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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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    the hype of the HBO series kept me from trying this book. audible's quality, a sale, and my interest in something new lead me to try three first book. count me a fan.

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    Narrarator took about a chapter to settle in and after that the story flowed very well. Some content could be awkward with others present and is not for children. I not recommend listening with others in the car unless they are aware of the content first.

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    what an Incredible Book this is a must-read or must Listen the narrator does an amazing job

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    This is a wonder story. It captures my attention easily and holds it. the narrator made some interesting choices sometimes that were cringe-worthy. but overall I enjoyed it very much.

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    "Loved it!!!!"

    I listened to this, partly because of the TV show. The first book followed the TV series word for word.... but it still had some good background info that allowed me to understand the TV series better. I will be listening to the next book!

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    "Outstanding Series !"

    Well written, intriguing story and interwoven plot lines. Narrator does an excellent job. Classic work by G.R.R. Martin. First book in the series which the HBO show follows quire well. A great listen for fantasy fans.

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    The narrator kept changing the way he pronounced names which was distracting. his women's voices and Tyrions were terrible. otherwise a great listen!

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    absolutely loved it and how the show stayed close to the first book was just beautiful

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