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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.

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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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    D.S. 07-03-15
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    "Everything You Want in a Book...and More!"

    I thoroughly enjoyed the book, the narration, and the world crafted by Martin. Highly recommended!

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    Jeli Cosas 07-03-15
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    "Wonderful"

    I watched the HBO series first but I wanted more. Plus, I wanted the chance to compare the book versus the television show. Honestly, I loved them both. Now I'll be moving onto book 2 later on in July.

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    Jeremy Roth 07-02-15
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    "well worth an audible credit"

    This was my first audio book. very much enjoyed the performance and story! It wasn't very difficult to stay involved, and the narrator did a great job portraying the characters and their independent personalities.

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    tarik alabbassi 07-01-15
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    "Great Book!!"

    Love this book! Would definitely recommend it to anyone! I'm off to finish the series!

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    Jeff 07-01-15
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    "Great book"

    Definitely check it out if you like gritty fantasy. The performance was good, though not quite how I imagined the character voices.

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    matt 06-30-15
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    "Dotrice: A Narrator of Storytelling and Character"

    Amazing story! I've read the books before and watched the show, but Dotrice brings an entirely new life to the characters and the Martin's story! I listened to it at the gym, in my car and whenever I needed my GoT fix! Great for anyone out there wanting a good audiobook or even fans who need more of Westeros!

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    Ken 06-30-15
    Ken 06-30-15 Member Since 2011
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    "very complex story"

    very good story, but tough to keep up with all of the characters and story lines.

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    Steven 06-30-15
    Steven 06-30-15
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    "Fantastic"

    The book is just as advertised. A story like none other. Cannot wait to read the next one.

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    Andrew A. Marchant Utah, USA 06-30-15
    Andrew A. Marchant Utah, USA 06-30-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Better than the show"

    Much less sex than the shows, I bought the next book last night, I hope it's as good as the first

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    Brady 06-30-15
    Brady 06-30-15 Member Since 2015
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    "hell yeah"

    fantastic. I loved every minute of this amazing story. I will buy the others in this series.

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