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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)

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    Anonymous United States 11-12-11
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    "Complicated..."

    I really want to read this book. I will READ it... it is too confusing for an audiobook. Too many names and places thrown in all at once ... I started listening to this book 3 times already, and I quit. After reading Book 1, I may try to listen to book 2. Good book and so far narration ok... just difficult to follow in audio format.

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    Dana Garland, TX, United States 11-04-11
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    "The best story ever"

    I have to be honest, if you ever want to enjoy another book series don't start this one. I find my self comparing everything else to this. Up to now this is simply the best all around story I've heard to date.

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    Amazon Customer 10-21-11

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    "Best of both worlds"

    This book is the best of two of my favorite genres--fantasy and espionage. I was actually surprised at how much I loved this book. Just couldn't stop listening. I love the way the characters are interwoven as the author switches back and forth from their respective story lines. By the time he switches back to a familiar character, I can wait to find out what's happening with them. The character development is excellent. You get to know them well, but this book is not a character study. Even the children in the story are so well developed that their own plot lines are as interesting as the adults. Must say, HBO also did an excellent job with this adaptation. But, of course, the book is always better. I couldn't wait to start the second in the series. I'm so glad the first 4 were written by the time I caught on to this series so I didn't have to wait for the next release. One word of caution...unlike many fantasy books that are appropriate for older kids and tweens, this one is NOT. It includes both graphic sexuality and violence. Well worth the time.

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    Willard Newcastle, OK, United States 10-21-11
    Willard Newcastle, OK, United States 10-21-11
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    "very entertaining"

    Did I say very extremly entertaining, Roy Dotrice adds a flair to the narraration. I laughed I cried well maybe not cry.

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    Barbara Brookin Fiddletown, CA USA 10-21-11
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    "..in the Beginning"

    This is the first of the series, introducing the characters and the complex world of Houses Stark and Baratheon. The story is intricate and interesting, and Roy Dotrice does a superb job of pulling the reader in. It is a brutal, political story with enough description to bring the world fully alive.
    As others have said, this very long novel is only the beginning of the saga. I highly recommend it and its sequels.

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    David BELFAST, ME, United States 10-20-11
    David BELFAST, ME, United States 10-20-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Met ALL my expectations-not my usual genre"

    Great story, 33 hours but held my rapt attention all the way from Maine to Wash DC and back!

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    WT Smith 10-20-11
    WT Smith 10-20-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Hooked from the beginning"

    Martin does a great job of developing characters at a timely pace and not getting bogged down in particular storylines. Great pace. Dotrice is awesome. I put off listening for several months not sure of enduring the length. But it is a no brainer purchase.

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    stacey Long beach, MS, United States 10-20-11
    stacey Long beach, MS, United States 10-20-11

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    "Not a "Grabber""

    Most titles that become so expansive tend to begin a little slower due to the amount of background needed for the story to evolve, which is what I expected from this book. However, with the rave reviews, I expected this book to grab me at some point prior to the last chapter.

    That said, it was well read, and entertaining. I will probably continue the series because I feel like I'm in the middle of a story that needs to be finished.

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    Shoeaddict Philadelphia, PA, United States 09-26-11
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    What did you love best about A Game of Thrones?

    Everything


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Deliria for not giving up, although she was dealt a crappy hand.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Deliria wakes up to find her husband is no longer her husband.


    Was there a moment in the book that particular moved you?

    When Jamie said "The things i do for love"


    Any additional comments?

    I wasn't really curious about the HBO show G of Thrones until I read the book, I hope they do it justice. As a matter of fact, I'm not going to see it until I've listen to all the books. So I'm not tainted by Hollywood's version of it.

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    Kay Pensacola, FL, United States 09-26-11
    Kay Pensacola, FL, United States 09-26-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Fabulous"

    There is nothing better in audiobooks than any book by George R. R. Martin narrated by Roy Dotrice. Game of Thrones and A Clash of Kings are " Perfection" !

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