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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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    Joel T Luck 05-17-15
    Joel T Luck 05-17-15 Member Since 2016
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    "A good story never get old."

    I have listened to this book four times. I think that the speaks for itself. Suspense, drama, love, hope, hate, this series of books will take there and beyond.

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    Amazon Customer 05-16-15 Member Since 2015
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    "So excited to go on this adventure"
    Where does A Game of Thrones rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Up at the top so far


    What other book might you compare A Game of Thrones to and why?

    I would compare it to Eragon as far as adventure/fantasy.


    Have you listened to any of Roy Dotrice’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    First recording I have heard of Roy Dotrice. Does an excellent job


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    In for the long haul


    Any additional comments?

    Have braced myself for this story as some reviews talk about the violence and how many characters will die. However, got through first one and want to hear more. A rich tapestry of characters, lands and plots has begun to unfold.

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    BookWorm 05-16-15
    BookWorm 05-16-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Worth getting lost in"

    I love the Game of Thrones series; it's an epic fantasy worth getting caught up in. The writing style leaves a little to behold, but that is easy to overlook once you get lost in the happenings of Westeros.

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    O Chuate 05-16-15
    O Chuate 05-16-15
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    "Interesting Read"

    I thought the narrator is boring. Very slow in the beginning but very good story. Interesting read but not epic.

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    rod sawyer 05-15-15
    rod sawyer 05-15-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Winter is Coming listen for the Dierwolf"

    loved the book already watching season 5 but book gives you the complete world with all understood emotion

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    Leslie 05-15-15
    Leslie 05-15-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Stellar Talent"

    How one narrator can do so many, many characters so exquisitely is beyond me!

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    LB 05-15-15
    LB 05-15-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Love the story, but dislike Roy Dotrice."
    Would you listen to A Game of Thrones again? Why?

    Just listened through this book for the the third time. Felt like now I could post a proper review of the book.


    What other book might you compare A Game of Thrones to and why?

    Compare? Sorry, but I am new to Fantasy. The Eyes Of The Dragon by Stephen King carries the same type of political atmosphere. However my current my number one Fantasy tale is the Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss.


    What about Roy Dotrice’s performance did you like?

    Not much really. I guess he does a good Hodor?


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. It's slow paced but provides a lot of details so the build up is great.


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    Jillian Dooley 05-15-15 Member Since 2016
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    "narrator did a poor job."

    he kept saying the name wrong and it was never corrected. his accents were often confused. the story was still good thought.

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    johnson92 New York 05-14-15
    johnson92 New York 05-14-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Love it!"

    This book is obviously amazing. I listened to this after watching the shows and the two are actually very similar (for the first book....they're doing some weird stuff on the show now). because I watched the show first I have an image of what the characters look like and the only reason I gave the performance a 4 star review is because some of the voices he takes on for different characters are odd to me. like...tywinn sounded old fat and Irish lol but that's being really picky. it's very easy to listen too and keeps you engaged throughout.

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    Kat183 05-14-15
    Kat183 05-14-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Wow."
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Game of Thrones to be better than the print version?

    I alternated between print and audio depending on my surroundings. The audio is fantastic!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Game of Thrones?

    Funny enough; the feasts. There is SO MUCH FOOD! The battles and journeys are emotional and insightful.


    Which character – as performed by Roy Dotrice – was your favorite?

    It's a tie between Robert Baratheon and Varys. Both were beautifully portrayed.


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

    Honor cannot live when stealth and deceit rule.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm excited for the next one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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