- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 33 hours and 50 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Random House Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: December 9, 2003
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0001DBI1Q
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A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1 Audible – Unabridged
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Top Customer Reviews
Of course they weren't wrong.
What George R.R. Martin has done here defies genre, period. It doesn't matter if you're like me and don't care for this sub-genre of fantasy... it doesn't matter if your like my spouse, and don't like fantasy at all. If you enjoy brilliant, incredibly-developed, thought-provoking stories... those with a strongly developed cast of characters who blissfully lack being "good vs. evil" and instead all display their shades of grey, good traits, evil traits, unique traits, all sorts of traits... then this book is for you. Buy it. Open it up. Start reading. You won't regret it.
This book will keep you turning pages and unable to put it down. Don't expect to be able to read just a few pages a day. This book is for binge reading. I highly recommend.
As for the main story, as this is an epic novel I thought it would be slow-paced. But imagine my surprise when the author pulls you right in this world of dragons and wight walkers, and medieval politics, and a complex religious system. However, even with all the world-building, nowhere did I feel there was a info dump going on, because the world of A Song of Ice and Fire is constructed slowly, character by character, backstory by backstory and myth by myth. It can feel drawn out at times, but since I had the knowledge of the plot from the show, I knew almost every plot arc was leading up to something. It makes for a very involved and complex plotline, one that involves many regions, languages, and belief systems.
A slight problem I had with the book was the overabundance of characters. Especially the endless parade of knights and houses and lords being mentioned, when I had no idea who would be significant. And considering how much plot happens, even if a character is called back later on in a subsequent book, I wouldn't even realize. Another is the misogyny, and subtle racism in the book - for this book only, the lone explicitly POC race (the Dothraki) is depicted as barbaric and monstrous. And no, even if Dany loved Khal Drogo, I cannot condone a character who proudly vows to rape the women of his enemies (amongst all the killing and plundering) in his conquest of the Seven Kingdoms. Granted it is made to be realistically fantasy, it still irks me how sexual violence is often a plot device in books.
Content warning for sexual abuse, violence, coarse language, incest (gods, this is a long list).