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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.

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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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    blake 08-05-15
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    "love the series."

    Game of thrones is one of my favorite series. it's has a cast if characters, that actually feel like characters. everyone has quirks, flaws, and redeeming traits. The game of thrones series takes place in the middle of a kingdom. but the wars of prior don't cloud the story. while they do provide the basest foundation, for some of it's plots. It is a fantasy book where summers and winters can last years. magic is in the book. But it's not over flowing. as Tolkien said to much magic makes things no as magical. great book you won't regret it.

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    One of the best book and book series I have ever read.

    The characters change and growth along with their true to life and complicated interaction make it a wonderful read/listen.

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    John Newman 08-04-15
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    you absolutely must listen to this series it is exceptionally performed and is a wonderful story

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    Monique 08-04-15
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    "I was gripped!!!"

    Not the kind of book I would usually go for but I am so glad I did... WOW!!

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    lucas 08-04-15
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    This was epic, totally a great listen. Very happy to have experienced this on the train to work everyday

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    Amanda 08-03-15
    Amanda 08-03-15
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    Overall good performance. Had trouble understanding his accent a few times but other than that, I really enjoyed this audiobook.

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    "great story - great reading"

    This was a long book but I guess that makes it even better for one credit. I can't wait to listen to the rest.

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    Paul Mason Ohio 08-03-15
    Paul Mason Ohio 08-03-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Game of Thrones Book One"

    Fantastic, wish I listened before the HBO series.

    Great Narration, very easy to listen. Going for the 2nd book now

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    donald 08-03-15
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    "great listen waiting for the next season :)"

    well read and easy to follow. Brought a lot of clarity to the show for me

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    James Griebler 08-02-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Not my type"

    Just wasn't something I enjoyed, I attempted but just couldn't get into the story, too dense for me

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