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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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    Chelsie Christina 10-28-15 Member Since 2015
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    I finally gave in and I'm glad I did. This was amazing. the narrator did a wonderful job. He made the characters come alive.

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    V. K. Hanson Montague, MI United States 10-28-15
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    The book was ok. But it was just hard to keep focused on who is where

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    "Great Book"

    One of my favorite series (A Song Of Ice And Fire) This book is great, althiugh I do believe A Storm Of Swords is the best book in the series.

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    Great story and fun narrator. I appreciated that he used different voices for different characters. This book is a bit lengthy, but that is not a bad thing. I chose to listen to it at 1.25 speed. This reduced the overall time by 7 hours, but was not so fast that it took away from Dotrice's performance.

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    Robert 10-24-15
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    "Great narrator!"

    It's the Game of Thrones, if you like the time period, it doesn't get any better.

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    Karolina 10-23-15
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    "Wonderful"

    Great. I was captivated from the begining. Wonderful story and character development. Hooked on the series.

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    Jo 10-22-15
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    "My introduction to audible"

    This was my 1st book with audible! Loved it-it was great to listen on my way home from work!!

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    Bobba Fett 10-20-15
    Bobba Fett 10-20-15
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    "Roy Dotrice brings the Seven Kingdoms to life."

    a favorite to listen to on the drive to and from work. It has become my secret addiction.

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    Jeffrey 10-19-15
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    "Wish I returned it. The story did not pull me in."

    the story did not pull me in. I found myself left uninterested with regret for purchasing.

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    michell home 10-19-15
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    What did you love best about A Game of Thrones?

    the story in this book are so much better than the HBO series


    What did you like best about this story?

    the thing i loved best about this book is that it gives you so much back ground information that the HBO series didnt give


    What didn’t you like about Roy Dotrice’s performance?

    absolutely dislike this narrator, he sounds like a drunk who also is a heavy smoker and seems to cough through the book


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

    this is a bit pointless of a question because it has already been made into a tv series


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