Its a shame that you can't go to the beginnings of chapters because the track markers seem to be at random places in the middle of sentences and in middle of chapters.
Epic, intrigue, adventure
The author does a great job of getting you emotionally attached to the characters.
Inconsistent voices for characters. Everyone sounds like an 80 year old man.
Great book and story. The Roy Avers narration is much better.
Unfortunately, Roy Dotrice makes this book harder to follow than it needs to be. A great book. A horrible narrator. Audible, please get John Lee to read this book!
A Clash of Kings is the thrilling continuation of George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series, started with A Game of Thrones.
Dotrice continues to get better and better. He really comes into his stride in this volume, honing and perfecting the voices that he started in the first book. While A Clash of Kings has never been my favorite book in this series, Dotrice's narration breathes a life into it that was beyond my expectations.
I highly recommend it.
I've reread this book once already and plan to do so again. I found things that I absolutely did not remember on the second read.
The narrator is EXCELLENT with the many voices and he brings the characters up out of the book. Martin lives in another world to be able to write these story lines. After reading books like this I find it hard to get involved with movies... nothing on screen can be as realistic to me as the mind's eye listening to these type of books.
I can't see anyone enjoying the books in the series "Fire & Ice" without starting at the beginning and reading all the books in order. All the books build on themselves so you need to start with "Game of Thrones" to understand all that has/is happening.
I just hope that Martin lives long enough to get the series completely written...
After pouring through Game of Thrones by Martin, I had to start the second book. I am thorougly enjoying Clash of Kings. You can never get too comfortable with any of the main characters, because you never know when Martin might lop one of their heads off or torture them mercilessly. He is gifted at making you laugh, gasp, and shriek all at the same time and that's just in one paragraph. He writes with such determination and weaves such a tapestry of rich details and characters, that you can't help but delve headlong into his world. I highly recommend this book for any lover of fantasy. Martin is one of the all time greats!
The story is absorbing. It sweeps you along until your finger refuses to press the stop or pause button. I have often found myself sitting in the car late for an appointment, the novel running through my speakers. A mention to the reader. He is good. More than good. He reads with articulation and passion. What a great combo. Get it, you won't be sorry.
Witty, weighty, whopping, widespread, wonderful!
After listening to this entire series several times, A Clash of Kings, Book 2 has emerged as my favorite of the existing 5. The one over-riding factor is Tyrion Lannister. The twisted monkey-demon has wit and cunning like a Roose Bolton...no wait...like a dolphin or killer whale writ small in a sea of numerous, lesser equipped beings.
Roy Dotrice, a fantastic narrator, and this series as a whole is the reason I "read" at all. I became addicted to audiobooks because of this series. I noticed several bad reviews about Dotrice and sure it's a tad annoying when he pronounces a name inconsistently once in a while, but that just lends to the organic nature of his performance. After all, there are 224 distinct characters in the 1st book alone! (Guinness World Record) His performance of the Late Lord Frey is one of the funniest things I've heard in any audiobook. His range is from various "common-folk" voices to haughty lords is impressive. I love him!
Don't read this book if you can't stand darkness. There is no 'light heartedness' in the entire book, but that didn't keep me from becoming engrossed in the story and the characters. I was listening to the book as I was painting my house and at one point was so upset that I was crying and cursing out loud and I'm sure my neighbors thought I was crazy. Life just goes from bad to worse for my favorite characters (i.e. the Starks) and the 'bad' guys just get worse and grow in numbers. I do really hope that at some point justice does prevail (before all the Starks all get killed off!)
The fact that the tracks were 'off' and the chapters ended in the middle of a track was extremely annoying. I am not fond of the narrator - he certainly can do a lot of voices but to me they all sound 'old and slobbery' which is a big turn off - but the story is good enough that I can get past that.
You won't be able to stop the series once you get to the end of this book - you must go on to see who shall survive - let alone who will be King.
Print version is better.
Most people sound like old beggars.
The first book separated the chapters into discrete segments, but this audiobook has completely arbitrary divisions. As someone who reads the print version when he can, and then goes to that spot in the audiobook during chores/driving, I find it very difficult to navigate the audiobook. Huge disappointment and annoyance. If this wasn't the case, I'd be pleased as a pickle.