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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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    Stephanie Schulz 01-09-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Fantastic!"

    The chosen narrator was flawless and able to accurately capture the changing POV, quite impressive!

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    Eric Furtney 01-09-16 Member Since 2014
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    ASOIAF is spectacular. I'd prefer to rate the narration here. Roy Dotrice is excellent and I can only fault him for saying the names wrong from time to time (it's not Jeffery!) and giving the dothraki characters English accents when Drogo was given a non-English one. All in all - 10/10 highly recommend.

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    lucas 01-07-16
    lucas 01-07-16 Member Since 2017
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    "game of thrones is amazing"

    if you feel like you wanna give game of thrones a try do it. it's length can be intimidating and its characters and lore very expensive and scary at first but once you get a hold of all the characters and everything its one of the greatest stories you'll ever read

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    Maxim 01-07-16
    Maxim 01-07-16 Member Since 2000
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    "great story, a little graphic and depressing"

    good story and hard to stop listening to. The speaker is great and makes it very entertaining. I would say a minimum age of 18 to read this as it is pretty graphic.

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    "Awesome!!!"

    I absolutely loved it! Listened while I worked and couldn't seem to stop listening lol

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    Matthew Bilyk 01-04-16
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    "Hard to follow, just my opinion."

    Don't know why there is so much hype about this series. I found it predictable and boring.
    Sorry not a fan.

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    Stephanie DENVER, CO, United States 01-03-16
    Stephanie DENVER, CO, United States 01-03-16 Member Since 2013
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    Would you consider the audio edition of A Game of Thrones to be better than the print version?

    No. I would have rather read it in print first. While Roy Dotrice is good at voices. I feel that he is a poor narrator. Middle aged women sounded like old crones. And he would often mix up the voices of characters. I feel like the characters would have been more vibrant if I had read the print version.


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

    I would compare a game of thrones to Tolkien's lord of the rings series with a more modern writing style. The characters are rich and vibrant. You get so absorbed in the fantastic story.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Roy Dotrice?

    Literally anyone. I hate to sound cruel, but Roy Dotrice distracted from the stoy far too much. He mumbles at times and it took a while to get used to his voice. Even then he would often mix up the voices of characters. At times he would even continue to use a character's voice after they had finished speaking. I constantly had to rewind the story just to figure out what was going on.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    A Game Of Thrones: You're welcome - George R R Martin


    Any additional comments?

    Roy Dotrice was terrible. But the story was so vivid and truly amazing that I still couldn't stop listening.

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    Tina 12-30-15
    Tina 12-30-15
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    "Loved it!"

    Loved it! I really enjoyed the listening while I did needle work. I may have to get the next one.

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    Bryan 12-29-15
    Bryan 12-29-15 Member Since 2013
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    "This was an incredible story"

    The imagination is free to run with the story. The detail in the characters and how they are developed is very exciting. Makes your appetite hunger for book Two

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    E. A Dunn The beautiful South 12-28-15
    E. A Dunn The beautiful South 12-28-15 Member Since 2016

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    "Better than the show"

    Of course I was lead here by the HBO series. But the books are even better, if only because they provide some needed backstory and explanation of character motivations and loyalties. Excellently written and well performed, this book is a wonderful (if lengthy) story. A perfect companion to the series, either before or after.

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