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A Game of Thrones

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By:

Narrated By: Roy Dotrice

Publisher: Random House (Audio)

Date: April 2011

Duration: 33 hours 58 minutes

Summary:

Long ago, in a time forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons out of balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. The cold is returning, and in the frozen wastes to the north of Winterfell, sinister and supernatural forces are massing beyond the kingdom's protective Wall. At the center of the conflict lie the Starks of Winterfell, a family as harsh and unyielding as the land they were born to. Sweeping from a land of brutal cold to a distant summertime kingdom of epicurean plenty, here is a tale of lords and ladies, soldiers and sorcerers, assassins and bastards, who come together in a time of grim omens.

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  • oodeluph

    This is the beginning of one of the most complex yet thoroughly enjoyable fantasy/soap operas I have ever experienced. Just when one is tempted to begin questioning their commitment to this epic, a character says or does something completely down to earth, or funny or does something heroic and action packed. You can barely tell the players without a scorecard built, I promise, this is so well orchestrated that the listener will know who everyone is and have them sorted long before the end.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful.

  • Dexter Adams

    Great narrator who brings life to characters and world. He does more than just read the story. heavy breathing when characters are winded, sobs when they are sad, and sloppy when they are toothless adds life other narrators would fail to include. As for the story it is deep and interesting. It is easy to love and hate characters but the story is also vulgar to the point it\'s distracting. Readers should be aware of that before reading or listening to this book but it is a must read besides.

  • joseph pinzone

    I started audio books with this series and Roy Dotrice narrating. And let me be the first to say I could not have had a better easing into audiobooks than this. Always an avid reader, I have wanted to read at times when it is not feasible and was quite dismayed until I tried this option. I was not disappointed. First the narrator, because without a good narration a book can be as bland as stereo instructions. Roy Dotrice is an amazing vocalist in his right. He assigns a voice and a style to each character and brings the story alive as he reads. You get much more than you bargain for! Anything by this narrator is sure to be a treat! The first book in the series is a legend in its own right. This introduction to Martin\'s style of writing draws you inexorably, wanting nothing more than to know what happens next. Nothing is quite as memorable as the first book of a series you have truly come to love, and Martin has not failed to deliver a strong and solid foundation. The introduction to this world he has created is exquisite. The various castles, lands, creatures and characters are deftly described and come to life in your mind. No two characters are alike and assumptions made would be completely off the mark. Each character is humanized so realistically! You find yourself questioning your own judgements constantly and weighing their actions. All in all, this book is amazing. I have been listening for a month straight at every opportunity. This book goes beyond the fantasy criteria. If you\'re a mystery fanatic, or even fiction fan, this series should be an easy branch for you.

  • Yoshi Begoshi

    Digging this series! Thrash of kings is going to be awesome!

  • Anonymous

    We've all heard that these books (and/or the HBO series) are good stuff, but I didn't expect them to be this good. In fact this is the best fantasy I've "read" yet. Martin has created a story that is all about intrigue and the characters themselves, rather than the fantasy "realm" in which it is set. He also has a knack for making it feel realistic, even at times when he departs from realism. The story is made all the better by Martin's prose, which I thought was excellent. The narrator, Dotrice, does the book justice in a way few readers can. I'm halfway through the second book now and I look forward to my commute each day when I get to continue the story.

  • Anonymous

    I started watching GoT on NetFlix, and decided I'd enjoy the books. Unsurprisingly, they're better than the programs. Very engaging and interesting!

  • sylvia Cooksey

    Just love this book! Can\'t wait to start clash of kings. The narration is a bot slow for my tastes but he is good at changing voices with the characters.