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A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1 | [George R. R. Martin]

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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    steven r marcum stu 10-08-12
    steven r marcum stu 10-08-12 Member Since 2015

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    "good book"

    I enjoy the books but could do without all the profanity. Other than that great book.

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    parnell Brooklyn, NY, United States 10-08-12
    parnell Brooklyn, NY, United States 10-08-12 Listener Since 2007
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    "It's a great listen type of story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Game of Thrones to be better than the print version?

    Yes the reading of the different voices for the characters made the story flow very well. My interest now is to watch the HBO series to see how they drive the story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ned was very good at expressing what was the correct thing to do, but his wife was good at expressing the correct way to react to the present situations which proves to be more intuitive for the time.


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

    No first time. He was very good. The story line has so many characters I can see it getting be a bit much.


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

    Yes when Ned's youngest daughter had to run away of being caught and held capture it was very well detailed how she got away and her lessons she was taught from her instructor. Also, his fight scene with knights was really well written. I found it gripping and moving.


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    Cindy Fuerlinger 10-08-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Enthralling"

    A very enjoyable listen. I am having a little difficulty keeping all the storylines and names straight. I find the progress of the story very unpredictable, unlike some books where you know the hero wins the day. This is not that sort of book. Be prepared for bad things to happen to any character.

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    Ingemar Flores Maryland, USA 10-07-12
    Ingemar Flores Maryland, USA 10-07-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Great listen"
    Would you listen to A Game of Thrones again? Why?

    The book has so many characters and subplots that you pick up more details with each listen.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The imp got a lot of good rejoinders.


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

    Roy's gravelly voice adds texture to many characters that sounds right for a medieval context. One nit, though: almost all of the characters end up sounding old.


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

    That would be quite a long sitting.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    ANTHONY 10-04-12
    ANTHONY 10-04-12 Member Since 2010

    I like a good story, but reading is not a multi-tasker's bag. Audible makes me want to find more things to do just to listen more. Thank you Leo Laporte for the intro.

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    "Refreshing and engaging, could'nt stop listening"
    Would you listen to A Game of Thrones again? Why?

    If you are a fan of the cable series, this book will take you in a slightly different direction. It turns out to be much more character centric. The character voices pull you in and keep you wanting to hear more of their exploits. Dotrice is a wonderful narrator, and makes this tale come to life.


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    Kyle 10-02-12
    Kyle 10-02-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Epic book, solid performance"

    The depth and magnitude of this book, and this series, is staggering to the point of being difficult to follow for the first several chapters of this, the first book in the series. However, once the main groups, characters, and geography is laid out and grasped, the subtleties of the story become more apparent and intriguing. In contrast to other authors who tend to fall perhaps a little too much in love with certain characters, Martin evidently makes no apologies in showing a character's greatness and weakness from different perspectives, nor in spreading thin and sometimes confusing the traditional roles of protagonist and antagonist, and in so doing merely makes the characters and the story more gritty and believable. As for the audio narration, while Dotrice does a good job generating English/British Isles accents and voices for gravelly middle aged medieval men who have probably drunk too much, eaten too much, and shaved too little over their years, similar voices are applied to young teenage girls. Unfortunately, while there are certainly a goodly number of the former type characters in the book, there are also more than a few of the latter, and many key characters who are relatively young but don't sound like it. Still, as with many narrators, familiarity and continuity substantially mitigates that problem, and with each book I've seen being well over 30 hrs of narration there is plenty of time to develop familiarity. Overall, it remains an excellent book and the narration still lends itself to exactly the right "feel" -- as if winter is indeed coming.

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    Aaron Dawson Creek, BC, Canada 09-29-12
    Aaron Dawson Creek, BC, Canada 09-29-12 Member Since 2012
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    "One of the best narrated books I have heard yet"
    If you could sum up A Game of Thrones in three words, what would they be?

    Suspensefull, twists, Awesome


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

    When the northern men laid down their swords and proclaimed the King of the North


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

    Therian


    Any additional comments?

    This Audible books cost me two tokens and I thought the price was steep but it was worth the Cost cause the stroy and the Narrator have made it a great journey that I want to see to the end

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lynne 09-27-12
    Lynne 09-27-12
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    "Not my sort of book but fantastic great performanc"
    If you could sum up A Game of Thrones in three words, what would they be?

    colorful fantastic dramatic


    What did you like best about this story?

    performance and characters


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

    He is absolutely fantastic.


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

    no much too long


    Any additional comments?

    Not the sort of book I normally would enjoy, fantasy adventure. Not interested but despite this I am hooked. Only through first three tapes hours to go. That's my only problem not enough time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Peter Briantree, MA, United States 09-26-12
    Peter Briantree, MA, United States 09-26-12
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    "Fantastic"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. The narrator was able to bring a great story to life. Very entertaining.


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

    Aria. She is a rockstar. I a m looking foreard to hearing more about her.


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

    John Snow eas the best chatater. He is a dynamic and well thought out chatacter.


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

    Game of Thrones - Winter is coming.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara Jackson Pawnee City, NE USA 09-25-12
    Barbara Jackson Pawnee City, NE USA 09-25-12 Member Since 2013

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    "Even better than a movie."
    What did you love best about A Game of Thrones?

    The characters were all so well written that you had an instant reaction to them. Love them or hate them they were so well drawn.


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

    I actually liked this better than Lord of the Rings. The characters were more easily identified for me and I actually was able to keep track of them easier.


    What about Roy Dotrice’s performance did you like?

    I love Roy Dotrice's portrayal. He makes me see the characters and is so easy to listen to,


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

    My reaction was total fascinations and interest. I did laugh and cry at the tragedy of some of the younger characters.


    Any additional comments?

    I love this series and might have missed it if not for the audible format!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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