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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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    QueenEve 01-22-15
    QueenEve 01-22-15
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    "WOW, A MUST HAVE!!!"

    There are no words that I can say to do justice to what I have just heard! Roy Dotrice is a masterful narrator and kept me longing for more of the story. I found myself rewinding parts just to hear them again. This is now one of my all time favorite stories and I know that I will listen to this series over and over again. This is a MUST for any true readers collectioin. The written work is beautiful and woven in a way that it doesn't matter what you typically like or listen to you will be enthralled with the story, it has something for everyone and TRUST ME IT WILL NOT LET YOU DOWN!!!

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    Sean 01-22-15
    Sean 01-22-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Breyer than the series"

    Best fantasy series. Much better than the HBO series. And without all the gratuitous sex, still not appropriate for children.

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    Accounting Goddess 01-21-15
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    "Don't start to relate to any of the characters"
    What would have made A Game of Thrones better?

    It would be better if it wasn't full of unexpected evil and horror!


    What could George R. R. Martin have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    As soon as I start to get a feel for a character and get involved in their story line, they are killed. What's the point?


    What about Roy Dotrice’s performance did you like?

    Roy Dotrice does an excellent job of reading a very convoluted story line.


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

    I'm disappointed that it's so difficult to get involved in the story line with all the deaths and dying coupled with all the evil and treachery.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't finish listening to this...it's horrible.

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    James 01-21-15
    James 01-21-15 Member Since 2011
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    "awesomeness!!"

    this is a very good book, couldn't stop listening! I enjoyed every second and can't wait to start on #2 & then 3 and so on! The show is good, but the book is GREAT!!

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    Talkdtwo 01-21-15
    Talkdtwo 01-21-15 Member Since 2013

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    "Quite Disappointed"
    What would have made A Game of Thrones better?

    I had a hard time with this book on many levels. The narrator sounded like he was salivating over every word. It was so distracting to me. The book itself was hard for me to follow because there were just too many characters and not enough character development for me to be able to follow who was who. Lastly, it got to be a bit "saucy" for my tastes.


    Would you ever listen to anything by George R. R. Martin again?

    No, I don't believe so. I ordered this mostly because of the hype. I truly can't understand what all of the excitement was about.


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

    No, mostly because of the above comments.


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    Russell 01-21-15
    Russell 01-21-15
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    "You win or you die"

    Great story, have watch the TV show which made character recognition easier and required less imagination. Narrator kept changing between Joffrey and Jeffrey, other than that not bad

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    Terrymuse Plymouth, MN USA 01-21-15
    Terrymuse Plymouth, MN USA 01-21-15 Member Since 2015
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    "The TV show is a perfect simulation of book 1."

    I started the series with the TV show, and was skeptical whether it was worth investing the huge amount of time this series requires. I only speak to season 1 vs book 1 - but it's as accurate a reproduction of the book as any tv or movie series I've ever seen. It's almost uncanny.
    I do believe that the TV series provided an excellent framework for the characters, watching their development, knowing what's going to happen - that was fascinating to observe subtleties in conflicts that are cleverly inserted.
    Overall, this listen isn't required to start reading book 2 - but the depth and backstory and precision behind motives that is communicated is very fulfilling.

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    Michael Lay 01-20-15
    Michael Lay 01-20-15
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    "Amazing"

    Very well done!!!! I have always wanted to read the books but never had time. This is a great way to experience the books while working, driving or when busy.

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    Juancarlos 01-20-15
    Juancarlos 01-20-15
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    "Didn't expect anything less than Extraordinary!"

    This book will enrapture you with it's brilliant list of characters. All you can do is focus and enjoy the ride! Can't wait to start the next book!

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    Gavin 01-20-15
    Gavin 01-20-15
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    "Good"

    Great book and great narration. One of the best books I have ever heard. The narration was really good his voice was perfect

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