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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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    Dee 09-16-13
    Dee 09-16-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Love the book, hate the narrator"
    What did you love best about A Game of Thrones?

    Great story


    What did you like best about this story?

    the depth of the characters and how unpredictable it is


    What three words best describe Roy Dotrice’s voice?

    hard-to understand; makes me feel uncomfortable; annoying role-playing attempts that fail to accomplish anything


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

    no.. it's way too long for that! took me forever to get through this book


    Any additional comments?

    Audible apps don't do a good job of helping you pick up where you left off across multiple devices, so try to use this on only one device if you don't want to end up lost and having to search through 40some hours for where you were!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nora Phoenixville, PA, United States 08-21-13
    Nora Phoenixville, PA, United States 08-21-13
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    "stop now and run away"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    a story that does not crush the soul then spit on it.


    What could George R. R. Martin have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    tolled me head of time that very character will like will be killed and you will end up read in the hope of seeing those you dislike die.


    What character would you cut from A Game of Thrones?

    i have read most of the books and at this rite there will be no one left to cut, so the question does not work.


    Any additional comments?

    save your self some greave and go find another series to read

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ronald Chester, NY, United States 08-15-13
    Ronald Chester, NY, United States 08-15-13 Member Since 2008

    Say something about yourself!

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    "I fell asleep."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    How would I know? It bored be beyond belief, and I love fantasy.


    Would you ever listen to anything by George R. R. Martin again?

    No. I hated the narrator too.


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

    Jim Dale. But even Jim could not save this turd.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Yes. It makes a good sleep aid.


    Any additional comments?

    No

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon "Snow book" Los Angeles, CA 08-01-13
    Sharon "Snow book" Los Angeles, CA 08-01-13 Member Since 2012

    snow book

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    "Not a book to be read aloud"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Possibly a different narrator


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

    Someone younger as none of the characters in this story are over about 40.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is way too detailed to be listened to. There are too many characters, too many shifts in point of view. Trying to keep track of all this while listening and doing something else at the time is impossible. I got most of the way through the first download and decided I just wasn't enjoying it. The book is probably better read since obviously it has been a best-seller. I might consider this in the future but...there are just too many other good books to read.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    J. 06-27-13
    J. 06-27-13 Member Since 2015

    Ancient History, philology, non-fiction.

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    "An epic story well told..."
    If you could sum up A Game of Thrones in three words, what would they be?

    Rich,Evocative,Family


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

    Classically, I would describe this a "King Arthur" Knight's of the Roundtable tome. But I love the way Martin built this Universe from scratch, free of constraints, he weaves and incredibly rich story with unique and pleasant "differentness" -It's not quite fantasy, not quite science fiction, it's just brilliant writing in a fresh, unique presentation that features the best of all genres.


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

    I wondered if Roy Dotrice didn't see photos of the Characters that ended up playing the parts, it seems to me he must have, because he sure did nail each character. What an amazing job he did narrating this book, this was easily -the- most enjoyable Audiobook I have listened to. I could listen to him reading a phonebook.


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

    Wanted too, but found myself going back and re-listening to each chapter.


    Any additional comments?

    This was an amazing book, doesn't matter to me if people watch the series 1st but if you are going to listen to the audio book, you might as well get he Kindle read along version while you are at it! Enjoy the Series!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Paula Crane, Mo, United States 06-24-13
    Paula Crane, Mo, United States 06-24-13
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    "Fantastic Book!"
    What made the experience of listening to A Game of Thrones the most enjoyable?

    The performance was riveting. The story spellbinding!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Could not choose a favorite character if I tried. They were all intriguing.


    What about Roy Dotrice’s performance did you like?

    He is by far, the best I have listened to.


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend this book without reservation!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    john Colbert, WA, United States 06-24-13
    john Colbert, WA, United States 06-24-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Roy Dotrice is a most engaging voice actor."
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Game of Thrones to be better than the print version?

    I would consider the audio edition better than the print version. The Voice acting is amazing and Roy Dotrice has more voices and accents in his repertoire than I have voices in my head (that sentence didn't come out exactly as I'd planned, but you get the idea). This became a much more engaging novel when heard by such an astonishing actor.When a character is called on to laugh Mr Dotrice laugh's in the character's voice. He laugh's, sounds astonished, plaintiff, frightened or angry all in character. His voices are all unique and believable. This is not a simple narrative. This is a masterful performance.I have no experience with the televised version of this novel and now I don't even want to see it. This novel and this performance take me away to a different land and time. I would just be disappointed if I watched the film version.I would absolutely recommend this audio book to anybody who is a fan of this genre.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tenesha Ocala, FL, United States 06-15-13
    Tenesha Ocala, FL, United States 06-15-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Every bit as good, if not better than the show!!!"

    I LOVE Game of Thrones on HBO....The book was FANTASTIC!! I can't wait to sink my teeth into the next one.....I am even more addicted to the show now that I read the first book. The narration is WONDERFUL....a very talented narrator.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Katherine Rye, NH, United States 05-13-13
    Katherine Rye, NH, United States 05-13-13 Member Since 2012
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    "So glad I only downloaded one book in this series"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    maybe if I had chosen another book


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Maybe another Ken Follet


    What didn’t you like about Roy Dotrice’s performance?

    He just did not draw me into this book and I found it a painful listen.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    Yes, in the future I will not be swayed by the rating and popularity of a book. I realize we all have our favorites and that's what makes reading so personal!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    aaron United States 04-20-13
    aaron United States 04-20-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Not a fan"
    Would you try another book from George R. R. Martin and/or Roy Dotrice?

    Most likely not, I'm just not a fan of fantasy.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Tripwire


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    he was a bit monotone for my taste.


    What character would you cut from A Game of Thrones?

    didn't get that far into it.


    Any additional comments?

    no

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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