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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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    Apsara CLearwater,FL 06-07-16
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    "awesome book"

    loved it. The guy reading it was just okay. I am looking forward to the whole series!

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    valerie britton 06-07-16 Member Since 2016
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    "bad narrator/graet book"

    Its a shame the narrator was rubbish because the book is great. the narrator makes all the characters sound the same and if the book hadn't been written so well I dont think I could have gotten thru it. I won't be getting the other audio books if he is the narrator which saddens me because this book was great.

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    Annas Store 06-06-16
    Annas Store 06-06-16 Member Since 2016
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    "awesome!!"

    it was great could not stop listening was very well read loved it from start to finish. Great series all together

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    Dan 06-06-16
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    "Excellent story, horrible narrator."

    There's not much I can add to the accolades of G.R.R Martin's masterpiece. What I will say is Roy Dotrice is awful, just simply awful. He speaks in a near monotone, he makes every character sound eather like a decrepit old man or a crackling toothless old crone. He mispronounces almost every name, for example he'll say Joffrey then say Jeffrey only a minute later. I even heard slurred words, like he was narrating drunk. I have listened to many an audio book and never have I heard such a bad narrator. Roy Dotrice's horrible narration didn't ruin the book, but, it came close many times.

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    mike 06-06-16
    mike 06-06-16
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    "game of thrones"

    It was a great story. I can't wait to get a chance for the other books. I dare say I enjoyed it far better than Lord of the Rings. Terion (doubt I spelled that correctly) is my favorite character. if I were to say the parts that involved him where of my favourite. I'm sure Jon Snow will play a part of greater importance later in the series.

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    "Gave it a shot, so glad"

    I decided to get this book 1. Because everyone talks about the tv show and 2. It's a really long book to listen to at work. The first few chapters I didn't care to much for and then it really got going and suddenly I was attached to the characters! I am definitely buying the other books and DYING to watch the show!

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    Armed Realtor Northern Virginia 06-05-16
    Armed Realtor Northern Virginia 06-05-16 Member Since 2016

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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Chapter 7th is as far as I got. I just couldn't stand the narrator's voice. It was monotone, raspy ... I tried, I really did. This one is getting returned.


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    Thomas 06-05-16
    Thomas 06-05-16
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    "Masterfully Presented"
    Where does A Game of Thrones rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    After Watching the show and needing more Game of Thrones during the off season, I came here to listen to the audiobooks while working and fell in love! Roy Dotrice captures the persona of most of the characters and presents them in a way that clears up a considerable amount of confusion.


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    niaskywalk 06-04-16
    niaskywalk 06-04-16

    I am a SciFi/Fantasy and anime geek, with a smattering of radio show enjoyment. Likely you will only see things here that correspond to that

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    "Narrator took getting used to, great book."

    I started reading GoT before ever viewing the television series, but it was confusing and dropped it. After watching the series, I tried again via this audio book. This time I was familiar with the characters and the story made more sense, however the POV chapters still made me slightly confused. The narration itself made this easier, however the Narrator himself was not pleasant to listen to in this long format. Some of his voiced characters were much better than his narrative voice. Despite that, getting to the end initiated the need to get the next book, which in my opinion made it a great story.

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    David 06-04-16
    David 06-04-16 Member Since 2017
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    "What a creative genius"

    I started as a fan of the HBO series and decided I should start exploring the books. While I believed the show was incredibly detailed, the books have shown me otherwise. Phenomenal book and amazing lore and back stories you can't get from the show.

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