Mr Martin is a wonderful writer. This is fantasy with grit. I am so in love with Tyrion! The narrator is horrible, but the writing makes it bearable. Mr. Dotrice sounds as if he is slobbering the dialog through a mouthful of gummy bears. A bit distracting
the dire wolf pups and the twists they have to play
brandand stark. and they way he is traviling out of body with his worf and the wondering what roll they will have with the winter to come.
i have no idea. i just watch movies
I actually did not listen to this recording. Please see my review of "A Game of Thrones" for the reasons why I quit in the middle of that recording. I had already purchased this one, optimistically thinking I would enjoy the whole series as I have liked the HBO show. Dotrice's narration was so atrocious it spoiled the experience. I asked for my credits back for this book (and got them, thanks Audible !) and am now actually READING the book. Next time give some thought to recording a book like this with an ensemble cast. A single narrator, no matter how good (which Dotrice is not), cannot render the pantheon of characters required for books like the Song of Ice and Fire series.
It's a close second to pillars of the earth which I really enjoyed
Games of thrones but it's very much in the same class as lord of the rings.
Yes, he was very good in bringing the characters to life.
I love how it goes from character to character..... instead of chapter #'s. I love the story.
“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies…The man who never reads lives only one.” (George R. R. Martin)
Yes, I will. I've read the book and listened to the audiobook twice. I will mostly likely listen again in the future. Each time I have revisited the series I have picked up on clues that I missed the first time around. The series is just too massive and there are too many characters and side-stories to catch everything the first go around.
First, it’s a great sequel. In a series, this doesn’t always happen. Take ‘Dune’ for instance. The second book (Clash of Kings) picks up from where the first one left-off and ups the ante. This audiobook is massive and it is never boring – you can’t really ask for more than that.
I think he does an overall great job. There are so many characters and he doesn't appear to slip up at all in keeping track of each one. His female voice may be off a little bit but that's tough to pull off for a male narrator. Also, with the amount of times that I've listened to all of the books in the series I felt that his performance was growing on me each time. Reading the first book - I thought he was off a bit and now I can't really picture anyone else reading it.
I don't think a film is necessary. The HBO series, where it is pretty much impossible to be as good as the books, it does a good-enough job.
An excellent sequel to one of the best Epic-Fantasy novels written and far superior to the second season of the HBO adaptation (though given the time and budget constraints it’s not terrible). The interweaving of all of the plots and characters alone in this book is an epic feat. I don’t think I’ve ever been so completely mesmerized by any type of series since the Star Wars days of the early 80s. The world George R. R. Martin has created and the characters that inhabit that world are so rich and dynamic that the series fosters multiple reading.
The story itself is great. Yet Roy Dotrice brings it alive, better than my inner narrator ever could.
Too many. The story itself is so many smaller stories tied together that it is hard to select one moment.
Only the previous book; a Game of Thrones. When I began Clash of Kings immediately after a Game of Thrones, it sounded as if the recording quality of the second book was not as high quality. I got over it rather quickly though.
No emotional outbursts unfortunatly, but my hatred for a certain young King sure does make me want to continue. I will just have to wait, somewhat impatiently, for George RR Martin to bring a fair demise to that overprivileged little boy...
Liked it, gonna keep going with the series.
I don't like sword and sorcery, knights, dragons, characters that drink mead or any of that sort of thing. I despise the Hobbit. But this series is so engaging, the characters in Clash of Kings could've been at Casterly Rock or The White House or St. Petersburg. Bravo!!!
As for the narration, there were times I wondered how Roy Dotrice managed to keep all the characters separated in his mind -- an awesome dask handled brilliantly.
A superb epic
Tyrion Lannister. He is equal parts likable and despicable. Evil and Good. The most dynamic character I have seen created in a long while.
WOW!! I felt like I was sitting in a play hall. This is not a reading, it is a masterful performance.
About ever 30 minutes there was at least one.
I can accumulate points fast enough! I really want the next book!
Overall a good book with many interesting details, characters, and events that were not in the HBO series. That is understandable though - it is much less expensive to write in castles, battles, and new characters than it is to make a movie of those things.
Although Dotrice gives a strong performance on the whole, I was disappointed by his portrayal of the female characters. GRR Martin didn't include many strong female heroines to begin with, but at times Dotrice reverts to his pleading Sansa impersonation for even the stronger women such as Brienne and Shae, who would never sing such bird songs in such a way.
I recommend the book for fans of the series. There are enough differences between the book and the series to make it seem like new but familiar adventures for the characters. If it weren't for the series I probably wouldn't find this as alluring - it didn't light up my interest the same way that Foundation or Neuromancer did.