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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)

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    Evelyn New York City, NY, United States 04-03-12
    Evelyn New York City, NY, United States 04-03-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Exceeded My Expectation"

    Love the book! Love the series! Even if you're watching the series on HBO, you must read or listen to the books to gain important information missing in the series.

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    Hunter Huntsville, AL, United States 03-30-12
    Hunter Huntsville, AL, United States 03-30-12 Member Since 2012

    I just achieved App Master!! I never thought I would make it this far!! Thanks Audible

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    "The best fantasy series ever wrote!!!!"
    What did you love best about A Game of Thrones?

    The cliff hangers, the back stabbings, and the STARKS


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Eddard !!!! His honor is what men should be made of!!!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Cant pick one!!!!


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

    Yes, Eddard should have ruled!!! Not died way to early to kill your mane guy!! But that is why this series is great!!!


    Any additional comments?

    I have read all five books! And went back just finished the first book again on audible!!!! Can't wait for the next two!!!!

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    "A Song of Ice and Fire - Incredible Series"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    First of all LOVED the series, second Roy Dotrice (the reader) portrays the characters wonderfully and moves you through this intriguing, complex labyrinth like a movie. I was late to work several times sitting in the parking lot waiting for a scene to finish. Love books like that.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Very complex and well defined. Most books are like american movies where the good guys always win at the end. This story is more real than that. Treachery, sex and honor.


    Which character – as performed by Roy Dotrice – was your favorite?

    Hard to say there are so many wonderful characters. Tyrion Lannister, Arya Stark, Jon Snow, Daenerys Targaryen are my favorites.


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

    Winter is coming


    Any additional comments?

    The HBO Series based on these books follows the story line very, very close and is a must watch. Of course after you listen to the books.

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    Lena Bergen, Norway 03-12-12
    Lena Bergen, Norway 03-12-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Stop acting, please"

    I will probably purchase the rest of the series, but I wish I could get them with a different narrator, and more important: a different style of narration. I use audiobooks rather than traditional reading because I'm physically too busy to read. Audiobooks let me do exercise, housework, crafts and even some of the more braindead tasks at work while reading. But it's the story I want, the words, the text. I don't need or like all the acting from the narrator, all the different voices assigned to the different characters. A man in his fifties will never sound like a ten year old girl, so why pretend to? Better a blank canvas that I can fill with my own imagination - as similar to traditional reading as possible.

    Also, Dotrice's voice is to raspy for my liking, plus he has a tendency to make really annoying, sputtering, gargly voices for particularly the elderly characters. I don't care if an ageing Black Knight in real life probably would sound really unpleasant - I still don't like having my ears tortured unnecessarily.

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    John CAROL STREAM, IL, United States 03-09-12
    John CAROL STREAM, IL, United States 03-09-12
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    "Good Book and Great Characters"
    What made the experience of listening to A Game of Thrones the most enjoyable?

    The variants of characters and environments. It was all greatly detailed and makes you feel like your actually there in the story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The code. The way that those who lived in an era such as this lived by, we all need to have a code of honor such as this.


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

    various voices and depth to the expressions of the characters


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

    laugh at parts, but so made me hate the Lanisters!


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    Frank Estrada 03-02-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Brilliant!"

    It's many stories in one all merged together with the craftsmanship of a fine swiss watchmaker. Best story ever!

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    Kelli Birmingham, AL, United States 03-01-12
    Kelli Birmingham, AL, United States 03-01-12 Member Since 2015

    Listen on dog walks, commutes and around the house. Welcome virtually any genre but southern fiction holds a special place in my heart.

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    "Converted Me to Fantasy (or At Least This Series)"

    I generally do not read fantasy but I was drawn to the HBO series and watched it from start to finish. As Season 2 of the series approaches, I have a strong desire to read the second book prior to watching the season. I debated whether to read the first book, A Game of Thrones, before venturing into the second book. Being a purist at heart, I had to and I'm happy I did. My mind's eye, however, was forever set by the characters cast for the series and there was nothing I could do about it. The Cersei, Joffrey, Catelyn, Daenerys, Sansa, and Arya I imagined as I read the book where inexplicably linked to the series. I was also amazed at how well the series captured the entire story laid out in A Game of Thrones. If this is the Grey's Anatomy of fantasy series, as one other reviewer has referred to it, then please give me more McDreamy!

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    sarah Austin, TX, United States 03-01-12
    sarah Austin, TX, United States 03-01-12
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    "I am so in!"
    Would you listen to A Game of Thrones again? Why?

    I have never liked anything in the fantasy genre before. I gave this a try because I really got into the HBO television series. Within the first two chapters, I knew I would be reading the entire series. I have become invested in each character as he/she develops, and speak to my husband about my hopes and worries for each, as though they are real people. The story keeps me on my toes. I cannot seem to leave this story alone for more than a few hours, and find myself looking forward to my public transportation rides to listen again. Roy Dotrice changes his reading style for each character to perfectly capture his/her attitude and personality. He is consistent and recognizable with these changes too. I could come into an unknown part of the book, and be able to tell which character was speaking just by listening to his inflection. Throw out all your previous biases toward fantasy and listen to this!


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    Timothy OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA, United States 02-29-12
    Timothy OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA, United States 02-29-12 Member Since 2012
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    "This story comes to life!!!"

    Roy Dotrice is an amazing narrator, he really makes this story come to life. It's a very high quality performance of an incredibly captivating story! I couldn't wait to get the next book, or the one after, or the one after that... I just can't put them down!

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    Vance imperial, CA, United States 02-27-12
    Vance imperial, CA, United States 02-27-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Wonderful three books, 4 and 5 start to decline"

    I'm actually reviewing the series, not just the first book. I've read all five in the series that are currently out. Books 1-3 are absolutely amazing. In fact, they get better as they go on with book three being the best in the series. They are the best epic fantasy I've ever read. Although I was glad to continue my reading experience with books 4 and 5, the series starts to show some cracks at this point. Essentially, the author continues to introduce more and more characters and unnecessarily convolutes the storyline and I simply got irritated and worn down by all the details. The author strays away from the core group of characters introduced in the first three books and I think this hurts the series. The 4th anf 5th books feel bloated and in need of a good edit. Don't get me wrong, they are still better than almost any other epic fantasy, they just aren't as good as the first three. Even with this criticism, I stongly recommend you read the series. the books are just phenomenal.

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