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

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

This is Part Two 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.
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Publisher's Summary

This is Part Two 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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    Gus-D San Jose, Costa Rica 02-11-13
    Gus-D San Jose, Costa Rica 02-11-13
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    "I just can't wait..."

    I just finished listening to this one and I can't wait to hear the rest of the series... Roy Dotrice's Performance is superb.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ian Frankston South, Australia 09-21-11
    Ian Frankston South, Australia 09-21-11
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    "Wonderful"

    Though prone to a bit of rambling here and there, and certainly capable of writing the odd dull character here and there, this is simply a classic book. The only thing that could improve would be if the narrator was some kind of vocal magician, able to cast a huge cast and somehow give them all a uniquely identifiable voice. Step forward Mr Dotrice who does a faultless, flawless job.

    I'm not really much of a dragons and knights fantasy reader, but the TV series turned me to these books and I burned through all of them in rapid succession. If only he wrote faster...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jackee Goovigen, Australia 01-24-13
    Jackee Goovigen, Australia 01-24-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Oh Yes!!!!!"

    What a great book. Can't wait for the next book. Love the way that George RR Martin puts his chapters into different characters names. You soon love or hate certain characters. Roy Dotrice is there any voice the man can't do. Look if you want a great book to listen to this would be a great one. Lanuage is a bit strong, so you might not want to listen to this on and Ipod dock.

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    Bouxn Welkom, South Africa 09-17-12
    Bouxn Welkom, South Africa 09-17-12
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    "A rich and compelling story"
    What made the experience of listening to A Game of Thrones (Part Two) the most enjoyable?

    The voice acting is amazing, and very well read. Alongside a great story this makes it a must-listen.


    What did you like best about this story?

    How each character is rich with their own history and personality.


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    Thomas Brisbane, Australia 08-03-12
    Thomas Brisbane, Australia 08-03-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Brought to life!"
    Any additional comments?


    Really enjoying this read.

    Roy Dotrice's voice and vision add so much depth to what is one of the greatest epic fantasy series to date. Having originally enjoyed the novels and wanting to approach from a different angle, this revisit is putting new flavour to my recollections and I'm discovering nuances previously unnoticed.

    My only disappointment is a small one. Roy is not consistent with the accents he uses. It may simply be a technique he uses to make a character stand out however family groupings and sovereign peoples generally speak the same-ish. Only a small point though.

    If you are looking to dive head first into the worlds of George RR then wait no further. If you haven’t read the books don’t let that worry you. If you are like me and simply want to revisit an old friend, then you won’t regret it.*

    (*usual disclaimers apply).

    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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    "Excellent series and story line"

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

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    Sandra Palmerston, Australia 06-03-12
    Sandra Palmerston, Australia 06-03-12

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    "A clock and Dagger Cunningly Executed, Fantasy"
    Where does A Game of Thrones (Part Two) rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Amongst the top of my list of Audios.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The telling of this story as it unfolds.


    What three words best describe Roy Dotrice’s performance?

    Raw, Gravelly,sometimes sounding monotone in his telling, and sometimes he sounds as though he is just reading the text.


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

    No. I had to take breaks from listening


    Any additional comments?

    The whole series of this Authors story is fantastic to read. The film version outdoes both the read of the story and the listening of it. The whole of it ---A very creative and imaginative series. Throughly enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Terranora, Australia 12-19-11
    Robert Terranora, Australia 12-19-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Stories epic in scale and detail"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Game of Thrones (Part Two) to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


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

    He was good with them all.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tash Googong, Australia 01-01-14
    Tash Googong, Australia 01-01-14

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    "Completely ruined by the horrible reader"
    What would have made A Game of Thrones (Part Two) better?

    A better narrator


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story was great! Intriguing and exciting.


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

    ANYONE but him. That was the worst narration I've ever heard. I listened for half an hour and then gave up. I wish I hadn't bought all of them before listening!!


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

    Of course. The book is amazing. Definitely worth a read. I'm just going to have to take the time to read it myself.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Australia 10-30-12
    Chris Australia 10-30-12 Member Since 2010
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    "A great plot ruined by poor style and narration"

    I seriously wanted to enjoy this, but a number of hours into the first book I had to put it down. Firstly the narrator is incapable of varying his voice beyond a monotone, provide any sense of engagement in the story line or make the characters sound different enough that you aren't left guessing who is talking at the time. When you've come from listening to Stephen Pacey you'll understand.

    This really killed it for me.

    Secondly, I find Martin's writing style to be verging on the childish. Character thoughts and actions don't string together well. Stupidly unnecessary sexual references and a distinct lack of real connection to some characters makes it very difficult to feel involved in the story line. There is so much chopping changing from one scene/characters to the next, I felt totally confused.

    Fortunately, this excellent plot series is rescued by the screen drama, which despite losing some of the detail makes the whole series very enjoyable. This book is like a draft for a television drama. Tortuous to read or listen to, but with creative guidance it makes for top viewing.

    I certainly won't be listening to anything further by Martin or anything narrated by Dotrice, but I'll gladly buy the GoT series on DVD.

    My recommendation: skip the book, watch the series.

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