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A Game of Thrones Audiobook

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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    Danielle GRANDVILLE, MI, United States 08-16-13
    Danielle GRANDVILLE, MI, United States 08-16-13

    I am in love with pararomance and am always trying to find new series with a great story and sizzling hot spots!

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    "What's NOT to love!"
    Where does A Game of Thrones rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's at the top. I will admit I have been watching the series on HBO, and wanted to give the books a try. I seriously love it.


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

    I am not sure if there is a comparison as far as I know. This is out of the realm of books I usually listen to.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I love the ending..... I will just leave it at that :)


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

    Can't do that... since there is already a series on HBO!


    Any additional comments?

    Just know that the series is going to be different than the books, it always is. With the books you are going to get more details than in the show, things that were left out, and character descriptions that are different.

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    Andrea 08-16-13
    Andrea 08-16-13
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    "Accidental Love"

    I stumbled on Games of Thrones by happy accident. Prior to the HBO series I found George RR Martin while looking for a great storyteller with good long books. Others have told me that they do not enjoy his books because of the large number of characters. I think that the audiobooks resolve this issue for me. It is easier to identify with the large number of characters by listening to Roy Dotrice read.

    Just dive in and give it a try. You will not be sorry.

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    D. Broken Arrow, OK, United States 08-15-13
    D. Broken Arrow, OK, United States 08-15-13
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    "This Ain't HBO..."

    I picked up this book, ok my wife picked this book out, due to watching the series on HBO (a very good show, but works to keep the TV/MA rating). What I have heard about the book is so very true in that there is so much more depth to the story and so much of the story that is not being told. I was able to get lost in the characters and cared about the plight of each one, this is the mark of a very well written and read story.

    I would recommend this series to anyone that enjoys fantasy, epic stories, or the interaction of family and politics they are all included in the book. Be prepared to burn some extra gas as there were times that I simply sat in the driveway trying to get to a good stopping point, there are not any BTW.

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    Jill Ann Arbor, MI, United States 08-14-13
    Jill Ann Arbor, MI, United States 08-14-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Excellent Narration"

    I think that I liked this book even more than I would have if I had read it due to the narrator. I was immediately drawn in, and I loved every moment of the book. It made me look forward to a long commute, and sometimes even wish for traffic! I thought the pace was just right, the changes of voices not over done but still distinctive. Listening rather than reading the print version forced me to take my time and enjoy every word of the book.

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    Thomas H. Kregel Minnesota 08-13-13
    Thomas H. Kregel Minnesota 08-13-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Not as good as the HBO Series, Tedious"
    What did you like best about A Game of Thrones? What did you like least?

    There are a lot of interesting characters, and insight into the violence of feudal cultures.

    However the book was tedious. It moved much too slowly considering the shallowness of the overall plot. Length doesn't bother me if the content has depth. I read and enjoyed War and Peace as well as the 100 hour Churchill biographies. This book could be edited to about half the words and it would be a much better story. Also a lot of characters and story lines are started look like they are going to be interesting only to have them jerked out by a sudden death. What is the point?

    I found watching the HBO series a better experience and much less time consuming.


    Has A Game of Thrones turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. However the sword and sorcery genre is filled with a lot of 'special effects' books with no interesting content. You need to sift through a lot of series with way to many volumes to find a few gems like 'The Name of the Wind', Harry Potter or .Le Guin's Earth-sea Trilogy.


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

    He was adequate. I could listen while mowing the lawn.


    Was A Game of Thrones worth the listening time?

    Definitely not.


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    Rebecca OTTAWA, OH, United States 08-13-13
    Rebecca OTTAWA, OH, United States 08-13-13
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    "Great Audible Book!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The beginning is a little slow and hard to follow when you are listening to the book because there are so many characters and the stories don't intertwine until further on. I stayed with it though and it was worth it .


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

    The whole book is memorable. There are so many unseen twists and turns that occur in almost every seen and as the book progresses.


