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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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    Javier O Mejia 04-21-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Outstanding book!"
    What made the experience of listening to A Game of Thrones the most enjoyable?

    Having already seen the series on HBO, this was a great listen! Made the story that much more enjoyable.


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

    How well the reader does his job!


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

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    Amazon Customer 04-21-15
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    "Fantastic Read!!"

    The characters came to life with the excellent narration! I wanted to listen every day and had a hard time stopping when I needed to.

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    Joe Braxton 04-20-15
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    "Loved it!"

    I loved every minute of this book. Narrator did a great job with all the different voices. I have already read the books but seem to comprehend better when listening to it.

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    Angie SALT LAKE CITY, UT, United States 04-20-15
    Angie SALT LAKE CITY, UT, United States 04-20-15 Member Since 2011
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    Didn't let me down. Worth it! Narration is great. I would like the dwarfs voice a little lower but a small preference compared to all that the book is.

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    Santus 04-20-15
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    "A fitting reading"

    The narrator read the passages with a beautiful, appropriate accent. Especially good with descriptions. Alive.

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    "Very enjoyable!"

    Great story, good performance! I can listen to this book again and again! Highly recommended!

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    Timothy Kopichanski 04-18-15 Member Since 2014
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    "a great read."

    Slow to start, but worth the effort. can't wait to read the next book. wow!

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    zeezee Portland ,OR USA 04-18-15
    zeezee Portland ,OR USA 04-18-15
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    "Beautifully read!"

    Amazing portrayal of all the various characters. Very well done. I'd read the book before but this performance brought it to life.

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    Brian Hollingsworth 04-18-15
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    "Roy Dotrice Nails It!!!"

    I couldn't stop listening for all 30+ hours! Can't wait to begin A Clash of Kings for my next novel!

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    Jeffrey Wood Michigan 04-18-15
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    "Amazing."

    The story speaks for itself at this point. what makes the story come alive is the performance of the reader. imagine having to come up with a voice for every character! And he does! My one little, nitpicky issue is the way he preforms Drogo's voice. I know...it's a dumb complaint, but for whatever reason it was like nails on a chalkboard! Other than that minor thing it is incredible. One of my favorite things that George R.R. does in this book series, is how he writes each chapter from a certain character's point of view. I absolutely love that particular aspect of the books...along with the superb story, of course!

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