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A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1 | [George R. R. Martin]

A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

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.
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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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    Shane 06-08-11
    Shane 06-08-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Great Listen!"

    If your a fan of this genre you'll enjoy the story and the Narration by Roy Dotrice is exquisite. It had me hooked from the prologue.

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    Jeff Knoxville, TN, United States 06-07-11
    Jeff Knoxville, TN, United States 06-07-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Great author, great story, incredible narration!"

    I read and listen to a wide variety of genres, and I would probably be considered a sci-fi/fantasy noob by many. Be that as it may, I know a great story when I read/hear one, and this is one of the best I've been immersed in for quite a while! If you have watched the series on HBO, you should know that the book is MUCH richer and more detailed than the series!

    As great as the story is, Roy Dotrice is in a league of his own when it comes to narration! He so seamlessly and quickly transitions between characters that it is easy to forget that you are listening to a single narrator. He could easily drop all references to who was speaking at any moment and there would still be no doubt which character was speaking.

    If you're squeamish, prudish, or demand mostly happy outcomes this is not the book for you! The story is harsh, gritty, and sometimes heart-breaking. Just as it must surely be in the real Seven Kingdoms!

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    T. Eve. So. Cal 06-05-11
    T. Eve. So. Cal 06-05-11 Member Since 2009

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    "Wonderful book"

    This was a very entertaining, wonderful book. So inventive. Kept my attention throughout. I can't wait to hear the next in the series. The narrator is fantastic. Beautiful English accent. He changes tone for the different characters. I never felt lost. This is a book I will want to hear again. I will probably buy it to read as well. I recommend Game of Thrones highly.

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    Nicole WALDORF, MD, United States 06-04-11
    Nicole WALDORF, MD, United States 06-04-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Can't put my phone down!"

    I got interested in the series after watching the premiere of "Game of Thrones" on HBO, and now I can't believe it has taken me this long to find this gem. I love Sookie Stackhouse, but this series is soo much better. I just finished book two, and I think I have gotten more house work done in a month, than in the entire year! I am constantly trying to find a way to listen, and have forsaken TV (other the GoT on HBO) just because I didn't want to waste my free time doing anything else other than listening. Can't say enough wonderful things about both books, and wonder what will happen to me when I am finished.....

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    Susan Monroe, NY, United States 06-03-11
    Susan Monroe, NY, United States 06-03-11 Member Since 2009

    An avid reader living in NY.

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    "great book"

    I became interested in the book after seeing the HBO series. The book is much better, richer in detail and the HBO series was helpful with planting those seeds of imagination skillfully described by the author. The stories of all the different charactures are so compelling. I bought this book less than a week ago, and was so enthralled, I have finished it.... At the beginning I was somewhat troubled with the narrator, but it does not bother me now. The stories are that good. You will not be dissapointed.

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    Brandi Converse, TX, United States 06-01-11
    Brandi Converse, TX, United States 06-01-11
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    "Swords, Sex & Struggles"

    This is a great read!! [listen] I started watching the HBO series and decided to read the book, fantastic move. They always say the book is better than the show/movie. Once I began reading, i couldnt put it down!! So many characters, such a great plot and I am very happy to be along for the ride. It feels like you are transported into the book as you read. I recommend this book to those who likes a great adventure filled with swords, sex & struggles

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    Sean Vancouver, BC, Canada 05-26-11
    Sean Vancouver, BC, Canada 05-26-11 Member Since 2010
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    "A Game of Awesome"

    Totally worth it. George R.R. Martin and Joe Abercrombie are the two best fantasy writers around today.

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    Lakejewel orlando, FL, United States 05-09-11
    Lakejewel orlando, FL, United States 05-09-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Gasp"

    I bought this because I wanted more of the story after watching the HBO series. The story is good but the reader is not. He pauses and gasps in the wrong places. His timing is terrible, like he is doing the first read-through. His voice is not bad but the pacing is so bad it really ruins it. I listen to audiobooks alot but I wish I had not bought this one.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mary 05-09-11
    Mary 05-09-11
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    "Reader turn off"

    Unfortunately, I agree with those that say the reader ruins the book. The book deserves a better representation, I wish there were two ratings for the books. One for the writing and one for the reader.

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    Tim United States 05-09-11
    Tim United States 05-09-11 Member Since 2010

    My reviews are honest. No sugar coating here.

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    "Won't work on IPod 5g"

    I don't usually read fantasy, but after watching the first two episodes on HBO, I had to get A Game of Thrones even though it is not on sale (1 credit) anymore. The book and storyline is well written and the Narration is superb. It's hard to say when I will read the next book in the series because it is so time consuming, but the story is so good that you can easily daydream into their world.

    For some reason, you cannot play A Game of Thrones on an IPod 5g 60gb. I had problems at trying to play on my device. I contacted Audible and they are working on a solution with Apple. It's a bit annoying listening the entire book through ITunes on my computer, but even with the technical difficulty, I still wanted to finish the book because it's so well written.

    I finished this book within a week.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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