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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)

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    Mr.P Colorado, USA 09-05-13
    Mr.P Colorado, USA 09-05-13 Listener Since 2003
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    "fantastic!"
    What made the experience of listening to A Game of Thrones the most enjoyable?

    Fantastic content! Great twisting story of betrayal and uneasy alliances.


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

    nothing is like this that I've read.


    Which character – as performed by Roy Dotrice – was your favorite?

    Hodor-- not that he is a complex character, but I chuckle nearly every time he speaks Hodor's "dialog".


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

    The scenes leading up to a major character not faring well... it was painful to listen to knowing where it was going (I had seen the TV show first).


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    Ben Atlanta, Ga 09-04-13
    Ben Atlanta, Ga 09-04-13
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    "Amazing story (of course), narration had faults."
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Game of Thrones to be better than the print version?

    Negative Ghost Rider.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Roy Dotrice?

    Probably, this just isn't a good fit for him despite his talents.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I do believe that was George's intent.


    Any additional comments?

    Roy Dotrice is clearly a theatrical speaker. Some parts will literally make you cringe though with a slight annoyance (with some reviewers I've seen, slight is an understatement).

    Half the time the "unique" voice he portrays for each individual character doesn't seem to fit whatsoever. Not only that, he'll even have a different voice for the SAME character at times. He even did it with Tyrion (right after Brann is pushed off the ledge and Tyrion joins his family for breakfast).

    Also occasionally his dialogue, depending on the character, can be a bit....slurpy. It's kind of disturbing even sometimes.

    The thing is, he really is a GOOD voice actor. It just didn't work for this story in my opinion. I didn't let that take away from the total experience like some reviewers. I was able to look past those faults in narrative and formulate my own version of expression in my head whenever I felt it was needed. At times, Roy did a great job actually.

    That's the thing about audio books that some people let ruin a good story even. You have to take the words and make them your own despite the theatrics of the narrative.

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    Brad Oak Ridge, NC, United States 09-02-13
    Brad Oak Ridge, NC, United States 09-02-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Story + Superb Narration = Audio Journey"
    What did you love best about A Game of Thrones?

    While on the surface, A Game of Thrones may look like a typical fantasy if you haven't bought into the HBO show's hype. As I quickly discovered, AGOT was less goblins/elves/wizards type fantasy and more focused on relationships, politics, families, and betrayals. The setting comes to life in the story. George RR Martin has crafted a detailed world full of rich history and mystery that unfolds as the story progresses. It's hard to keep up with the multitude of characters, but the main ones will stand out and be memorable. Martin doesn't just create one-dimensional stock characters: he inserts real people, with unique ideas, ambitions, and dark sides. In the end, I feel that this first step into the AGOT series will be a worthwhile journey, as I plan to listen to all 5 books this year.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Difficult to pick. Tyrion Lannister always had the best quips, but Jon Snow felt like the most genuinely heroic character.


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

    This was my first time listening to audiobooks, and he set a such a high bar. Mr. Dotrice puts all he has into acting out the story. He definitely helped to elevate the material and bring George RR Matin's writing to life.


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

    I wish I had 33 hours of free time, but yes, I would.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gayle 09-02-13
    Gayle 09-02-13
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    "Exception to "don't care for series""

    I've recently come to the conclusion that I don't care for series. But this turned out to be an exception. I found this book one to be interesting in and of itself and not just a setup for the books that follow.

    Fantasy worlds are also not my first listening choice, but I was enticed by others' positive reviews, and I'm glad I gave it a go. I was drawn in by the interweaving characters and story, and the transitions between them were nicely done. I do want to visit them again!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ibrahim Ar Riyadh, Saudi Arabia 08-31-13
    Ibrahim Ar Riyadh, Saudi Arabia 08-31-13

    A fan of fantasies, thrillers, horror, epic-fantasies, darker stories and general literature..

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    "High-Fantasy at its best?"
    Where does A Game of Thrones rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    At the top of them, i find it to be better than LoTR since it's darker, more realistic (Character-wise) and it has more character and profoundly witty conversations..


