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The complete, unabridged audiobook of A Game of Thrones.

HBO’s hit series A Game of Thrones is based on George R. R. Martin’s internationally best-selling series A Song of Ice and Fire, the greatest fantasy epic of the modern age. A Game of Thrones is the first volume in the series.

Summers span decades. Winter can last a lifetime. And the struggle for the Iron Throne has begun.

As Warden of the north, Lord Eddard Stark counts it a curse when King Robert bestows on him the office of the Hand. His honour weighs him down at court where a true man does what he will, not what he must...and a dead enemy is a thing of beauty.

The old gods have no power in the south, Stark’s family is split and there is treachery at court. Worse, the vengeance-mad heir of the deposed Dragon King has grown to maturity in exile in the Free Cities. He claims the Iron Throne.

©2011 George R. R. Martin (P)2011 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

"A Game of Thrones grabs hold and won’t let go. It’s brilliant." (Robert Jordan)
"Colossal, staggering... Martin captures all the intoxicating complexity of the Wars of the Roses or Imperial Rome in his imaginary world...one of the greats of fantasy literature." (SFX)
"Fantasy literature has never shied away from grandeur, but the sheer-mind-boggling scope of this epic has sent other fantasy writers away shaking their heads… Its ambition: to construct the Twelve Caesars of fantasy fiction, with characters so venomous they could eat the Borgias." (Guardian)

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Amazing narration

The book is great, we all know that. I bought the hard copy but couldn't go past the first few pages. It was confusing with so many characters. Bought it on audible. My compliments to the narrator, who brought the characters to life. I think I might even look for other books by the narrator, He's so good. Kudos buddy. I hope this reaches you. Loved it.

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Superb reading.

The narrating of this book was superb.

I couldn't stop listening. I found myself staying in the car an extra 10 minutes after I had arrived just to finish the chapter.

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Just awesome....

One of the best books ever, a must for every game of thrones fan. You will love it.

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too many aliases for too many characters...

... and I feel its too much. I often had struggled to keep track of story line as the story spins around too many nouns and I had difficulty to differentiate persons, places and some times things. good part is each chapter is titled with the character which was a bit helpful

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Captivating

What made the experience of listening to A Game of Thrones the most enjoyable?

Besides the great story and writing, the narrator was amazing.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Love them all.

What does Roy Dotrice bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He brought so much life to the characters and yet his annunciation remained clear. His intonations definitely kept me engrossed in the story.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes!

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Exciting

Exciting story. Well read I found not put the book down. Full of its own history.

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amazing story

Narrator was good. However pronounced some names incorrectly... Petyr who is pronounced Peter was pronounced as PeeTyre which bothered me abit. but otherwise great.

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Amazing

Would you listen to A Game of Thrones again? Why?

Yes, many times. The most fabulous story.

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

Maybe Lord of the Rings updated and modern.?

Have you listened to any of Roy Dotrice’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

N/A

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Tyrion Lanisters comments. So funny. Laughed out loud many times.

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brilliant!

What made the experience of listening to A Game of Thrones the most enjoyable?

it's a story that defies the imagination full of twists and turns and unexpected outcomes. it's also vicious and nasty but i suspect life in the middle ages was as well.

What about Roy Dotrice’s performance did you like?

he's so good. he makes all the characters come alive and drives the long narrative so the pace never slackens.

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Fantastic but..

Buy the whole first book don't buy just the first half!! Because you will not be able to purchase the second part.

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  • Pauline
  • 08-19-12

Good book, poorly read

What a shame, this is a good story but the reading is mostly deadpan, flat, and emotionless. I will have to somehow work up some enthusiasm to listen to part two.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Gemma
  • 08-13-12

Brilliant novel, bad narration

I couldn't finish this audiobook. The narration was dull and there was not enough distinction between the character's voices. The timing was also poor and description and dialogue were said in the same breath so I found myself losing track of who was talking and didn't have time to digest the narrative.

Very disappointing. I would have chosen John Lee who narrated Pillars of the Earth for this.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Sparrow
  • 05-15-12

Have you got a strong constitution?

