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A Game of Thrones Audiobook
A Game of Thrones
Written by: 
George R. R. Martin
Narrated by: 
Roy Dotrice
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.

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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    MisShelly 02-13-15
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    "very good and the highlight of my workdays :)"

    very well read and the story is entertaining and wonderful! can't wait to start book 2!

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    cmktiv 02-12-15
    cmktiv 02-12-15
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    "Vivid, with the depth of a fractal. Great Reader"

    written with such clarity. there is so much going on, and the author keeps in step, way ahead of the reader. you'll have to listen or read multiple times to pick up all the clues and references, although the first listen is exciting enough. The reading performer did amazing. Can't imagine a better reading.

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    akahoshisenjo 02-11-15 Member Since 2014

    I enjoy fantasy, scifi, and some romance books. I'm a total nerd. I love gaming and Anime.

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    "Love the show? You will love the book more!"

    I love the narrator and hope he does all the books! Such a great book to listen to.

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    Melissa Koehler 02-11-15
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    "Stellar narration"

    This was by far my favorite narrator I've ever heard. The story is fantastic and I recommend it to everyone

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    PieceOLease North Hills, ca 02-10-15
    PieceOLease North Hills, ca 02-10-15 Member Since 2013
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    "If you already watch the show..."
    What did you love best about A Game of Thrones?

    I really liked listening to the first book. A friend recommended listening to an audiobook if you are already watching the show. The first book seemed like it could be a hard read with lots of character developing that you are already familiar with. I loved experiencing it this way!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The book really brings out Sansa's struggles and I found myself really feeling sorry for her and impressed by her strength at the same time. All the characters are amazing, though


    What about Roy Dotrice’s performance did you like?

    Its hard to do voices for so many characters. He was no Jim Dale (from harry potter) but he was good. I liked his drunken performances


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

    this is already a fab series so I will say.. All Men Must Die


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    World Traveler 02-10-15

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    "A saga of violence"

    An interesting story, and some characters remain to interest the reader as the saga continues. Too violent for me; one is enough.

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    Terri Guajardo 02-10-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Enveloping Story"

    Narrator is perfect. Non-stop story line that is amazing. The characters quickly become old friends (and enemies!)

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    Ricardo 02-09-15
    Ricardo 02-09-15
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    "Excelente título"

    Es de los mejores Libros que se pueden descargar en el sitio, los primeros tres de notan con más dedicación

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    Melina Garza Chicago, IL 02-09-15
    Melina Garza Chicago, IL 02-09-15 Member Since 2016

    Life long student of life.

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    "Engaging, intricate storytelling"
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I really enjoy the scenes with Tyriann, Dany and Jon Snow. These characters are complex and ever-evolving in the story.


    What about Roy Dotrice’s performance did you like?

    Roy has amazing range with his voice. He brings the story and characters to life.


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    Daniel 02-08-15
    Daniel 02-08-15
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    "Loved it!"

    Really loved it. Great narrator. Only the voice of Varys is a tad harder to understand. Everything else was great!

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