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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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    Michael Northville, MI, United States 11-27-12
    Michael Northville, MI, United States 11-27-12

    I drive an average of 350 miles a week. Without an audio book playing I would go bonkers.

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    "I need a drink."
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    A terrific story, amazing characters, and such a complex (massive understatement) plot! Being the first book in a long series everything was fresh. The bad guys can't win ALL the time, right? Wrong. Call me 'old fashioned' but I still enjoy rooting for the underdog, and hoping against hope that the adage 'justice will prevail' is still in Mr. Martin's lexicon but as far as I can tell... it ain't.I sat through over 40 hours investing myself in these brilliant characters to watch them get killed off. One by one. By the end of the second book I just wanted to read something a little more light-hearted like.... War and Peace.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Nat OLATHE, KS, United States 11-12-12
    Nat OLATHE, KS, United States 11-12-12
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    "Hero's die quickly"
    Where does A Game of Thrones rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The narrator uses the same voice for muliple characters so that if you cannot rely on the accent or tone to know who is speaking. Due to the epic size of the series there are many slow parts that do net add much to the story but length. Still at other parts they fly by as you become entranced. Martin's favorite ploy is to kill off a main character early and qucik. It seems new characters come out of no where with little introduction to where they came from or what their purpose is. I've learned anyhing that may be construed as good for the house of Stark means that character will die or be or need to pay a huge price for what ever triumph they may have had. The more a character is a mouse the higher he will achieve and no intelligent character will see them for what they are. The comparrisons between G. RR Martin an J RR Tolkein are only that their book take place in fantasy worlds. Beyond that I find the comparrisons are a lark. While this may sould lie I'm giving the author a negitive review I should note that I am currently on Book 5 of the series. I must like them to keep listening and buying. I don;t know if I do this because of the enjoyment of just to find out if there is an end to some of the story lines. Truth be told that if there is not at least the completion of a couple of the storylines I would sugest that potential readers just watch the HBO series.


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

    None because there in no end and sometimes I fell like there is no beginning.


    What three words best describe Roy Dotrice’s performance?

    Limited,


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    LovesFashion Kansas City 10-31-12
    LovesFashion Kansas City 10-31-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Not good"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I only made it through about 2 hrs of this book, so I can't speak for the entire thing. There were a lot of characters and it was hard to follow. The story didn't grab my attention. I found the narrator irritating.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Roadrambler USA 10-20-12
    Roadrambler USA 10-20-12 Listener Since 2000

    "Roadrambler"

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    "Sorry I paid"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A completely different beginning...


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not sure


    Would you be willing to try another one of Roy Dotrice’s performances?

    Probably not as we fell asleep both times of trying to listen to this one.


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

    Not that I could find


    Any additional comments?

    We have tried twice to listen to this book and have given up both times. If you do not get me in the first two hours you can bet you are not going to get me. I am sorry I bought this book.
    My husband asked me "What the hell is this about?" I said, "Beats me."

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel RICKMAN, TN, United States 09-26-12
    Daniel RICKMAN, TN, United States 09-26-12 Member Since 2010
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    "horrible narrator"
    What would have made A Game of Thrones better?

    a Narrator you could understand


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    didnt get that far


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    stopped listening after 3 hours.. Just couldnt take it anymore


    Any additional comments?

    I guess i will have to sit down and read

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Penacook, NH, United States 05-21-12
    Richard Penacook, NH, United States 05-21-12
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    "Outstanding"
    Would you listen to A Game of Thrones again? Why?

    Yes, in a few years. It's a great story.


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

    Stark dying.


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

    No, but he is excellent. Will look for others he has done.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No, but looking forward to next book in the series.


    Any additional comments?

    Right up there with The Lord Of The Rings as a masterpiece.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kim Felton, CA, United States 05-11-12
    Kim Felton, CA, United States 05-11-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great narrator!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Game of Thrones to be better than the print version?

    Yes! The narrator is capable of making all different voices for the characters.


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

    Aria Stark is my favorite.


    Any additional comments?

    Very capativating.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Marjorie D Ponthie Alexandria, LA, US 05-01-12
    Marjorie D Ponthie Alexandria, LA, US 05-01-12 Member Since 2011
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    "HISTORY LOVERS, DON'T MISS THIS ONE."
    What did you love best about A Game of Thrones?

    HISTORICAL SETTINGS


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

    ROBIN HOOD, BUT BETTER. BOOK REALLY GIVES GREAT DETAILS OF THE TIME.


    What about Roy Dotrice’s performance did you like?

    SEEMS TO HAVE RIGHT VOICE FOR ALL PARTS.


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

    BE IN THE MIDST OF THE FIGHTING...WITHOUT THE DANGER.


    Any additional comments?

    I CAN'T WAIT TO GET THE OTHER BOOKS OF THE SERIES.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mohammed Houston, TX, United States 04-24-12
    Mohammed Houston, TX, United States 04-24-12
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    "Amazing!"
    If you could sum up A Game of Thrones in three words, what would they be?

    Detailed, exciting, epic


    What did you like best about this story?

    The author did not just hang on to his favorit charecters, he keeps you gussing about who will take on the lead role. So many good charecters to love and want more of. His attention to detail about the world and the people living in it are just amazing.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Hard to chose, but when they beheaded Stark it made me hate George for a bit. But at the end of it all it was a big part of the story.


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

    Yes, for sure!


    Any additional comments?

    Just get the book already :)

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Guilherme Porto Alegre, Brazil 01-08-12
    Guilherme Porto Alegre, Brazil 01-08-12 Member Since 2011

    You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take. —Wayne Gretzky

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    "Too long? Really?"

    I'm tired of reading people whining that this book could be shorter... Guess what the bible could be shorter too - is a history about a guy who dies to save other people.

    I whatched the first season on TV then bouch the audionbook. This book is good BECAUSE it's story is complex and intricate and it takes mastery to do that, I don't care how long it is - It's a masterpiece.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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