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A Game of Thrones (Part One): Book 1 of A Song of Ice and Fire | [George R. R. Martin]

A Game of Thrones (Part One): Book 1 of A Song of Ice and Fire

This is Part One of Book 1 of the A Song of Ice and Fire Series. This first volume in the hugely popular and highly acclaimed epic fantasy series A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE is unabridged and split into two parts. 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.
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Publisher's Summary

This is Part One of Book 1 of the A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE Series.

This first volume in the hugely popular and highly acclaimed epic fantasy series A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE is unabridged and split into two parts. 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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Darrell Christchurch, New Zealand 11-19-12
    Darrell Christchurch, New Zealand 11-19-12
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    "Great story and performance."
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Karenza Wynyard, Australia 08-29-11
    Karenza Wynyard, Australia 08-29-11
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    "A feast of a tale faithfully narrated"

    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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    milla 01-21-12
    milla 01-21-12

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    "Almost Flawless"
    What did you love best about A Game of Thrones (Part One)?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Game of Thrones (Part One)?

    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.


    What about Roy Dotrice’s performance did you like?

    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.


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

    Your move


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jeremiah KIARA, Australia 10-31-11
    Jeremiah KIARA, Australia 10-31-11
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    "Brilliant, with a catch."

    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.

    Regards,
    Jeremiah.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Damien Sydney, Australia 03-13-13
    Damien Sydney, Australia 03-13-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Australians getting ripped off again?"

    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.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Natassia North Booval, Australia 05-01-12
    Natassia North Booval, Australia 05-01-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Many late nights because I just couldn't stop..."
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    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Laura-Jane Fitzroy North, Australia 02-09-12
    Laura-Jane Fitzroy North, Australia 02-09-12

    I read Stephen King's Cell once. It made for lovely wrapping paper.

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    "A Feast for the Ears"
    What did you love best about A Game of Thrones (Part One)?

    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


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Game of Thrones (Part One)?

    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


    What about Roy Dotrice’s performance did you like?

    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.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Terranora, Australia 12-19-11
    Robert Terranora, Australia 12-19-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Stories epic in scale and detail"
    What did you love best about A Game of Thrones (Part One)?

    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


    What did you like best about this story?

    See above


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

    They were all done well.


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

    When Lord Eddard died. From that point I knew that realism took priority over sentimentality. It makes reading the series so much more interesting.


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    Mez Athelstone, Australia 07-24-13
    Mez Athelstone, Australia 07-24-13
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    "dull"
    What didn’t you like about Roy Dotrice’s performance?

    Roy Dotrice makes this a very dull listen, which is unfortunate because its a great story.


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    Aileen Armidale, Australia 04-19-12
    Aileen Armidale, Australia 04-19-12
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    "intense, multi-layered and vivid"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Furniture and your home
    Cheshire , UK
    10/10/12
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    "A word on the reader"

    I wont bother reviewing the story as such that has been well reviewed many times (though as i read through i do increasingly feel the excellent caracterization and beutifully descriptive narative is getting bogged down in endless and overly dense political intrigues)



    No rather I'd like to defend the narrator He has a rich and interesting voice and does very well to maintain your interest through (by nessesity) very long listening sessions. Obviously having an older gentelman reading you rather obseanly worded sex scenes is quiet funny (his embarresment is well but not entierly veiled). This is definatly a plus as i dont like those bits and there no other humor to be wrought from these books. His treatment of so many different cahracters and is sufficently distinct and the few voices he uses are apt and well maintained.



    Dont be put off by negative reviews of the narration this is a great listen!

