A Game of Thrones

A Game of Thrones

A Song of Ice and Fire Series, Book 1

Downloadable Audiobook - 2003
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Winter is coming. Such is the stern motto of House Stark, the northernmost of the fiefdoms that owe allegiance to King Robert Baratheon in far-off King's Landing. There Eddard Stark of Winterfell rules in Robert's name. There his family dwells in peace and comfort: his proud wife, Catelyn; his sons Robb, Brandon, and Rickon; his daughters Sansa and Arya; and his bastard son, Jon Snow. Far to the north, behind the towering Wall, lie savage Wildings and worse—unnatural things relegated to myth during the centuries-long summer, but proving all too real and all too deadly in the turning of the season.

Yet a more immediate threat lurks to the south, where Jon Arryn, the Hand of the King, has died under mysterious circumstances. Now Robert is riding north to Winterfell, bringing his queen, the lovely but cold Cersei, his son, the cruel, vainglorious Prince Joffrey, and the queen's brothers Jaime and Tyrion of the powerful and wealthy House Lannister—the first a swordsman without equal, the second a dwarf whose stunted stature belies a brilliant mind. All are heading for Winterfell and a fateful encounter that will change the course of kingdoms.

Meanwhile, across the Narrow Sea, Prince Viserys, heir of the fallen House Targaryen, which once ruled all of Westeros, schemes to reclaim the throne with an army of barbarian Dothraki—whose loyalty he will purchase in the only coin left to him: his beautiful yet innocent sister, Daenerys.
Publisher: Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group


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Aug 04, 2020

I suffered through this entire book and Just can't rate this any higher. I had high hopes based on it's almost universal positive reputation, but it is a very disappointing read. If Lord of the Rings is a 10/10, and The Expanse and The Three Body Problem are both 8/10, this is no higher than 5/10. If you eliminated all the incredibly boring and duplicitous discussions of the characters clothing and the monotonously endless social nomenclature references.....it would be 30 minute read.

May 17, 2019

I now know what all the fuss is about. Wonderful world-building, great characters. I will definitely read the next book and am sure I will join the chorus of readers who are desperately awaiting the final books in the series.

Though I still have no desire to see this much blood and gore on the screen, nor do I wish to see the additional gratuitous sex and nudity. I'll stick with these well-written books, than you!

The audiobook is very well read too!

Apr 01, 2019

Roy Dotrice's compulsion to do funny character voices annoyed me on disk 1 of this mammoth 28-disk set, but it wasn't until near the end of disk 2 that Tyrion Lannister appeared, and Dotrice made the absolutely baffling decision to make him sound like a gay drunk Irishman (or just a Leprechaun, take your pick). I couldn't stand to listen to it, and returned the box without going any farther.

VaughanPLErin Feb 12, 2018

If you loved the HBO series, you'll probably love the books! And what could be a more convenient way to experience them than by having them read to you? A nice long fantasy series makes for excellent listening material!

Nov 28, 2017

As a fan of the TV series, I was told by several people over the years that the books were tough reading, complex and slow, nowhere near as good as the production, so I put off checking them out and haven’t missed an episode of TV’s Game of Thrones since the beginning.

Recently a young reader friend raved about the audio books, so gave the first one a try. As I’m both an avid reader as well as a lover of audio books, I can now say that everyone who said that the books were too complex and slow, were probably not readers.

George RR Martin has created a masterpiece here to rival The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. The books are anything but slow. Complex, yes, but rewardingly so, and extremely well written. As much as I love the TV series, which I feel is the best thing television has ever produced, the show pales in comparison to the books, which are filled with much more elaborate story development, characters, and incredible moments. In many ways the books tell a whole different story that is only roughly followed by the TV screenplay.

I’ve only just finished the first audio book, read by the great Roy Dotrice, who now holds the Guinness Book of Records for the most voices read in a single story. I can’t wait to proceed with audio book number two and I look forward to eventually returning to the story and rereading it in the original book form.

I can’t say enough about this great work, and anyone who loves to read or listen to audio books, anyone who’s a fan of Tolkien and the best of this genre, won’t be disappointed.

Oct 22, 2017

Spectacular book, well-read by Roy Dotrice (RIP). Of course any book that is part of a series is bound to leave you unsatisfied, and GOT is no exception. Never-the-less, there are many interesting characters, fascinating worlds based on the European world of Castles, King, Knights, and Chivalry. One thing George doesn't seem to mind doing is killing off beloved characters, so be ready. Parents with kids should be careful. Personally, I think exposing kids to lots of different ideas is not bad (especially if they are willing to read it). However, for parents who are sensitive what their kids are exposed to, chivalry is only an ideal in this world. Murder, mayhem, and sex are integral drivers of the plot, so you may want to do some censoring.

I'm currently reading Clash of Kings, and like it better because it takes you close to the politics and Courtly intrigues within this World. I'll probably be dissatisfied with this book too because it'll probably leave me unsatisfied until I can read all of the books. Hear that, George?!? Finish your books!!!

Jan 19, 2017

Most people came to the Song of Ice and Fire series by watching the Game of Thrones on HBO. That series is 1% George RR Martin and 99% HBO. I have the entire series in paperback and hardcover and was bored to tears reading them. I thought listening to the audio CDs would be better, but it was even worse. Martin spends a ridiculous amount of time describing the most mundane of things that add nothing to the plot. It should not take 23 pages to describe a place (the veil) or forty pages to describe an event that takes 2 minutes in the show. Granted the show was taken from the novels but they were selective. No one would want to make a series of Martin's entire novels. They're just too tedious. To put it in perspective, compare this to Harry Potter. Everyone makes fun of the ridiculous length of Goblet of Fire. That's half the size of this one. Puts it in perspective, doesn't it? The narrator is well-chosen, but the material is slooooooow. Like watching air move across a room. :0 A better name for this would be 28 discs of long conversations of old men.

Apr 20, 2016

Best soundtrack ever!

BookReviewer2015 Dec 15, 2014

Great fantasy reading!

Trust me, the land of Westeros will captivate you after this book and you will root for most of the characters!

Martin is a master of his genre!

Aug 07, 2014

Check out Overdrive , it will have most of the " Game of Thrones" series on Audiobook

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