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A Game of Thrones Audiobook

A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

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Audible Editor Reviews

Why we think it's Essential: A favorite of Audible listeners, the first book in Martin's series introduces a world of deep intrigue, dark fantasy, and varied characters. It might prove overwhelming, were it not for Roy Dotrice. With a voice so seasoned and gripping that he may have stepped from, well, a George R. R. Martin novel, Dotrice gives each character their own persona and regionality, helping to anchor the listener throughout the action and intrigue. —Ed Walloga

Publisher's Summary

In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow. At the center of the conflict, the Starks of Winterfell hold the key: a reluctant Lord Eddard is summoned to serve as the king's new Hand, an appointment that threatens to sunder both family and kingdom. In this land of extremes, plots and counterplots, soldiers and sorcerers, each side fights to win the deadliest of conflicts: the game of thrones.

©1996 George R.R. Martin, (P)2003 Books On Tape, Inc., published in arrangement with Random House Audio Group,a division of Random House, Inc.

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What the Critics Say

  • Locus Award, 1997

"Martin's trophy case is already stuffed with major prizes...He's probably going to have to add another shelf, at least." (Publishers Weekly)
"The first volume in Martin's first fantasy saga combines intrigue, action, romance, and mystery in a family saga." (Booklist)
"Grabs hold and won't let go. It's brilliant." (Robert Jordan)
"This novel is an absorbing combination of the mythic, the sweepingly historical, and the intensely personal." (Chicago Sun-Times)

What Members Say

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    Meagan AURORA, IL, United States 07-05-16
    Meagan AURORA, IL, United States 07-05-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Gosh Darn This Narrator"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would say yes, only because this is the only option for this book. If there were other readings with different narrators I would probably recommend those versions first.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story is wonderful. The worlds are great.


    What didn’t you like about Roy Dotrice’s performance?

    The story is great; I don't think anyone really expects anything different, but the narrator leaves me wanting. He's wonderful for general narration for the story and the older male characters, but for any of the children, young men, and women... he's absolutely horrible. Since many of the characters are very young and several are female, he's just a bad choice. He always sounds old, weathered, and as if he's smoked all his life. I really wish there was someone a little more versatile narrating this epic story.


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

    No. It's 30+ hours. I expected this story to last me several sittings, which is what I wanted since I listen while I'm doing mind numbing tasks at work.


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    Fawn 07-05-16
    Fawn 07-05-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Wonderful! Couldn't Put It Down!"
    What about Roy Dotrice’s performance did you like?

    The combination of the depth of the world and story line and well as the narration makes it a wonderful experience. Roy Dotrice voices for each character is done wonderfully and true makes you forget it is just a story. I became completely immersed.


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    JulietteZ 07-04-16
    JulietteZ 07-04-16 Member Since 2010

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    "Excellent what more can be said."

    The performance is the best I have ever listened to. The story is never boring.

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    Clint DeLozier 07-04-16
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    "Legendary"

    One of the best fantasy novels ever, being read by one of the best narrators ever. Period. Why are you still reading this? Buy the damn book!

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    Rachel Benoit 07-03-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Fascinating Story "

    I'm a huge fan of the television series, and I enjoyed this more in-depth narrative. I had a hard time understanding the narrator at first, but grew accustomed to it after a few chapters.

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    Demonstryde 07-03-16
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    "Must get"

    I started with the HBO show, and that was a mistake. Amazingly done,a must have for the collection.

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    Zachary Procter 07-03-16 Member Since 2015
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    "The reader mispronounced names so badly..."

    Mispronounced names and voices that represent a vastly different take on characters than the TV show are distracting. I found myself mentally inserting Peter Dinklage and Ian Glenn over the reader.

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    Ilda Jimenez 07-03-16
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    "Great book, a grittier Lord of the rings"

    Loved the book, I couldn't get enough of it. If you like LOTR then I highly recommend

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    Evangeline 07-02-16
    Evangeline 07-02-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Roy Detrice"

    Loved the dictation above all. What a pleasure. Roy Detrice is a talented reader. Even after having seen the series, I still loved to hear the story from him.

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    S. Bernard Japan 07-01-16
    S. Bernard Japan 07-01-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Deeper than HBO Season 1"

    I love the HBO series but this book is much deeper and more developed. I highly recommend it, especially if you have already watch the show.

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