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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.

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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    Cynthia Toth Mentor, Ohio 04-27-15
    Cynthia Toth Mentor, Ohio 04-27-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great experience"

    The story is wonderfully written and
    Beautifully performed. If you are a fan of fantasy this is an excellent addition to your collection

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    Jessica Vistain 04-27-15 Member Since 2016
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    I enjoyed the book very much. Nice cliffhanger ending and everything probably have to read the rest will now great. Also the guy reading there a good job

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    JJK 04-27-15
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    Would you listen to A Game of Thrones again? Why?

    Having heard all the buzz about this book from the HBO series, I decided to give it a listen. As a long time reader/listener of fantasy novels, I have to say I was very impressed! The story is strong, the characters are memorable and the pace is excellent. I have since listened to all five novels that have been released so far and I am totally in love with them. I will eventually re-listen to the series and watch the HBO show, too.


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

    Dotrice does an amazing job as narrator in this book. As the series goes on (books 3-4-5), his work goes downhill. All the characters in this book are masterfully done.


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    Sterling California 04-26-15
    Sterling California 04-26-15 Member Since 2016
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    "A truly addictive masterpiece. Martin has a gift"
    What made the experience of listening to A Game of Thrones the most enjoyable?

    I recently started watching the HBO series and I always like to read the story as well as watch the show or movie. HBO does a great job at portraying this world but their is nothing like reading it and the book has so much more to offer the fan of this series. It is strange to watch a series and read it at the same time because there are little differences and there are also great insights into what is going on in the minds and thoughts of the characters but also huge parts of the book had to be removed from the show because of time restraints. If you are a fan of the series I highly recommend reading this and if you have never seen the series, this is one of the best fantasy novels I have ever read.


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

    So many moments are memorable and I don't want to spoil the shocking things that happen in the book for those who have not read it.


    What about Roy Dotrice’s performance did you like?

    He does a fantastic job of giving voice to so many characters and you are able to distinguish characters by the voices he does. Not every reader is that talented. He is amazing.


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

    Many. Jon snows journey at the wall. When Jon is thinking of leaving and he speaks to some members of the black. Also Danarius when she will do anything for her husband and the results.


    Any additional comments?

    I am so glad that this is only the first book in a series and their are so many more. This truly is an amazing novel and I highly recommend it to all fans of great writing and fantasy worlds.

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    Adrienne 04-26-15
    Adrienne 04-26-15
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    "loved it"

    i love this book. thought the hbo show would be better. i was wrong. definitely worth the read.

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    Jeffrey Stewart 04-25-15 Member Since 2016
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    "A fantasy must!"

    An incredible, bold, and unpredictable story! Worth sharing even with friends who typically are not into fantasy.

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    Dan 04-24-15
    Dan 04-24-15 Member Since 2013
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    wonderful story. was not thrilled with the narration. Tyrion is not Irish and other characters were portrayed as older then I thought they should be.

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    VDB 04-23-15
    VDB 04-23-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Brilliant!"

    Thoroughly enjoyed the story. The narrator was excellent too. I now love sitting in the worst traffic, and letting my mind wander off to where the story takes me. Can't wait to start the next book!

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    janinak 04-23-15
    janinak 04-23-15 Member Since 2015
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    "The TV show did it justice"

    There are some things on the TV show that I like better than the buck but all in all it was pretty good I wish to God I want talk with a British accent though that kind of ruins a lot because these guys are from Britain or from England at all so that whole English accent thing was kind of down

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    Kim 04-22-15
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    "A good listen."

    It was hard to keep up at first, but then I just couldn't stop listening, had to go buy the tv series too. but not as good as the book,of course.

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