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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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    Mohamed ISLEWORTH, United Kingdom 06-29-13
    Mohamed ISLEWORTH, United Kingdom 06-29-13
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    "great"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Game of Thrones (Part One) to be better than the print version?

    great book one of the best i have ever read, probably the only one as well


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    Mira 06-01-13
    Mira 06-01-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Persevere, not just another medieval tale"

    Started reading this and struggled to dig in initially. After hearing friends reviews jumped back in and was quickly swept up. Have thoroughly enjoyed the story development, the strategic / or lack there of moves of the lords and leaders, sadly nobility is possibly rewarded as much in this story as in the real world overall well done Mr Martin & to those who turn it aside because of its slow start give it another go & try not to think of it as just another medieval tale.

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    Kathy 03-18-13
    Kathy 03-18-13
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    "Enthralling"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Game of Thrones (Part One) to be better than the print version?

    I think that the audio gives it more life - Roy Dotrice is a phenomenal narrator - his many voices brought the book to life for me. The only reason for buying the book as well, was to be able to read when I lay in bed. I started believing these were real people, because of Roy's narration.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters are complex and realistic - I wondered at times if this was fact or fiction. The descriptions of scene and character enables one to create strong visual images of the text.


    Which character – as performed by Roy Dotrice – was your favorite?

    Tyrion Lannister by far - he is the most charming character of all. Love his determination, courage and wicked sense of humour.


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

    Most definitely - but of course we can't always have what we want.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a "read" you will never regret!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael 02-11-13
    Michael 02-11-13

    Classics, history, historical fiction, marketing, Napoleonic stuff and of course 'Boys own Adventure'. This is my bent. Occasional self help as well.

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    "Good book"

    What everybody else saids about this book and the series in one way or another true. I believe if you are into fantasy fiction then this will not disappoint.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jayne Randburg, South Africa 12-19-12
    Jayne Randburg, South Africa 12-19-12
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    "I didn't want it to end"
    If you could sum up A Game of Thrones (Part One) in three words, what would they be?

    Long, involved, riveting


    What did you like best about this story?

    Everything. The story has a cast of THOUSANDS but everybody is well crafted.


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

    Honestly? I would never be able to sit and read a book this long - I would cheat and read only the chapters about my favourite characters. Roy's voice is calming and a pleasure to listen to and you barely notice the passage of time.


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

    Yes. I listen in the car on my way to and from work. I have to FORCE myself to bookmark and go to the office. I nearly missed a meeting once as I wanted to listen to the next bit.


    Any additional comments?

    I know the book is long and the audio needs to be split for ease of download. HOWEVER, it would be SO NICE if the splits took place at the end of chapters. It is REALLY ANNOYING when the audio stops half way through a conversation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gerard Sydney, Australia 12-04-12
    Gerard Sydney, Australia 12-04-12
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    "A great listen"
    Where does A Game of Thrones (Part One) rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's amongst the best I've listened too.<br/>An intriguing story with interesting characters and extremely well narrated


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tyrean Lanaster


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

    No


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    No

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas 08-03-12
    Thomas 08-03-12
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    "Brought to life!"
    Any additional comments?

    <br/><br/>Really enjoying this read. <br/><br/>Roy Dotrice's voice and vision add so much depth to what is one of the greatest epic fantasy series to date. Having originally enjoyed the novels and wanting to approach from a different angle, this revisit is putting new flavour to my recollections and I'm discovering nuances previously unnoticed.<br/><br/>My only disappointment is a small one. Roy is not consistent with the accents he uses. It may simply be a technique he uses to make a character stand out however family groupings and sovereign peoples generally speak the same-ish. Only a small point though.<br/><br/>If you are looking to dive head first into the worlds of George RR then wait no further. If you haven’t read the books don’t let that worry you. If you are like me and simply want to revisit an old friend, then you won’t regret it.*<br/><br/>(*usual disclaimers apply). <br/>

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    Rudi Meyerton, South Africa 08-02-12
    Rudi Meyerton, South Africa 08-02-12 Member Since 2012
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    "A Game of thrones - A game of rating?"
    What made the experience of listening to A Game of Thrones (Part One) the most enjoyable?

