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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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    rod sawyer 05-15-15
    rod sawyer 05-15-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Winter is Coming listen for the Dierwolf"

    loved the book already watching season 5 but book gives you the complete world with all understood emotion

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    Leslie 05-15-15
    Leslie 05-15-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Stellar Talent"

    How one narrator can do so many, many characters so exquisitely is beyond me!

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    LB 05-15-15
    LB 05-15-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Love the story, but dislike Roy Dotrice."
    Would you listen to A Game of Thrones again? Why?

    Just listened through this book for the the third time. Felt like now I could post a proper review of the book.


    What other book might you compare A Game of Thrones to and why?

    Compare? Sorry, but I am new to Fantasy. The Eyes Of The Dragon by Stephen King carries the same type of political atmosphere. However my current my number one Fantasy tale is the Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss.


    What about Roy Dotrice’s performance did you like?

    Not much really. I guess he does a good Hodor?


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. It's slow paced but provides a lot of details so the build up is great.


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    Jillian Dooley 05-15-15 Member Since 2016
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    "narrator did a poor job."

    he kept saying the name wrong and it was never corrected. his accents were often confused. the story was still good thought.

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    johnson92 New York 05-14-15
    johnson92 New York 05-14-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Love it!"

    This book is obviously amazing. I listened to this after watching the shows and the two are actually very similar (for the first book....they're doing some weird stuff on the show now). because I watched the show first I have an image of what the characters look like and the only reason I gave the performance a 4 star review is because some of the voices he takes on for different characters are odd to me. like...tywinn sounded old fat and Irish lol but that's being really picky. it's very easy to listen too and keeps you engaged throughout.

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    Kat183 05-14-15
    Kat183 05-14-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Wow."
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Game of Thrones to be better than the print version?

    I alternated between print and audio depending on my surroundings. The audio is fantastic!


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

    Funny enough; the feasts. There is SO MUCH FOOD! The battles and journeys are emotional and insightful.


    Which character – as performed by Roy Dotrice – was your favorite?

    It's a tie between Robert Baratheon and Varys. Both were beautifully portrayed.


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

    Honor cannot live when stealth and deceit rule.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm excited for the next one.

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    Ryan N. Loucks LaPorte, Indiana 05-14-15
    Ryan N. Loucks LaPorte, Indiana 05-14-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Well worth your time"

    I had hoped that the audiobooks would bring clarity to the story that I already knew from the TV show. It brought more than that. Everyone who watches the TV show, even if just for him, reading the books. Then, we realize how long they are. We realize how busy our lives are. The audiobook is the way to go.

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    Kagato 05-14-15
    Kagato 05-14-15 Member Since 2015
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    "enjoyable"

    I thought Roy Dotrice did a really great job narrating - good story as well

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    erimom Dallas, TX 05-13-15
    erimom Dallas, TX 05-13-15 Member Since 2016

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    "best narrator ever!"

    Mr. Dotrice is fabulous! His ability to seamlessly transition from one character to another to another, and give them all personalized voices and personalities, is just beyond replication. One of the few books, that I DON'T want to read myself.

    Love it. Thank you for reading this book for us. it's a work of art indeed.

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    readsalltypes 05-13-15 Member Since 2015
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    "sensational!"

    i very much enjoyed this audio book. the quality was excellent in every way. I look forward to enjoying the rest of the series.

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