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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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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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    Thuy BEAVERTON, OR, United States 08-20-14
    Thuy BEAVERTON, OR, United States 08-20-14
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    "Took me a while to love it"
    What made the experience of listening to A Game of Thrones the most enjoyable?

    I came from the wheel of time and I love magic. this one is more of politics with a smidge of magic thrown in. towards the end of the book, it got really interesting so im planning to read the next book


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    aria, cuz she's a badass


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

    hes really good. all of them. i didnt think i could love another narrator after the 2 who read the wheel of time but roy dotrice is so darn good!


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

    no it can be too much intensity and not enough moments of laughter love or humor


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    Nannaneen 08-19-14
    Nannaneen 08-19-14
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    "The Heavy British Accent sucks sour pickles!"
    Where does A Game of Thrones rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Close to the bottom of my list because of the word mutilation by the narrator.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love fantasy stories that are complex. This is a wonderful 'world'. I love the use of older, rarely used English words as if they come from this pretend world. I LOVE reading this on my Kindle...I am very reluctant to listen to the old British dude mutilate the words for any length of time.


    How could the performance have been better?

    When the old Brit pronounces "shone" as "shawn" and "towered" as "tarred", "bogs" as "bugs", "girls" as "gooze" and on and on I may as well read the book myself. I am SO grateful that there is a gray bar that shows me where the reader is so I can stop what I'm doing and go look at the word(s) he just mangled. I get really irritated when I start paying more attention to the reader than I am to the story. Scott Brick is another word mangler. I refuse to buy or borrow from the library any book Scott Brick narrates. He not only mutilates a word every other page, he also gets the rhythm so out of sync the meaning of the sentence or phrase gets twisted or reversed. At least this old Brit keeps the rhythm going properly.


    Any additional comments?

    Get Raul Esparza, who narrated "Under the Dome", to work his magic on more books. He is the very best I've ever heard. Dick Hill is another great one. Ed Asner rocks. So many good ones I cannot list them. Really crappy readers stand out like pimples on a pretty face. You need to get rid of them.

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    Jocelyn Simms 08-11-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Great to tie the tv and books together"
    Would you listen to A Game of Thrones again? Why?

    I am glad that I started the tv series before listening to the books. It helps to understand the characters more deeply and while the voices are obviously different, it also helps that I am able to picture the actors.


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    Kimberley Tutte 08-11-14
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    "Amazing"
    What did you love best about A Game of Thrones?

    I'm not usually one for fantasy, but couldn't stop listening to this series. The narrator is what makes this audio book (and the series) come to life. With so many characters and story lines, how he is able to keep the voices straight is beyond me. Amazing! The description and detail of this novel is remarkable. You do have to get through a handful of chapters, before getting really getting into the story. There is a lot of character building, but after that all stories are great!


    Have you listened to any of Roy Dotrice’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Only the first three books, but Oh My.. he is AMAZING! I will seek out other books that he narrates. He really helps bring the story to life!


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

    Definitely some surprises.. but none that I want to give away!


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    ilaughyellow Knoxville, TN 08-11-14
    ilaughyellow Knoxville, TN 08-11-14 Member Since 2016
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    "READ IT."
    Would you listen to A Game of Thrones again? Why?

    Hell yes. This will be listen number 3. Roy Dotrice has incredible talent. He's easy to listen to and does the voices so well there's instant *BAM* character recognition. The plot development is thick and the multi point of view keeps it so very interesting. To me, it's a masterpiece. I read this before the show and after the show and during the show; I IMPLORE you, read this because there is so much more rich content and banter missing from the shows [obviously].


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Arya OR Daenerys. Strong, intelligent females in a patriarchal society, duh. Although Hodor is pretty insightful at times.... **HOODDDOOORR** God love him.


    What about Roy Dotrice’s performance did you like?

    He breathes life into the characters.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed a lot! It's clever humor.


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    Sonali Barua 08-07-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Not light listening while driving"
    What did you love best about A Game of Thrones?

    The story was great. The imagery was wonderful too. The scenery and setting was interesting.


    What did you like best about this story?

