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A Clash of Kings Audiobook

A Clash of Kings: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 2

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Publisher's Summary

A comet the color of blood and flame cuts across the sky. And from the ancient citadel of Dragonstone to the forbidding shores of Winterfell, chaos reigns. Six factions struggle for control of a divided land and the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms, preparing to stake their claims through tempest, turmoil, and war.

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.

What the Critics Say

  • Locus Award, 1999

"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)

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    Jennifer M Jakiela 07-23-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great!"

    Love Roy's voice and the different voices of all the characters. Love the book. Great description in George R.R. Martin's writing. Roy brings the story to life.

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    Tim 07-22-15
    Tim 07-22-15
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    "Good but not great"

    It felt like a lot of build up with very little pay off. A lot of things happened but when the story ends you don't feel like anything was done.

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    L. Jones Henderson, NV USA 07-21-15
    L. Jones Henderson, NV USA 07-21-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great book, but narrator is terrible"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Not really. I bought this book to occupy me on a long road trip, despite having listened to the first one already. The narrator is one of my least favorite. He can't do voices, so instead he just seems to stick his tongue between his teeth and spit all over the microphone. I can barely understand him. And if you watch the shows or have read the books in hardcopy, he'll ruin half your favorite characters by making them sound like pompous, fat old British politicians. There's no nuance to his reading and eventually he just drones into background sound and I miss half the story and can't remember what Ive been listening to.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tyrion and Daenerys of course. I don't think I'm alone in that.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator could try reading the story to himself first. He sounds like a parent trying to do a funny impression of someone his kids like, without knowing anything about the person. he makes Tyrion sound like a leprechaun, Daenerys a whiney little brat, and all the minor characters as if they're choking on their own tongues. He doesn't understand the emotion behind the text. He's just reading, instead of narrating. I love these stories, but I can't stand listening to anymore on audio. He's just ruining them.


    Was A Clash of Kings worth the listening time?

    Only if you have no other option. You'd be better off watching the show and reading the hardcopies.


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    gilbert 07-20-15
    gilbert 07-20-15 Member Since 2013
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    Good story. Preformed well. I think it worth going through at least once. That's where it fell short for me.

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    Caleb 07-20-15
    Caleb 07-20-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great expansion on first book, same narration problems"

    It took me awhile to get into the first book, but now I'm totally hooked. I can't wait to see what happens with all the myriad characters and plot lines Martin has weaved so far.

    My only (very minor) complaint is that the narration is a bit weird at times - Dotrice seems to weave between accents at some points, and totally misses the intended inflection of some sentences. I can hardly blame him, given the hours and hours of narration he had to perform, and it doesn't take away from the book. Just kind of annoying and preventable.

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    Jaqueline 07-20-15
    Jaqueline 07-20-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Makes the series so much easier!"

    First time listening to a complete audio book.

    The narrator does an awesome job with such a fantastic story!

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    Bartek 07-19-15
    Bartek 07-19-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Everything is ancient - and seriously real"

    All the stories are far from happy and joyful - yet irresistible with superbly drafted cliff hangers.
    Roy dotrice is incredible as a narrator, yet you labor with him through every minute. Sometimes very difficult to understand. Though, It will not draw away from the next part:)

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    Michael 07-19-15
    Michael 07-19-15
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    "Wonderful."
    What did you love best about A Clash of Kings?

    Westeros in general is the most extensive and marvelous imagining of a country bathed in blood, war, deciet, and pain. George RR Martin is a genius, and will always be the author of this century.


    What other book might you compare A Clash of Kings to and why?

    Book three, because its the sequel.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Joffrey's death.


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    Colton 07-18-15
    Colton 07-18-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Fantastic narration"

    Mr. Dotrice is somehow able to create distinct voices for scores of characters. Very impressive.

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    Heidi Kirkland, WA, United States 07-18-15
    Heidi Kirkland, WA, United States 07-18-15 Member Since 2014
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    "I'm addicted"

    I love these books. I just need a big poster with everyone's name and families so I can keep it all straight.

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