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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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    "I'm reading, then watching"

    WARNING! This is not a plot summary review. This is a book v. show review/ discussion ONLY. If you want a plot summary, Google should have plenty! ;-)

    I've heard far too much about the awesomeness of GoT the series (both book series and TV show), so have finally decided to bear down and do this thing before I hear any more spoilers about the show!

    Thing is, I watched the first season of the show before I started the books. I can now tell you the show appears to be a VERY faithful adaptation of the book. So much so that I actually got bored with the book a few times because I already knew what was going to happen. And Martin is very Tokienesque in that the man likes his details (which can slow it down as well). So, if you are already invested in the show, it may be hard to go back and read the entire series. Especially when you consider each book is a 30+ hour listen. However, having read the first book, I already feel like I understand the characters WAYYYY more than the TV show would give me the chance to, and in some ways, even though there is a lot between now and the latest book to change them, I probably still know the characters better than people only watching the show, because I'm getting so much backstory and personal motivation through the book. So, if you are in the market for going hard on Westeros, for sure read the books!

    Now, the rub. I hear the show is caught up with the books, and as of next season, the books and the show will diverge in places (I hear in only minor ways, but given Martin's penchant for leaving nothing sacred, I wouldn't be surprised if they are completely different).

    So, it kind of seems that unless you're in a similar situation to myself and haven't really gotten too far into either, you almost have to pick a side for your own sanity. But if you're in the same boat I am, follow me and do both!!! But if you do, I strongly recommend reading a book, then watching its corresponding season. Otherwise the book may be too slow and daunting.

    As for whether I liked it, my level of commitment to both forms of the story should be a good clue that I loved it, and I am obsessed. Officially!

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    Eric 07-12-15
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    "Loved it!"

    Best series I ever read! It keeps you on your toes. You should always expect the unexpected. The series reminds me of a medieval soap opera. I enjoy reading and watching Game of Thrones!

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    Jason H NorCal, USA 07-11-15
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    "Love GOT!!!"

    I already love the show, but the books are better.... Off to book number 2!!!

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    Love it!! Great story. Voice could be a little better. Everybody sounds old but still not bad

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    "Very good and super detailed"

    I love the HBO Game of Thrones series and the book is of course even better. It shows you how close to the book the series really is. The mind of George R.R. Martin is amazing.

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    Nichole 07-10-15
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    "If you don't have the time to read this series"

    Loved the narration. I don't feel like I missed a thing, and it was easy to listen to at work.

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    "AMAZING performance!"

    I am about to purchase and download book 2, and I really hope it's the same performer. I know the story will be great, but the speaker truly adds to it's enjoyment. EXCELLENT!!

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    Joe HOOVER, AL, United States 07-10-15
    Joe HOOVER, AL, United States 07-10-15 Member Since 2016
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    Where does A Game of Thrones rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I feel as far as audiobooks go, this one was done quite well. It was immersive and Mr. Dotrice performed it extremely well.


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

    Lord of the Rings seems the most likely comparison due to the epic nature and "similar" worlds the books inhabit.


    What does Roy Dotrice bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Dotrice does his best - and he does it well - to bring about the tone of the characters. Moreover, it seems consistent throughout the book and seems to include character backstory. It's had to describe but Dotrice had command of this book and I hope he returns for Book 2.


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

    No. 34 hours is a bit long for one sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    I began reading Game of Thrones after watching Seasons 1-5 of the HBO series. Sadly, Book 1 and Season 1 are nearly identical...and by that I mean I got nothing new from the book and hadn't already received from the show. I had heard they were very similar but usually there are ideas and actions that can't be replicated in a series or a movie. I hope the rest of the series doesn't read like the script.

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    "Love these books.stayed so. close tol the show"

    love this book. some story teller. the tv production stayed very close to the book.

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    Cynthia Roman Morristown, NJ United States 07-10-15
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    "A great way to pass the time while driving."

    Love the show. The books fill in some great details. I really enjoyed it. Can't wait to get the next one!

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