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  • Toby
    Frome, United Kingdom
    9/10/12
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    "Just Really Not That Good"

    Friends have raved about both the T.V. adaption and the series of novels, reviews of both have also been positive across much of the media so I was looking forward to finally discovering what I had missed.
    Although Martin delivers some good descriptive prose and weaves a complex plot, ultimately I found this very unsatisfying and not engaging of my interest. I didn't really get to care about the myriad characters and I certainly wasn't going to spend money on Part 2 to find out how the various threads came together, if at all, because I started to get the feeling that Martin's main purpose here was to write a multi-volume Fantasy epic rather than tell an epic tale.
    I don't think it's my lack of patience or even Roy Dotrice's narration, which was generally good. I found a lot of the book very derivative in some ways and one can tick off various influences as the story unfolds: Tolkien, Moorcock, le Guin etc. but just not as good. This struck me as very much Emperor's New Clothes.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • SEB
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    6/23/12
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    "SusannahEB"

    Tried and failed several times to listen to these books - the narration by Roy Dotrice is terrible

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    CHELMSFORD, ESSEX United Kingdom
    4/24/12
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    "I'm hooked"

    I read the 1st of the Ice & Fire series last year at the beginning of August and finished the 5th book by the end of the same month. Given that each book approaches a 1000 pages that is some going. The brutal world of Westoros is absolutely convincing in detail and absorbing in its grand sweep. I will download every part of this series although it may take me years to listen to it all as I love the books so much.

    However; the choice of Roy Dotrice as reader was in my opinion a poor one. He lacks range my dear. Tyrion is a dwarf not an ancient Leprechaun and Arya is a teenage girl not a wizzened old lady. For such an important series why not choose a proper voice artist?

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Simon
    Cannock, United Kingdom
    2/19/12
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    "Not for me..."

    Hi bought this after reading many of the excellent reviews. Got to say, really struggled with it. Took me much longer to listen to it than other books. I bought the part 2 at the same time - and about an hour in, I gave up on it. I found it slow and hard to follow...... disappointed overall.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • suzanne
    Wotton-Under-Edge, United Kingdom
    11/21/11
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    "Brilliant!!"

    Great book & such easy listening - just wish it hadn't been split into two parts
    Can't wait to get to Part Two!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ms
    NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, United Kingdom
    10/25/11
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    "A Game of thrones"

    I was first really bewildered by the narrators choice of accents made ever more difficult after seeing an brilliantly cast emmy winning HBO series of game of thrones and it was split into two books (each one credit) didnt bother with audio book two (paperbacks better)

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs
    Haughton, United Kingdom
    10/3/11
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    "excellent book but the narration is a problem"

    I agree with other reviews...superb tale but the voice of Roy Dotrice just isnt right for this. And he even changes voice for the same character...so an 8 year old princess sounds like 50 year old docker sometimes? I will be reading the rest in paperback. A shame.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Bill
    Southampton, United Kingdom
    10/2/11
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    "Ruined by Roy Dotrice"

    Roy Dotrice has got a great voice, don't get me wrong - it's very '70s BBC' and I think it's well suited to fantasy novels, but this is the worst narration I've heard on an audiobook and it has put me off getting the rest in audio format until somebody else does them better.

    While he's describing what's happening he's fine - great even, but when he tries to do the characters he's like some old ham doing rep at the Bradford Alhambra - pulling out stock character after stock character. Wizened Crone... Kindly Old Duffer... Sneering toff... Most of them wouldn't be out of place in a Carry-On movie or episode of Blackadder.

    To be fair some of it isn't really Dotrice's fault - shouldn't there be a Director present, or at least some kind of technical advisor to correct him every time he call's Joffrey 'Geoffrey'. Or say "why are you making Theon Greyjoy sound like a man in his seventies instead of a boy of about 16?" or "why have you suddenly started doing Tyrian with a Welsh Accent halfway through the book??"
    If someone is a Knight, he pretty much gives them all this pompous old man voice which means you can't work out who's who, and as another reviewer has pointed out - his 'Varys' voice is so wet and snivelling it makes you feel a bit dirty to listen to it.

    A real shame as I was planning to get the set. I rarely have time to read books so Audiobooks are a real lifesaver because I can listen when travelling. If the rest of the series had been done by someone else I wouldn't think twice about buying them, but Dotrice's narration is the worst I've heard since Jim Dale's versions of the Harry Potter books - Hmmm I wonder if Stephen Fry could be persuaded to re-do these?

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Vivian
    New Malden, United Kingdom
    8/31/11
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    "Give me more"

    Took a little while to get into this - but I am now hooked. Interesting range of characters and the fantasy aspect is well proportioned. Narration is clear and maintains interest. I will probably need to re-listen to get the nuances of all the characters - but not a hardship.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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