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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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    Kamie 04-18-15
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    "A bit out there, but addicting"

    I am not a big fan of sci-fi or fantasy or other genres of the like. However, I had tried to read this book once and found the story interesting, but I didn't have the patience for the pages. I thoroughly enjoyed listening! The reader does an excellent job, and the story is full of strange twists and amazing characters. I am looking forward to listening to the second book.

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    Amazon Customer south carolina 04-17-15
    Amazon Customer south carolina 04-17-15

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    "the best performance I've heard yet"

    I haven't seen the show. I haven't read the book. this is by far the best narrator I've come across and at 34 hours long, I was hesitant, but I would listen to this in bed before I went to sleep and it was like my own personal movie. there wasn't even any confusion about who said what and who was speaking which can happen in audio books because you can't look back over the sentence. as far as the story, it got really good for me half way in but I expected that. I can't buy these books at $30 each but I will at least use a credit on one more and stalk this narrator

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    jeff 04-17-15
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    "The story came alive."

    The man who read the story had a voice for each character. I read books quite often and this experience was like no other. This is my first audiobook. I loved it and i will get many more.

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    David 04-17-15
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    "Awesome"

    Very much enjoyed! Excellent story, great narration. Purchased the next three audiobooks before I reached the end of this one.

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    Chris Behrens 04-16-15
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    "Gotta give it a chance. "

    I can't tell if it is the narration or the story, but I didn't engage in this book until the very end. It's a 17 hour hook for the next book. Watching the series now.

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    sueane Savanna-la-mar. Westmoreland, Jamaica 04-16-15
    sueane Savanna-la-mar. Westmoreland, Jamaica 04-16-15

    Always in touch with my inner child. Crazy about alternate realities and science fiction. Oh , I am also pretty stoked by books where people get pregnant. Very loyal to good authors but always looking for another to add to my list

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    "Powerful and gripping."

    Wide sweeping story with a richness and depth not often seen. Readers beware, no character is sacred. No character is spared.

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    Annie 04-16-15
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    "Great way to experience game of thrones!"

    Loved it loved it loved it. Roy Dotrice is such an amazing reader; he gives each character so much personality. Time to get the second book!

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    Paul 04-14-15
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    "Can't stop listening."

    This is my 6th time listening, it gets better each time. Roy Dotrice delivers a fantastic performance!

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    Britt Jamerson 04-14-15
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    "Must read book."

    Great job. Exactly as I expected. Great narrator, very talented. I would recommend to anyone interested in game of thrones.

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    loved it! my first audio book and it got me hooked. I love the freedom of essentially being able to read while I work.

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