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Audiobooks Times Three

Some cool news for those of you who like listening to books as well as reading them... Random House Audio will be producing brand-new audiobook versions of three of my older novels. If you're not familiar with any of the work I did before A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE... well, here's your chance to sample some of it.

And we've got some great narrators lined up to read the books as well... names that should need no introduction for fans of HBO's GAME OF THRONES series.

RON DONACHIE (Ser Rodrik Cassel) will be reading my historical horror novel, FEVRE DREAM.

MICHELLE FAIRLEY (Lady Catelyn Stark) will read WINDHAVEN, the SF adventure I wrote with my dear friend and collaborator Lisa Tuttle.

IAIN GLEN (Ser Jorah Mormont) will be doing the honors and reading my first novel, DYING OF THE LIGHT, a romantic SF tale set in my "Thousand Worlds" history.

These won't be out for a while yet -- recording sessions have to be scheduled, etc -- but I will be sure and let you know when they are, so you can give a listen.

It's a thrill for me to have these three great actors bringing my characters to life again.


Jun. 9th, 2012 11:48 pm (UTC)
Holy wow! I can't wait for Iain Glen!
Jun. 9th, 2012 11:49 pm (UTC)

I've never liked audiobooks, I'm not able to concentrate on them.. but sheesh, I might make an exception for these. Maybe if I turn off the lights and lay down in bed. No distractions. :D

All of them are awesome but I'm pretty sure having Iain Glen reading a book to me would be.. ahem. yeah.
Jun. 9th, 2012 11:57 pm (UTC)
Wow, those are some cool news indeed. I am particularly interested in hearing Michelle Fairley's rendition. Next project, Lena Headey doing The Armageddon Rag :D
Jun. 10th, 2012 12:16 am (UTC)
I'm afraid there will never be an audiobook of THE ARMAGEDDON RAG. The music makes it too problematical. Getting all those song permissions even for a print version has proved to be a recurring nightmare... we would never be able to get the rights to use the actual music.
Jun. 11th, 2012 02:41 am (UTC)
I was disappointed not to see it in your little list.

When I see commuters with one of the fat volumes, I try to suggest they watch out for your other, older novels. But running into some Wildcards inspired me to put that at the top of the list, to try to share some of the neofans with other Good Guys.
Jun. 11th, 2012 02:34 pm (UTC)
Disappointment abounds -- I love that book.
Jun. 12th, 2012 04:56 pm (UTC)
Oh I see, that is a shame but I guess it would not be worth it to have to deal with all the legal stuff involved in getting the permissions. Well, the 3 audiobooks we are getting are awesome nevertheless, I can't wait.
Jun. 10th, 2012 12:05 am (UTC)
Would love Roy Avers audiobook for Ice and Fire more readily available. Roy Dotrice is not as good doing the female voices esp Arya and Dany in the last 2 books

Edited at 2012-06-10 06:26 am (UTC)
Jun. 10th, 2012 12:39 am (UTC)
Iain Glen can do a phonebook on audio, and I'll still get it!
Jun. 10th, 2012 12:42 am (UTC)
What's the status on getting the rest of the wild cards made into audio books?

And if your up for suggestions Steven Pacey is an amazing. Narator
Jun. 10th, 2012 12:43 am (UTC)
I would listen to Iain Glen reading the phone book.
Jun. 10th, 2012 08:04 pm (UTC)
Likewise! HA! :)
Jun. 10th, 2012 12:46 am (UTC)
Looking forward to WINDHAVEN. I enjoyed reading it. I will also enjoy listening to it.
Jun. 10th, 2012 02:15 am (UTC)
Wow! I don't generally buy/listen to audiobooks (I don't drive, or jog, and my eyes are great, so why would I?), but I totally adore Windhaven, it's one of my favourite books of all time; I adore Lisa Tuttle, she's terrific; and Michelle Fairley's Catelyn is absolutely fantastic! So, well, maybe I'll be diving into the audiobook world in the not-too-distant future after all....
Jun. 10th, 2012 03:44 am (UTC)
i found fevre dream at walmart a few weeks back. ive been enjoying it very much so far.
Jun. 10th, 2012 04:27 am (UTC)
Be still my beating heart, Ser Jorah could read me to sleep! *heart going pitter patter*

Dream list of more audio voices from the series:
Charles Dance (Tywin)
Peter Dinklage (Tyrion) - Yes I know he's prolly far too busy, this is a dream
Maester Luwin

Jun. 10th, 2012 04:29 am (UTC)
Oh and of the women on the show, Michelle Fairley is the creme of the crop, she has a great voice.
Jun. 10th, 2012 04:53 am (UTC)
These sound cool - and way more affordable than that $30k Iron Throne!
Jun. 10th, 2012 05:04 am (UTC)
Get Nathan Fillion to read some! He has been quoted as loving ASOIAF.
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Jun. 11th, 2012 04:21 am (UTC)
Have you read the Dunk and Egg novellas that take place in Westeros? "The Hedge Knight" is the title. You can find the first two in Legends and Legends II, which also have other great stories in there although I bought them just for the Hedge Knight. And then I believe the 3rd one is in the Warriors collection, which I have yet to read. That one's on my "to do" list. Fevre Dream is an EXCELLENT book though! Hope you enjoy that one!
Jun. 10th, 2012 08:12 am (UTC)

I am currently having the same problem. Read all of ASOIAF for the last three weeks an am going cold turkey... frightful, terrible, cruel! No other books seem to come close! Even the football EM (I am German) is just a tepid pastime, compared.

good of you and Mr Martin to remind me of his other books...

