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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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    Joshua 04-06-15
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    "Game of Thrones is Amazing"

    I love the show, and this book just makes it so much better! Already bought the whole series!

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    Rose Marie 04-05-15
    Rose Marie 04-05-15 Member Since 2004

    I love to be read to and I love a good long story. The readers voice is most important. My imagination thanks you Audible.

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    "Very engaging easy to follow Loved it"

    Narrator was awesome. The best I have heard in a very long time. Can't wait for more.

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    Ramiro 04-05-15
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    "Excellent and engulfing"

    The sorry which brings the epic of Fire and Ice. This would have been a flawless reading if the reader hadn't only been Dutrice. The few vices he does are done well until you get to the female characters and children. He has a hard time remembering the proper pronunciation of key character names. If a strong female reader had been added I'm certain the result would have been a sublime partnership and the story would have been completely immersive. Alas, we do not so there are times where the performance causes snaps back to reality.

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    Janet 04-05-15
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    "Not for me"
    What would have made A Game of Thrones better?

    Game of Thrones turned out to be a poor remake of Lord of the Rings. My principal objection was that all the women, at least in the first section (that's all I read), were weak, frail and ineffectual. Not a story that catches my fancy.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The reading was quite monotonous. A less soporific reading would improve the experience.


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    "Best in series, easily."

    Great story and great reading performance. Easily the best of the series and if you've only watched the tv series you will be pleasantly surprised with a lot more back story and motives.

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    Lindsay Beattie Fort Worth, TX USA 04-04-15
    Lindsay Beattie Fort Worth, TX USA 04-04-15
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    "Enthralling story and fantastic reading!"

    I fell in love with A Game of Thrones through the TV show and am now making my way through the novels. I loved every minute of this book. However, I especially enjoyed this audio telling of it. Roy Dotrice is a master and breathes so much life into the story.

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    ExLibrisHolland 04-04-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Epic work!"

    Narrator makes the story come alive! It's truly a epic saga that captures your imagination.

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    Gaurav B 04-04-15
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    "Gripping story. Unexpected twists. Good performanc"

    Am fantasy genre fan. love lotr. this book is just a notch below. but must read.

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    deilah 04-04-15
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    "Favorite book series"

    The narrator does a wonderful job bringing George RR Martin's words to life. This audiobook makes car rides an adventure to look forward to... Sounds corny but it's true m.

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    nathaniel 04-03-15
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    "one of the best"

    love the show. love the book even more.. I can wait to get get in to the next.

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