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.
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!
This is a gripping tale and a good continuation of the story, as others have mentioned I think Roy Dotrice is one of the most talented narrators I've ever had the pleasure of listening to - he makes each character come to life. However this book is probably 30%+ longer than it needs to be - I listened at 2x speed and still found it to be plodding at times. That said, I will continue on to book #3 to see what happens with the Starks, Lannisters and Tagaryans.
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 read science, biographies, histories, mysteries, adventures, thrillers, educationals, linguistics but not no way, not no how, romances.
Here's the thing no one seems to want to admit about Song of Ice and Fire: it's actually not that good. It's very slow with almost nothing happening, the characters almost uniformly unlikeable, the author has no capacity for wonder in his language or suspense in his storytelling. There are so few battles, so little magic and so little soul in his character that it's tough to even call this a fantasy novel. It's just boring.
What the author does do is take great time describing things that just flat out don't matter: what a character eats during a party, what people are wearing, and dreams, dreams, dreams, dreams that are repetitive and just plain dull. The story is the stuff of cliche and in the end it moves so slowly its tough to see why anyone finishes these things.
The plot continues after the even slower Game of Thrones, as Bran tries to hold his family's home, as Dany walks across a desert and spends a lot of time doing nothing at Qarth, as Tyrion prepares for a battle that takes 30 hours to finally happen, and as lots of characters march armies but never seem to actually fight. This is a brutal, cruel world with no hope, no happiness, no laughs and no joy whatsoever.
The author seems obsessed with breastfeeding and naked women and not in any way with telling a unique or interesting story. He skips describing the events that we might actually want to see (such as when a castle is FINALLY overthrown) and he drags out things like hiking through the snow. How in the world was this published?
The TV show fixes many of these problems. Stick to it, if anything. This is a total waste of TWO credits.
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.
Story: The second book, while still really good and enjoyable, is not as interesting as I would have hoped. I'm familiar with the books as I've read them before, but I guess I've never really compared them. The second book compared to the first or third isn't as interesting and doesn't have events that are incredibly exciting. Don't get me wrong, there's still some cool things with shadow creatures, wildfire, and stuff beyond the wall, but aside from that I didn't find much else. Maybe if I didn't compare this to the others I'd give it a five, but what's coming up in the next book deserves a five.
Performance: Once again, this is a five. There are just too many characters and they all pretty much have a unique voice. If I had to guess, I'd say there are at least 100 characters in the series. If you're able to give nearly everyone a voice, congrats, you get a five! Plus, you get to enjoy some singing.
Overall: I still went with the five. Even though the story isn't as interesting by comparison, it's still a really good book.
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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!