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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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    Amazon Customer APPLETON, WI, US 03-20-15
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    "engrossing story!"


    A well written story great narration hard to stop listening to it. I will be getting the rest of the books in the series

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    M. Mahmutoglu 03-18-15
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    Everyone dies. Oh god they die.
    I guess it's bold of the author to be able to kill off pivotal characters so often. It makes you feel as though no one is safe.

    The voice actor brings the story alive quite well.

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    Eric 03-18-15
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    "Excellent"

    Starts kind of slow, but once it got rolling I couldn't soak it up fast enough.
    I would certainly recommend it.

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    Tia Weedon Frederick, MD 03-18-15
    Tia Weedon Frederick, MD 03-18-15 Listener Since 2010
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    "Excellent!"

    It was difficult having watched the series first b/c the book is almost exactly like season one... Best part is deeper insight into the workings of some characters like Catelyn and even Sansa b/c I've really disliked her character and was always wondering what she was thinking.. I still don't like her but I understand her better lol... Some have had some negative comments about the narration and his portrayal of the female voices and his accent....Psh I thought he did an amazing job all around!

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    Patricia 03-18-15
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    "good book can't wait for the next one."

    good book, can not wait for the next part
    I find the book is better than the the TV series.

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    SlamCheese 03-18-15
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    "Excellent book"

    Great story. Lots of characters and plot lines. Sometimes you need a reference to know who everything be is. The accent is decent but sometimes when he does certain voices you lose a word or two.

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    Seve 03-18-15
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    "Great everything. Hard to stop listening to."

    This narrator was meant for these books. You completely fall into this amazing world when listening to Roy read the book.

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    Kristin 03-18-15
    Kristin 03-18-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Amazing"

    It was like watching the series with far more detail. One could literally close their eyes and imagine how it played out with the actors.

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    Adam Howitt Chicago, IL USA 03-17-15
    Adam Howitt Chicago, IL USA 03-17-15 Member Since 2013

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    "Just fantastic"

    Dotrice's breadth of character voices elevated an amazing work to the most engaging audio book I've ever heard. 30+ flew by

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    michael 03-16-15
    michael 03-16-15
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    "The first of many"

    Loved the book! This was my first audio book experience and I had seen the show first so some of the character voices seemed a tad off, though not to Mr. Dotrice's fault as the book and the recording are far older than the show. I will be listening to the rest of the series without question.

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