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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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    Cheyenne L. Texas 02-16-16
    Cheyenne L. Texas 02-16-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great story..."

    But I was very disappointed with the narrator. He's got a great voice, but he doesn't put much personality into the story or characters and pauses at strange times in the sentences. I don't believe I'll finish this on Audible and just continue to read the physical book.

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    BaadBoy80218 Denver, Co 02-16-16
    BaadBoy80218 Denver, Co 02-16-16
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    "A Great Read"
    What made the experience of listening to A Game of Thrones the most enjoyable?

    This series develops almost exactly as the movie series.


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

    They were all good


    Which character – as performed by Roy Dotrice – was your favorite?

    They were all great.


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

    Already done


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    snowdrop NY 02-15-16
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    "Great book, audiobook riddled with mistakes"

    This is a great book and I've previously enjoyed reading the print copy, but the audiobook performance is terrible. The speaker frequently and inconsistently mispronounces words and names from sentence to sentence. Some of the notable mistakes involve basic character names: "Anya" instead of Arya, "Jeffrey" instead of "Joffrey", and "Various" or "Vary" instead of Varys. I've never heard an audiobook with so many mistakes, I actually wonder if everyone involved in producing this was drunk.

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    Eric Tuvell 02-15-16
    Eric Tuvell 02-15-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Fantastic energy"

    Fantastic book and series for that matter. But Roy Dotrice does an outstanding job of giving each entity life and character. Great energy

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    NKM 02-13-16
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    "A Good Dub"

    The voice actor(Roy Dotrice) does a great job with voices and word comprehension, I had a great time listening to this book

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    Ian 02-13-16
    Ian 02-13-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Fire and Ice!"

    Moments that brought me to near tears, others I laughed out loud.

    Exceptional bone - chilling story.

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    Tanisha 02-12-16
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    "Whoa"

    Slow start but what an exciting finish!!!
    I haven't watched the series, so the back story was needed

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    Dana K 02-10-16
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    "Narrator was phenomenal!! Story amazing!!"

    I thought that this series was more like a soap opera with a little magic and some swords but that is not the case at all. It is a well thought out story with rich, full, characters and I am so glad that I gave it a try. If you are hesitating for any reason I suggest that you give the first book a chance and I believe you will become a Game of Thrones convert just like I did!

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    Cory 02-10-16
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    "great book wonderfully narrated"

    the only complaint I can even muster is the voice of Khal Drogo, he sounded a bit too stupid for what I envisioned him as.

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    Adam Guetersloh 02-09-16
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    "It was a great listen, would and will do again."

    I blew through this book. I was hoping that, for how these are priced, there would have been more than one person narrating. Even though, I still listened to this story in a span of 7 days and will probably listen to it again to get a better grasp on the story after completing the other books.

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