The complete, unabridged audiobook of A Game of Thrones.
The first volume in the hugely popular and highly acclaimed epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire. Now a major Sky Atlantic TV series from HBO, starring Sean Bean.
Summers span decades. Winter can last a lifetime. And the struggle for the Iron Throne has begun. It will stretch from the south, where heat breeds plot, lusts and intrigues; to the vast and savage eastern lands; all the way to the frozen north, where an 800-foot wall of ice protects the kingdom from the dark forces that lie beyond.
Kings and queens, knights and renegades, liars, lords and honest men...all will play the game of thrones. Winter is coming....
©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.
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.
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.
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.
"Better than the TV show"
After getting bored of waiting for the TV series to come out, I decided to start the books. Not disappointed. The book offers a much more in depth view into the characters and a lot of the decisions they make become a lot more clear. Written from the perspective of the characters, this is a book that I would definitely recommend. The narration is also decent.
I am never one for jumping on the trend band waggon lihjtly. In fact I try very hard to steer clear of trendy books etc. However I decided on this occasion to see what the fuss was about. And I am more than happy I made the effort. Most of the time these on trendy, massively hyped books are a real let down but not so Game Of Thrones. I listened to the first hour and was not feeling it but all-of-a-sudden it had hooked me in and was refusing to let go. The audio book is well read (yes the accents run in to the narrative sometimes and some characters accents change a little) but when you consider that he had to voice over 200 characters I think we can see past these few slight faults. The story itself is epic to say the least and anyone who is a fan of grand tales will love this. Sex, violence and bad language are plentifull but none of it seems gratuitous and the author never makes you feel uncomfortable unless it is meant to be in an uncomfortable scene. To sum up, splendidly written, splendidly read and a must for all fans of epic story telling.
"Better than the TV show"
Roy Dotrice is a reading and acting master. With this reading of A Game Of Thrones he conveys the whole story by acting in character and adding emphasis to narration.
It is easy to get sucked into the story thanks to this excellent reading. I am currently listening to Part Two and love the experience.
As I said in the title, this audiobook is better than the TV show in my opinion. I thoroughly recommend listening to this audiobook and Part Two.
Having watched the series I decided to give the audio book a go and was very happy. It is a shame that the audio book needed to be split into two as it will take a long time to get through the whole series however I think it will be worth it. Obviously there is much more in than the books than the series. i have only given it four stars as the narrator was at time a bit irritating.
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Suitably impressed with the book. However I wish I had read the books before I watched the series on tv.
this is a very good book if you like the tv series you will love this a five star listen.
Both the book and how it is read present a wonderful storyline that will make hours fly! I strongly recommend this book and this audio book if you are a fan of the series!
Amazing audio book. Easy to understand and learnt so much that wasn't in the series
"Fantastic story wish it was read by Rupert Degas"
Not really a SF or Fantasy reader generally, but I thought I would try something different. Interesting characters, lots of different story threads. But the narrator has a habit of pausing in the wrong place which sometimes changes the meaning of the sentence, making it harder to follow. And Tyiron's accent changes region at some point in the book, from Northern English to Welsh. And why does he have a regional accent when his brother and sister do not? Sounds a bit nitpicky, but had the story been any less gripping I would have given up listening. I think some people are more bothered by the quality of narration than others. I find the narrator can make or completely ruin a book for me. Even so I stuck with this book. Have read part 2 and will probably wait for the rest to be on TV unless there is a new narrator. Fantastic story just wish it was narrated by Rupert Degas, and I would have given it 5 stars .
"The night is dark and full of terrors..."
Fabulous adaptation. Voice artist Roy Dotrice has an immense task, and he manages to make the narrative consistently riveting. He seems to have a bottomless coffer of accents for the numerous lords, ladies and badass villains. I can't get enough of it. Originally, I downloaded this to listen to in my car, now I'm going for a 60 - 90 minute walk every afternoon just to listen to this in peace. (So yes, it works very well as a motivating exercise aid!) I'm actually on book three already, and I haven't regretted this addiction for a single moment. Some of the characters in this series will become as dear to you as close friends, others will inspire your most murderous instincts.
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