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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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    sueane Savanna-la-mar. Westmoreland, Jamaica 04-16-15
    sueane Savanna-la-mar. Westmoreland, Jamaica 04-16-15 Member Since 2011

    Always in touch with my inner child. Crazy about alternate realities and science fiction. Oh , I am also pretty stoked by books where people get pregnant. Very loyal to good authors but always looking for another to add to my list

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    Wide sweeping story with a richness and depth not often seen. Readers beware, no character is sacred. No character is spared.

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    "Great way to experience game of thrones!"

    Loved it loved it loved it. Roy Dotrice is such an amazing reader; he gives each character so much personality. Time to get the second book!

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    Paul 04-14-15
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    This is my 6th time listening, it gets better each time. Roy Dotrice delivers a fantastic performance!

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    "Must read book."

    Great job. Exactly as I expected. Great narrator, very talented. I would recommend to anyone interested in game of thrones.

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    loved it! my first audio book and it got me hooked. I love the freedom of essentially being able to read while I work.

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    DPLaw Wyoming 04-14-15
    DPLaw Wyoming 04-14-15 Member Since 2014

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    Love! Love! Love! Highly recommend to anyone who loves intricate and intriguing storylines! Very well done!!

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    "Must Read! Highly Recommend! Way Better Than Show!"

    Don't judge a book by it's show! The voice is amazing too! Yes, it's long, but it's worth every minute!

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    Lisa L Powell 04-12-15
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    "Enjoyable - worth your time"

    Really had a difficult time the first few chapters getting to know/remember the characters- there are so many and many many relationships that are important to the story...it was worth the tie to stick with it - very enjoyable!

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    "Better than the show"

    My wife loves the show but I love listening to it rather than watching it. Just like a medieval soap opera with lots of killing and intrigue. GREAT. If you ever thought about but didn't, DO, you won't be sorry but you will be wanting more.

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    Robert Petkus New York 04-10-15
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    "Wonderful Narrator"

    Roy Dotrice is magnificent. His characterizations are so colored and nuanced I'm able to identify the speaker by voice alone (impressive given the size of the cast).

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