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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


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.


  • 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.

  • amy BEHAR

    I have recently been unable to read books, when before I often was carrying around 2 or 3 at a time. I decided to try audio books and jumped on this series knowing if I liked it I had many more in the series to now bring the world of reading back to my life. I have not seen the HBO series, for me I think it made it easier for me to \"see\" the characters and magic right away. There are two options for narrators,I would suggest listening to the samples to see which you prefer. I thought this narrator had more range for all of the characters. If you want to escape to another world this is a worthy series.

  • August Wade

    I hate to disagree with the majority, but the narration becomes retching, particularly (and exclusively) for the dialogue parts. All the voices sound much the same and it makes it hard to differentiate. I wish a narrator with a softer, more lilting voice had done the narration. Other than that, the book is beyond fantastic, compellingly complex and endearingly enigmatic.

  • Tori Williamson

    Love this story and the narration is wonderful. Truly brings the story to life.

  • Kimberly Eisner

    I really enjoyed the narrator. He had a voice for each character, which made listening a little more interesting.

  • Karen McTavish

    I loved this audio book !! I felt like the narrator had the accent down but most characters sounded like they needed to clear their throats.

  • kyle billiot

    At first, when I heard the sample audio, I thought the narrator was going to be annoying. Boy was I wrong! I'm hooked. Ice already started the second book after finishing the first in just a week! These are great to listen to while I'm at work and they make the days fly by! This is the most in depth story I've ever encountered. Families, religions, histories, cultures, heck he created an entire detailed world! I would recommend this even to people who aren't into "fantasy".

  • Terry Jones

    Just epic, I\'m a huge fan of the show but even a bigger fan of the book, I recommend this to everyone !

  • 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.