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A Clash of Kings: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 2 | [George R. R. Martin]

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

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.
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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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    Sha Blackburn Lakeville, MA United States 08-08-13
    Sha Blackburn Lakeville, MA United States 08-08-13 Member Since 2011

    LoonWitch

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    "More Good Stuff"

    If you are a fan of the show - you will be a fan of the books - it really makes much more sense when you listen to the books and then go back to watch the episodes - there are more nuances we are missing out on than we realize!

    Excellent story - I am enjoying the whole saga!

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    Kevin Patterson Chester, PA 08-05-13
    Kevin Patterson Chester, PA 08-05-13 Member Since 2011
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    "I hope they fix the chapters in Book 3."
    Any additional comments?

    So far, this series has been excellent written by G.R.R. Martin and excellent read by Roy Dotrice, but the presentation has taken a hit in this second audiobook. The books are structured by chapters that each focus on the perspective of an individual character. In the audiobook for A Game of Thrones, those chapters match correctly with the written novel. As a listener who keeps on an eye on and sets listening times based on chapter length, it was great to have checkpoints to monitor.

    In A Clash of Kings, the audiobook chapters are set in roughly 45 minute chunks that have no regard to the novel's structure or narrative. The first audio file (of four) actually cuts off mid-sentence before giving me the standard blurb about "you've reached the end of a file but not the end of the whole book..." and then continues to finish the sentence in the second audio file.

    That kind of stuff shouldn't happen...and I hope that its fixed by the time I get to Book 3.

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    Avaisha Turner Apex, NC USA 07-17-13
    Avaisha Turner Apex, NC USA 07-17-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Still Hooked!"
    What made the experience of listening to A Clash of Kings the most enjoyable?

    Beautifully written, phenomenal narration. Can't wait for the next book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tyrion Lannister continues to be my favorite character.


    Which character – as performed by Roy Dotrice – was your favorite?

    Tyrion Lannister


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Laci KITTERY, ME, United States 07-08-13
    Laci KITTERY, ME, United States 07-08-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent Read"
    Would you listen to A Clash of Kings again? Why?

    The rest of my life took a back seat while I listened to this novel. With every chapter this is a new twist, or excitement much like the first book in the series. I could not stop listening, and began immediately downloading the third book after I was done.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Clash of Kings?

    Every character had memorable moments. I could not possibly choose one.


    What about Roy Dotrice’s performance did you like?

    I liked how he got into the voices of the characters. For example, if the characters were drunk he slurred his speech and made them sound drunk, if they were hurt he made them sound hurt, even the voice of their internal thoughts.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It did not make me cry, but sometimes it made me want to. It made me laugh a few times.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    mr j page little york, new york United States 07-05-13
    mr j page little york, new york United States 07-05-13 Member Since 2013

    I listen to books while running and walking my dog so on average about an hour day and like books that have a good pace to them.

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    "An Epic Expansion of the Westrus Universe"

    The first book "a song of ice and fire" was an excellent introduction to this series but it is in this book that we are introduced to more of the mythology of this realm as well as the intrigues and plots of the warring dynasties.
    Following neatly on from the first book this installment introduces new characters who weave seamlessly into the storyline and add their own morals and ideals to further raise questions about the nature of man and the values that shape his world. The rich characters from the first book are also expanded with the reader having a harder time distinguishing the "good guys" from the not so good, and given the nature of the story this is the point and another reason that i have enjoyed the stories so much.
    Roy Dotrice does an amazing job narrating the range of characters and emoting their actions offering a range of accents which gives further scope to the Westrus universe.
    I can't wait to get further into book three of this series!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    MarcusNT 07-02-13
    MarcusNT 07-02-13 Member Since 2013
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    "The saga continues"
    What did you love best about A Clash of Kings?

    A Clash of Kings gets into more details of the who will become the major players in the serious as the battle for control over the realm rages on and the the threat from beyond becomes more evident.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This book does not follow the HBO as closely and goes into more detail as the far as the overall plot is concerned.


