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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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    Phillip 03-09-16
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    "way better than the show"
    Where does A Game of Thrones rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    its in the top 10


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Game of Thrones?

    the detail that the show left out


    What about Roy Dotrice’s performance did you like?

    his voices for each person


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

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    Lauren 03-08-16
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    So like the show, but more vivid. I really enjoyed it. Even knowing the Plot, it's
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    Chris Nonurbines 03-07-16 Member Since 2014
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    Great story but there are too many characters for a single reader and some of the voices are obnoxious.

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    Joelle 03-07-16
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    "Captivating performance"

    If you've found reading the books to slow you down a bit, listening mixes it up beautifully

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    Flo 03-04-16
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    Everything from the story to the narrator is great! Just what I expected from the book.

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    Chris J Berejik CARLSBAD, CA USA 03-04-16
    Chris J Berejik CARLSBAD, CA USA 03-04-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Better than I expected"

    I'm not really one for fantasy books, but this was great. About to start book two.

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    Jason West allis, WI, United States 03-03-16
    Jason West allis, WI, United States 03-03-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Roy dotrice is a horrible narrator"
    Any additional comments?

    I don't understand why most of these reviews say that Roy dotrice is an excellent narrator. He is in fact one of the worst I have heard, and I have almost 275 audio books. He pronounces character's names differently throughout the entire book, making you think he's talking about someone else. Another thing that really gets me is that he will continue his character's accent into the story narration. So it'll sound like the character he's speaking for is talking past the quotations. Didn't think mr. Martin would allow an amateur to narrate his triple A titles.

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    Vita A Vaughn 03-03-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Performance made the story come alive"

    Really enjoyed the performer he made the characters come alive. The story was captivating and held my attention. Found myself sitting in a parking lot waiting for a section of the book to complete.

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    A.S. 03-02-16
    A.S. 03-02-16 Member Since 2017
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    "This is the book that never ends"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    So long that it's almost painful to get through. I am a huge fan of Game of Thrones on HBO, so I wanted to dive into the books behind the show. My advise to you: If you've seen the show, skip the books. A Song Of Ice And Fire is literally the exact same story, and you probably wouldn't get much more out of it.

    While the story is great, the length is brutal and the narration is somewhat monotone, making it a difficult 30 hours to listen through.


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    Amazon Customer 03-01-16 Member Since 2015
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    "great reed"

    I love this book it's awesome in every possible way backstaging mistarey twists and humor enough said!

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