Audiobook Review ~ A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire #1) by George R.R. Martin

December 11, 2014 4.5 Bullet Rating 5 ★★★★½

A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
Series: A Song of Ice and Fire #1
Published by Bantam, Random House Audio Narrator: Roy Dotrice
Length: 33 hours 55 minutes
on December 9, 2003
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction
Format: Audiobook
Source: Personally Purchased via
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.

If you have not heard of A Game of Thrones you must have been living under a rock the last several years and there is truly no hope for you.  If you have been watching the HBO series by the same title and are curious about how this book or audiobook look no further!

George R.R. Martin writes a fascinating story and twists you around his finger making you care about each and every character – no matter how good or how bad they truly are.  He pulls you into their world and it is to regain your vision on reality.

There is really no way to get through this review without talking about the TV series.  And I was seriously impressed with how much the TV series followed the book (or audiobook in this case).  So many times the TV writers create their own version of an authors work of art, and many fans just cannot adjust.  I think that HBO is doing a brilliant job transferring the authors vision on the screen.

The downside, as always, to watching a book portrayed on TV is simply the constant comparison in your head.  This was no exception, but the differences were not tremendous

I really feel like anything I say here is just going to be lame.  I have not looked at the amount of reviews for this book, but I sure it is ridiculous.  For a good reason.  A Game of Thrones was a truly great book with just a fantasy to keep me sucked in, even after 30+ hours of audio.  This really says something!

Audiobook thoughts:   Roy Dotrice was as epic as the story.  With an amazing range of voices and accents, he made the story come alive and I was wholly empressed.  I don’t think a better match could have been made.  An artist in his own right, Dotrice takes this amazing story to the next level.

I rate A Game of Thrones 4.5 out of 5 Bullets

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I personally purchased A Game of Thrones.  All opinions are my own and are not influenced in any way.

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5 Responses to “Audiobook Review ~ A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire #1) by George R.R. Martin”

  1. Bookswagger

    I have been living under a rock heard about it haven’t read it or seen it though but sounds good. Cool review never thought about checking it out in audio.

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