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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)

What Members Say

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    SandyKUtah Murray, UT, United States 05-27-13
    SandyKUtah Murray, UT, United States 05-27-13

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "Very good story; extremely violent"
    Where does A Game of Thrones rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is in my top 5 that I've listened to so far


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

    Not to spoil anything, Let's just say the youngest daughter is my favorite


    What does Roy Dotrice bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    This actor seems to really get into what he is reading


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

    Game well played


    Any additional comments?

    I had not watched the TV show so I was not prepared for the level of violence in this book. Now that I am into the book series, I know what to expect but I don't listen to this with kids in the car!

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    Amazon Customer Danville, KY USA 05-27-13
    Amazon Customer Danville, KY USA 05-27-13 Member Since 2013

    Mary Dean RN, BSN, Health Sciences Teacher. Member since March 2010.

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    "Worth the money"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this to a friend, yes. There are numerous characters in this book, but once you learn who the characters are and their relationship with each other, the story is nothing short of fabulous. The pictures painted in the listeners mind are limited only to the listener. With the help of George R. R. Martin and Roy Dotrice, I can only imagine how life was in those times.


    What does Roy Dotrice bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Roy Dotrice brings the accents and enunciations of the times and origination of each character. His performance is remarkable, especially since there are so many different characters.


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

    Who will win the Game of Thrones?


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    Amazon Customer I.D.K 05-23-13
    Amazon Customer I.D.K 05-23-13 Member Since 2015

    Beast King

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    "Sweet Book"
    If you could sum up A Game of Thrones in three words, what would they be?

    Killer, Sex, Sweet


    What did you like best about this story?

    The Narrated keeps me listing the hole time the story was something the best.q


    Which character – as performed by Roy Dotrice – was your favorite?

    Daenerys the Mother of Dragons she gets off her butt and takes controls of her life.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When they take off the Wolfs head no cool man not cool


    Any additional comments?

    Nope the book was good i like it a lot I need to read the rest when I get more time

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Peters 05-21-13
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    "Good book but would prefer different narrator"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The story is great, but I'd warn them to put a bib over their speakers or earphones because this narrator likes to slobber and you can just hear him drooling when he does that. Gross.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Roy Dotrice’s performances?

    Not sure. It's gross the way he makes the eunuchs slobber when they talk. He must be wearing a bib when he does those parts. It's really gross and hard to understand. He also makes a few of the really old people mumble and hard to understand. Where was the director?


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    Lincoln Florida 05-20-13
    Lincoln Florida 05-20-13 Member Since 2015
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    "I usually like the audio book...but not this one"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I liked the book when I read it...but when I got the audio book to (re-read it..i.e listen to it..) I found it quite boring. I kept skipping to the characters I like (i.e Danerys and Tyrion).


    Was A Game of Thrones worth the listening time?

    No..I actually preferred reading the book..weird.


    Any additional comments?

    Now that i have read the books, listened to the audio book and seen the TV show...and I cant believe i am saying this...the TV show is so much better than the three.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Phillip Boiling Springs, SC, United States 05-20-13
    Phillip Boiling Springs, SC, United States 05-20-13

    I like to read almost anything by Jim Butcher, Terry Goodkind, and George R.R.Martin.

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    "Fantastic Original Story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Game of Thrones to be better than the print version?

    There is nothing like turning pages in a book, but the narrator in Game of Thrones makes you feel like you are sitting in the small council chambers with Ned Stark. The story is a great piece of fiction with plots and subplots. I found that this type of story is my favortie. The story take place in a midevil realm where summer last for years and winter lasts for decades. The king has asked an old friend to the his right hand so that the king can relax. The only problem is that the Hand finds out more things that are kept secret from the king. This causes him some major problems. There are other groups who believe that there family should be king due to how King Robert took the throne in a rebellion. The story goes deeper and deeper with each new charater as it introduced.


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

    Bran waking up. Lady Stark cutting her fingers. Joffery killing Ned Stark.


    What does Roy Dotrice bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He makes you feel like you are hearing the intimate conversations and are part of the story.


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

    Winter is coming!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jamie Lake City, FL, United States 05-19-13
    Jamie Lake City, FL, United States 05-19-13 Member Since 2009

    Fantasy & Sci-Fi lover who mostly refuses to read books without their audiobook counterparts. How else can a girl get any housework done?

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    "One of the best EVER!"
    Where does A Game of Thrones rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    At the very highest. No audiobook or book has surpassed it. It sets the bar for all other audiobooks/books.


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

    So many! I would say that Ned's demise would be at the very top, along with what happens at the end of the book with Dany. Actually, I found Dany's whole story in the first book to be one of my favorites.


    What about Roy Dotrice’s performance did you like?

    Roy Dotrice's performance was simply amazing! It must be very difficult to create different inflections and accents for so many characters, but Dotrice seems to do it with ease.


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

    Oh yes! Both.


    Any additional comments?

    Fantasy and Non-Fantasy lovers alike - If you haven't listened to this book/series, do so right now! Trust me, you won't regret it.

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    kalista jupiter, FL, United States 05-18-13
    kalista jupiter, FL, United States 05-18-13 Member Since 2012

    bibliophile

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    "'THIS IS A GREAT SERIES RUINED BY HBO"

    I WANT TO TELL LISTENERS THER ARE 6 MILLION VIEWERS OF GAME OF THRONES PLUS READERS, WHEN LISTENING TO THE BOOK YOU HEAR THE NAMES OF THE CHARACTORS BUT DONT KNOW THE CORRECT SPELLING, I POSTED A COMMENT ON FACEBOOK AND WAS CRUCIFIED FOR MISSPLELLING A NAME. IT IS WORSE THAN THAN THE STAR TRECK? MANIA.
    THESE WONDERFUL STORIES ARE BEING BASTARDIZED ON T.V IT HAS POLARIZED VIEWERS AND LISTENERS. . AUDIBLE REVIEWERS SHARE OPINIONS AND GIVE OTHERS A FORUM TO GIVE THIER POINT OF VIEW. MY THANKS TO ALL

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    Scooter 05-17-13
    Scooter 05-17-13
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    "I'm Hooked"

    My biggest problem is not getting spoiled by the HBO series, which is doing an incredible job with the material. That said, there is a lot more depth in the books, and they are worth reading/listening to.

    The narrator is very good, but perhaps not perfect. That said, I'm already into the second book, and will no doubt listen to them all.

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    B. Flesher Central FL 05-17-13
    B. Flesher Central FL 05-17-13 Member Since 2015
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    "I'm Addicted!"
    What did you love best about A Game of Thrones?

    The Starks have Dire Wolves! It is an awesome story! Roy Dotrice does an awesome job!


    Any additional comments?

    You won't be disappointed with this series!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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