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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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    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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    Diane aurora, co, United States 02-24-13
    Diane aurora, co, United States 02-24-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Gripping story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Several story lines are running through the book, and they are all interwoven and interesting. It's one of those books that only disappoints when it ends because it is such a good story. It is very intense, with a lot of violence and sex - not for children at all. But the story is about a fantastic place where amazing things happen. This is a fantasy that doesn't feature a lot of magic and silliness. The fantasy works because of the setting, and it is never overdone. This is a world where life is hard, and many epic characters bring it to life.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I love the Daenerys character's story. She starts out as a bullied girl and develops into a satisfying player in the book.


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

    Although many reviewers gush over how great the narration is, I found it to be the worst part of the book. The narrator makes little girls sound like old leprechauns, and seems to think the words, "murmur" and "mutter" mean shout. Not the worst narration in the world, but it could have been better.A LOT of repetitions of sentences and paragraphs, as if the director couldn't be bothered to keep track of where the reader left off. This makes this performance very choppy in places.


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

    No, it is way too long, and so intense that sometimes the listener needs to stop and process. But the different story lines made for natural stopping places.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Eric Coldwater, MI, United States 02-24-13
    Eric Coldwater, MI, United States 02-24-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Has a great story line, but..."
    Would you try another book from George R. R. Martin and/or Roy Dotrice?

    Yes, given that it is a bit cleaner. Roy Dotrice is not the best or worse performer.


    Would you be willing to try another book from George R. R. Martin? Why or why not?

    Yes, given the book is cleaner.


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

    I had a hard time distinguishing characters by the voices the performer presented. This made the book a little hard to follow.


    Any additional comments?

    I will not finish this series simply because there was much gratuitous sex, rape, torture, etc. I want to enjoy a book, not be creeped out by details of sex with whores, mass rape, torture, etc.

    It's really sad, because I liked the larger story line.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    LMD ALBRIGHTSVILLE, PA, United States 02-24-13
    LMD ALBRIGHTSVILLE, PA, United States 02-24-13 Member Since 2013
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    "I am late to the party on this one...."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I very much enjoy the story. It kills time more than well.


    Would you recommend A Game of Thrones to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes and No. It seems more about political intrigue than Sci-Fi Fantasy. You would have to watch the HBO series first to keep track of the characters.


    What three words best describe Roy Dotrice’s voice?

    Thick, rich and masculine. A voice best used for older male characters.


    Do you think A Game of Thrones needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    More than enough books it seems.


    Any additional comments?

    I started this book a long time ago and put it down. I picked it up again after watching the HBO series. A little too heavy on the politics. A slow burner when it comes to incorporating the fantasy aspect I love about the genre. Watching the series assures me that it is coming so I will continue reading.

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    Marjorie Arlington, VA, United States 02-24-13
    Marjorie Arlington, VA, United States 02-24-13 Member Since 2015

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    "Not worth 33 hours of your time!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I really disliked the narrator's voice. It was heavy, intense and the every time he made the characters laugh I cringed.


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

    Yes.


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

    His voice! The way he would nasally, mucousy laugh and I would have to listen. There was nothing funny.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall, I really didn't enjoy this first game of thrones book. I kept thinking- what is so great about this series?! I have to be missing something, i kept thinking. The story was not intriguing at all. I have not seen the tv show maybe most people who enjoy this series have. I found that there were too many characters to keep up with (especially hard with an audiobook), so I found myself listening without really knowing what was going on. Because so many people like it, I would have considered listening to the second.... Maybe I am wrong in my estimations? Once I saw the same narrator does the rest of the series I can say I have no interest in listening to anymore. The voice just grates the nerves especially when the character laughs (the narrator has a phlegmy smokers laugh).
    I would recommend listening to any other book over this one. It was a complete waste of time!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nathan Belle Mead, NJ, United States 02-24-13
    Nathan Belle Mead, NJ, United States 02-24-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Loved it but it takes time to know the characters"
    What did you love best about A Game of Thrones?

    After all the hype, I wanted to read the Game of Thrones because I love stories, especially fantasy stories. I was not let down, and I believe it should reside with stories along the lines of (dare I say) the Lord of the Rings and the Chronicles of Narnia. It's much more graphic than the other two series I mentioned, but for those that can stomach it, it's a must read/listen. Roy Dotrice is absolutely amazing as the narrator. He embodies the characters so well it's hard to realize they're all from one man. He sounds as if he was born from the seven kingdoms himself. The only relatively minor gripe I have with the story is the sheer number of characters. I found myself looking up maps and family trees just to keep everything and everyone in order in my mind. Once you get at least the main characters organized into the noble houses, it's much easier to understand, and allows the reader/listener to realize how vast and intricate the world in George R.R. Martin's mind really is. Overall, the Game of Thrones is an absolutely stunning story and with narration that does it justice.


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

    Lord of the Rings, Chronicles of Narnia. They are all popular epic tales of fantasy and adventure. However, the Game of Thrones is targeted towards adult audiences as the others are not as much.


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

    I have not, but Roy Dotrice's performance is stunning for the Game of Thrones and sets the bar high for any other narrator.


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

    Yes, I would but it is terribly long at almost 34 hours.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Terry Corning, NY, United States 02-18-13
    Terry Corning, NY, United States 02-18-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Mediocre narration. Not worth the time to listen."
    Would you try another book from George R. R. Martin and/or Roy Dotrice?

    Yes


    What was most disappointing about George R. R. Martin’s story?

    I could not get by the narration to truly enjoy the story.


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

    Yes, I have enjoyed listening to many narrators, but I could not get into the book because Dotrice.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from A Game of Thrones?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    No

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    Mark EUGENE, OR, United States 02-13-13
    Mark EUGENE, OR, United States 02-13-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Amazing"
    Would you listen to A Game of Thrones again? Why?

    This book series far outreaches all but the most competent and talented Fantasy Fiction writers of all time.

    Beware the 4th and 5th books, the plot line hits slack water and the narrator becomes inconsistent. Overall a great series so far, but I think the 4th and 5th books could have been combined or worked into the rest of the books,


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    Michael Richmond hill, ON, Canada 02-12-13
    Michael Richmond hill, ON, Canada 02-12-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Epic - the only word for this novel."

    This first book is beautifully written. Not only has the author created an amazing set of characters and a vibrant world for the reader to immerse themselves in, but his language is engrossing as well. By the time you are finished you will find yourself using "too smart by half" to describe a few people in your own life.

    Thoroughly enjoyable from beginning to end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jill Marino Mayfield, PA United States 02-12-13
    Jill Marino Mayfield, PA United States 02-12-13
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    "Excellent book"
    Would you listen to A Game of Thrones again? Why?

    This was an excellent book to listen to. I did have a hard time at first getting used to the narrator, but once I got used to it, I couldn't stop listening to it!


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

    Dany


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

    It was way too long to listen to in one sitting.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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