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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.

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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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    Renee Smith USA 11-14-15
    Renee Smith USA 11-14-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Awesome"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it was great, narrator was even good.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The narrator was really good. Even being an old british man he still did a good job


    Which scene was your favorite?

    all of it


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

    Cliffhangers are the best and worst


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    long but great

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    mr.gadget 11-14-15
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    "Words cannot describe how I about this series! AMAZING 🏆"

    I love listening more than I did reading, beats the TV show in my book all puns intended...

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    Kindle Customer 11-13-15
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    I enjoyed this book but I almost stopped listening because of the horrible incest crap.... blah!

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    Krystal L Fore Ladson, SC United States 11-12-15
    Krystal L Fore Ladson, SC United States 11-12-15 Member Since 2017
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    Would you try another book from George R. R. Martin and/or Roy Dotrice?

    From George R.R. Martin yes, from Roy Dotrice NO.


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

    I can't think of any similar books I've read.


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

    NO. I can't stand the way he reads. He makes everyone sound old and or uneducated. It saddens me to know that he reads the other books in this series and I'll have to listen to him more if I wish to listen to the audiobooks.


    Did A Game of Thrones inspire you to do anything?

    It made me want to watch the show because I wanted to get an idea of how the characters should really look and sound.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't like the way Roy Dotrice reads these books.

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    Gary Tate 11-09-15
    Gary Tate 11-09-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great story that captures the imagination!"

    Great midevil story. Ordered the book and haven't watched one HBO moment of the show.








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    Rob Texas 11-06-15
    Rob Texas 11-06-15
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    "What's with Roy Dotrice?"

    The story is fantastic, but why did they pick this guy to narrate? Government work goes to the low bidder. With as much as they're charging for these audiobooks, they could surely afford someone with better vocal ability.

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    amanda 11-03-15
    amanda 11-03-15 Member Since 2015
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    The narrator was phenomenal! It took me a few chapters to get used to the character voices but once I did he made the story, the excellent story, come alive.

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    Linda 10-29-15
    Linda 10-29-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Interesting and exciting story"

    I brought this audio book with me every where ... the story, narrator and manner in which it's read makes for a great listening experience.

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    Chelsie Christina 10-28-15 Member Since 2017
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    "loved it"

    I finally gave in and I'm glad I did. This was amazing. the narrator did a wonderful job. He made the characters come alive.

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    V. K. Hanson Montague, MI United States 10-28-15
    V. K. Hanson Montague, MI United States 10-28-15
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    "too many twists"

    The book was ok. But it was just hard to keep focused on who is where

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