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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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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)

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    Would you listen to A Game of Thrones again? Why?

    Most definitely. I now know why my husband said if I started the series I'd become addicted.


    What other book might you compare A Game of Thrones to and why?

    I can't think of another book that is analogous to the GOT series.


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

    No, I haven't listed to Roy Dotrice's performance before. I do know I will choose him again.


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

    As a wife, student, and caregiver "all in one sitting" isn't even within the kings realm of possibilities. I listened to it while driving and doing chores. It was perfect. Took a couple solid weeks for me to finish. I really feel like I got my money's worth from Audible, from Roy Dotrice and from George R.R. Martin. Thank you all.


    Any additional comments?

    I recently bought Plantronic blue tooth headphones and this is how I listened. The two system made for a truely enjoyable experience. I finally have time to "read" again.

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    Chris Hendrix 11-07-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Most excellent"

    The novelist has well earned his title. Vivid word pictures and intricate and subtle plot. Excellent writing and it's no wonder the reader was so well able to make the pages come to life. I plan to listen to the series in its entirety.

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    Michael 11-07-16
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    "Hot"

    I'm a man and roys sexy voice almost turned me gay

    Keep it up xoxo

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    terry 11-07-16
    terry 11-07-16
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    "The Best Show on TV and a GREAT book!"

    I loved the book more than the shows! I understand alot more of what's happening on the show now. RR is a genius!

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    Faith Morgan 11-07-16
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    "Best Version is This Reader (Roy Dotrice)"

    When choosing, select this version of the book, as it features the best reader (Roy Dotrice, an immensely talented man who manages to add depth and life to each character, yet his voice is never grating or loud, always somehow soothing despite the occasionally violent and action packed story.
    This is an unabridged version- you definitely want it, as it is the full story, with no bits deleted to make it shorter or to match the television adaptation.
    Added bonus- you will find out all the correct pronunciations for all the proper nouns. Impress your friends while discussing the plot line (if that's your thing) by referring to each character by their full name, instead of, "You know, that one guy with the armor who's always hanging out with that other priest kind of guy but not the one who's dead?"

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    nicholas cochran 11-07-16 Member Since 2017
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    "best book ever"

    loved it hands down very excited to read next book in series. this book captures the very sense of imagination.

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    Fay 11-07-16
    Fay 11-07-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Roy Do trice is magical!"

    Wonderful narration, grate story. Engaging, energizing and eventful story. Very much enjoyed and would reccomend.

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    Sally Halverson 11-06-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Love the book, hate the voice"

    See above, the narrator just seems to try to hard at putting the different characters in voice. Author is quite the fashionista: spends a lot of time describing clothing.

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    I. AMADIS Buckeye, AZ 11-06-16
    I. AMADIS Buckeye, AZ 11-06-16 Member Since 2016
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    "better than the show"

    I'm hungry for more.... love Roy's voices. I am buying the next book right now.

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    Sharise Thompson 11-05-16 Member Since 2016
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    "amazing"

    the book explains a bit more of the Game of Thrones (HBO) series. I love the tv series ans this book did not disappoint. The audiobook was narrated perfectly.

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