    What did you like best about this story?

    How the story doesn't present to you all of the Fantasy elements right away but rather give you bits and pieces as you go along to make it more mysterious and satisfying!And the fact that you get to be in the characters' heads and see their valid reasoning behind every move they make..


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene where Syrio Forel, Arya's trainer had this very profound conversation with Arya Stark"Do you pray to the gods? -Syrio"The Old and the New." -Arya"There is only one god, and His name is Death. And there is only one thing we say to Death: 'not today'." - Syrio


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

    I wanted to, yes..But it's too long for a one sitting..


    Any additional comments?

    Roy Dotrice did an amazing job at narrating the book, but he tried too hard to give every unique character a unique voice.. (Hard enough to make you have to rewind to undestand what he said)I would've enjoyed it much more if he had used his own voice..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Emily Dubuque, IA, United States 08-23-13
    Emily Dubuque, IA, United States 08-23-13 Member Since 2016

    Books, Art, Animals, and the void.

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    "WONDERFUL!"
    If you could sum up A Game of Thrones in three words, what would they be?

    Anticipation, blood, and awsome


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

    a more interesting sexyer version of LOTR


    What aspect of Roy Dotrice’s performance would you have changed?

    I wish he would have more variation and no sound so ridicules with his women's voices.


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

    well yes, but you can not because it is longer then a full day but i did listen
    to 5 to 6 hours everyday.


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    gimme some sugar EDMONDS, WA, United States 08-22-13
    gimme some sugar EDMONDS, WA, United States 08-22-13
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    "If you like loose ends..."
    Would you try another book from George R. R. Martin and/or Roy Dotrice?

    ... you'll like this book if you don't need the story to have an ending. The author is terrific and the reader brought the characters to life but I felt a bit let down with the ending (or lack thereof). I would have rated it higher if more elements of the story were resolved.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would have wrapped up a few things. This book, while well-read and quite entertaining, is more like a very long chapter. Very little gets resolved and for those of us who want stories with endings, this one requires that you buy the next book (and so on).


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

    A wonderful range of accent, and a voice that fits the century


    Did A Game of Thrones inspire you to do anything?

    It inspired me to be a bit more choosy when selecting series. A trilogy like 'Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' has an ending but also begs to be continued. This is not the case with Game of Thrones.


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    Eric Salt Lake City, Utah, United States 08-19-13
    Eric Salt Lake City, Utah, United States 08-19-13 Member Since 2012

    A man. A plan. A canal. Panama

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    "So Good!"

    Martin is a genius, weaving an excellent and compelling tale full of twists and turns. Dotrice's narration really brings the characters to life.

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    Michael 08-19-13
    Michael 08-19-13 Member Since 2013
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    "I Can't Praise This Series Enough"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I am almost at the end of the third book. The multiple points of view gets me deeper and deeper into the heads as well as the trial and tribulations of several main characters to the point that when i sleep, i dream i am Jamie Lanister, Tyrion Lannister, Daenerys Targaryen, Sansa Stark, Arya Stark or Jon Snow.

    No story in my entire life has done this to me.

    I recommend this with all my heart.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I have several even some who are not fist person POV characters.


    Which character – as performed by Roy Dotrice – was your favorite?

    Even if his performance was sub par (which i am not suggesting) the writing would obfiscate that. The characters are brilliant.


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

    Hell No!

    I can't do anything for 35 plus hours at a time.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope Audible gets book six on tape as soon as it is possible, when it finally comes out.

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    deborah henderson Sparks, NV United States 08-18-13
    deborah henderson Sparks, NV United States 08-18-13
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    "Absolutely enthralling."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would, and have, recommended to my friends.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It is beautifully written, and absolutely unpredictable. You get to know the characters, love them, hate them, and yet are surprised by them.


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

    Absolutely. His intonation, timing, and voices bring the characters to life.


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

    Don't watch the film! Read the book!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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