The complete, unabridged audiobook of A Game of Thrones.
HBO’s hit series A Game of Thrones is based on George R. R. Martin’s internationally best-selling series A Song of Ice and Fire, the greatest fantasy epic of the modern age. A Game of Thrones is the first volume in the series.
Summers span decades. Winter can last a lifetime. And the struggle for the Iron Throne has begun.
As Warden of the north, Lord Eddard Stark counts it a curse when King Robert bestows on him the office of the Hand. His honour weighs him down at court where a true man does what he will, not what he must...and a dead enemy is a thing of beauty.
The old gods have no power in the south, Stark’s family is split and there is treachery at court. Worse, the vengeance-mad heir of the deposed Dragon King has grown to maturity in exile in the Free Cities. He claims the Iron Throne.
©2011 George R. R. Martin (P)2011 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
"A Game of Thrones grabs hold and won’t let go. It’s brilliant." (Robert Jordan)
"Colossal, staggering... Martin captures all the intoxicating complexity of the Wars of the Roses or Imperial Rome in his imaginary world...one of the greats of fantasy literature." (SFX)
"Fantasy literature has never shied away from grandeur, but the sheer-mind-boggling scope of this epic has sent other fantasy writers away shaking their heads… Its ambition: to construct the Twelve Caesars of fantasy fiction, with characters so venomous they could eat the Borgias." (Guardian)
This would be a 5-star review, except that Audible has divided the book into 2 parts so that you have to use two tokens to finish the book. The US version of the book is sold in its entirety for a single token.
No one needs me to tell them how good George R. R. Martin's series is. However I did find it disappointing that Australians are forced to buy this book in two parts. The full book is available to other regions so why not for us? It is for this reason I have given the overall rating 1 star. Also if you are coming to the books from the brilliant TV series as I did you may find Roy Dotrice's performance of some characters off-putting as they are so different.
I have read every volume of this saga published to date and watched the DVD - this audible edition is a marvellous rendition of a great tale and Roy Dotrice does an excellent job with the huge range of characters. He is especially good with the male characters and has a good range of voices for them. I respect the fact that he does not try to be the female characters, choosing instead to rely on the author's drawing of the character rendered in the narrator's voice. This is far more effective, for me, than trying to be what he is not. I am working my way through the audible editions of each volume and am sure I will revisit them more than once. George R R Martin's imagination is rich and powerful; he has provided a feast for his fans. Roy Dotrice has enhanced my enjoyment enormously.
The novel is a favourite, but this talking book is really exceptional. The narrater is the master of voices and accents. Tyrion as a Welshman is masterful, and after listening enthralled through this I found one tiny flaw: Occasionally Roy forgets to step out of a characterisation when reading the narrative. Other than that I would call his performance flawless, and entirely in keeping with the quality of the storytelling.
The most memorable moment was when Tyrion first spoke. I'd always pegged him as being frightfully plummy, like Roy's version of Littlefinger, but the accent and voice used were a delightful surprise, and now work for me. I'm rereading the text of another book in the series, and now am very happy to hear Tyrion as Welsh in my head.
His eclectic and diverse range of both voice and accent stands out. He's got a vast array of distinct characters nailed down in a masterful way. He's very impressive.
Even if you haven't read the Ice & Fire series (shame on you) I recommend this audio book. It's like watching a movie, with a cast of hundreds, with your eyes closed.
I thoroughly enjoyed ever minute of this Audio book, the story is very engaging and hooks you in within the first 5 minutes. The narrator however has a very small revenue of voices he is able to lend the characters and it sometimes makes things a tad confusing. Also, and I put this as a caution. THIS IS ONLY ONE HALF OF THE FIRST BOOK. I understand some of you may think this point mute but with all the different versions of the one book on here I accidentally missed this rather obvious situation and proceeded to buy the Second half of the second book and listen to that after finishing this... However props must be given to the Author because despite this I managed to piece the important bits that I missed together, which is about a years worth of information.
Anyway I hope this helps in your decision to purchase this truly wonderful book.
A Game Of Thrones absolutely lived up to expectations and after HBO picking it up to do their most expensive series yet why wouldn't it. However, it was Roy Dotrice who really brought this book to life for me. His narration is smooth and lively, painting the world of Westeros in vivid colour and depth. Having an individual voice for each character was unexpected but welcomed giving another layer to each personality. I think my boyfriend is glad I've finished the series (for now) because he can have his girlfriend back. I can't wait for the next book in the series but more so I can't wait to here more from Roy Dotrice.
I read Stephen King's Cell once. It made for lovely wrapping paper.