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

    This is my first audible book. He is an incredible narrartor. He is able to do so many different voices and you are able to follow along closely due to this. Some readers complained about the mispronounciation of some of the names or that the pronounciation changes throughout the books, I have not noticed this.


    Any additional comments?

    Athough it was a very slow beginning, if you have a long commute like I do I strongly recommend listening to this series. I am already on the third book and I started at the end of June.

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    dan 08-12-13
    dan 08-12-13 Member Since 2012

    I enjoy reading (and listening to) Books! I have enjoyed fantasy and history the most, but more recently I have been brodening my horizon.

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    "Very good start, and better than the first sesaon!"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes! It was an enjoyable story, with some unexpected twists! I enjoy the Stark family, and they loyalty they have.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Roy Dotrice’s performances?

    Yes.


    Could you see A Game of Thrones being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yes. Not sure!


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    Andrew 08-09-13
    Andrew 08-09-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Good book, bland reader"
    What did you love best about A Game of Thrones?

    A fantasy that's, odd as this sounds, realistic. Magic exists, but it's more a backdrop to the story than critical to it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The depth and descriptiveness


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Roy Dotrice?

    Nic Podell or Marc Thompson


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

    No; it's a bit dense for that, I think.


    Any additional comments?

    Roy has a great oratory voice, but lacks the vocal range and expressiveness to clearly indicate which character is being read. This makes the book less comprehensible as I spent a lot of time trying to determine which character was saying what. As well, he interjects random pauses, I assume at the end of lines in his reading script.

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    Craig T. Metzger Delaware USA 08-07-13
    Craig T. Metzger Delaware USA 08-07-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A must read...listen!"

    Amazing story. Great Character depth, excellent plot and a very detailed and imaginative setting. I am looking forward to reading/listening to the rest of the series. That said, the narrator, Roy Dotrice, takes some getting used to. I understand he is British and it is most likely his accent that through me off at first, but he came across rather monotone and dreary at first, however, his performance grew on me and in time, I began to enjoy the book immensely. The only remain criticism I have is that too many characters sound like pirates. Sure, the people of the Iron islands and any of the characters manning the boats can sound like Jonny Depp and his crew, but not every other sellsword, lowborn and member of the hill tribes should sound like he belongs on the deck of the pearl.

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    Steve 08-07-13
    Steve 08-07-13
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    "Can't wait to read rest of series!"

    A Game of Thrones has been a book I've been meaning to read for a while. When I finally got around to it I found myself lost in its world every time I started up the audiobook in my car. It's a wonderful book told from the perspective of quite a few intriguing characters. What I like about it is that even though it's a fantasy style, fictitious plot it seemed almost real. If our world was a little like theirs in the way of a touch of supernaturality, I believe it would be a lot like theirs. Real situations and conflicts arise between people, real consequences happen from choices people make, and you can never truly believe someone is safe from death. There were only two things I was slightly disappointed with in the story, one was that it didn't quite tug at my heartstrings like some other stories do. The characters were grand and definitely make you care about them and their fates but the overarching story seemed just like another war story to me. Now it goes to say that A Game of Thrones is still a very solid book that is definitely worth a read and brings out emotion during certain events. The other issue for me was ***Little Spoilers***, you don't get to read much about the plotline with the White Walkers. I do expect to hear more of that in the future books because it is after-all part of a series but I wish that they went further with it since Martin gets you hooked from the beginning with a scene about them. ***End Spoilers***

    Roy Dotrice is a great narrator and sounds wonderful in this book. There's only a couple tiny parts where I felt extremely annoyed because the voice was a little obnoxious, especially the lines "You weren't supposed to be here" and "Make him fly". These lines were delivered from already annoying characters but still. Dotrice is a great narrator though and I'm glad to see he's in the next novels in the series on audible.

    Since I like out of ten ratings better than 5....
    Overall - 9.6
    Performance - 9.8
    Story - 9.5

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