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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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  • suzanne
    Wotton-Under-Edge, United Kingdom
    11/21/11
    Overall
    "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
    Overall
    "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
    Overall
    "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
    Overall
    "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
    Overall
    "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
  • Nick
    Stevenage, United Kingdom
    8/10/11
    Overall
    "hugely disappointing"

    When you get all the hype about something that this book and its siblings have generated, and when the author's supposed name (George.R.R) sounds ominously close enough to the genuinely great J.R.R. (Tolkien), the new reader has the right to expect a real treat.
    This miserable journey-man novel doesn't even come close to meeting expectations. It is no classic in any sense of the word. As a standard swords and castels fantasy it is just about OK, but the huge cast of characters is a real problem.
    The author - what is his real name? - fails to focus in on a particular character or small group of characters to give the reader a helping hand. Rather, the narrative jumps dramatis personae every chapter without drawing any of the protagonists in anything but pastel colours. Half way into the book, the reader still doesn’t care about any of the vast cast of players, and without an emotional element, the story simply falls flat.
    Tolkien, Peake, Le Guin, and Donaldson – to name but a new – would never make such an elementary error, and what’s more, their prose is worth reading even without a plot, whereas Martin’s flat-footed prose in s nothing more than competent.
    Sorry to be so negative – but don’t get sucked in to the hype. This is no masterpiece. It’s just well-marketed.

    8 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Richard
    Bicester, United Kingdom
    8/19/11
    Overall
    "Great Plot Easy to Loose"

    Having seen the TV series i was keen to listen to the book to find out the details of the characters. Unfortunately every time i start to listen to the book i fall asleep due to the monotonous narration, it’s not the worst (i struggle listening to American narrators) but it’s just not active enough to keep you locked in to the thrilling plot. To be honest a great shame as i won’t be purchasing any of the rest of the series in audio book format.

    4 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Tim
    Newtownabbey, United Kingdom
    8/16/12
    Overall
    "Unexpected Sexual Immorality and Exploitation"

    This should be rated 18. Early on, a young man says to his 13-year old sister that he doesn’t care if she has to be f***ed by 40,000 men as long as he becomes king! There is more of this throughout the book and series. If you're expecting Lord of the Rings, forget it!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A. G. Gilbert
    UK
    1/24/12
    Overall
    "Waste of time"

    I hated it. Complete rubbish. I recommend that you spend your money on something else.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. A. N. Howes
    Dronfield UK
    11/2/11
    Overall
    "Good story, poor narrative consistency."

    Although it is a bit poor of Audible to split a one-book epic tale into two halves of two downloads each, this is an interesting listen... provided you can get over the narration. Mr Dotrice clearly couldn't decide whether to use character voices or not, and in my opinion he should have just stuck to his normal voice. He also sometimes used the character's voice when reading between the spoken parts, and this annoyed the heck out of me. Unfortunately, the Audible version hasn't gripped me enough on the first listen that I would rush to buy the second half of the book.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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