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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)

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    esbe 06-05-15
    esbe 06-05-15 Member Since 2016
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    Roy Dotrice provided an excellent performance. I love his voice. He has an amazing ability to convey the emotions behind the words of every character.

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    David 06-05-15
    David 06-05-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great book"

    it is a great story with a lot of twists and turns. I started with the TV show and was tired waiting on the new seasons so I started to read the book.

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    Jordan Collins Dayton, OH USA 06-05-15
    Jordan Collins Dayton, OH USA 06-05-15
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    "Great book, great reading."

    I've read it before but the book truly comes alive when performed on audible by Mr. Dotrice.

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    l.scott 06-05-15
    l.scott 06-05-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Wonderful story!"

    Very well performed, and I love the storyline for this book--the author has written so much emotion and physical joy and pain into each character. However, the book would have been just as enthralling without the sexual descriptions. I suppose those were added to appeal to society's baser nature. Overall, however, it is a wonderful story of the strength of family, the sadness of war and treachery, and the oftentimes blindness, of love.

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    Taylor 06-05-15
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    "Great narration"

    The narrator does a good job of changing his voice for different character.

    The story seems to drag on at parts, but it is providing details that will be important in later books.

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    Cameron H. 06-04-15
    Cameron H. 06-04-15
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    "Well executed"

    I listened to this after having watched the show. It surpassed my expectations as far as filling in gaps left by the show, and was very enjoyable to listen to.

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    Josiah 06-04-15
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    "Like you don't know it's awesome?"

    I love me some Roy Dotrice! The performance is fantastic and the story is really a fantastic, sprawling adventure drama. I love this series. The read / performance is so fantastic that it will ruin audio books for you, because there are few that even come close to the badassness of Roy Dotrice.

    Valar morghulis

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    Theresa 06-04-15
    Theresa 06-04-15 Member Since 2010

    I love audio books. As I spend hours a day driving they keeps me going. Thank you great performers and delightful writers.

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    "It is mesmerizing"

    There are Knights. Queens and kings good and evil. The word pictures are amazing. You feel the brutal cold. See the battles. Addicting.

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    Justin Dietrich 06-02-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Second time through, better than the first."

    Sometimes it takes a bit to build the characters and especially as many as there are in this book. After listening to the entire series I now KNOW the characters and it made the second time easier to follow.

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    Eric 06-02-15
    Eric 06-02-15
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    "Awesome book!"

    Great story and great listen. I agree with other reviews the narrator is definitely annoying. However, it could not have been executed any better! It is this style of narration that is annoying. I would prefer to simply hear the story read with or without an accent but in one solid voice. I'm sure others prefer this more annoying style where the narrator changes his voice and exaggerates every character.

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