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Book Review: A Game of Thrones

So, I tried to read this book (unsuccessfully) for a long, long time. I just couldn’t get through it. Every time I got to a chapter of a character I wasn’t particularly fond of I would put it down and not touch it for months. So I tried the audiobook, and low and behold, SUCCESS!

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We all know what A Game of Thrones is about. It’s about a group of families doing awful things to each other while claiming it’s got something to do with ‘honour’ while they fight over a fancy chair.

As for the actual story, I ended up loving it, despite hating so many of the characters in it. How did one person think up so many nasty people!?! And this is only the first book! But there are also good, honourable people in there too. I thought before I embarked on this little adventure that I would love some character’s chapters, and then groan my way through the others (or just stop listening, like I stopped reading so many times before) but I actually really enjoyed all the POVs.

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As for the audiobook, it was quite well done, but there were some frustrating aspects. The tendency for the narrator to switch between “Winterfell” and “Winterfall”, and “Goffrey” and “Geoffrey” did get a tad annoying, but not as annoying as pronouncing “Petyr” as “Pay-tar”. Why? How? It makes no sense. And just basic regular words were also mispronounced at times (but strangely, not all the time. Do they not have an edit function?). But the narration was enjoyable overall. It was definitely listen-to-able and I didn’t find myself tuning out at all.

If you’re having trouble getting through this one I would definitely recommend trying the audiobook version.

I rate it 4/5 stars.


Find it here:

Goodreads. Audiobook via Audiable. Amazon. The Book Depository. Kobo.

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7 Comments

  1. Cait @ Paper Fury says

    THE AUDIO SAVED MY LIFE. Honestly, audios are such glorious creations. I wouldn’t survive so many books without them. x) I love the narrator except, um, in bk 3 he actually mixes up some accents for a chapter and IT’S SO CONFUSING. I was just so thrown. hehe, Poor dude. I mean he’s reading like millions of pages. But he clearly needed a break. And he can’t sing. >_< HE JUST CAN'T OMG.
    Ahem.
    But yess, I love this series, I'm so invested and a little worried because, um, GRRM has a nefarious brain apparently and his characters can be so awful, and I just know my feels are going to be ripped to shreds.

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    • the narrator is good but he makes a lot of mistakes, and I just dont get why no one thought “okay you accidentally stuffed up that bit, lets record it again” like would it be that hard?!

      I also love them but am very untrusting of GRRM. I am only at the start of book 2 now. You are totally right. The start is pretty boring.

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  2. Yay you did it! I also had some audibook help getting through the series, mainly because the books are just so long. Basically, I read when I could sit down and read for a while, but I also listened when I was doing stuff around the house or driving. In the end, I’m obsessed with the series and I’m really hoping the next book comes out soon! Will you be reading the rest of the series?

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    • Yes! I have already started A Clash of Kings and it is a bit boring so far, but I hear it picks up. I don’t think I would be able to get through these without audiobook help.

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  3. I loved these books but it took me a LIFETIME to finish them. The hardest for me was the fact that so many characters kept being introduced and by the time you finally figure out who someone is, they add another one! I didn’t get the audiobook version, but after reading your post I wish I had! Besides pronunciation, it probably would have helped.

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    • The second book is taking me forever. It’s actually pretty boring so far. I hear it picks up though. but I don’t have a lot of motivation to listen to it right now.

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