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A Game of Thrones Audiobook

A Game of Thrones: Book 1 of A Song of Ice and Fire

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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"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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    Aileen Armidale, Australia 04-19-12
    Aileen Armidale, Australia 04-19-12
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    "intense, multi-layered and vivid"

    I started reading this series years ago when only books 1 and 2 had been released. i was riveted but got frustrated waiting for each installment and gave them away. I'm really enjoying listening to them now. the narrator is fantastic - so many different voices and characters. Some of them are, for me, not quite right, but the major characters are brilliant.
    If you haven't been introduced to the series before, I can strongly recommend the audio version - with one reservation: the maps and genealogies the are available in book form really help to anchor the story. With so many characters and so much sweeping action, it can be a little confusing without these resources. Especially because audio doesn't really allow you to go back and pick up a detail you might have missed.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Milner Mildura, Australia 09-08-11
    Milner Mildura, Australia 09-08-11
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    "Ros"

    I did not like the narration of this book; it was a struggle to get through the first book. So much so that I am going to read instead of listen to the rest of the series. Everyone sounds old, aggressive, lecherous or feeble minded.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Peter perth, Australia 02-10-14
    Peter perth, Australia 02-10-14
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    "well told"
    Would you listen to A Game of Thrones (Part One) again? Why?

    Yes, its a good story, well told.


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

    No one part stands out far above the rest. Some of it is a bit mundane, the rest makes up for it, and some!


    What about Roy Dotrice’s performance did you like?

    At the start I didn't rate him very highly, I thought his voices were all a bit too much the same.
    About half way through I realize he is very good. I am not sure if its because he got better or I got used to him. Ether way, I hope he continues to do the rest of the books.


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

    Having seen the TV show, there was not too many surprises.
    It fleshed out a familiar story as only a book can do.


    Any additional comments?

    Get it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tash Googong, Australia 01-01-14
    Tash Googong, Australia 01-01-14 Member Since 2014

    -Tash

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    "Unlisten-to-able"
    Would you try another book from George R. R. Martin and/or Roy Dotrice?

    George R. R. Martin - yes
    Roy Dotrice - definitely no


    How could the performance have been better?

    Any narrator could have done a better job than Roy Dotrice. It was dismal. I couldn't even listen. I wish I hadn't bought all the books before hearing how hopeless this guys is.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tina Woongarrah, Australia 09-24-13
    Tina Woongarrah, Australia 09-24-13
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    "Let down by character voices"
    Would you try another book from George R. R. Martin and/or Roy Dotrice?

    I have read all of the books and am re reading by audiobook. This is one of the best series I have ever read and I would like to read more George RR Martin beyond A Song of Ice and Fire. I would not listen to another reading by this narrator.


    Any additional comments?

    There are too many characters for one narrator. Young characters sound like they are elderly, many characters are made to sound very simple, voices are applied to text accidentally, character names are mispronounced. I was very surprised about the number of errors in what is quite an expensive product full price. I would have thought the sections with errors could have been re recorded.

    Another option would have been a dramatic reading with many actors contributing to get the voices right.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nichola australia 04-28-13
    Nichola australia 04-28-13
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    "Uninspiring narration"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The story is great but the narration is uninspiring and puts me to sleep. I think i will have to read this one in hard copy or ebook to fully appreciate the story.


    What didn’t you like about Roy Dotrice’s performance?

    Intonation does not change even when the plot is tense and action packed. Almost monotone.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Richard King Sydney, NSW Australia 01-28-17
    Richard King Sydney, NSW Australia 01-28-17 Member Since 2015
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    "The narrator takes time to get used to"

    The narrator uses strange accents for characters you now know from the TV series. Since when did Tyrion Lannister have a Welsh accent?

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    Jasmit 12-03-16
    Jasmit 12-03-16 Member Since 2016
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Oliver Cooper Akrotiri, Cyprus 11-16-16
    Oliver Cooper Akrotiri, Cyprus 11-16-16
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 11-06-16
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    "Just awesome...."

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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Gale
    Bedford, United Kingdom
    8/2/11
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    "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!

    18 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • Sarah
    2/24/16
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    "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!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Nathan Berry
    5/22/15
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    "Review - book one"

    Great story, but the man narrating the book doesn't suit the role, his voice isn't right.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Portia
    Lichfield, United Kingdom
    4/26/15
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    "Disappointing"
    What did you like best about A Game of Thrones (Part One)? What did you like least?

    I started reading the series before it exploded onto the TV. Full marks for the story then - it must be good if I want to hear it too! I'm not going spoil your fun by revealing the story - its a great tale, well written and compelling, fantastic characters.
    Buy the book.
    Sadly the narrator's wheezing style and. hesitant. delivery. weighs the story down. I can't help feeling sorry for him as he labours along ... will he manage all the books ... Or expire first?


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

    Patrick Stewart


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Matt Godwin
    3/3/15
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    "Great Story, terrible naration"

    A compelling fast paced story badly hampered by a really bad reading.

    Many of the youngers charachters in particular are voiced as if they're in their sixties.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • TM FRAIN
    2/28/15
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    "Good book, bad audio"

    Fast becoming a classic story, but read on the audiobook like it was a 1940's BBC radio drama. Little or none of the individual characters were brought to life, although it was all very clearly annunciated. Back to reading it again for me.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Barbara
    Brackendowns, South Africa
    4/30/12
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    "Frustrating Narrator"

    Loved the story, but got really frustrated with the narrator, which is very distracting in an audio book. Everyone sounded drunk and weak. Decided to read the rest myself and am enjoying them a whole load more.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Tarun
    London, United Kingdom
    8/3/11
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    "Some useful background information"

    I have only just started this book, and although I am enjoying it, I did find it slightly hard to follow. As some of you may know - this is now a successful HBO drama which is shown here in the UK. If you go to the HBO website, you will get some useful background information relating to the characters and storyline.

    25 of 30 people found this review helpful
  • Paul
    guildford, United Kingdom
    7/24/11
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    "Personally I liked Dotrice.... but..."

    Unless I'm hugely mistaken only half of the book itself has been uploaded for sale. (yes, I know it's split into two parts but the second part ends with 'you have reached the end of a download but not of the book' message and, having asked friends, they've said the two parts of the audiobook only get to 2/3rds of the book itself. No answer from audible twitter on what the score is. Maybe there's another part to be uploaded later? Who knows.

    Anyhow: I liked the narrator but found it similarly hard to work out who was who etc. I put it down to the naming convention in the book itself, I was enjoying what I was listening to anyhow...

    41 of 50 people found this review helpful
  • Reka Madaraszne
    UK, Cambridge
    5/11/15
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    "A child could read better"

    The book was marred with the reader's often pathetic attempts to mimic accents, bad pronunciation and horrible intonation. Very disappointed

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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