You will need a strong constitution to get through this excellent series of books. If you have watched the TV series, it is tame compared to the books. At first I hated the readers voice. He made even the gentlest child sound like a hatefull crone. Then I came to realise as the story went on that this was a cruel world being conjured, filled with pain, malice, greed and torture and that this was normal life there. I had to have a break from this story a number of times, sometimes for a week just to gather the courage to continue to listen. You, like me will probably be taken to the depths of dispair repeatedly, having all hope for the hero's dashed time and time again. There is also love and bawdy titilation from some unlikely characters that put finishing touches to this masterpiece.
Beware all ye who enter these stories!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Sally
  • 01-08-12

An enthralling story

There are several reviews here which express far more eloquently than I could just how good this story is so I'm not going to comment on that aspect, instead I'll comment on the listening experience provided by the audiobooks.

1. I do feel that it helps for a newcomer to the books to have seen the TV show, the story in non-linear at points, jumping forward and then backtracking, this can be a little disconcerting, you may wonder if you've accidentally skipped over a chapter somewhere. I certainly had to rewind on a number of occasions.

2. A few reviewers have suggested that Roy Dotrice doesn't do a good job with the narration. I disagree, I rather like his reading style but, whoever produced the recordings should be embarrassed by the fact that at certain points characters are renamed and worst of all one character's accent suddenly changes from Northern English to Welsh, I thought I was hearing things at first. Given the number of characters and the scope of the book I think on the whole he did a good job, but someone dropped the ball somewhere in the edit suite.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Gale
  • 08-02-11

A perfect listen

Another book where one is sad when it comes to an end, but, on the plus side......we have more to come!!!

Perfect candidate for the audio format, Roy Dotrice does a difficult job of breathing life into all the characters... not sure I like all of them (his characterisations) but as I only listened to this after watching the excellent HBO production maybe I had preconceptions.

Notwithstanding all of that, I can't recommend this highly enough, makes a car journey never long enough!

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  • Sarah
  • 02-24-16

Why Dotrice?!?

I love the story but why oh why choose Dotrice as the narrator. Awful. he turns even major characters into country bumpkins. He can't even remember their names!

14 of 17 people found this review helpful

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  • 06-11-14

Bad

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Somebody skilled - Stephen Fry for instance - narrating instead of Roy Dotrice.

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Game of Thrones (Part One)?

The disappointment of having to stop listening due to the diabolical narration

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narration is terrible. Roy Dotrice has an unpleasant voice to listen to. The pace is rushed, his intonation is frankly bizarre and his character voices are misjudged. I only got about 30 minutes in before I gave up.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment

Any additional comments?

Judging by the TV show, the book itself is probably fine, but I couldn't tell you because I couldn't bear to listen to Roy Dotrice.

10 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • Perry
  • 02-22-15

Narrator very annoying for such a great story

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The narrator. His voice lacks any drama and is delivered in a 'rumbling' monotone that is hard to follow and detracts totally from the story. This is going to be returned and I'll continue reading it myself. A real shame for such a gripping narrative.

If you’ve listened to books by George R. R. Martin before, how does this one compare?

No. First one.

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

There are so many great voices about. This needs a calm author active British accent in my opinion. Similar to a Martin Sheen or a David Tennant just a shame they are too busy. Sean Bean would also be great as it needs some grit. Roy Dotrice is just an indistinguishable mess. Ian McKellen's wolf brother reading shows how this kind of story can be done.

Was A Game of Thrones (Part One) worth the listening time?

No. It will be worth the reading time though.

Any additional comments?

An opportunity missed. If the same narrator does the whole series then I won't be getting any. Shame as they are perfect stories for long car journeys

13 of 16 people found this review helpful

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  • Alex
  • 03-09-17

Cracking story, dreadful narration

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Getting someone else to read it.

What could George R. R. Martin have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Not much. The story's alright.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

By being dull, bland, and monotonous, with no discernible characterisation.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment.

Any additional comments?

Avoid.

