A Game of Thrones

A Game of Thrones

Audiobook CD - 2004
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A tale of court intrigues in the land of Seven Kingdoms, a country "blessed by golden summers that go on for years, and cursed by cruel winters that can last a generation." Treachery, murder, incest.
Publisher: Santa Ana, CA : Books on Tape, p2004
Edition: Library ed
ISBN: 9781415901502
1415901503
9780307913098
Characteristics: 28 sound discs (72 min. each) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Dotrice, Roy 1923-

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LorenJones
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.

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FrankZYang
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!!!

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chriscoleman
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.

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kenschroeder
Sep 04, 2016

I had high hopes for this book as included on several best science fiction lists OF ALL TIME. What a monumental disappointment! I listened through 10 disks and have given up; this is one of the most boring, tedious, and repetitive books I have ever read. In an instant, I would reread every series book in the ; "Lord of the Rings"; "Ender"; "Three Body Problem"; or "Dune" series" 35 times before trying "Game of Thrones" again.

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JihadiConservative
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!

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WayneWallace
Aug 07, 2014

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

djeannes1 Jun 05, 2014

Long, but well worth listening to. If you have watched the show, you will find it has stayed true to the book for the most part.

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nitetraino
Jan 24, 2014

I read this after watching the HBO series and thoroughly enjoyed the first of seven. Outstanding writing. Onto the Clash of Kings. 10 of 10 stars

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maxymaxdog
Jan 15, 2014

Very much enjoyed the first installment of this series. Roy Dotrice is a great narrator. I'm hooked!

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