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A Game of Thrones Audiobook
A Game of Thrones
Written by: 
George R. R. Martin
Narrated by: 
Roy Dotrice
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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    KC 03-04-15
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    "Excellent Story by an Excellent orator"

    Had high expectations and the were met. Had seen the series on HBO and loved it. The book, as one should expect was full of details that can't be captured in a show/film. The reader is excellent and keeps it very exciting.

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    Caleb 03-03-15
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    "Awesome!!!!!"

    It went above and beyond my expectation!! Great job!!!!!!!!!!! I will Recommend it to all my family and friends!! Awesome!!!

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    Deanne Durrell 03-02-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Loved it!"

    I already knew this series kills off people like crazy, but it's still heartbreaking. Beautiful storytelling though! The characters are amazing too.

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    "EPIC! "

    Roy Dotrice' narration is epic. He brings the book to LIFE more than HBO could ever hope to do. One of the greatest books written told by an epic story teller. A must for any fan.

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    Joshua Speer Oakland, CA USA 02-28-15
    Joshua Speer Oakland, CA USA 02-28-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Voice acting at its finest"

    The story is quite good (I never saw the series on TV and now I understand why there was so much buzz) and the reader is amazing.

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    Ben 02-27-15
    Ben 02-27-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Best writer in a long time"

    Excellent writing. I can read and listen to these over and over George RR Martin knows how to keep an active audience.

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    TOYA BRADLEY 02-26-15
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    Excellent performance!!! I really enjoyed it. It felt like I was watching the show l!! Brilliant brilliant and flawless performance

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    Clinton 02-26-15
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    "Hard to follow"

    I found the story hard to follow. I've watched a TV series and it made the whole book makes sense.

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    michael zapata 02-24-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great performance"

    This recording more than met my expectations a great listen. I use audio books at the office to just get threw my days but several times while listing to this I had to remind my self that I had to be working I would get so absorbed into the story. And the voice actors performance.

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    Wade Linkert 02-24-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Phenomenal!"

    The narrator was incredible at going voice to such a wide cast of characters, I was immersed the whole way.

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