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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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    Shaun Anderson 09-01-15
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    "Fantastic audiobook"

    Best way to experience Game of Thrones. I now actually look forward to my work commute :)

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    okee 08-31-15
    okee 08-31-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Compelling story but such a downer"

    The characters were well developed (loved or hated) and the storylines were interesting. The over-repetitious descriptions of clothing and food were annoying. The descriptions of sex and rape were unnecessarily too detailed. The overall cruelty, darkness and hopelessness of the book is what turned me off to get the next volume. I heard the other books in the series are no lighter...

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    Michael 08-31-15
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    "Entertain EPIC Tale"

    This first installment in the Game of Thrones series is wonderful! Once you start, you can't stop. One thing I must point out is that there are MANY characters in these books and the story is told from many different characters' points of view, so it is imperative that you pay attention to them all. Some characters may not have a lot of information given about them, but because this series is SO big and each book is quite long, you will find after the initial character development, these people coming back in the story . The way George R.R. Martin writes, you will come to love and sympathize with some, characters and truly despise others. In my opinion, that is great writting.
    The ONLY reason I did not give 4 stars in the "overall" category, is because I feel like there are several other narrators that would have consistently read well throughout the book and overall given a much better performance.
    Other than that, iI woukd have given 5 stars for this imaginative work of literary art!

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    Patrick 08-30-15
    Patrick 08-30-15
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    "A Game of Thrones"

    Good suspense. Didn't need the fantasy. Great narration and story telling. About the right length.

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    Jay Thompson 08-30-15
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    "awesome"

    this is a great way to read this series especially if you struggle with longer books!!

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    Anna 08-29-15
    Anna 08-29-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Great story but the narrator made me sleepy "

    I struggled with this a bit ; the story is incredible but I think there should have been a different narrator for this story .

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    Bryan 08-28-15
    Bryan 08-28-15 Member Since 2015
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    "good but tainted by the show"

    only wish I had not seen the show first because my whole experience was shaped by the show. but good book definitely

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    Scott Gardner Salt Lake City, Utah 08-28-15
    Scott Gardner Salt Lake City, Utah 08-28-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Overly political and crass"
    Would you try another book from George R. R. Martin and/or Roy Dotrice?

    I wouldn't mind listening to another reading by Mr. Dotrice, but Mr. Martin's storyline is centered on politics and sex and I am not going to bother with another of his books.


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

    This book mad me feel tired and depressed. Amidst all the scheming and violence in the book, the goodness of humanity is thoroughly obliterated.


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    Kelly D 08-28-15
    Kelly D 08-28-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Incredible!"

    I came to these books through the tv show Game of Thrones. The story is of course magnificent but the voice of Roy Dotrice brings the story to life as no other could. That a 90 year old man could portray the voice of Jeor Mormont, Tywin Lannister, and Ned Stark as easily as Dany and Sansa Stark is wondrous to behold.

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    Lauren P 08-28-15
    Lauren P 08-28-15
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    "Loved this book"

    Loved this book. I had to start the second book immediately after finishing the first!

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