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A Game of Thrones Audiobook

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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    Andrew 08-09-13
    Andrew 08-09-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Good book, bland reader"
    What did you love best about A Game of Thrones?

    A fantasy that's, odd as this sounds, realistic. Magic exists, but it's more a backdrop to the story than critical to it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The depth and descriptiveness


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

    Nic Podell or Marc Thompson


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

    No; it's a bit dense for that, I think.


    Any additional comments?

    Roy has a great oratory voice, but lacks the vocal range and expressiveness to clearly indicate which character is being read. This makes the book less comprehensible as I spent a lot of time trying to determine which character was saying what. As well, he interjects random pauses, I assume at the end of lines in his reading script.

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    Craig T. Metzger Delaware USA 08-07-13
    Craig T. Metzger Delaware USA 08-07-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A must read...listen!"

    Amazing story. Great Character depth, excellent plot and a very detailed and imaginative setting. I am looking forward to reading/listening to the rest of the series. That said, the narrator, Roy Dotrice, takes some getting used to. I understand he is British and it is most likely his accent that through me off at first, but he came across rather monotone and dreary at first, however, his performance grew on me and in time, I began to enjoy the book immensely. The only remain criticism I have is that too many characters sound like pirates. Sure, the people of the Iron islands and any of the characters manning the boats can sound like Jonny Depp and his crew, but not every other sellsword, lowborn and member of the hill tribes should sound like he belongs on the deck of the pearl.

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    Steve 08-07-13
    Steve 08-07-13
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    "Can't wait to read rest of series!"

    A Game of Thrones has been a book I've been meaning to read for a while. When I finally got around to it I found myself lost in its world every time I started up the audiobook in my car. It's a wonderful book told from the perspective of quite a few intriguing characters. What I like about it is that even though it's a fantasy style, fictitious plot it seemed almost real. If our world was a little like theirs in the way of a touch of supernaturality, I believe it would be a lot like theirs. Real situations and conflicts arise between people, real consequences happen from choices people make, and you can never truly believe someone is safe from death. There were only two things I was slightly disappointed with in the story, one was that it didn't quite tug at my heartstrings like some other stories do. The characters were grand and definitely make you care about them and their fates but the overarching story seemed just like another war story to me. Now it goes to say that A Game of Thrones is still a very solid book that is definitely worth a read and brings out emotion during certain events. The other issue for me was ***Little Spoilers***, you don't get to read much about the plotline with the White Walkers. I do expect to hear more of that in the future books because it is after-all part of a series but I wish that they went further with it since Martin gets you hooked from the beginning with a scene about them. ***End Spoilers***

    Roy Dotrice is a great narrator and sounds wonderful in this book. There's only a couple tiny parts where I felt extremely annoyed because the voice was a little obnoxious, especially the lines "You weren't supposed to be here" and "Make him fly". These lines were delivered from already annoying characters but still. Dotrice is a great narrator though and I'm glad to see he's in the next novels in the series on audible.

    Since I like out of ten ratings better than 5....
    Overall - 9.6
    Performance - 9.8
    Story - 9.5

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joan St. Pierre Jacksonville, FL, United States 08-07-13
    Joan St. Pierre Jacksonville, FL, United States 08-07-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Loved it"
    Any additional comments?

    A very compelling story read by an accomplished artist. Looking forward to the next book in the series.

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    Rachaelanne Acworth, GA, United States 08-06-13
    Rachaelanne Acworth, GA, United States 08-06-13
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    "Love the story not so much the narration"
    Would you listen to A Game of Thrones again? Why?

    I would probably read it on my own next time. The voice of the narrator doesn't jive with me for whatever reason. He does mostly a good job with his voices but some of the character's he uses his normal narration voice for and it gets kind of confusing. So glad I listen with the book in my hands.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story doesn't just throw sex in to have sex. It is important to the plot.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Mostly


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

    Be careful when you play the game of thrones.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    S. Pyle 08-05-13
    S. Pyle 08-05-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Great books, unbearable without 1.5x speed on app"
    What made the experience of listening to A Game of Thrones the most enjoyable?

    I've just started the books having never read them. The story is great! I like reading the books after seeing the movie or in this case TV show. It's nice to go back and fill in the holes. I prefer that to reading the book first and being disappointed in what's missing in the film version.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It's hard to say who the best character is, but probably Tyrion. He's the classic hard luck hero. Smart but disadvantaged at every turn.


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

    Probably not. I can't bear the books on regular speed. Playing at 1.5x actually sounds "normal". I do enjoy his style, but half the characters he reads with a mouth full of spit, like they all have a speech impediment. It's very disgusting, but faster playback makes it slightly less disgusting.


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

    When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cheri 08-01-13
    Cheri 08-01-13 Member Since 2016
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    "after 37 hrs, i'm still not sure if i liked it..."

    out of 4 parts, i really only liked 1 completely. i don't know if it's the odd cadence of the narration or what. i do like the idea of the story line, but much of it was seemed overkill. some of the voices were very similar, but in all fairness, there are a vast cast of characters.
    i don't believe i'll buy the rest of the series though, as the plots were too drawn out for me and sometimes i just didn't care for the outcome for the character involved.

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    Jo Grants Pass, Or, United States 07-31-13
    Jo Grants Pass, Or, United States 07-31-13
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    "Good story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Game of Thrones to be better than the print version?

    Did not read it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Dogs and John


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I could not tell which character was supposd to be talking.


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    Rodrigo Urubatan Jardim Porto Alegre, RS 07-29-13
    Rodrigo Urubatan Jardim Porto Alegre, RS 07-29-13

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    "Great book and awesome interpretation"

    The story is great, I was following the tv series, but the book is a lot better, and the narration is awesome, Roy Dotrice reads each character with its own voice. Simply great!

    Be ready to listen even when you are in the restroom because you'll not want to stop listening.

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    Kelsey Auburn, NY, United States 07-28-13
    Kelsey Auburn, NY, United States 07-28-13 Member Since 2015
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    "I thought the show was good, the book is great"
    If you could sum up A Game of Thrones in three words, what would they be?

    Violence and swordplay, Honor and dishonor, and planning and deceit. This book had all the things a good period drama needs


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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