    Have you listened to any of Roy Dotrice’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Roy Doltrice gives a better performance in this book than the previous book I.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A storm of Swords, A feast for Crows, A Dance with Dragons, The winds of winter.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Betty United States 06-20-13
    Betty United States 06-20-13

    bambam1949

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    "Great Audiobooks!!"
    Where does A Clash of Kings rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Now that I have listened to these audible book, I have no desire to watch the movies! They could never give justice to the books!!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Everything


    Have you listened to any of Roy Dotrice’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, OK


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Read the book and skip the movie


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Anthony Dunnellon, FL. United States 06-18-13
    Anthony Dunnellon, FL. United States 06-18-13 Member Since 2015

    Avid book lover and listener. Nuff said for this purpose.

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    "Great Saga"
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    This book is about as good as the 1st one. I, like some other reviewers do wish that sometimes the good guys would win! Maybe they will in later books if they aren't all dead or or or? Does make a change though, not so predictable.Still can't beat Martin/Dotrice. I have truly enjoyed listening to the series thus far and am about to move to Book 3' A Song of Fire and Ice. I had been putting off listening to this series as I didn't think any book could be as good as the reviews stated, but I was wrong. So far the series is that good!I can't imagine that a TV series can do the books justice, look at some of Steven Kings movies.....the books are always better and the way Dotrice reads if you close your eyes and 'imagine' you can almost believe you are listening to a Play. I don't know how I would have had enough time to read the books so thanks Audible!If you like what I call soft fantasy, because they aren't over the top unbelievable and could very well be a cross between a time before time and the Middle Ages, then you will definitely enjoy this series (well so far anyway). I am a critical reviewer when I do decide to write one so you can trust if I liked it then it has all the obligatory parts that make up a great 'listen'; Drama, Adventure, Suspense, Humor, not too much romance/sex, good character development and great writing skills!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Devon Nampa, ID, United States 06-05-13
    Devon Nampa, ID, United States 06-05-13
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    "Another Song of Ice and Fire"
    If you could sum up A Clash of Kings in three words, what would they be?

    Tyrion, the Halfman!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Clash of Kings?

    The Battle of King's Landing


    What about Roy Dotrice’s performance did you like?

    I love his manner and tone he gives, and his love and life of each performance.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Laugh, usually at funny lines or at ironic parts.


    Any additional comments?

    An epic tale of revelry, vengeance, warfare, deceit, power, and death. This book starts seconds after the first, immediately driving the reader back into the Song of Ice and Fire mythos that the first book delivered. Overall, I felt the book was written very well. George R.R. Martin loves to end each chapter on a cliffhanger, and loves to drive his audience to different ends of the book. We get to learn more about the pasts of several characters in the Game of Thrones that we hadn't known about prior, see the cunning wit of Tyrion, or the honor-bound Jon, or new Mother of Dragons. We even get to see through Theon (who I have no care for) and a new character to boot. While I didn't find it as overwhelmingly grand and impeccably told as the first book, I found this one to be a different creature all together, and it told a tale worth telling. There are clear points of displeasure that I found in the book, like the overabundance of meaningless sex scenes, dreams, and food descriptions, it still didn't deter the overall story and the grand scheme of things. Just little notes. Some of the dreams placed real highly in the point of the book, such as the direwolve dreams, or Tyrion and Catelyn's recounts of past times. I would recommend to any that like mediaeval fantasy and adventure stories, though I will account that this novel is almost no good without its companion of the first, and could clearly not be a standalone novel. If one was willing to follow the full of the adventure, that it would be worth reading it at least once.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer I.D.K 05-23-13
    Amazon Customer I.D.K 05-23-13

    Beast King

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    "More Sweetness !!!!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have am talking to my little bother about it his thinking about get it


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Mother of Dragons she a woman who he cant feel heat she gave bother to dragons and what to kill who flips of over her


    Which character – as performed by Roy Dotrice – was your favorite?

    A few people i cant rember them from the back of my head but he do's a good job


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The part were they fight in the rive the green flames burning everything that wuz sweet


    Any additional comments?

    Nope it all good

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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