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A Game of Thrones Audiobook

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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    Jason AUBURN, CA, United States 03-01-13
    Jason AUBURN, CA, United States 03-01-13 Member Since 2013

    I'm a third generation professional photographer, and love hiking and being outdoors.

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    "Enthralling story."
    Where does A Game of Thrones rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The reader Roy Dotrice does a wonderful job of giving depth and intrest to this epic tale.


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    Amazon Customer 02-27-13 Member Since 2010
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    "It's to late for me! Save yourself!"

    I give this book, one of five books in my entire life I've never finished better than it deserves by even writing a review. The first clue is that a child falls several stories to paving stones to be put into a coma and be permanently paralyzed after being tossed out of a window for witnessing the married queen having incestuous sex with her twin brother while her husband the king meets with said boy's father in the father's own castle! If i remember correctly that happened in the first approximately forty five minutes. From there on till past halfway into the book there is only political maneuvering and a decisive coup killing off three main characters. There are so many characters and plots even i got lost and I read an entire Robert Jordan book in less than eighteen hours! The only plots i followed was this. In a fictional realm there is never any happiness and never any true love, people die for no reason and rape is one of the most common forms of interaction. There are so many sex scenes i skipped about one sixth of the story and it didn't detract any more from a story i grew to detest. In my opinion you have to be slightly cracked to come up with some of this stuff. A twelve year old kid wanting to see people "fly" by throwing them off a cliff? What in the world?! A girl barely into puberty being basically sold onto marriage with a foreign lord and then being raped by her "husband" ?! Said girl getting pregnant just past halfway into the story ?! Who would support this stuff? Just because it's fiction and it's not real it makes this stuff okay? Despite all this, this story will keep getting five stars from people. Please do not listen to this story .

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    Art MINERAL WELLS, TX, United States 02-26-13
    Art MINERAL WELLS, TX, United States 02-26-13 Member Since 2012
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    "might not want to bother"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    the constant in this series is that the writer builds up a character to where you like them, then kills them. I was willing to put up with it for a bit, but it just got to be too much.

    I am sure many people love this part of it, but it is not for me,

    If you enjoy a world where universally the characters you would like to know die while the chatacters you would enjoy shooting in the head for being either stupid, villainous, or usually both (littlefinger) continue to reap unbeleivable rewards for their crimes. This is the series for you.


    Has A Game of Thrones turned you off from other books in this genre?

    from this author yes


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

    he is an exceellent reader, even the writing is well done,. It is the story that kills it for me


    What character would you cut from A Game of Thrones?

    Ned, he is too good for this book


    Any additional comments?

    honestly it is a well written book. I just cant stand the story

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    ray ACWORTH, GA, United States 02-25-13
    ray ACWORTH, GA, United States 02-25-13
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    "Great story.. REALLY bad audio book editing!!!"
    If you could sum up A Game of Thrones in three words, what would they be?

    Epic, Adventure, Raw


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    John Snow


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The characters reads were good.


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

    When one of the main characters dies without warning.. very sad.


    Any additional comments?

    Did anyone actually listen to this before posting the file?? There are dozens (if not more) of repeated sentences. The part 4 repeats an entire chapter or two.. I've listened to many audio books on audible without a single repeat. This is just sloppy work.

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    María Granada, Spain 02-25-13
    María Granada, Spain 02-25-13

    María

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    "Real unabridged version-Great reader"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you don't have enough time to sit and read this volume, audiobook is a great option. The reader dramatize part of the dialogues and you can listen to it in your ipod, in the car or in the street. Great investment if you're interested in reading this saga. I'll buy the next undoubtelly.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Daenery's wedding night.


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

    Winter is coming.


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    Joseph Scarnici San Juan Capistrano, CA 02-25-13
    Joseph Scarnici San Juan Capistrano, CA 02-25-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great book"

    You get so much more from the book,.. the back stories, verbal discriptions, more character building. It's a long book but I couldn't put it down. I've learned that the show is pretty true to the book but the book just clears up so many questions that you have in your head. Defo a must read if you're a fan.

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    Amazon Customer KINGSPORT, TENNESSEE, United States 02-25-13
    Amazon Customer KINGSPORT, TENNESSEE, United States 02-25-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Book, Great Reader"
    What did you love best about A Game of Thrones?

    The characters were all incredibly interesting.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I really liked Eddard Stark. Though his honor was his best asset, it was also his downfall.


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

    No, But this reading was very good and enjoyable


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

    "If you play the Game Of Thrones, You win or you Die"


    Any additional comments?

    If you like the Sword of Truth series, this has some similarities in story flow.

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    Jeff Muskegon, MI, United States 02-25-13
    Jeff Muskegon, MI, United States 02-25-13 Member Since 2013
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    "First Review from JF"
    Where does A Game of Thrones rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is the Second book I have completed and the only for entertainment.


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

    Not sure


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

    No


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

    lol, 48 hours?


    Any additional comments?

    no

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    joshua brown Queensbury, ny United States 02-25-13
    joshua brown Queensbury, ny United States 02-25-13 Member Since 2012
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    "so many stories... where does it go next?"
    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters never do what you think they should do. It keeps things interesting.


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

    I would have loved to listen to it all at once but the length of it makes it impossible.


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    K. Winters California, USA 02-25-13
    K. Winters California, USA 02-25-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Avoid the narration and read the book"
    What made the experience of listening to A Game of Thrones the most enjoyable?

    Listening to this book was difficult. I tried on many occasions to get in to it, but the narrator grated on me so much that I kept putting it down. I thought I must hate the story and the characters, but when someone handed me the book I read and loved the story.


    What didn’t you like about Roy Dotrice’s performance?

    His voices were awful and never felt like they fit any of the characters. The guard sounded like a pirate, and so did the old nursemaid, etc.


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