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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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    Katherine Temecula, CA, United States 06-21-12
    Katherine Temecula, CA, United States 06-21-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Well writen and gripping"

    This series is very well writen and totally griping. It sucks you in. I totally regret purchasing it. I got the whole series so far but I found that it colored my life darkly. There are no happy endings. You like a character and they are mamed or tortured cruely to death. I kept looking for the good but never found it. Its underlying mesage seems to be life is an unpleasent struggle and then you die. I found myself moody and unhappy and those close to me noticed. I am back to my happy self a month after I gave up in dances with dragons. If you want to feel bad in the end, get this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Roy San Jose, CA, United States 06-20-12
    Roy San Jose, CA, United States 06-20-12

    i am a 48 year old disabled man. i am an aspergers cyber junkie and techno phile. i enjoy cyber punk, net runner epic fantasy and mysteries

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    "a fantasy political psychodrama"
    What would have made A Game of Thrones better?

    remove the psychodrama. this story is all about political back stabing and betrayal set in a fantast environment.


    Has A Game of Thrones turned you off from other books in this genre?

    i dont like polatics and psychodrama. it took me 3 tries to get past the first few chapters and i will never finish this book or listen to this series. i see far too much crap like this in the real world. i don't need to fantasize about it.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disgust


    Any additional comments?

    i have seen many rave reviews for this sceries. good for them. this is just not my style. there is little adventure and lots of intregue and drama about betrayal and corruption. i prefer a heavy dose of adventure mystery and creativity. all of which are lacking in this book. nothing new just a rehashing of the infinite fantasy back story present in most medieval fantasy based stories

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    suzybertussi United States 06-19-12
    suzybertussi United States 06-19-12 Member Since 2015

    With work, family, and my own aspirations at a future writing career, I find very little time for reading. I love audio-books because I can listen to books on my way to and from work.

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    "Excellent. Hooked from the beginning."

    Excellent writing, character development, and story. The language and graphic situations are shocking, and Martin does not hold back, which took some getting used to. The the thing that strikes me about Martin's writing is the fact that it doesn't matter how much you love a character, whom you may count among the "main" characters, they are not safe from being taken from his (Martin's) twisted world. I won't spoil the story, but I kept thinking, "How can he kill this person off?" The good guys don't always win; the bad guys don't always lose...but occasionally things might work out. Warning: Prepare to commit to the series. I'm in for the duration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    greg Portland, OR, United States 06-15-12
    greg Portland, OR, United States 06-15-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Drivel from beginning to end"
    Would you ever listen to anything by George R. R. Martin again?

    No. If you are not familiar with this book, read a few pages before spending 2 credits on it. If you are expecting something like Lord of the Rings, or Gormenghast, or Perdido Street Station, you will be disappointed.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Gary 06-13-12
    Gary 06-13-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Dissapointed"
    Has A Game of Thrones turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I understand the human condition and the brutality of war, but the raw, brutal sex scenes were over the top... I did not need to revisit that perspective on every other chapter to get it. Other books in this genre do not go this far and I will be looking for others that concentrate on developing the story line


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

    I liked Roy and thought he did a good job with the number of charachters presented.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from A Game of Thrones?

    Sex is a part of human life and the dark side should probably be represented... but the reader just needs to understand the context... not reminded of the details so often. Tone it down


    Any additional comments?

    The story line itself was not bad... it just needs to be more of the focus for the reader

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mark 06-09-12
    Mark 06-09-12
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    "good but complicated story"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I may be simple minded here, but, the audible of this was too much for me. I can tell the story would probably rock with detail and twists/turns if I hung in there. But, too many characters with little happening, I lost interest. I know others liked it, maybe my listening needs are different, my listening time is limited. I need a story to pick up and GO. This doesn't GO for a long time, and if you wait too long between listens, you forget and it doesn't make much sense. And it was easy to wait between listens since it never captivated me. Honest moment: I didn't complete the listen, I did get a few hours in, I believe. To me though, if it doesn't hold my interest, its not a good listen.

    For someone who can concentrate fully and can dedicate long swaths of time, I think it would be very good.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    "Very entertaining"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book. The book has a good story line wasa well narrated and takes you to another time and place. I am also watching the same Game of Thrones on HBO and found the book to fill in many parts the series was not able to elaborate on


    What did you like best about this story?

    The caracter developemnet and the story line.


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

    No


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

    no I listen to the story while I am driving or late in the evening


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    Mirna Woodburn, OR, United States 06-05-12
    Mirna Woodburn, OR, United States 06-05-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Excellent"
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It's hard to pick just one favorite, but Arya, Nedd Stark, Jon Snow, Tyrion and the direwolves are my favorite


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

    No, but he is GREAT!


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    Teresa Adair 06-04-12 Member Since 2008

    An avid listener! My taste runs from Non-Fiction to Sci-Fi and everything in between. Only novel I could not get through . . . 50 SHADES. Terrible! Falling from the reading train due to a busy life made for a boring person and finding Audible in 2008 gave back so much life.

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    "Thank you HBO"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Game of Thrones to be better than the print version?

    Could not say because I have not read this book in print.


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

    Love the ending...or is it the beginning.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brad Kingston, Ontario, Canada 06-04-12
    Brad Kingston, Ontario, Canada 06-04-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Immersive Experience!"

    With almost a Clancy-like loquasciousness Martin takes us on an enthralling and immersive journey through his world. For both old a new fans alike there will be hours of devoted listening that will await you with delight.

    My personal first exposure of this series was thanks to HBO's stunning adaptation of the works currently airing, and as such I was kind of taken aback by Ray Dotrice's performance initially. However, as soon as I detatched my perception from the HBO ideal, I truly began a wonderous experiance. The narration is akin to a maedter's teachings in the world of Martin and as such I found the story-telling even more compelling with this backdrop.

    The characters are flushed out exceptionally well and the political machinations are cunning. Martin is crass where he needs to be and pious and sensible all where appropriate. Nothing is done without purpose. A brilliant piece of craft.

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