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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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    B. Barlow Fort Collins 03-25-13
    B. Barlow Fort Collins 03-25-13

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    "Enthralling story"
    What did you love best about A Game of Thrones?

    Multiple story lines, each of them a novel in itself, all interwoven with great skill.


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

    The revelation of the relationship between the "heir" to the iron throne and his parents.


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

    Anyone.


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator's "natural" voice is too like the older characters in the book, and he does not successfully change between the characters' voices and his own, so that some of the narration lines are spoken as if by the characters which is jarring.

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    Luna Croft NY 03-25-13
    Luna Croft NY 03-25-13

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    "G.O.T. to have this title!"
    What did you love best about A Game of Thrones?

    I love this book, I started off by reading the first 2 books and it was taking me too much time to get through them because I have absolutely no time to read except for Sundays (maybe if Im lucky and get a few minutes to myself) or before bed (if i dont pass out). Okay, 3 things 1) I LOVE AUDIBLE!!! so much!!! It is so nice to open a 'book' wherever I am, or whatever I am doing. I can do chores or work and I am able to listen to my stories simultaniously. 2) Roy Dotrice, amazing narration, acting, voices :) couldn't ask for someone to do a better job, and finally 3) Game of Thrones is exhilarating, a story of dozens of people on an epic battle for truth, justice, honor, and a crown. Amazing series and I never want it to end.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I enjoy all the characters I cant say i like one more than the other. There are many of them and the fates are all different and surprising. I do enjoy following Arya and Daenerys, and also John Snow. Don't want to give the book away but you can relate to so many characters and its as if you are reading a book about each one of them.


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

    The uniqueness of the characters. He really does a great job separating the voices, so that they become distinctive to your ears.


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

    Shock. You never know where this book will turn or change. Keeps you wanting more.


    Any additional comments?

    I love it.

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    Alex B Bronx, NY 03-25-13
    Alex B Bronx, NY 03-25-13 Member Since 2016
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    "excellent book, but very very close to the show."
    Where does A Game of Thrones rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is the first audio book i've actually listened to. The readers voice was a little tough at first, but I quickly came to enjoy his cadence and character voices.


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

    It's similar to a Lord of the Rings universe, but way more 'modern' of a fantasy tale (if that's possible.) It's vulgar, people die often... LotR was much more 'vanilla.'


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

    I have not. But like I said, at first it was strange, but I really think he did a great job overall. I'mon the second book now, and I'm not sure I could imagine anyone else doing it at this point.


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

    I had watched the show beforehand so I had an idea of the plot.


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    Michelle 03-20-13
    Michelle 03-20-13

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    "Not Tolkien. Very Gory."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, the author is a very gifted narrator, but the story line progresses throughout the series as though just keep the story going, and characters killed off as if on the whim of the author's mood. The details are very gory, and unnecessarily so, and the female characters are all beneath respect in some way.


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    Jim Lockwood Chickamauga, GA, United States 03-20-13
    Jim Lockwood Chickamauga, GA, United States 03-20-13 Listener Since 2010
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    "Unpredictable Adventure With Great Storylines"
    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Game of Thrones?

    I think what I like most about A Game of Thrones is the unexpected directions the author takes. It's not the often overdone hidden twists found in some books, but rather a logical storyline that you just didn't expect to happen. At least, that was my experience.

    I also love the dialogue and wordplay. I'm often replaying a part of the story if I think I missed some witty comment or jest.


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

    I really enjoy Roy Dotrice's reading. His voice seems to fit the genre. However, it is occasionally irritating when a character's voice takes on a different tone/sound than what you have been hearing earlier in the book. But then, they can't all be Jim Dale (Harry Potter series).


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    Griff GENOA, OH, United States 03-19-13
    Griff GENOA, OH, United States 03-19-13 Member Since 2013
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    "you are gonna lose sleep"
    Would you listen to A Game of Thrones again? Why?

    yes I would because I really enjoyed the story


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

    the end


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Roy Dotrice?

    probably... after you get accustomed to his cadence the story flows well


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    Matt Knoxville, Tennessee, United States 03-19-13
    Matt Knoxville, Tennessee, United States 03-19-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Amazingly amazing! "

    this was a most enjoyable read. I have never felt more compelled to keep going and listening to a book in my entire life. I never want it to end.

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    Mahmoud Elgassier Bakersfield, CA United States 03-18-13
    Mahmoud Elgassier Bakersfield, CA United States 03-18-13 Member Since 2015

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    "Solid and easy story. Very captivating"
    Where does A Game of Thrones rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Most definitely at the top. The story and descriptions were easy to follow, yet are deep and captivating. I am embedded in the story and I could almost feel and smell the surroundings.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like how each chapter focuses on a single character. I also simply love the eminent feel of doom that is hovering over the horizon. You can almost feel it in your bones that while everyone is busy fighting each other, a much darker force is creeping in and that just makes you eagerly anticipate what will happen next.


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

    Impossible! 33 hours in one sitting is just not possible. I do love listening to it while driving and just get lost in the story while stuck in traffic. I find myself resisting the temptation to listen while working on something just to make sure i dont miss anything in the story. its just THAT powerful.


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    Nicholas SHELBYVILLE, IN, United States 03-18-13
    Nicholas SHELBYVILLE, IN, United States 03-18-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Liked it."
    Where does A Game of Thrones rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very easy to become engrossed in this story.


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

    Fly or Die...


    Which scene was your favorite?


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


    Any additional comments?

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    Lawrence Marshall, VA, USA 03-18-13
    Lawrence Marshall, VA, USA 03-18-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Incredible Performance but Pay Attention"
    If you could sum up A Game of Thrones in three words, what would they be?

    Incredible performance by Roy Dotrice. Clearly one of the best ever. Great story and detail in character decsriptions and of the surrondings. Combination of fictious place and abundant amount of characters requires more attention than most audible presentations. Found buying the HBO series DVDs (after reading the book) was very helpful just for the map and family trees. Editing a bit to be desired. Numerous places of repeated lines , most likely at break-points, is disconcerning as it asks the questions, is anything missing.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Imp. His ability to survive in a land of Knights and violence using wit and cunning


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Too many to pick from. Any time a wolf came to the owners rescue and the description of the fight to determine the Imps guilt or innocence with the corresponding open air dungeon descriptions


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

    The line repeated several times: When you play the Game of Thrones, you win or die


    Any additional comments?

    Looking forward to comparing the DVD set to the book. Than on to read (listen) to book II

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