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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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    Rob Warnbro, Australia 11-04-11
    Rob Warnbro, Australia 11-04-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Roy Dotrice is wonderful"

    The story is refreshing. The narrator, Roy Dotrice, in my opinion adds to the text, and is not a mere recital. I downloaded this due to Leo Leporte's recommendation from This Week in Tech, and I must say that i beleive it lives up to the hype.

    That said, i am sure this is not for everyone. Listen to the sample and if you dont love the narrator then avoid as it will just ruin it for you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jaclyn 09-26-11
    Jaclyn 09-26-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Disappointment"

    Absolutely loved the TV series and so thought I would listen to the audiobook (as I have no time to read). Major disappointment, found it really hard to follow.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Paul McMahon Fremantle, Australia 02-17-14
    Paul McMahon Fremantle, Australia 02-17-14 Listener Since 2007

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    "Slake your curiosity – then get a refund"

    If you look at a sample of the text it is quite unwieldy and often poorly constructed both in content and pacing for breath; in my view a good book is always one that can be read out loud, and this isn’t such. The internal logic of the themes often goes astray with characters or occurrences not fitting with what had gone before.

    The reading is very metered, but uninteresting; more a shopping list emphatically spoken than a drama. All the phrases are the same length, in the main.

    The voices chosen for the various characters sometimes seem bizarre (maybe George R. R. Martin had a hand it them); they didn’t entice to follow the character, but grated on my ear. Families that one would expect to have similar accents don’t necessary follow that formula.

    An exercise in how intricate a story can be written; many characters, but none to care about. I listened enough, but didn’t finish the fist part.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jo Holland Park West, Australia 12-03-13
    Jo Holland Park West, Australia 12-03-13 Listener Since 2007
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    "Great Book, Tedious Performance."
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    John Snow.


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

    No. I much preferred John Lee, who although used accents, did not lay them on so thick that I had to strain to understand what he was saying - as Roy Dotrice did.

    There were several characters that I had to rewind to figure out what they were saying, and frankly that defeats the purpose and ease of having an audiobook. Don't over complicate things. Keep it simple.

    Don't get me wrong I appreciate voice acting and giving the characters individuality - but please, why did he make Tyrion WELSH and then have the rest of the family have a completely different accent! And there were several minor characters I just couldn't understand at all, he laid the accent on so thick!

    Accents are all well and good, but keep it understandable please.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. There are parts of the story that get a bit long-winded, and even though during those parts Roy Dotrice's accents got BETTER.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    catherine 06-21-13
    catherine 06-21-13 Member Since 2013
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    "The first book in over a year I have abandoned"
    Would you try another book from George R. R. Martin and/or Roy Dotrice?

    No. Definately not by the author. The reader was fine it was the story I just could not listen to.


    Would you ever listen to anything by George R. R. Martin again?

    No.


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

    Yes, the reader was fine


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Boredom. Disappointment. Slight disgust.


    Any additional comments?

    The worst thing about this book was the boring story. I just found it impossible to focus on it. I soldiered through the first two and a half hours, stopping to replay parts to try to force my brain to connect with this story but there was just nothing that grabbed me.

    This book was highly recommended. I don't know why. Perhaps it is a genre thing, but to date I thought I loved all genres.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Hugh Inverell, Australia 10-04-12
    Hugh Inverell, Australia 10-04-12
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    "Not my cup of tea"
    Would you try another book from George R. R. Martin and/or Roy Dotrice?

    No


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Something by James Patterson or Norah Roberts


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

    No


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    The story was too vague to follow. Listened to the first couple of hours but just couldn't get into it at all.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Catherine Australia 04-02-12
    Catherine Australia 04-02-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Dissappointed"

    I bought this audio book because of the reviews as I haven't read/listened to much in this genre. For some reason when I turn my iPod off the narration becomes distorted and unintelligable. As I listen to stories at night time it is annoying to have to leave the iPod turned on as the screen is quite bright. This does not happen to any of my other audio books - has anybody had the same thing happen and if so do you know why?

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    B 09-30-11
    B 09-30-11
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    "Seen this before"

    Complete rip off of Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings movies. Ned is Stryder, Jon is Orlando, the other kids are hobbits. Strangely Ned's wife is a metaphorical Gandalf, the wise aloof one that sets things going in the right direction for the heroes/fellowship.

