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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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    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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    Ryanr PROVO, UTAH, United States 04-09-16
    Ryanr PROVO, UTAH, United States 04-09-16 Member Since 2015
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    I enjoyed the performance. The reader did a great job getting you into the story. He more than just read, his reading was shaped by the lines. He panted as a character ran up the stairs, whimpered as a girl cried and spoke.... Excellent job

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    Redeye117 04-08-16
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    "Great title, read very wll."

    Was a very good story, I am definitely buying the next boox in the series right now.

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    Jared Parker 04-06-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Does not disappoint"

    This is the best fantasy novel that I have had the opportunity to enjoy. Game of Thrones has everything you could ever want out of a book. You will not regret taking the time to listen to this story. There is graphic content so if you aren't looking to expand your child's vocabulary, then use headphones while listening.

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    John 04-06-16
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    A great story read by an exceptional reader! I listened to it 4 times and it intrigues me every time.

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    Sam 04-06-16
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    "Of course it is good. GOT"

    engrossing writing and very well read. interesting to the end and a must for anyone who is a GOT fan

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    "excellent!!"

    narrator was fantastic!! having watched the show now reading/listening I'm very pleased with it. Perfect for long drives or while waiting in the dentist chair.

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    mistermocha Los Angeles, CA 04-05-16
    mistermocha Los Angeles, CA 04-05-16

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    "Total ear crack, just like "everyone" says"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Game of Thrones to be better than the print version?

    It was just this past month that I finally popped my GoT cherry. I picked up the book to get me home on a six-hour drive. After that, every bit of spare time I can get I'm listening to this book! Commutes flew by while hearing the tales of the Starks, Lannisters, Targaryens, and all the rest. Roy Dotrice has the perfect voice for reading this book and really carried all the different chapters and characters well.


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    Tyler Stevens 04-05-16
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    "Different Voice actor plz"

    This guy has only 3 types of voices that he applies to all characters: normal, fat, and child/girl

    GRRM's dunk and egg book had a much better one. Get him in here.

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    Noel 04-04-16
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    "fantastic! brilliant!"

    Thoroughly engrossing from start to finish. One is swept up in a whirlwind of adventure and intrigue. Roy Dotrice's narration brings the characters to life in a way which brings you directly into the story. Really really really enjoyable.

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