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A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms Audiobook

A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms

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Publisher's Summary

A century before A Game of Thrones, two unlikely heroes wandered Westeros....

A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms compiles the first three official prequel novellas to George R. R. Martin's ongoing masterwork, A Song of Ice and Fire.

Before Tyrion Lannister and Podrick Payne, there were Dunk and Egg. A young, naïve but courageous hedge knight, Ser Duncan the Tall towers above his rivals - in stature if not experience.

Tagging along with him is his diminutive squire, a boy called Egg - whose true identity must be hidden from all he and Dunk encounter: for in reality he is Aegon Targaryen, and one day he will be king. Improbable heroes though they be, great destinies lie ahead for Dunk and Egg, as do powerful foes, royal intrigue and outrageous exploits.

A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms brings together for the first time the first three official prequel novellas to George R. R. Martin's ongoing masterwork, A Song of Ice and Fire, set in an age when the Targaryen line still holds the Iron Throne, and the memory of the last dragon has not yet passed from living memory.

©2015 George R. R. Martin (P)2015 Penguin Random House LLC

What the Critics Say

Praise for A Song of Ice and Fire: "In the grand epic fantasy tradition, Martin is by far the best...tense, surging, insomnia-inflicting." (Time Magazine)
"An absorbing, exciting read...Martin's style is so vivid that you will be hooked within a few pages." (The Times)
"The sheer mind-boggling scope of this epic has sent other fantasy writers away shaking their heads.... Its ambition: to construct the Twelve Caesars of fantasy fiction, with characters so venomous they could eat the Borgias." (Guardian)
"Colossal, staggering.... Martin captures all the intoxicating complexity of the Wars of the Roses or Imperial Rome in his imaginary world.... The writing is always powerful...." (SFX)

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    Mini Henley-On-Thames 04/11/2015
    Mini Henley-On-Thames 04/11/2015 Member Since 2016

    Mini Monkeys love listening to books since normal books are far too big to read.

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    "Great intro to Westeros if u can't face the Epics!"

    Wasn't expecting a "new" George RR Martin book to come out. Therefore, was intrigued when this appeared just as I was finishing the 5th Games of Thrones book! Expecting rants of "why doesn't he concentrate on final installment" (which I've seen for other "epic" novelists who divert temporarily!). However, it appears that these were written as 3 short novellas well before the "real" Game of Thrones.

    Therefore, for fans, they're something new to get a short fix of Westeros. For newbies, it's a great intro to Westeros from 2 character perspective... especially if the huge Game of Thrones book set seems too daunting. This is a great was to "put a foot in the water"... see if you like it.

    I was surprised how "fully formed" the world is in George's mind at such an early stage. The history is all there... the houses.... it's an exact world, just a 100 years earlier. Had expected to find a more "primitive" back story to the world with some major differences.

    So, great self contained book which gives a good view of what to expect from the main set of books!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    andyxmas 15/10/2015
    andyxmas 15/10/2015
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    "Super little story & great narration"

    A great side story to game of thrones. Thoroughly recommended. Narrator is different to the one for game of thrones, but that works well and he's very good.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Sorcha 07/10/2015
    Sorcha 07/10/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "Worth the wait"
    What made the experience of listening to A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms the most enjoyable?

    So happy for these novellas to be complied into one audiobook. Fantastic back story to A Song of Ice and fire, bonus points for Harry Lloyd narrating


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    mr Dunstable, United Kingdom 21/10/2016
    mr Dunstable, United Kingdom 21/10/2016 Member Since 2017

    fanatic audio book listener (at least 5 hrs a day)

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    "A must for any Game of Thrones fan"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms to be better than the print version?

    Yes, Harry Lloyd brings it to life wonderfully.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dunk the lunk, thick as a castle wall.


    What does Harry Lloyd bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    He does amazing voices, a really great narrator - if Roy Dotrice doesn't carry on - then I'd love harry to do the future books.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    oisin 13/09/2016
    oisin 13/09/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Leaves you wanting more!"