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  • Graeme
  • 04-27-12

Great book, shame about the narrator

In a nutshell this is a gripping and well crafted story narrated by someone who is doing his best to put people off from continuing with the rest of the series.
I found his general delivery fairly monotonous initially but got used to that after persevering for a while. Some of his characterisations are laughably over the top. As an example it took me a while to reconcile the whacky comedy Yorkshire accent with the character of Tyrian. I assume that he thinks that all dwarfs should talk like that with no regard to family or breeding. Anyway, it took me a while to get used to that but I still did not feel compelled to write a derogatory review. I ploughed on and began to forget the narration problems. However, it appears that Roy Dotrice became very bored. How else could I explain him randomly making Tyrion Welsh part of the way through the narration? I had to relisten to part of the book several times because the change in accent was so jarring that I could not focus on what was going on!
The quality of the writing will keep me with this series (despite Audible's blatent money making tactic of splitting the books) but I do hope that Mr Dotrice can settle himself down and read the blooming thing properly!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-29-17

excellent

Easy to listen to. Easily identifiable character voices as well. Good for long drives. Adds rich context to the TV series as well.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-07-17

Great listen

The narrator was excellent

He always had great voices that varied with every character only the female voices were lacking but they were still believable

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-06-17

Great book, slightly painful narration, worth it I think.

I loved the story (and it is my first interaction with the books, I have watched the series and enjoyed that, and explored the wiki site, but have had difficulty with paper books the last few years due to a condition). If I could have read it on paper I may have done so instead. I have listened as far as book 4 though (starting book 5 now), so clearly I think it is worth it.

The accents are slightly odd or grating at times, but I can understand it, and that is the narrator's call really. The occasional mispronunciation is worse though. And it gets worse as you go into later books:

Caitlin for Catlyn
Peter for Petyr
Brian for Bran
Direwood for dire-wolf
Tragarian for Targaryan

And more. In book 4 it seems bad enough (just general words that are clearly wrong) one wonders if it was all proof checked? It isn't just that it can make following the story harder at times than I'd like from an audiobook, it interferes with suspension of disbelief too - it isn't only that I am brought out of the story by the thought that something wasn't right, it's that by book 4 Catlyn and Petyr are ALWAYS Caitlin and Peter, which feel like names out of place in GRRM's world.

As long as that slightly maddening thing is something you can cope with, or something you can endure to enjoy the story (like me) enjoy.

It is still worth it for me.

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  • Kellidie
  • 09-29-17

narrator lets this wonderful piece of fiction down

The only way I was able to tolerate this narrator was being aware of true character voices from the tv series.
He made young men sound ancient and women haggard, there was no consistency with his accents between characters let alone with pronunciation of character names.
It was though he actually held no love for the narrative and was simply doing 'a job'.
If you've seen the series, however, it's a little less distracting and you can replace his poor interpretation with each of the actors, therefore not detracting from the audio experience of an otherwise wonderful book.

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  • Tom
  • 09-27-17

Fantastic story. Great Experience.

Well, it seems that Roy Dotrice gets a lot of flack for his narration style and I can see where they're coming from, he takes some getting used too. But once you're immersed, and understand the narration style, it's like having your Grandfather read to you. The story is amazing and only gets better as the books continue. Truly a great book.

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  • Ben
  • 09-26-17

narrator was amazing

Obviously you all know the story is fantastic however the narrator of this book made it. He received a poor reception from some but I feel he made the book.
it was as if a maester was telling a story. he brought each character alive and developed them throughout.
best non author narrator i have heard.

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  • DUNCAN
  • 09-25-17

Badly written, terrible accents, watch the TV show

Very poor - the genius us that two producers saw the TV potential - listen to something else

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-20-17

Thoroughly enjoyable

Great story. Excellent detail. Easy to listen to. Narration a little annoying but ok.

Would highly recommend.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-20-17

What a book!

So much more information than the TV series. Absolutely loved reading through this epic tail.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-16-17

Brilliant

Totally engrossed in the characters and story line
Totally addictive. A must have app o listen too