    GRR Martin doesn't love any of his characters. He isn't writing an epic. He's writing a series of fantastical History books. Sometimes it seems like a fantasy setting with a small town story. Something you can find in the small "gulleys" of Indian villages that makes front page news in the big cities. Do I necessarily like it? Not sure. It's no Lord of the Rings. It's not a tale of morality which is I guess refreshing if you've never read anything else.


    What aspect of Roy Dotrice’s performance would you have changed?

    The women, children and Tyrion's voice were off. After hearing his idea of Tyrion and Peter Dinklage's voice, I prefer Dinklage's voice. It suits the character better. Somehow giving Tyrion a stereotypical "Leprechaun" voice while his brother and sister had a very upper class way of speaking didn't seem to sit well with me. I felt like by doing so, Roy kind of undid all the work that GRR Martin was trying to do. He basically downgraded Tyrion into a stereotype rather than the well developed character he really is.


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

    Not really. I always had to recover from each chapter. Too much going on over a stupid throne if you ask me. Also Ned Stark just seemed to be such a big fool that I needed time to cuss him out after every chapter he was involved in, to get rid of my irritation before I started the next chapter.


    Any additional comments?

    Probably not something I should be listening on my way to work. Should just stick to listening to it driving back from work or while folding laundry. I think I'll be reading the rest of the serious. I kind of like easy listening. This was way too heavy for listening.

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    Jason 08-07-14
    Jason 08-07-14
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    "Excellent story but predictable plotting."
    What did you like best about A Game of Thrones? What did you like least?

    The story idea is excellent, truly first rate. The characters are real and believable and not one of them is one dimensional. Well done. However, the story is riddled with predictable plotting (the writing kind...not the conspiracy kind) and clunky plot devices. I could count on the fingers of one hand the number of times I was surprised but would need several hands to count the number of times I said "Yeah, saw that coming."


    What did you like best about this story?

    The lack of the usual oracular (prophetic) basis was a refreshing change and the characters are well drawn.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Roy Dotrice?

    At first I would have said no...it took him a while to find his stride. Now, though, yes.


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    Keith springfield, MA, United States 08-03-14
    Keith springfield, MA, United States 08-03-14 Member Since 2012

    I'm pretty awesome.

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    "The first book in a modern classic series."
    Where does A Game of Thrones rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    By far and long this is the best audio book series I have ever listened to. I can listen to this for hours on end, and needed to force myself to put it down for bed.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tyrion Lannister is pretty awesome. He is the only one who treats people pretty much as they deserve to be treated.


    What about Roy Dotrice’s performance did you like?

    I wish he was locked in a room and forced to read every book I love. The man earned a damn WORLD RECORD for his performance. You can't really ask for more.


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

    That is none of your business, and I thank you very much to stay out of my personal affairs.


    Any additional comments?

    If you don't own this series, you should be ashamed of yourself. Ashamed.

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    John HESPERIA, CA, United States 08-02-14
    John HESPERIA, CA, United States 08-02-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Roy Dotrice is superb!"

    Martin has given us a wonderful story, rich environments you can see with your mind's eye, and intricately developed characters throughout. And I could imagine no other actor portraying this much breadth and depth. Roy Dotrice is enthralling. Not exaggerating here, I haven't been this entertained since... well, ever.

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    Jessss Mountains 07-30-14
    Jessss Mountains 07-30-14 Member Since 2016

    I read to find stories that inspire more for my life; more adventures, more expeditions to new places.

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    "Very good with voices"
    What did you love best about A Game of Thrones?

    I loved the epic world that is beginning along with all the foretelling. Knowing there's this HUGE story unfolding for not one or two characters, but a whole kingdom is dynamic.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked that each chapter slated who was going to be giving me the POV. Sometimes it can be difficult to tell, especially in an audible version. However, Martin makes it simple. A new chapter titled by the person giving it.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There were many scenes that I loved. For me, I liked the depth of the scene with Daenerys and Khal Drogo. Their union was a difficult one to bring to such unity since it was arranged. Listening to her go from naive girl to a khaleesi and saving peoples lives was great. Seeing Drogo grow from unloveable to loving was wrenching when his end came.


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

    Seven kingdoms, all vying to sit and stay on the iron throne.


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator of this book did an amazing job of lilting different voices to add to the experience. Great listening experience.

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