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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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    Mercedes Bigel 09-17-15
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    "Amazing Story, Complimented By Amazing Narration"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Game of Thrones to be better than the print version?

    The voices Roy Dotrice has for each character are incredible. This book definitely made my long commutes bearable.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Game of Thrones?

    I've seen the whole tv series before I started listening to the books (I know so shameful), however I did enjoy getting inside the minds of the characters, and hearing what they were thinking in certain moments. The story was just as fun the second time around, and hearing the details Martin include only made the world that much more believable.


    Any additional comments?

    I do wish there was more chapters that focused on different POVs, perhaps in the next books. There is definitely a more whimsical aspect of the stories that even the TV show cannot capture. If you love the show I definitely suggest reading the novels. Some people are mentioning that the editing is poor, however I did not notice any issues.

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    citan-uzuki 09-16-15
    citan-uzuki 09-16-15

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    "Roy Dotrice reads the words of George Martin"
    If you could sum up A Game of Thrones in three words, what would they be?

    Sex, violence, and intrigue


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Game of Thrones?

    Daenerys waking dragons from stone. Fire and Blood.


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

    No, this is the first. Mr. Dotrice is not only an accomplished actor, but he is also a terrific story teller.


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

    Not much in the way of laughter, but there were many moments that can bring tears to the eyes of a grown man.


    Any additional comments?

    George Martin's written words, as spoken by the famed veteran actor Roy Dotrice. It does not get any better than this.

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    SaltedwithFire 09-14-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Incredible"

    What an incredible tale. Loved it completely! The reader was excellent and the best I've ever heard. really kept me captivated and his performance was top notch. Incredible!

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    Connie 09-14-15
    Connie 09-14-15
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    "A master piece deserves more than one narrator"

    Since I'm a very avid viewer of the television series I decided to purchase at once all of the audiobooks of Game of thrones, hoping to quench my sad addiction between tv seasons. Sadly, I've tried to listen to the first book at least 4 times already, and I've come to the conclusion that this isn't a book that can be easily adapted to audio narration. I won't blame Roy Dotrice like others have done. He tries the best he can to make subtle distinctions between each character, but there are too many of them, so eventually they all start to sound the same. I know of other books that have been adapted using a full cast of narrators and I'm not sure why the same hasn't been done with this series. I've recently bought the ebook version of A Song of Ice and Fire, and I've found it much easier to follow than the audio version. As it's often said, the book is much better than the movie/tv adaptation, so I definitely recommend reading the original novel.

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    Patricia Vicksburg, MS, United States 09-14-15
    Patricia Vicksburg, MS, United States 09-14-15
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    "Gap Filler for the Show"

    The book I'd very good. It definitely fills in a lot of the gaps that are purposely left open in the show. Whether I would have watch before, or hadn't, it is a great story to listen to.

    The only reason why I knocked off a star for performance was that the reader messed up a few times throughout the story when pronouncing names and places. He was a little inconsistent in this respect, but besides that, phenomenal!

    Go listen!

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    Greg Hawkins 09-14-15 Member Since 2015
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    "a good listen"

    while the book was great on its own, Roy Dotrice brought the book to an exellent level. His voice acting and tone gave the book the attention it deserves.

    Halfway through, I no longer heard a man reading a book, but a man enjoying the story as much as the listener as it was told.

    This is a good way to introduce new readers and fans of the fantasy genre into the series.

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    Thomas 09-14-15
    Thomas 09-14-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Infinitely better than imagined."

    Loved every second. Narration could use a little work but phenomenal nonetheless. I give a 10 out of 10 and will most definitely listen again. Can't wait to finish the rest of the series.

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    lynaya 09-12-15
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    "amazing reader, genius writing"

    Martin is an intriguingly interesting writer. Dotrice must truly be the best reader in the business.

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    Logan 09-11-15
    Logan 09-11-15
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    "Excellent book with an excellent narrator."

    A thrilling story that encompasses you into it. Coupled with a great narration that makes you never want to hit pause.

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    Nast Marrero USA 09-11-15
    Nast Marrero USA 09-11-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Entertaining"

    The book is full of thrills and -for those who got engaged through the TV show- it is a great way to broad the universe and the characters we have gotten to love.

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