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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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    Dan 04-24-15
    Dan 04-24-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Great story"

    wonderful story. was not thrilled with the narration. Tyrion is not Irish and other characters were portrayed as older then I thought they should be.

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    VDB 04-23-15
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    "Brilliant!"

    Thoroughly enjoyed the story. The narrator was excellent too. I now love sitting in the worst traffic, and letting my mind wander off to where the story takes me. Can't wait to start the next book!

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    janinak 04-23-15
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    "The TV show did it justice"

    There are some things on the TV show that I like better than the buck but all in all it was pretty good I wish to God I want talk with a British accent though that kind of ruins a lot because these guys are from Britain or from England at all so that whole English accent thing was kind of down

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    Kim 04-22-15
    Kim 04-22-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A good listen."

    It was hard to keep up at first, but then I just couldn't stop listening, had to go buy the tv series too. but not as good as the book,of course.

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    Zoe K burket 04-21-15
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    "Awesome story, very meh narration"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Game of Thrones to be better than the print version?

    AN audio adaptation of Game of Thrones can be way better that the book, I've been listening to this while i crochet / knit/ clean all week, how ever i don't know if this adaptation is better


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Roy Dotrice?

    i'm not 100% sure who could narrate this, but you really need a few people, like 1 per great house.

    In "The Help", which has the best performance on audible, they have 3 different voice actors since perspective shifts between them and they shift their delivery of lines to match the context of the story and the intent of the character speaking

    Mr. Dotrice in this performance has three or four voices Nobles, Kids, Undesirables, and Savage, and that is NOT enough for a Game of Thrones book, plus i don't know how many times he casually delivered a line followed by "they said bitterly/ mournfully/ sarcasticly" when that happens it really pulls you out of the story.


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

    Impossible to do, too long of a book.


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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
    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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    "All you hope"

    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
    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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