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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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    Cheryl Munn Wright 07-27-15
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    "Loved it!"

    I've watched the series on HBO and this audio of the book helped clarify the many stories. The narrator was excellent and adapted his voice to distinguish the numerous characters. Well done.

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    Philip R 07-27-15
    Philip R 07-27-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Long but captivating."

    I like the story. I have not seen the shows or movies but wanted to hear what they hype was about. It starts slow as it explains the families and their burdens. I enjoyed the narrator but would have like to had a female play the parts. Too many characters for one person to play.

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    Beethle 07-26-15
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    "Great read for a great story."

    This was a well written tell of lore set in a fantasy world where dragons once lived. Well read.

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    mario 07-26-15
    mario 07-26-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Poor and inconsistent pronunciation"

    The book is amazing. But, the reader's pronunciation was often wrong and he sometimes pronounced the same word/name 2-3 different ways which made it harder to follow.

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    Kittie 07-26-15
    Kittie 07-26-15 Member Since 2015
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    "On to book 2"

    Great story. Narrator is a wonderful voice actor. I cannot wait to read book 2.

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    Patrick 07-25-15
    Patrick 07-25-15
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    "Loved it"

    The performance was amazing!

    I had watched season one of game of thrones before listening to this and it help me appreciate the series even more I can't wait to start the second book

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    Robert P. 07-23-15
    Robert P. 07-23-15
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    "Fantastic"

    If you play the game of thrones. You die. Very good listen and production. Would recommend even if you've just watched the show.


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    branden ward 07-22-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Love this series."

    Gripping. Thriving. incredible commentator with perfect voice inflection. this book and series are a perfect blend of fantasy and realism it will grip you from start to finish. one of my favorite reads.

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    Ravi Benedetti 07-22-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Totally Awesome!!!"

    Even though I love HBO's GoT, this was much, much, much better! Highly recommend it!

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    Jeremy 07-22-15
    Jeremy 07-22-15
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    "Yay!"

    2nd time I've read it. Was lovely to hear it in audio this time. Thank you!

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