    Apart from a very good narator, the story in the first book doesn't take too long to start building some momentum. Characters are well rounded and very detailed. Scenery is also very well painted and easily takes you on a journey to a fantasy world.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    John Snow is hard to place in the future of this series, but being the outcast, he immediately gets your attention as someone who will play a main role in the future books.


    What about Roy Dotrice’s performance did you like?

    The performance by the narator is excellent. If Spielberg had to cast someone himself, I don't think he could have chosen someone more apt. Just listening to Roy's first few sentences immediately sketches the scenery and characters supberbly.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Win or die in the game of thrones.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lee 07-31-12
    Lee 07-31-12
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    "An intriguing story full of sub plots and adgendas"
    Where does A Game of Thrones (Part One) rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is in the top half


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tyrrien - He is an intelligent character who seems to have a good moral compass and he also provides a lot of comic relief


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

    No


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    This story has not yet reached any great heights, there are a lot of long conversations and plots to follow. It is not action packed, but has enough to keep me interested

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Charmaine Auchenflower, Australia 07-28-12
    Charmaine Auchenflower, Australia 07-28-12 Member Since 2013

    Author of My Zombie Dog

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    "Engrossing Tale"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Game of Thrones (Part One) to be better than the print version?

    This is one story where I think I'd like to also read the print version, but thoroughly enjoyed the audio.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    How could you pick one favourite character? The novel delves so deeply into each character, they are well rounded and all have flaws and strengths. I wavered between loving and hating every single character. The dwarf was especially endearing.


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

    Wonderful reader. I've listened to a lot of audiobooks and the reader can easily distract or ruin a book. This reader has a wonderful voice for fantasy and epic tales and depicted the characters well.


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    2/15/17
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    "Poor narration undermines amazing story"

    The SoIaF series is up there with my favourite books. But, the poor narration of the series here is a real shame, so much so that I won't be downloading and listening to the whole series

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • MR D S CAMPBELL
    2/7/17
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    "good book bad reader"

    good story and goes along at a nice pace but the reader is poor. gives a character a voice and then changes it in the same conversation

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Joanne
    1/27/17
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    "perhaps it is time to re-record"

    It is a shame to condemn the poor man and as an overal narrator he is not bad... except for the dialogue. Is it possible to get past the fact everyone, especially the young people, sound like like they are in their 70s and that the various regional accents appear so randomly chosen , but it is unfathomable how significant characters suddenly change accents part way through... most notably turning Welsh?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    1/16/17
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    "Good book, bad reader"

    I love this series, they're so well written and I love reading them.
    I enjoy the readers voice, he reads well and his voice is pleasant but there is one thing that is really irritating me.
    He keeps mispronouncing the characters names!
    One time he'll pronounce them right then another he won't!
    I wasn't going to comment but after hearing him call Bran "Brian" I had to say something.
    He keeps calling Catelyn "Caitlin" and mispronouncing Sansa so much it's doing my head in!
    How on earth did they allow this to happen?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Neil
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    1/6/17
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    "A great review but......."

    Why has Roy Dotrice decided to voice Tyron (one of the most articulate, intelligent and interesting characters) as a cross between Alan Bennett / Compo from last of the summer wine and a Chuckle brother?

    Jon Snow is not much better....it's such a shame as it is massively distracting.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    12/13/16
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    "strange choice of narrator"

    great story just hard to accept narrative voice as characters other wise very enjoyable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • paul
    12/12/16
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    "Annoyingly Read"

    After watching the series, I was pleased to know the storylines matched and there was little difference between the two.
    The narration, however, is a different issue altogether. As there is much dialogue, it would have been better if a narrator could have been chosen who had a few more voices rather than just high end English, ropey northern, general Welsh, standard Scottish and cackling witch. Threat went from northern to Welsh in between chapters

    I'm so let down I don't think I want to continue to the rest of the series

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • lizziwizzy
    11/4/16
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    "Narrator sounds bored!! Ruined an excellent book."

    Completely monotone narration. Have read this book and love the story but utterly tedious presentation.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cityslug
    London
    10/8/16
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    "Accent proof checking?!"

    Did no one proof listen to this and pick up on Tirian Lanaster's vastly changing accent! Made the best character into an idiot!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Edward Grenz
    9/19/16
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    "Sub-par narration"

    Narrator mispronouncing names and changes of accents is a letdown. But otherwise it is a great story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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