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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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    "Grand Adventure Reings Supreme!"

    An epic book to be sure! Can't wait to listen to the next book when i'm done with this one!

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    Troy 05-25-12
    Troy 05-25-12
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    "ROY DOTRICE Rocks"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes great story


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jon snow he's a bastard like me:)


    What about Roy Dotrice’s performance did you like?

    I am so glad he read them all he is a great narrator


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

    Winter is coming


    Any additional comments?

    Thanks you George can't wait for last 2 books don't go trying to change readers or read it yourself please

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    Megan 05-24-12
    Megan 05-24-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Amazing writing!"

    This book started to slow; but once I got into it, I could not put it down. The characters are amazingly developed. Even though the book jumps around from character to character, Martin does an amazing job of keeping the reader interested.

    I had to play the audio book at 2x the speed because Dotrice, talented as he is, talked a little to slowly to keep me captivated. He does do an amazing job having voices for so many different characters, though.

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    Marc SOUTHINGTON, CT, United States 05-17-12
    Marc SOUTHINGTON, CT, United States 05-17-12 Member Since 2002
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    "Overall a good read"
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Rob, he had a really big messed up situation dumped on him having to think on the run and try to do a job he wasn't yet ready for, that of leading an army into battle.


    What about Roy Dotrice’s performance did you like?

    He did a pretty good job differentiating each characters voice.


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

    No, it's a very long book and trying to do it in one sitting would leave you confused about what was going on, I had to go back several times because I had not caught something and left me puzzled.


    Any additional comments?

    The women in this story have very strong character and adapt to their situations well. Being forced into a marriage with someone you had never met, with a different language, culture and customs would leave a normal woman in severe culture shock and having to spend months trying to learn to function in their situation.
    The end of this book leaves you hanging so you have to read the next one to find out what happens.

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    Leslie Antlers, OK, United States 05-13-12
    Leslie Antlers, OK, United States 05-13-12
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    "Great Series"
    What made the experience of listening to A Game of Thrones the most enjoyable?

    Charters That you will love, and some you will hate Great twist in there story, you can never predict what will hapen next, Really Adictive listen, Some start out good, and turn evil, some start out evil and and turn good.


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    Syerah Burlington, Ontario, Canada 05-08-12
    Syerah Burlington, Ontario, Canada 05-08-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Can't put it down!"

    I'm looking for reasons to get in my car and drive; to get on the treadmill; to iron clothes and bedsheets and to do all the things that allow me to listen to audible!

    Not since Pillars of the Earth has a book about kings and knights and Lords and Ladies been THIS captivating!

    I'm soooo happy that there's 4 more books (and almost 200 more hours) for me to look forward to!!

    Syerah

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    Bob Jack CA 05-08-12
    Bob Jack CA 05-08-12

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    "Awesome!"
    If you could sum up A Game of Thrones in three words, what would they be?

    Favorite Audible book!


    What about Roy Dotrice’s performance did you like?

    Great enjoyable voice, kept me engage throughout and easy to listen too!


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

    Yes, but not practical.


    Any additional comments?

    An impressive and amazing performance and story; left me wanting more! Flew by, and really enjoyed the book, Dotrice's performance was entertaining and brought the characters and story alive. Brilliant!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Edward FAYETTEVILLE, NY, United States 05-07-12
    Edward FAYETTEVILLE, NY, United States 05-07-12 Member Since 2014

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    "Amazing"

    I normally do not read fantasy series books, I stick to the cyber punk world and more non-fiction. I started this series after seeing a few things around the internet talking of how great it was and the urging of a few friends. I have to say the reading by Roy Dotrice is phenomenal and goes really well with the writing. I do not want to spoil the books for anyone but I will say that just when you think you know what is going to happen or what is going on Mr. Martin throws in a twist and that makes you keep reading or in this case listening. If your thinking about checking this series out I highly recommend it.

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    Kim Fargo, ND, United States 04-23-12
    Kim Fargo, ND, United States 04-23-12 Member Since 2014

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    "A Song of Ice and Fire, Book I"
    Would you listen to A Game of Thrones again? Why?

    I would listen to it again. It was very well written.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story was well written. I liked the detail that went into the book.


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

    I really wanted to listen to the book in one sitting but I did not have the time to listen to it all because it is a very long book.


    Any additional comments?

    I read the book then watched the show. The show was just as good as the book. Both were very well done. I can't wait to listen to the second book.

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    "Intrigue, Adventure"

    This is a story filled with intrigue and adventure. It is quite long and there are many people to get to know, but each character's focus and motivations are maintained throughout. Their personalities are clearly described and remain true. I know these people! George R.R. Martin's imagination must be filled to overflowing every moment of every day and Roy Dotrice's narration is amazing. Epic adventures where folks ride around on horses and live without cell phones aren't usually my choice and I've resisted this book for years. So glad I finally gave in because this is a grand story. I'm half-way through book 2 and have just purchased the third in the series since I know I won't want to miss a minute of the adventure or lose track of a single character.

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