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A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1 | [George R. R. Martin]

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)

What Members Say

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    Regina ALEXANDRIA, VA, United States 01-11-12
    Regina ALEXANDRIA, VA, United States 01-11-12 Member Since 2011
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    "i love that your app has options"
    Would you listen to A Game of Thrones again? Why?

    I switch back and forth from my iPad to my PC and to my iPhone .. depending on where I am and how i wish to listen. I love that it switches so well.

    Also i am always using the HD quality option. I appreciate that option being provided.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Everyone loves the dwarf ;D


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

    great pace .. great inflection .. easy to stay with him. Lots of readers are SNORE material .. eventually I get so tired of their voices that listening to the book is tiring... and i want to turn it off. Since I particularly like these for long drives, I am glad that he remains interesting for long term listening.


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

    I love that the impact of circumstances in this book are so down to earth. No character is killed off for affect .. but no one is safe either .. it all is so human.


    Any additional comments?

    I love the use of magic in this book. It is very precious, a

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada 01-11-12
    Linda Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada 01-11-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Love - love - love it."

    George Martin is one of my all time favorite writers with this ongoing story spellbinding. Cannot wait to get my hands on the rest of them.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Springfield, OH, United States 01-11-12
    Richard Springfield, OH, United States 01-11-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Didn't see this one coming!"
    Would you listen to A Game of Thrones again? Why?

    It's worth listening to again. Great narration, and superb fiction. It's much better than the tv adaptation, although that is good too.


    What about Roy Dotrice’s performance did you like?

    There is a ton of characters in the book, and the narrator gives a unique pitch to each of them. I enjoyed listening to all the distinctive characters. So yeah, the narrator really made this a great listen.


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

    Yes, but I don't want to spoil you with spoilers! There are moments when you go


    Any additional comments?

    I bought this when it was on sale for 1 credit. I'm waiting for the 2nd book to go to 1 credit before I get another one. So please hurry up already, lol!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kaeti United States 01-07-12
    Kaeti United States 01-07-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Delicious!"
    What made the experience of listening to A Game of Thrones the most enjoyable?

    The narrator is very good at reading a very difficult book with tons of characters, and yet I can follow who is who just by how he changes his voice.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The richness of the characters, descriptions of the world, and the depictions of human frailties are all so very, very rich and so true to life. Even though this is a fantasy, it is so real. Just watch the news! Love it!


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

    He's very good at depicting the various characters which makes it become alive. This can't be an easy book to read and he does it so well. I sometimes don't get back to listening, and yet, I can figure out who's who by his voice. I could listen to him for hours and I don't get bored.


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

    I would love to, but it's way too long. ;) But I find myself thinking about it as it fits into our politics and human nature when I'm not listening.


    Any additional comments?

    I have friends that are also reading, (listening) and we talk about it at our lunch break. It's so fun!There's always something that my friends have seen or heard that I missed or hadn't thought of. It's just so very, very rich!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Buyer United States 01-06-12
    Amazon Buyer United States 01-06-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Awesome book but horrendously awful reader"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    No, not the audiobook. Definitely the paper book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Story is amazing. Brilliant character study. More politics than Fantasy. But still good.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Roy Dotrice?

    The male version of Emily Gray.


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

    Yes, but the reader was beyond exhausting.


    Any additional comments?

    Holy hell. The narrator. Whether reading dialogue for an old man, young girl, or whatever - nearly the same tired, plodding voice. Yes, you have an English accent. Awesome! But young boys and girls do not sound like old, gravely men. The reader made this audiobook exhausting. Will avoid anything he reads in the future.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dominic 01-06-12
    Dominic 01-06-12 Member Since 2009
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    "A great start to an excellent series"

    Twisting plot and strong characters and some characters are written just perfect, but don't fall in love with any one character you never know when they may meet a grisly end. Great first story of an exciting series.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Janice Las Vegas, NV, United States 01-06-12
    Janice Las Vegas, NV, United States 01-06-12 Member Since 2010

    true crime fan

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    "Completely Engrossed!"
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    I am usually not one for fantasy books but after seeing the TV show I took a chance and am so happy I did. Everything I love in a book; it transported me to another world and I can't wait to read the sequel.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jonathan Amherst, MA, United States 01-05-12
    Jonathan Amherst, MA, United States 01-05-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Probably better read"

    I like spoken stories. A good narrator adds to the pleasure. Thrones is not such a book. It bounces around from character to character. Quite unlike the Lord of the Rings. I'd spend your 2 credits elsewhere. For example, albeit not in SciFi, look at "Prayers for Sale."

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    james lancaster, CA, United States 01-05-12
    james lancaster, CA, United States 01-05-12

    i am a 27 year old male. i got into audible because i love to listen to them at work. I like zombies, survival, and fantasy, game of thrones

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    "makes me want to move to alaska lol"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    No all my friends read it lol


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

    the bible because this book was GODLY


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

    he brings me a hands free experiance. lol i dont really know.


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

    this has been made into film.


    Any additional comments?

    keep up and you will enjoy.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Christina GRANGER, IN, United States 01-05-12
    Christina GRANGER, IN, United States 01-05-12

    Librarian, writer, book nerd.

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    "An Epic Fantasy"

    I'm not sure why so many people complained about Roy Dotrice's narration, I thought he did a really good job. He's a bit gruff sounding but that works well with the story. I held out for a long time before reading this but I'm glad I did. Excellent world-building and lots of political intrigue.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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