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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)

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    awesome thanks at least 20 words and then I was like it's great wonderful really

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    Amazing performance! I felt like I was right there in the scenes with such a strong, realistic narration.

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    "Hope you have some spare time!!"

    obviously a great story, way more detailed and more back story than the show. my only thing I could possibly said negative is that it is a loooooonnnnngggggg chapter of a series, so once you are finally done with the 1st....you have several more books that seem to never end. But, definitely worth it if you have the time!

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    "Never wanted to stop listening"

    Narration was great! Made me talk with an accent all week. Really annoyed my wife. great story!

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    Brian 04-12-16
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    story was incredible. reading was pretty good. alot of the voices are similar, and sometimes gets names wrong

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    "Great story, good voice, but..."

    Really found the interpretation of Varis's voice irritating and annoying however has a great voice for the rest of the book, also a great story

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    Ryan 04-12-16
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    "A little slow at the start, but quickly addicting."

    A little slow at the start, but quickly addicting. truly a masterpiece by rr Martin

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    "incredible"

    the pace is steady and the story, knocks you on your feet. must hear foor your collection.

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    "One of the Best Books I've Listened To!"

    This was the perfect marriage of story and narrator! I am hooked now and am salivating at the thought of the rest of the series to experience.

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    zeuslampe 04-11-16
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    "Awesome if your up for it"

    very long story many hours to listen to and book 1 is just a start

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