I am out and on the way to amazon. Order them all. I will. Things will be better. Soon. GOTTOREADAGAIN...

Jezabel Nightroad
Jun. 10th, 2012 08:24 am (UTC)
Wow this is such wonderful news indeed. All of them such great actors with great voices.
Jun. 10th, 2012 09:19 am (UTC)
Add me to the "Iain Glen and the phonebook" group.
Jun. 10th, 2012 09:24 am (UTC)
Conleth Hill reading Tuf Voyaging, please.
Jun. 10th, 2012 09:25 am (UTC)
Do want Michelle Fairley reading!!
Jun. 10th, 2012 01:22 pm (UTC)
Fevre Dream remains one of my favorite books ever, and a vampire book I still recommend to other people. I might have to give that audio book a listen, then.
Jun. 10th, 2012 03:03 pm (UTC)
Excellent choices! I look forward to getting my paws on these audio books!
Jun. 10th, 2012 03:58 pm (UTC)
Fantastic news. I can't wait to hear Michelle read Windhaven.
Jun. 10th, 2012 05:00 pm (UTC)
Wonderful! I'm a big fan of listening to audiobooks while I clean house, garden or work on my costumes and other hobbies and all of those actors have voices I'd like to listen to.
Jun. 10th, 2012 05:01 pm (UTC)
OMG! Fevre Dream as an audiobook! WhooHooo!
Jun. 10th, 2012 06:19 pm (UTC)
Fevre Dream
I really enjoyed reading Fevre Dream, just finished it a few weeks ago. We have a weekend cottage off of Main Street in downtown Galena and Fevre Dream was a real treat for a Chicagoan/Galenian. The other night walking home after a few too many I thought I spied Joshua York strolling along Bench Street.....or maybe it was my imagination.

Edited at 2012-06-10 06:24 pm (UTC)
Jun. 10th, 2012 06:57 pm (UTC)
Not really a SF fan, BUT you did say the magic words that will definitely prompt me to buy the narration of your first novel, Mr Martin. The words are Iain Glen. The only actor I'm aware of that has a voice with more gravitas than Iain would be Brit actor Richard Armitage(Thorin in upcoming THE HOBBIT films).

Jun. 10th, 2012 08:07 pm (UTC)
I'm not huge on audiobooks, but the Iain Glen one will definitely be on my shopping list to have on hand for future vacation listening! :)
Jun. 11th, 2012 01:33 am (UTC)
Go figure, just after I finished reading Fevre Dream like 3-4 days ago... I don't do the audiobook thing much, but I do desperately want to read your other works, anything to bridge the Ice and Fire gap... I could settle for audiobooks, and like so many others have already said, amazing choices on all 3
Jun. 11th, 2012 05:16 am (UTC)
This is brilliant news! I'm visually impaired do to an eye injury, and so I rely on audiobooks heavily. It's always a happy marriage to have an excellent voice reading excellent writing. I've heard too many grating narrators destroy beloved SF novels of late.

Windhaven & Dying of the Light shall be added to the wish list. . .

Michelle Fairley has a beautiful resonance and command to her voice, while Iain Glen has the voice of a storyteller. When he speaks, you listen.
Jun. 11th, 2012 09:27 am (UTC)
audio books
Pleased times three, me!
(But especially about you-know-which-one.)
Jun. 11th, 2012 08:57 pm (UTC)
Has there ever been an audio book version of any of the WILD CARDS books?

That would be interesting. You could get different actors to do different stories from each book. Peter Dinklage doing the Great and Powerful Turtle, perhaps?
Jun. 12th, 2012 01:48 am (UTC)
Man I am totally feeling you on this one. Ever heard the audio book of The Help? Three stellar voice actors provide voice talent for the three POV chapter characters. Something along the same lines would be just... wow, just wow.
Yvonne Mason
Jun. 14th, 2012 12:25 am (UTC)
As a published author, I must say that I enjoy your series. I know how hard it is to keep up with all the players and the places. I am toward the end of the fourth book and look forward to A Dance with Dragons which I have already purchaed. I will be ordered your other books because you have hooked me to your works.
You are right up there with Edgar Allen Poe who has been my favorite author ever since I was about seven years old. Thank you for bringing these characters to life. They are amazing.


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