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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)

What Members Say

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    Shanique C. 03-12-15
    Shanique C. 03-12-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Epic"
    Would you listen to A Game of Thrones again? Why?

    Definitely. Just that good.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Eddard, touche'


    What about Roy Dotrice’s performance did you like?

    It was real, he connected with every character and you know when someone else is talking


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

    Yes, I was so attached to the characters in the story, I laughed, cried, screamed, sighed you name it, I felt it.


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    John 03-12-15
    John 03-12-15 Member Since 2006
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    "Really enjoyed this"

    I have been getting tired of a lot of the common fantasy books out there. This one steps outside the usual formula and develops the charters with depth. Very enjoyable!

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    devon 03-12-15
    devon 03-12-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Wow."

    One of my favorite books of all time. Really have some depth into the emotions of each character. The twists and turns never stops.

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    Mia May 03-11-15
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    "Roy Dotrice only accentuates bad writing"
    Would you be willing to try another one of Roy Dotrice’s performances?

    George R. R. Martin's writing is to the point with details coming in waves sometimes completely irrelevant to the story. Roy Dotrice's performance does nothing but accentuate those short, to the point sentences with little done to emote the actual story. Mix that with his "I've smoked too much in my life" gargly voice and I couldn't make it past the 5th chapter. I have officially give up on the audio version of this book and picked up a used copy to read.


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    Chad G. 03-11-15
    Chad G. 03-11-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Great performance of a Legendary Tale"

    What can I say that hasn't already been said? So much detail, so many characters and so much fun to listen to. It amazes me at how much depth these characters have despite the massive number of characters to flesh out. Switching between perspectives from chapter to chapter keeps things moving.

    Roy Dotrice does a really nice job tackling the many characters in this book. I'm happy to know that I'll hear him again in the sequels.

    Even though I'm up to speed on the HBO series, I can't wait to dig into the rest of the books, Martin is a master!

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    Peter 03-10-15
    Peter 03-10-15
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    "excellent"

    loved the book and Roy dotrice is the absolute best narrator. A must listen for everyone.

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    trace HOLTSVILLE, NY, US 03-09-15
    trace HOLTSVILLE, NY, US 03-09-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Better than the tv series!"

    So well read! Great story. I loved learning about details hidden from the tv series. I will definitely get next book!

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    Barrett 03-09-15
    Barrett 03-09-15
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    "I enjoyed this book... and I don't enjoy books."

    As a college freshman reading is not something I enjoy... except when it came to this book.

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    daniel chico, TX, United States 03-09-15
    daniel chico, TX, United States 03-09-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Great story with an even better narrator"

    First off if you like fantasy books and don't mind adult content then you will love this book. The narrator is spot on and really brings all the characters to life.

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    c 03-08-15
    c 03-08-15
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    "Great read and Narrator"

    Narrator brings each character to life in this great story by George Martin! Very good book to rival any fantasy story out there!

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