I'm in my early to mid-thirties and I live in the mid-west. I have two wonderful children and the perfect wife. My profile pic is of my APBT, named Jasper. I like epic sic-fi type books. Some of my favorites are The Story of Song and Ice series, The Way of Kings, Theft of Sword series, and
There isn't much of a drop-off in intensity from the first book in the series, to this book (second). You start to really connect with certain characters. Now that I've read books 1-5, I can tell you that Clash of Kings was my 2nd favorite book in the series.
I actually initially gave up a few hours into the first book and even wrote quite a negative review about prolix fantasy with far too many characters, but I was completely wrong. Martin is the first writer since Tolkien to create a convincing world this complex. Although Martin is darker and less uplifting than Tolkien, he also has a gritty realism that can ultimately be more satisfying because it rings true.
The quality, breadth and depth of these stories is amazing, and all the characters ring real and true. Even the people who you think are the villains at first are drawn in all their complexity and depth so that you suddenly find yourself very unsure where your sympathies really lie -- and that is the mark of a truly good novelist.
Like Tolkien, Martin is clearly someone who understands how history works, and he makes the machinations and motivations of power comprehensible as few authors have ever been able to do. Many quotes from the book are already passing into common usage, like Varys' summation of power as the "shadow on the wall", and I am sure that many more will, because they describe how the "game of thrones" is played anywhere that it is played.
This is a work that you have to give yourself time to get into, but once you have it is going to be your world until you have used up all the ten credits you are going to need to complete all the volumes.
Roy Dotrice's narration is pitch perfect and matches the character of the story and everyone in it. Now at the end of the second volume he is already the voice of the Seven Kingdoms for me, and I am already looking forward with trepidation to the switch to the different narrator in volume four...
I know multi-tasking has gotten a bad rap lately, but I enjoy listening to audio books while I'm doing something else not very exciting.
I didn't have the patience to read the actual book but the audio version is doable and quite entertaining. The narrator is very good except when he tries to do a female's voice. Then he gets a little annoying but other than that, very good. There were times I lost track of the characters because there are so many but it didn't take away from enjoying the story.
This is such an incredible delight to listen to. The author takes us to lands far away with characters that you feel in your core, loving or hating each. And the reader gives voice to each one in such a extordinary fashion, you feel you could recognize them in a crowd by the way they speak. Thank you George, thank you Roy!!
I wouldn't... only beacause it's such a long book and the author likes to harp on about stuff. And there are many other books that need to be read / listened to before I die - lol.
The very last chapter
Yes it was.
I would recommend this audiobook to anyone who has the time to listen to a series this long. As someone who is on the road constantly it is a nice way to know a story that I would otherwise have no access to.
A CLASH OF KINGS is very engrossing, immersing the listener/reader in a vast world of politics in action. Martin does very well not to judge his characters or pick sides in his telling.
Roy Dotrice has a very unique voice and fits very well on most characters. Something about his voice lacks the ability to believe each character the way Jim Dale is able to in the Harry Potter series. I think Dotrice is great but the size of the cast may have been better served by a full cast recording with Dotrice as the narrator.
I'm not sure that anyone could sit for three days to listen to this book at once.
Very excited to get to the sequel.
depends on if the person wants to hold a book or e reader
arya: she has the widest arc in the book
he put a sense of regalia in each character, most likely his accent
one section made me laugh, but to discuss would be spoilerish
The story is amazing! you are immediately drawn into this world, and George Martin always leaves you guessing, to the point of utter shock at some events.
I cannot stress enough how much bad narration can completely ruin a book, and this narrator is pretty close. I absolutely will not listen to any other books by this narrator, including this series, and feel duped that I wasted 2 credits on it. I download all of my books on my phone where the sample listen is not available. I will never make that mistake again.
This narrator's version of characters and accents is ridiculous to the point of being offensive. Between this guy, and Frank Muller, who narrates several of Stephen Kings novels, I'd say; Stay Away!
Whoever gets to hire the narrators should be fired.
Much better than the TV series,
No , much too long
A great Adventure
If you downloaded this book, its probably because you read the first one and like the story. Dotrice is an awesome narrator. I've only recently started listening to audiobooks, but he's the best I've heard. So many characters, each gets their own voice.