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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)

What Members Say

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    J. Hand 01-27-15
    J. Hand 01-27-15
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    "Loved the show, loved the books"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Game of Thrones to be better than the print version?

    It could have been better


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I really liked all the characters, well, they way they were developed and described. The good were good and decent, the bad were awful people. probably Aria Stark was my favorite all the way through followed by Tyrian Lanister and Rob Snow


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes.


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

    Aria's journey.


    Any additional comments?

    The 'pirate voice' used for the characters was very distracting as it seemed more appropriate for a pirate story and not something Medieval based. When the same voice was used for so many characters it was even more odd. After a while it was so distracting I had to re-listen to parts because the voice was so annoying it stole my concentration and attention.

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    Caper 01-27-15
    Caper 01-27-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Nice!"

    Very gross sometimes but that didn't bother me too much. I almost cried listening to this at work cool story.

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    Shaun Clifford 01-26-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Love GRRM. Roy Dotrice does it justice"

    GRRM writes the best fantasy political drama around, and his characters are believable and you really start to care about them, which makes it all the worse when realistic consequences catch up to them to pay for their follies. Roy Dotrice does an excellent job narrating, though some of the pronunciation choices are a little strange. Either way, I definitely recommend this, especially if you liked the TV show. It has more drama and intrigue comparatively, and you get a much better idea of the characters thoughts and feelings.

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    Lewis 01-26-15
    Lewis 01-26-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Good book"

    Overall, I enjoyed the book. There were times the it lost my attention. I found that anytime that the dire wolves were mentioned, it brought me back into the story.

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    Amazon Customer 01-26-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Just Awful"

    I cannot understand the following that George RR Martin has. This book is, quite frankly? the most boring thing I have ever read.

    I tried the text, the audiobook, and even the TV series. Overly complex, political melodrama, with absolutely no good guys.

    Remember, I am A Joe Abercrombie fan, and love a good anti hero. But this is something else. Martin is dubiously famous for killing anyone in his stories, but, good news...you won't care.

    Adding to the pain is the wretched narrator chosen for this novel. Unbelievable. I kept waiting to hear him wheeze, gasp, and die.

    I understand that this book and its sequels are destined to become literary classics, but it's just one bandwagon I can't get on.

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    Wezzie 01-25-15
    Wezzie 01-25-15 Member Since 2016
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    "love it"

    I have listen to this book a 100 times. he needs to get on and write the last one fast.

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    Kenneth 01-25-15
    Kenneth 01-25-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Awesome"

    Genius, absolutely genius writing! Wonderful story, so greatly written. I couldn't not stop listening to it hour after hour after hour! Thank you Mr. Martin

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    T. Reynolds Reno, NV, United States 01-25-15
    T. Reynolds Reno, NV, United States 01-25-15 Member Since 2015

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    "addicted"

    i could not stop listening! every drove to and from work was part of the Game of Thrones and any free time i had between commitments was filled with adventure

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    go1den3ye 01-24-15
    go1den3ye 01-24-15
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    "Will you enjoy the book if you have seen the show?"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book is quite interesting, and if you have seen the show, it follows the first season. There are a few differences between book and show, I think you will enjoy the added info that both provides to get a fuller story


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

    I don't want to spoil it for people who haven't seen/heard it, but there are quite a few surprises in stall for you


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    somewhat, some things seem underwhelming while read by narrator


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

    All men must die - I believe the tag line is.


    Any additional comments?

    YES. THE NARRATION! The biggest difference between show and audiobook is the voices. This book has a cover with a picture from the HBO show, and so you would probably expect it to match it somewhat. However the voices done for each person might seem to not fit the characters if you have seen the show.
    Examples:
    Lord Varys silky voice - now sounding like he has a speech impediment brought on by his fat cheeks
    The hounds gravely snarls - now with a high pitched west-country accent

    I could go on, a lot of characters have been given accents, and so none of the Lannisters really sound "right" compared to the show. Unfortunately, the show has some really great actors with distinct voices that would be hard to replace

    The SECOND complaint I have about the narration, is lack of consistency on how to articulate certain names and places.
    Examples:
    Winterfell is sometimes pronounced Wintefall
    Geoffery is sometimes pronounced Jeffery
    Harrenhal is sometimes pronounced Herrenhal

    These are really annoying, and took me out of the story more than once. If the narrator had stuck with one pronunciation, I would have thought of it once, and then adjusted. But this is so random, that you never really adjust to it.

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    Trey Ward 01-23-15
    Trey Ward 01-23-15
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    "Great story good narration"

    The story was great but the narrator switched pronunciation of names quite frequently. It was not that noticeable but with a keen ear one could hear the slight variations

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