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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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    C. Huus Saint Paul, MN USA 01-08-15
    C. Huus Saint Paul, MN USA 01-08-15

    "To have fallen so far and learned nothing - that is your failing" -Darth Traya

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    "Roy Dotrice Puts all other Narrators to Shame."

    Roy Dotrice is absolutely one of my favorite voice actors of all time and it is a treat to hear him narrate one of my favorite series of novels. It gets a little awkward hearing him read the naughty scenes, but it's completely overshadowed by the rest of his performance. For the most part he is consistent in his voices for the main characters, although he can stray sometimes. I can appreciate this though since the ASOIF series has many many many countless characters. Overall I gave this series a 5/5 on every front. The editing could be a little better, but this is neither the author's or narrator's fault.

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    RobbinHood 01-08-15
    RobbinHood 01-08-15
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    "Greatness. Where. Wish s"

    It's just what I hoped for. Skdjsjsjsjahahwbbru. S s r. Rnansns. Shans. Ahahaha. Sharjah he jsns Hans Han jackd meme

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    Berkley Washington, DC 01-07-15
    Berkley Washington, DC 01-07-15 Member Since 2013

    Avid reader. Even more avid listener. I enjoy thrillers, sci-fi, fantasy, non-fiction .... just about everything.

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    "Excellent book, excellent recording, amazing story"

    I read these books years ago when they first came out and only recently came back to the world of Westeros when I binge watched the HBO series. Since it had been several years since I read the books, I thought I would start listening to fill in the gaps that I had forgotten about.

    They are still as good as I remember them being.

    The prose is fantastic, and the narration is first rate. This was my first exposure to Roy Dotrice as a narrator and I was exceptionally impressed. His character voices fit quite well and are distinct enough to be able to differentiate the characters with ease. Most impressively, he manages to do female and child voices without the annoying falsetto that many male narrators resort to.

    It's definitely a very long book and the audio recording is likewise long (over 30 hours). About half way through, I upped the speed to 1.5x because I didn't want to get tired of it like I have some other very long books. I think it helped greatly.

    All in all, I would highly recommend this audiobook.

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    Jaime 01-07-15
    Jaime 01-07-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Flawless!!"

    This got me into audiobooks. It keeps your attention no matter what you are doing. Makes you drift off into the world of Game of Thrones in seconds

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    Johann V. 01-04-15
    Johann V. 01-04-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Sing all the praises"

    This was definitely worth all the hype
    Story is just simply amazing. moar words go hete

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    Esperansalita 01-03-15
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    "A thrilling tale..."

    A thrilling tale and yet only the beginning of what I surmise will be an amazing saga!
    Roy Dotrice's narration is both stimulating & inspiring! His voice gives life to the story & paints colorful imagery in the mind.

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    Caleb 01-03-15
    Caleb 01-03-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Loved every second"

    Great story. Great performance. Exceeded my expectations. I am ready to start the 2nd book. In my opinion, a must read.

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    Dustin 01-01-15
    Dustin 01-01-15
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    "a bit pricey but worth it."

    amazing. is all I can say. if you are a fan of HBOS version it is a must listen too. it fills so many gaps with great story.

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    Michael 12-31-14
    Michael 12-31-14
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    "Excellent"

    What an excellent story. The narration was the best of any I have heard. I listened to the last 7 hours straight through.

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    Amazon Customer Jewell, IA 12-31-14
    Amazon Customer Jewell, IA 12-31-14 Member Since 2016
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    "amazing"

    Definitely not your stereotypical sword and sorcery story! Twists, turns, stabs in the back. Who's a friend? Who's an enemy?

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