    The performance is excellent; the portrayal of the characters is distinct and memorable. The only complaint I have about the performance is that Dunk's inner monologues are done very quietly, and can be hard to hear if there is any background noise.

    The stories are short but satisfying. The stories do have a little bit of a formula that becomes apparent when you experience them all together like this but they are none the less enjoyable for it. Even after 9 hours it leaves you wanting more!

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    sipower 20/06/2017
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    "Adored this book ...."
    What made the experience of listening to A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms the most enjoyable?

    I, like many others, am thrumming my fingers on the table waiting for a new GOT book - so I thought this would be a good way of passing some time while I was waiting. What I actually got was a fabulous novella like set of stories, with the same characters, beautifully read and wonderfully written. It skims along the top of Westeros life rather than plumb deep meaningful storylines but all in all its a little gem which gave me a lot of pleasure


    What did you like best about this story?

    GOT is wonderfully deep, this is easier to engage with, its characters the same the whole way through rather than the chopping and changing - I feel I am being harsh by saying its a great vacation book ... but it is!


    What does Harry Lloyd bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Its always hard to follow Roy Dotrice but Harry Lloyd suited the task perfectly, I loved his intonations and characterizations - I dont have a huge library and struggle to find new authors but I will be checking on other Harry Lloyd narrations


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I loved it, a warm sense of enjoyment viz GOT sometimes which moved me emotionally in deeper and sometimes darker places


    Any additional comments?

    If you like GOT, do yourself a favor and use a credit here ...you wont be sorry ...

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    15/06/2017
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    "fantastic"

    loved the book, well read, fantastic will listen to this again in the future. cheers

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    Bobby Bawbaggins 10/06/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent"

    These three short stories bring you the first few adventures of Duncun and Egg, knight and squire respectively. Of course, if you are a fan of the main series of Ice and Fire then really this is a must read/listen. Each story is exciting, well paced and contains a lot of heart. The setting is interesting as it is set roughly 90 years before Game of Thrones, so there are some fun little 'Easter eggs' in there which connect it and have (sometimes huge) knock on effects to the main series.
    I must say it was a superb decision to get Harry Lloyd to narrate this. He does a great job with the many voices throughout the stories and brings a warm and likable tone to the entire audiobook. Very proffesional, and the fact he starred in the tv show too is a nice touch. All in all he brought these stories to life and I thoroughly enjoyed them. Highly recommended

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    Amazon Customer 31/05/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Ok listen"

    Much prefer to watch the series than listen to it again hopefully more of theses audiobook more interesting

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    Seadart 24/05/2017
    Seadart 24/05/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Dull as dishwater slow boring story line"

    A really slow boring listen this is as dull slow story but it is extremely well narrated and read

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  • Ji Gittins
    26/06/17
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    "really enjoyed both the story & way it was told"

    Really entertaining narration and a really good story. I look forward to the next installment and am now going to search for other books narrated by Harry Lloyd, his variety of accents and the way he switched from one to another was impressive

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  • Travis Jones
    14/11/16
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    "More"

    Great set of books, after the Game of Thrones side of ASOIAF is completed I hope George can go back and finish the Dunk and Egg series. I enjoyed is greatly.

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  • Aaron
    11/07/16
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    "Great read for the got fans"

    Live it but where are the other 2 hedge knight books?

    Looking forward to the next one

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  • Tasman
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    26/04/16
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    "okay but nothing compared to the series of books"

    keep with the orginal series, this book is okay but pretty dry compared with all 5 other books.

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  • gerhard
    12/11/15
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    "Mildest I've read yet!"

    I liked the story, milder than the Ice and Fire series, but giving a nice background to the main series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dertrid
    22/10/15
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    "A re-release if an older story"

    Still loved it! A MUST for any GOT fan, or anyone a fan of knights and shining (all be it, blood covered,) armour!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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