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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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    Mick Laurel Springs, NJ, United States 12-19-12
    Mick Laurel Springs, NJ, United States 12-19-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Game of Awesome"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is a fantastic story and I can not wait to buy the next installment.


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    JOM 12-18-12
    JOM 12-18-12
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    "Excellent!"

    This book was excellent excellent excellent! I couldn't stop listening. The story and narration were both top notch!

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    Aaron Holly 12-11-12
    Aaron Holly 12-11-12
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    "An excellent audio book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Game of Thrones to be better than the print version?

    I loved the character inflections the narrator introduced. It helped distinguish the characters and added flavor to the story. I cannot say that it was better than the print version but in terms of the narrator and how this audio book fit perfectly into my schedule I would say this worked out far better for me. I had tried to read the book but simply did not have the time.


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    Brian Chandler, AZ, United States 12-11-12
    Brian Chandler, AZ, United States 12-11-12
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    "Game of Thrones is a Great Book!"
    Would you listen to A Game of Thrones again? Why?

    No. I already listened to it.


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

    Terrian Lanister. He is a very complex character. It's hard to figure out if he's a good guy or bad guy.


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator did a fantastic job of creating different voices and accents for each character, and there are a lot of characters. He makes it very interesting to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    bill villa park, IL, United States 12-11-12
    bill villa park, IL, United States 12-11-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Good Stuff"
    Where does A Game of Thrones rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one the best fictional books I have listen to yet. Can not wait to listen to the rest of them!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Pinellas Park, FL, United States 12-11-12
    Richard Pinellas Park, FL, United States 12-11-12 Member Since 2012
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    "A Lot of Repeated Dialogue"
    Any additional comments?

    After many of the chapter breaks, it repeats the last several seconds of the previous chapters. The 4th section is by far the worst. It repeats several entire chapters from section 3.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carolyn SAINT PAUL, MN, United States 12-09-12
    Carolyn SAINT PAUL, MN, United States 12-09-12 Member Since 2011

    I am a proud Mexican woman that loves words and reading/listening to books. I also believe that only through knowledge can we achieve progress.

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    "My favorite book"

    Book I is my favorite book of all of them. The narration in this book is fairly consistent however it does waver a little between pronunciations of some names.

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    elizabeth boston, MA, United States 12-07-12
    elizabeth boston, MA, United States 12-07-12
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    "To many characters"
    Where does A Game of Thrones rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    After Larry McMurtry stories.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    John Having to deal with secound rate ststus in a family but coping well


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

    no


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

    yes but way to long


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    R. Miller 12-06-12
    R. Miller 12-06-12
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    "Excellent"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Game of Thrones to be better than the print version?

    No. But the voice in my head is hard to beat ;) I would highly recommend the audio though.


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

    This is the best series I've found since the "Dark Tower Series".


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

    I love his rich accents.


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

    The whole book is full of twists, turns and surprises.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lengau The middle of Nowhere 12-06-12
    Lengau The middle of Nowhere 12-06-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Great book, audio editing needs work"
    If you could sum up A Game of Thrones in three words, what would they be?

    Fantastic fantasy novel


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's action-packed, but not busy. There's enough happening to constantly keep my interest, but not enough to leave me confused.


    What three words best describe Roy Dotrice’s performance?

    Great story teller


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

    Winter is coming.


    Any additional comments?

    Unfortunately, I must give a low rating for the performance, as it's obvious that the book was ripped from a CD without much care to properly convert it to the format Audible uses. For example, every 60-80 minutes, there's a pause and then the narrator repeats the last sentence (a telltale sign that it was a CD change). I hope Audible will fix this, as it's below the quality standard I've come to expect from the audio books here, and far below the standard seen in Audible Frontiers productions.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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