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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.

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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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    rusty shackel ferd 03-24-16
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    loved the story, the narrator was spot on and I encountered no glitches during playing.

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    Edward 03-24-16
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    "loved the book!"

    the narrator was excellent. book matched extremely close to the show. starting the second one soon.

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    Patricia 03-24-16
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    "Reader is a pain but it's a great book"

    The reader CONSTANTLY mispronounces names and words. It's really annoying. But it's a great book, so if you like the series it's a good purchase but you might want to scream every time he pronounces Petyr Baelish's name or Vas Dothrak

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    kristen Wilkerson 03-23-16
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    "great book"

    this was a very engaging and exciting book. beautiful reading performance that pulled you in.

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    iguana prime 03-22-16
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    "Great book, poor narration"

    I love these books but Roy Dotrice does a terrible job in performance. He mispronounces names, and worse yet he changes pronunciations multiple times in a chapter. Caitlyn name pronounced as Cat-a-lyn, Kate-lyn and Cat-lyn. Bran become Brian and Joeffrey becomes Jeffrey. Lazy performance and not worth a nickel. His voices are stale and too many sound alike.

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    mu Black Rock City, NV 03-21-16
    mu Black Rock City, NV 03-21-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Narration review"

    Excellent story - I've read the books several times. Narration took a little getting used to, but I just came from the exceptional narration of Dunk & Egg audiobook. It took a couple of chapters to get used to this narrator's style. He's an older Englishman and voice is somewhat like talking with a mouthful - that actually suits assume of the character voices (Pycelle), but strains the imagination for the female & youth characters. Overall quality of recording is great - no background and surprisingly lacked that obvious change you often hear when stopping & restarting the recording (I notice a change in volume & slight pitch on other recordings). All in all I enjoyed this telling. I would only recommend not listening to this right after The Knight stories.

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    Bekka Springfield, MO 03-20-16
    Bekka Springfield, MO 03-20-16

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    "Love the book!"

    I finally got to listen to the first book. LOVE!!! It really makes the HBO series make sense. Take the time to listen to the books if you can.

    Roy Dotrice does a fantastic job reading. He has an awesome range of voices!

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    Punkrockin4220 Minnesota 03-18-16
    Punkrockin4220 Minnesota 03-18-16 Member Since 2017

    Fantasy All Day Every Day!

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    "And I Thought J. R. R. Tolkien Was Good!!!!!!!!!!!"
    What made the experience of listening to A Game of Thrones the most enjoyable?

    I have watched every episode of the HBO series and it does not do the books justice in my opinion. I watched the series 1st and read the books 2nd. The books are AMAZING!! This is how I do it. I have all the Game of Thrones books at home. I read when I can and I listen when I can't or don't want to. Either way I am always plugging through this Epic Story! Roy Dotrice is the best narrator out there and is right up there with Robert Inglis.


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

    This book made me laugh more than I thought I would. George is a hilarious writer and that doesn't come through on the HBO series.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like the show you NEED to read or listen to the books. I would listen/read. You can't beat Robert Inglis voices. They are so well done! It's hard to put this down.

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    Adam Schmidt 03-18-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Speed it up"

    When listening to Game of Thrones , speed it up to at least 1.5 or 1.75.

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    James Texas 03-17-16
    James Texas 03-17-16

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    I enjoyed every second of this reading of such a great book! I'm hooked! I'm getting book 2 in the series from Audible.

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