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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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    Amazon Customer makanda, IL, United States 11-24-12
    Amazon Customer makanda, IL, United States 11-24-12 Member Since 2014
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    I watched the series on tv and loved it, couldn't wait for the next week, missed it when it ended.

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    Test 11-16-12
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    "Good one"

    I enjoyed listening to this book. I would recommend this to my family and friends!

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    Sc bishara 11-06-12
    Sc bishara 11-06-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Delivers"
    Would you listen to A Game of Thrones again? Why?

    I enjoyed the narrator . It is a compelling story .


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

    This book was great for my commute.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sandy CLEBURNE, TX, United States 11-05-12
    Sandy CLEBURNE, TX, United States 11-05-12 Member Since 2013
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    "enjoyable"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    very enjoyable read


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

    reminds me of the lord of the rings


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

    this is the first time I have heard him read, but really enjoyed his acting performances. So knew he would be great!


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

    no really just enjoying the entire series


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    Rachel MEDFORD, MA, United States 11-01-12
    Rachel MEDFORD, MA, United States 11-01-12
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    "Absolutely Amazing"
    What made the experience of listening to A Game of Thrones the most enjoyable?

    The performance by Roy Dotrice was absolutely amazing. He really brought life to all of the characters.


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

    This book is incredibly long, but if it were possible I wouldn't have put it down until it was finished.


    Any additional comments?

    I started the audio book after watching the show. I've done that with other books before, and sometimes if the performance isn't very good, it can completely ruin the book, especially if the show or movie set you up with high expectations. In this book I was never dissapointed by the life brought to every character by the performance. It was a pleasure to get the full story with all the details that couldn't fit into the show. I'm now absolutely hooked on this series.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lynda 10-29-12
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    "Being held captive & enjoying it!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Captured me from the moment the book began. Mid-Evil SCI FI would be my best description. The story and performance are well matched. Looking forward to Book II.


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    Scott Queen Creek, AZ, United States 10-28-12
    Scott Queen Creek, AZ, United States 10-28-12
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    "Better than most fantasy"

    This was a a better than average fantasy story. The "wheels within wheels" aspect is done well, but there are so many different points of view in the novel that it takes time to get used to the author's "technique". After a few chapters it does seem to flow well and works.

    Unlike Goodkind, this author does not seem to rely so heavily on "carrot and stick" tools in his writing. He does use it somewhat. But he weaves an intricate web of connections between characters that holds up the story, as opposed to new fantasy vocabulary that the reader is introduced to constantly in the Goodkind books. I appreciate this author's form much more than the formers.

    The author does seem to write himself into corners quite a bit. Some authors can find interesting ways to get out of these spots (King has done some awesome work on this). But this author's technique for dealing with these issues is to kill off characters or to switch personas and handle tough scenes in the 2nd person. That does get a little bit annoying.

    I actually liked how the story ended. This book finishes like it could actually end there and stand alone without the huge number of novels that followed. I'm into the next book and I am somewhat regrettig it. Several "obvious" things from the first book's ending are now being "retooled" to suit a continued series.

    It seems to be developing more and more into a soap opera than a fantasy epic. As in the story does not have a drive and purpose such as the "Lord of the Rings", but seems to written simply to perpetuate itself. Some people love this style of writing. It's just not my cup of tea.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gregory OFallon, IL, United States 10-25-12
    Gregory OFallon, IL, United States 10-25-12 Member Since 2014
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    "WOW!!"
    What did you love best about A Game of Thrones?

    The story was very good. The development of the characters was longitudinal. Well done.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The King's hand. He was a patriot until the day he died. A great man.


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

    Texture.


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

    Laugh.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Anita 10-22-12
    Anita 10-22-12 Member Since 2014

    I read and enjoy almost all genres, but spend most of my money following interesting, evolving characters in series.

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    "Great book..."
    Where does A Game of Thrones rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I rank the series in with Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series. I admit I had to go back and listen to the beginning again just to get characters and descriptions fimly set in my mind. But I've done the same thing with Wheel of Time. I can firmly place myself in the fantasy world Martin describes. I have now read all of the series so far and can recommend it to other lovers of epic fantasies or to any reader that enjoys getting to know characters and following them in a series.


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    Amazon Customer Garberville, California, United States 10-19-12
    Amazon Customer Garberville, California, United States 10-19-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Very nice..."
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Game of Thrones to be better than the print version?

    No...audio books will (in my opinion) never be better than reading a book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ben Stark, the Head of House Satrk, of Winterfell. A good man, trying to do right by his king, family and people, when most people want him out of the way.


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

    Unique personality.


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

    When you play at Thrones...be merciless!


    Any additional comments?

    A good adult and mature teen read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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