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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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    Cory 02-10-16
    Cory 02-10-16 Member Since 2015
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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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    Sarah 02-09-16
    Sarah 02-09-16 Member Since 2015
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    "wow!"

    thank god for audible! i travel for work and this is the best way to read books! i am up to date on the hbo series now going back to read the books. excellent and well written its cool to have a "face" with the characters!

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    Nancy S. Williams 02-05-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Loving my commute!"

    Every character was brought to life through Martin's writing and Dotrice's narration! Makes me love my commute!

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    liz neef 02-04-16
    liz neef 02-04-16 Member Since 2016
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    "great narrator"

    I enjoyed this narration. The voices were well done and not annoying like in some audio books I have heard

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    brian 02-02-16
    brian 02-02-16 Member Since 2016
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    "One of the great works! The story keeps your ear."

    The story is that of a great time. It keeps you stuck. You must know what is to happen next. I have been reading for 2days straight..

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    JD 01-29-16
    JD 01-29-16
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    "Reader Roy Dotrice practically ruined the book for me ::"

    I'm so sorry to be the asshole, but I really didn't enjoy the reader.

    He mispronounces people's names constantly (eg, "Pee-tire Baelish", instead of "Peter" Baelish—and yes I know it's Petyr but come on, we know how it's supposed to be pronounced).

    He doesn't give proper inflection in his voice. For instance, if the book says "Catlyn said "dammit Robb" angrily", Roy reads Caitlyn's voice as totally normal and not mad.

    He says things in one person's voice when it's another person talking. For instance, I heard him continue to use a man's voice when, after that man finished talking, a woman replied (i.e. He reads the woman's part in a man's voice).

    And perhaps less objectively unacceptable and more subjectively less acceptable, he uses weird voices for people. He made Tyrion sound like a child. I get that he's a dwarf, so maybe his voice would be higher, but it made Tyron's chapters practically unbearable.

    It just distracted SO much from my enjoyment. I won't ever be buying another audiobook read by Dotrice because of it.

    Side note: the reader, Doteice, is like infamously bad. I was talking about how frustrating it was listening to this book on tape, and my friend's girlfriend was like, "oh was it Roy Dotrice?" When I said yeah, she was like, "oh yeah it's pretty bad".

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    Mayberry 01-27-16
    Mayberry 01-27-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Scattered writing and Awful Narrating Voice"

    Story in essence was good but way too much time wasted on characters that die. Also considering all the possibilities for a world with magic and dragons it is too mundane and predictable. Why create a whole new world and apply our own human treachery and politics to it? This is not a story, it is more like a history book about our own world with a few tweaks adding new names, magic and dangerous creatures. May have liked it better if the narrator's voice wasn't so off putting and boring.

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    Mary E. Butterfield Columbus, Ohio USA 01-23-16
    Mary E. Butterfield Columbus, Ohio USA 01-23-16 Member Since 2014
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    "not very engaging"

    I didn't like this very much. I thought the book was long and boring and I really had trouble getting engaged with the characters of the book.

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    Gary 01-23-16
    Gary 01-23-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Oh What Fun!!!"

    this book takes me away, like a good novel should. If you liked Lord of the Rings you will love this

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