Any additional comments?

    1 of only 2 audio books I've stopped listening to. I liked the DVD series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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