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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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    "Too good to pass up"

    By far, the best performance reader I've ever had the delight to listen to. Truly a fantastic story can't wait to start the next book!

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    KayJay 05-06-16
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    "A+ story, A- Narration"

    I really enjoyed the performance aspect of the story. There were a few character voices that I wasn't crazy about (Varys comes to mind) and there was a lot of mispronunciation of characters (including frequently calling Joffrey 'Jeffrey'), but all in all, it was fantastic.

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    "Fantasy for adults"

    Better than lord of the rings (even when I first read it 25 years ago)...wonderful writing, fascinating characters, subtle themes and outrageous surprises. Martin is unrivaled.

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    Jonathan B. 05-06-16
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    "Great Story"

    I'm someone who watched the show before reading the books and I just love how this first book is almost identical to the first season of the show.

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    "really enjoyed this ad my first audio book"

    a movie in your head while you work. not distracting and much better than the same songs over and over on the radio etc.

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    Evan 05-04-16
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    loved it very much. thank you to the author and the man reading it. it was a pleasure! !

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    Tiggles 05-04-16
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    "Great book!"

    If you like Mideval books, and books of the sort, this book is for you! Adventure, death, and more! 5/5

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    Greggory Miller Nampa 05-04-16
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    "Dramatic Medieval Fantasy"

    Every line in this audio book is delivered perfectly. The story teller brings every character to life in your mind and gives great emotion into every bit of telling. The story itself focuses on the story of the lives of the characters and much less about battles (although the Battle of the minds is a much more in depth game than the battle of swords). This book brings a great start to a series. I shall read the 2nd book myself and return for the third book to better compare the reading and imagining of the characters. If you don't mind light graphic images of sex and some mention of magic, dragons, beheadings, and all around gore filled deaths. Then this read is for you. There is so much depth to these stories and I hope the other books (as their reputation had lead me to believe)do this first book justice. Thank you.

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    "great story"

    I love this book. the audio was great thanks for the experience of another great book now it's time for the rest of the series

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    Enjoyed it. Looking forward to the next book and re-watching the series all over again.

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