One of the best thing about reading novels is the ability to create your interpretation of the world in question, to flavour the characters beyond the story itself, or the words on the page. When books get adapted to film, the characters are presented in a very stark way (so that people complain
Not going to give away spoilers here, but the first few times Roy Dotrice went from regal narrator to guttermouth were pretty memorable to me! :P
Dotrice has a talent of providing each character with their own unique voice - not a mean feat in a novel that has more antagonists than a YouTube comment section! It may be a slight lisp, or a throaty chuckle, but the variances in Dotrice's voice allow each character their own identity.
There are so many great characters. It is too difficult to choose just one. One of the most amazing things about this author is that he treats the characters realistically. As a result, it is very difficult to predict what will happen to them
They were all done well.
When Lord Eddard died. From that point I knew that realism took priority over sentimentality. It makes reading the series so much more interesting.
I started reading this series years ago when only books 1 and 2 had been released. i was riveted but got frustrated waiting for each installment and gave them away. I'm really enjoying listening to them now. the narrator is fantastic - so many different voices and characters. Some of them are, for me, not quite right, but the major characters are brilliant.
If you haven't been introduced to the series before, I can strongly recommend the audio version - with one reservation: the maps and genealogies the are available in book form really help to anchor the story. With so many characters and so much sweeping action, it can be a little confusing without these resources. Especially because audio doesn't really allow you to go back and pick up a detail you might have missed.
This book is fantastic. Found it difficult to get into at first as so many characters and twists but after the first few chapters I was hooked! Cannot wait to listen to the next book
This is a fantastic book, but, I find the narrator very off-putting. I don't know if it's because of the TV series, but he just doesn't sound the way I imagine the characters. Otherwise, it's a great book.
loved it, got me through my walks to work. looking forward to the next one!
"Damn, son... Damn that was good."
After watching the show, the voices took a bit of getting used to, but once I had, this was incredible. I would definitely recommend it if you enjoyed the show, it made me realise that I literally had no idea what was going on in the beginning. 😂
"I hope Martin lives long enough to finish ASOIAF"
Third completion of this book in about a year and a half now. Roy was an excellent choice for this series of books. Really brings the characters to life. I just hope and pray George lives long enough to finish the series properly. Of tragedy befalls us and he doesn't then i might have to act as his blood rider and follow him to the grave
"Would definitely recommend to those interested."
If you are a fan of game of thrones and want to find out the important bits that the shows left out then this is a good choice. Roy Dotrice takes a few characters to get used to and obviously the characters don't sound like they "should" sound, but he never faults to make a grand effort; making it a interesting and captivating through out.
"Amazing series' of books. The narrator however..."
First off, A Game Of Thrones kicks off one of the best series' ever written. The plot is amazingly well written. With intricate details, explained and expanded in later books.Each character has their own, individual style and personality, with clear attributes and motivations. This is especially true of the point of view characters.The book is amazing.
Arya stands out. There are a lot of characters, but her journey, just through this book alone, paints her as capable and tough, in the face of horrific events.
The narration on the audiobook ... is quite frankly rubbish.
It's difficult to tell characters apart at time, with accents meandering across various UK regions, never sticking to anything in particular (the only exception to this is the Lannisters, who are Welsh, well some are, and Tyrion is not Welsh for the first 8 hours..).
Several times, I am certain the narrator mispronounces words outright, and it appears no-one corrected him (it's Tourney of the Hand, not Hound. Also his name is Bran, not Brian. To name a few).
He can't, and in most cases doesn't attempt, to use a female voice. Ayra's POV chapters especially suffer from this, as the narrators upper class male accent doesn't really fit an 8 year old northern girl.
The TV show does have a hand in this, and I know that should not necessarily affect my feelings over another interpretation, but the accent distinctions the show decided upon made sense, and helped flesh out characters and more easily identify them.
There are extremely sad moments, all of which are spoilers...
Overall his narration did harm my enjoyment of the book, and I am uncertain wether to pursue the other books in audio form now (I have read them all). I will give Clash of Kings a chance, but then that's it. It's a real shame.
I have read the book and enjoyed listening to it again while crafting. The story and following stories are epic and magical and wonderful. The narration is not, however. The accents verged on ridiculous, making some characters sound like village simpletons, the worst being Tyrion Lannister. There are also many mispronunciations of names such as Jeffrey (Joffrey), Brian (Bran) and Tragaryen (Targaryen). The story would need more than than to lose its magic for me though and I will be listening to the rest of the series in time.
"Great story.......accents slip."
It's a great story. Wide, deep, twisting. Very well thought out and excellently executed.
I couldn't help notice the Tyrian Lannister changed accent from Northern to Welsh during the story. Three things off a little and surprising for a title of this quality that such a basic error was made.
"one of the best things ever written."
Gripping, addictive and fabulous. I was reluctant to start this series but I am incredibly glad I did.
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