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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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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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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    B. Ram St. James, NY United States 08-18-13
    B. Ram St. James, NY United States 08-18-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Not What I Was Expecting"
    Would you try another book from George R. R. Martin and/or Roy Dotrice?

    No, not at this time.


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

    Move it along faster.


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

    Get your pronunciation correct and then say it the same each time.


    Was A Game of Thrones worth the listening time?

    No, I did not enjoy it. I will not listen to the next in the series.


    Any additional comments?

    I am not a regular of this type of book, but I wanted to explore. It may just be me. Although, I did think the narrator could have been better.

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    Danielle GRANDVILLE, MI, United States 08-16-13
    Danielle GRANDVILLE, MI, United States 08-16-13

    I am in love with pararomance and am always trying to find new series with a great story and sizzling hot spots!

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    "What's NOT to love!"
    Where does A Game of Thrones rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's at the top. I will admit I have been watching the series on HBO, and wanted to give the books a try. I seriously love it.


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

    I am not sure if there is a comparison as far as I know. This is out of the realm of books I usually listen to.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I love the ending..... I will just leave it at that :)


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

    Can't do that... since there is already a series on HBO!


    Any additional comments?

    Just know that the series is going to be different than the books, it always is. With the books you are going to get more details than in the show, things that were left out, and character descriptions that are different.

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    Andrea 08-16-13
    Andrea 08-16-13
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    "Accidental Love"

    I stumbled on Games of Thrones by happy accident. Prior to the HBO series I found George RR Martin while looking for a great storyteller with good long books. Others have told me that they do not enjoy his books because of the large number of characters. I think that the audiobooks resolve this issue for me. It is easier to identify with the large number of characters by listening to Roy Dotrice read.

    Just dive in and give it a try. You will not be sorry.

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    D. Broken Arrow, OK, United States 08-15-13
    D. Broken Arrow, OK, United States 08-15-13
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    "This Ain't HBO..."

    I picked up this book, ok my wife picked this book out, due to watching the series on HBO (a very good show, but works to keep the TV/MA rating). What I have heard about the book is so very true in that there is so much more depth to the story and so much of the story that is not being told. I was able to get lost in the characters and cared about the plight of each one, this is the mark of a very well written and read story.

    I would recommend this series to anyone that enjoys fantasy, epic stories, or the interaction of family and politics they are all included in the book. Be prepared to burn some extra gas as there were times that I simply sat in the driveway trying to get to a good stopping point, there are not any BTW.

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    Jill Ann Arbor, MI, United States 08-14-13
    Jill Ann Arbor, MI, United States 08-14-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Excellent Narration"

    I think that I liked this book even more than I would have if I had read it due to the narrator. I was immediately drawn in, and I loved every moment of the book. It made me look forward to a long commute, and sometimes even wish for traffic! I thought the pace was just right, the changes of voices not over done but still distinctive. Listening rather than reading the print version forced me to take my time and enjoy every word of the book.

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