It is a tale in which brother plots against brother and the dead rise to walk in the night. Here a princess masquerades as an orphan boy; a knight of the mind prepares a poison for a treacherous sorceress; and wild men descend from the Mountains of the Moon to ravage the countryside. Against a backdrop of incest and fratricide, alchemy and murder, victory may go to the men and women possessed of the coldest steel...and the coldest hearts. For when kings clash, the whole land trembles.
©1999 George R.R. Martin; (P)2004 Books on Tape, Inc.
"A truly epic fantasy....The novel is notable particularly for the lived-in quality of its world, created through abundant detail...for the comparatively modest role of magic...and for its magnificent action-filled climax....[Martin] provides a banquet for fantasy lovers with large appetites." (Publishers Weekly)
"Fans of epic fantasy should appreciate this lavishly detailed sequel to A Game of Thrones." (Library Journal)
"Dotrice's range of vocal tones, from gravelly and commanding to silkenly dangerous, creates a mood of insistence that holds the listener captive throughout the epic story." (AudioFile)
"Grabs hold and won't let go. It's brilliant." (Robert Jordan)
I really get tired of authors who have to include a bunch of sex in their books. This has a terrific plot and good characters, but the amount of sexual references gets tiresome. I don't mind some references, but the sheer volume is unnecessary and takes away from the plot. It's just distracting. I do like the narrator, by the way. Not sure why others don't.
The reader was nice sounding and the story, wow the story. The intrigues between the various Lannisters is almost enough for a book of its own. I would like to hear more about Daneryres (the dragon queen).
I had starting reading this series back in the 90's... after the unbearable hiatus between book 3 and 4 I had given up on George Martin and shunned the series.
some 10 years later I'm back and completely in love all over again. This is epic fantasy without all the common holdings: wizards, magical swords, and quests for the ultimate artifact! ACOK reads like a fictionalized history of a plausible medieval world - not unlike our own. There are the gentlest touches of the fantastic on the outskirts of the book, but just enough to wet your appetite.
Martin is a great wordsmith to boot. Characters are whole and lovable (or deplorable), places have wonderfully distinct images, and the stitching on lords' surcoats are rendered in great detail.
For the faint of heart this is a pretty grim book. Characters rise and fall, heads roll, and people get cruelly tortured. Yet all this lends to the realism of this book which sets it so far above pulp fantasy. How tired are we of the young stable boy who is thrust into the Great Quest with his Band of Unlikely Heroes?
It did take me several chapters to get into the narrator's style/accent. At first I was a little put off like other listeners and had to refer to my copy of the book to suss out character names that I wasn't understanding. But stick with it - he does an astounding job and really does the words justice. My only gripe is the narrator's voices for the children in the book comes off as hoarse chronic smokers - he may be a bit too old himself to do much better.
Looking forward to starting book 2 on my AM commute!
I found the audio preview clip distracting and almost didn't download this book. However, the narrator is actually quite good and grew on me. Worth 2 credits.
It is expensive at 2 credits, but I kept thinking about the story. One reader compared this to a soap opera...well, maybe it is. But it's the characters that keep things going. This is a study in politics, which means motives. And like life, characters you like die. Remember that Alexander the Great died prematurely. So did Julius Caesar. And note the length of "The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire." I guess it's not really a soap opera, it's a political history, complete with all the motives of the characters. Well, maybe that is a soap opera...? Anyway, I guess I'll get the third book. I can't wait to see the dragons grow up.
GRRM picks it up right where he left off and with out any apologies for the dagger thrusts from Book 1. With new characters coming in the story starts to get broader and broader. So many names and families to keep track of! This book gives an agonizing cliff hanger so make sure you rush on to Book 3. Because Winter is Coming.
Heavy, this tale is heavy with character building dialog and thought processes. I liked the idea of the story but there are too many pieces to keep track of. I did make it to the end and will read the next in the series, but I hope I find some tightening up of the story lines.
I thought this was well-read, and the narrator was good at doing the voices throughout. The only reasons I didn't give it 5 stars is that I don't understand why this book is 2 credits when the first novel in the series is practically the same length and was only 1 credit. But even still, it's a good book for the price.
Ever read Robert Jordan and wondered what it would be like to listen to a gleeman?
Well, Roy Dotrice certainly earns this title. The narrator is even better than the author and together they combine an iresistable combination that got me hooked on audio books.
Just finished first two books - going on to third. It is just captivating!
Sometimes I get to work and don't want to get out of the car. Great writing holds your interest. Can't wait for book four.
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