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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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    Dona Hamilton, Australia 07-21-12
    Dona Hamilton, Australia 07-21-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Love the Performance"

    I have only purchased and listened to the first 2 parts. I tried very hard to get into the book, but I just couldn't. Kept waiting for something to happen and almost all I got was background information. If it hadn't been for the terrific reading by Dotrice and his wonderful accents, I would not have gotten as far as I did. I am told by so many that the series is fantastic, but I just don't get it. Have purchased it on Kindle, so hopefully I will enjoy it in printed form more.

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    Andrew Australia 07-12-12
    Andrew Australia 07-12-12 Member Since 2012

    I love listening in the car on the way to work. I like history and stuff.

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    "Wonderful addition to the TV series"
    Would you listen to A Game of Thrones (Part One) again? Why?

    The narration alone is marvellous.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters and the sheer size of the story, epic.


    What does Roy Dotrice bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His voices are wonderful.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Erin Newton, Australia 06-18-12
    Erin Newton, Australia 06-18-12
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    "Pirate much? Or even Sherlock Holmes?"
    What would have made A Game of Thrones (Part One) better?

    I may have liked this book and been able to have gotten more than an hour into it if the narrator didn't sound like he was trying to read a novel written in the 1800's. He sounds like he is more suited to Sherlock holmes, or a novel about Pirates.

    Saying that, I believe these books could be good if one reads them, rather than listen. As far as I could bare to listen, I was able to appreciate G. Martin's style, however, this sort of novel, with constant changing scenes and locations, true medieval theme and a plethora of characters needs a narrator suited to the task.

    Best to steer clear of the audio with this one folks - go for the good old fashioned pages in hand and let your own mind create the voices in your head.


    What could George R. R. Martin have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    As always with the first of a series, it takes a while to get into the novel as characters are being introduced and setting explained, however I would have been driven to push on with this novel not only if the audio was better, but if things moved faster.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I really feel this may have been better with different people either acting out the various voices, or, since separate chapters are about the perspective of different characters, perhaps one person could have represesnted each character's chapter.

    Additionally, I feel the narrator could have slowed his speech down a bit, you know, paused at poignant parts of a paragraph. I felt he rushed it.


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

    G. Martin's books are highly favoured by many, so don't let the audio wreck it for you, be intrigued through either the tv series, or read the book yourself.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    karen Christchurch, New Zealand 06-06-12
    karen Christchurch, New Zealand 06-06-12

    Hot romance/Sci Fi we're so lucky to have Audible to feed our book addictions. I love walking my precious dog Sydney & listening to my books

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    "More More More Please Love it!!"

    Great story line. Will be reading more of this wonderful series. Keep them coming. Totally keeps me wanting more :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Janice Bromley, United Kingdom 05-07-12
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    "Legendary"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Game of Thrones (Part One) to be better than the print version?

    The voice acting is very good and it is a lot more convenient than a paper copy (Even though I have it on Kindle!)


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jon Snow, you cannot say no to an under-dog


    What does Roy Dotrice bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He has a very listen-able voice and very good diction


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

    YES, but it would take me 32 hours of no sleep and lots of coffee


    Any additional comments?

    I am a bit of a fanboy, sorry

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.

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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.


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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.

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  • Jonathan
    Caterham, United Kingdom
    10/10/11
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    "Very dissapointing half book. Poor narration."

    This must be my most disappointing audio book yet. The narration is very poor. I must agree with a previous comment that I thought the narration would become less significant as the story progressed, but not so. I found it very difficult to concentrate on the story. Regarding the story itself: Some intersting ideas and interesting characters, but found it slow and somewhat tedious. Very little actually happens. It is written almost as a screenplay, with enough detail to build a movie set, but not very interesting as a novel. Lastly, I knew that this first book was part of a set, but didn't realise that I had only half of the first book. Be aware that this download stops mid-scene - very disappointing on the part of Audible.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Michael
    Sevenoaks, United Kingdom
    8/11/11
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    "Ruined by the worst narration I have ever heard"

    I had to work really hard to get any enjoyment out of this. The story is great but the narration is beyond bad. You can literally hear the narrator getting to the end of a line, pausing and picking up at the beginning of the next. If I had a 3 three year old they could do better.

    Please tell me that they have changed the narrator for the other books in the series........

    6 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • toni123
    7/29/15
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    "Great story and performance"

    We all know the story, but my 5 stars rating goes to the performance: it is remarkable how one person is able to consistently voice throughout the book so many characters!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • ZoeMbubbles
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    7/23/15
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    "Gripping"

    I really enjoyed this book. The narrators voice is smooth and easy to listen to and the writing style paints a lovely picture of the characters and the landscape without being tedious. I have already watched the first season on game of thrones but am thrilled how true to the book it was (and we all know the book is always better). I have devoured this in 48 hours and that's with having to take time out to go to work! I will be listening to the others in the series immediately!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
    7/23/15
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    "I like the narrators funny little voices! "

    The narrator is so funny. I like all his voices especially Tyrion Lannister's. Much better than the tv show!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jackie
    7/22/15
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    "Loving the book after watching the TV show"
    What made the experience of listening to A Game of Thrones (Part One) the most enjoyable?

    I watched the TV series first and am now listening to the books. I am enjoying the level of detail that was not able to be portrayed in the show.


    What did you like best about this story?

    the detailed and complex storyline


    What does Roy Dotrice bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Great character voices on most, except Tyrion Lannister. it seems he had trouble finding a suitable voice for him.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Lions and Dragons and Wolves, oh my!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tim Gray
    7/21/15
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    "Took a while..."
    Where does A Game of Thrones (Part One) rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Not the best book I've listened to, but quite compelling


    What did you like best about this story?

    Getting to grips with all of the characters


    What three words best describe Roy Dotrice’s voice?

    Sometimes weary


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Diverse Characters whose lives will no doubt intertwine


    Any additional comments?

    Roy Dotrice's accents are amusing

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr.I.Hetherington
    7/20/15
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    "Wow and I thought the TV seroes was good."
    What made the experience of listening to A Game of Thrones (Part One) the most enjoyable?

    This is really easy to follow, Roy Dotrice does a great job of narrating all the charcters and makes it enjoyable to listen to


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Aria Stark is my favourite because she stands up for herself.


    Have you listened to any of Roy Dotrice’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    I have not. He is good though


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I frequently laugh out loud usually when Tyrian is talking! Some great sets here.


    Any additional comments?

    I have enjoyed all the books (currently on #4) and also watching the series after.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • G montgomery
    7/20/15
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    "Superb book especially in this audio format"
    Would you listen to A Game of Thrones (Part One) again? Why?

    Possibly, i may share it with my Wife on a long journey.


    What other book might you compare A Game of Thrones (Part One) to, and why?

    Tricky, its depth of fantasy is similar to Lord of the rings but its far easier to listen too and not as typically "fantasy"


    Have you listened to any of Roy Dotrice’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    no


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

    Not possible i don't think but it is one you'll enjoy in longer stints


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ffion
    LlandudnoUnited Kingdom
    7/14/15
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    "Bad narration"
    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    This narrator just doesn't work. His voice is too old, and can't subtly change from character to character, old and young, male and female, which skilled narrators do effortlessly. For some reason, Tyrion goes from being Welsh to Lancashire - it just doesn't flow, or sound appealing. I definitely couldn't stick with it for hours and hours - which is so disappointing,a s I always go with the book before / as well as the TV series - but not in this case.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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