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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)

What Members Say

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    Erik 02-23-15
    Erik 02-23-15 Member Since 2016
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    "AMAZING"

    I'm addicted to this story. The man who read the book varied his voice enough so it was easy to tell the characters apart.

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    Amazon Customer 02-22-15
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    "better than the show"

    the books are always better than the t shows, but here you can tell who is who which is hard sometimes when there are many characters to remember... making the audiable even better

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    Dawn 02-21-15
    Dawn 02-21-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Unexpectantly great!"
    Would you listen to A Game of Thrones again? Why?

    I am now listening to Book 2 of the series and will continue with Book 3 soon. The characters are many, in the beginning way too many, however the development of each character and their families is fantastic. I always want to hear more, can't wait to drive somewhere.


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

    Ned leaving is home with his two daughters to serve under his longtime friend Robert, out of respect and duty, not because he had a desire to do so. And all that derived from that.


    What does Roy Dotrice bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I love his voices he gives the characters.


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

    Intriguing mayheim, violent killing and sex. With a touch of family love.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Adrian 02-21-15
    Adrian 02-21-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Amazing!!!! 't"

    I absolutely loved it. I can't wait for the next book and the one after.

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    Tyler 02-20-15
    Tyler 02-20-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved it!"

    His voices were fantastic! I've read all the books, now I must listen to all of them.

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    bobbye 02-20-15
    bobbye 02-20-15 Member Since 2011
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    "wolves and dragons, lords and ladys it has it alll"

    This kind of audible takes you back to story time on the radio. I love the way the narrator gives each character personality.

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    Eric 02-20-15
    Eric 02-20-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Amazeballs"
    Would you listen to A Game of Thrones again? Why?

    Yes, in fact I plan on it


    What did you like best about this story?

    Character development and intricate storylines


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

    Nope


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me defecate in my pants


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    bruce schuchardt 02-19-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Loved it"

    The book was very good and the performance was excellent! Can't wait to get the next book in the series.

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    Ronnie Gonzalez 02-19-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Almost perfect"
    If you could sum up A Game of Thrones in three words, what would they be?

    Ambitious. Epic. Massive.


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

    Yes, it is an addictive and compelling storing throughout. Unlike later books in the series, AGOT doesn't flounder under the weight of its ambition. George R.R. Martin manages to present us with an imaginative new world, and if it weren't for other biological imperatives; I might have tried to listen to all in one sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    For new fans: beware...if you think this story is going to have a happy ending; you haven't been paying attention.

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    Amazon Customer 02-19-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Awesome series!"

    loved it! can't wait to start next book! definitely holds your attention from the start!

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