    Hard to believe in parts like kids flying, and dangerous "dire" wolves not eating children, especially when left alone with sick ones.

    Only ineffective people seem to rule and hold positions of power bossing around powerful knights etc, while they slowly work at getting rid of each other. Dog and the ilk would have killed them and ruled.

    Goes into boring detail on parts, (like how many flowers a hobbit picked) and jumps other big parts (like when someone is all of a sudden in a new state for no reason) making it haphazard, a cheap attempt to make it feel more epic because "so much is squeezed into it". With boring useless parts trimmed and proper parts given more detail the book would be half as long, and make more sense (not considering plot holes of course).

    The narrator does his best to bring life to this, but there is only so much you can do. No wonder he only bothered to use 1.5 voices.

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Pieter South Africa 09-30-11
    Pieter South Africa 09-30-11

    An unsocial freak living his life around audiobooks, the next best thing to under water blowdryers.

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    "Hype machine?"

    I agree with Ros, the narrator was not well chosen for this book. He is more suited for sherlock holmes books. I also tried to find the hype about the book and with all the sex in it its no wonder the series is so popular. This gets worse when the narrator explains the sex scene, it does nt suit his voice. The story is not bad but i have read a lot better books than this that surely needs the hype more than this.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • David Serling
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    "Great start"

    So far it's a great start a few parts in the middle hurt a bit it but overall great so far

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  • aldo from sutton
    3/6/15
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    "loved it - couldn't put it down"

    Just finished this book and loved it. Can't wait to start the next instalment while the characters and plot are fresh in my mind. Some of the character names are a bit tricky (ie remembering who is who is challenging to start with) but its worth persevering and there are plenty of twists in the plot to keep you wanting more. and sticking with it.
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  • Jack Henry Gleeson
    3/4/15
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    "Great book"

    I think the only bad thing about this book is the fact that you have to use 2 credits to listen to it. I think there should be more performers for this book.

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  • Mr. Darren Edwards
    Manchester, England.
    3/3/15
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    "Exceptional!"

    This audio book is excellent, kept me company on journeys and never failed to impress. Far better detail and imagination than the TV series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Matt Godwin
    3/3/15
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    "Great Story, terrible naration"

    A compelling fast paced story badly hampered by a really bad reading.

    Many of the youngers charachters in particular are voiced as if they're in their sixties.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Paul Gunter
    London Uk
    3/3/15
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    "Excellent listen"

    very well read and an excellent story so much more content than the TV series

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • TM FRAIN
    2/28/15
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    "Good book, bad audio"

    Fast becoming a classic story, but read on the audiobook like it was a 1940's BBC radio drama. Little or none of the individual characters were brought to life, although it was all very clearly annunciated. Back to reading it again for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steve Brown
    2/27/15
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    "Great Book, Not So Great Reader"

    The readers bizarre portrayal of Drogo and Tirion makes for hard listening at times. Overall it is just about bareable!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Perry
    2/22/15
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    "Narrator very annoying for such a great story"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The narrator. His voice lacks any drama and is delivered in a 'rumbling' monotone that is hard to follow and detracts totally from the story. This is going to be returned and I'll continue reading it myself. A real shame for such a gripping narrative.


    If you’ve listened to books by George R. R. Martin before, how does this one compare?

    No. First one.


    Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Roy Dotrice?

    There are so many great voices about. This needs a calm author active British accent in my opinion. Similar to a Martin Sheen or a David Tennant just a shame they are too busy. Sean Bean would also be great as it needs some grit. Roy Dotrice is just an indistinguishable mess. Ian McKellen's wolf brother reading shows how this kind of story can be done.


    Was A Game of Thrones (Part One) worth the listening time?

    No. It will be worth the reading time though.


    Any additional comments?

    An opportunity missed. If the same narrator does the whole series then I won't be getting any. Shame as they are perfect stories for long car journeys

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • ms
    2/22/15
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    "Accent change mid reading."

    Argh. Tyrion's sudden change of accent is as irritating the second time listening to this as it was the first.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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