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 loved the first book. Unfortunately, there are not enough ethical people to make up for the crass, evil ones. Listening for one half hour on my way to work one day, one character droned on about his loath for women except for sex. Who wants to start their day with such extreme negativity? It seems most of the characters are this way. Really?
After eighteen hours I'm calling it quits!
The story is well written, but it is too depressing for me to finish it. I'm just not into it.
I'm a Photographer and Bible student. I like books that challenge me, keep me on the edge and have deep characters.
It's like listening an old man tell his life story... to much crap and blabbing around the good stuff :(
This is an epic story. An epic series. Everything a person could want in this genre of fiction is in these books.
Sadly, the reader is everything I hate in a recording. His voice drips out of the recording. His every character representation is someone seemingly taken from the drawing room of a very stuffy Edwardian upper class party. Every character, from 15 to 90 is a variation of Great British from cockney to Scottish brogue, with insipid nasal dandy the most frequent. The voice for Bron is horrible, For Varys simply wrong. For Jorah Mormont, instead of a exiled sellsword, he sounds like a someone's tired old grand dad. The only ones even half right are Tryion and Robert Barathion.
I tolerate this reader because I love the story. I had hoped they had dumped him (surely I can't be the only won who hates this guy as a reader), but no.
Loved the book, liked Roy Doltrice reading it, but the editing is average at best, lines re-read, poor edit between paragraph sloppy editing compared to Clash of Kings (well part 1 of it)
We down loaded the books in this series based on the reviews. The story dragged on, with no plot. I deleted the books after only listening to two hours of the first book.
My reviews are always pending.
The story gets better and better. It is amazing how George R. R. Martin writes and keep building up his characters. A Clash of Kings is hard to follow because there is so many other elements in the story, where you might get side track or lost your train of thought, but the story gets better and better. I couldn't helped reading more about Bran and Arya becomes mature and being adults and being even more involved in the series.
There is one major flaw on how Audible split up the files into 4 segments. There is no indication on which part you are listening to at the beginning of each file. So, it's very easy to read the book out of order.
Have "This is Audible Guy" say Part 1, 2, 3 and so on. There is no mention of chapters, page numbers and so on. The book is so complex that it is very hard to keep track where you are when you listen to the next file.
Can I give this audio book 7 stars out of 5, or 8, 9 or 10? Only then would my reaction be accurately represented. The reader is awesome. If you listened to the first book, you'll get used to him quickly enough. It's funny but you can hear him trying to get used to himself. His accent of Tyrion's voice morphs throughout A Game of Thrones, developing into a sort of Scottish/Irish/Dwarfish? impishness that is perfection. After that you have to love this reader, and it is important, although the book's good enough to listen to even if it were read by someone as crappy as John Lee, poor chap, who picks up where Roy Dotrice leaves off in A Feast for Crows.
By the way, if you have succumbed to buying this book because of the inexorable disease-like symptomps of sudden onset A-Song-of-Ice-and-Fire addiction (or SOASoIaFA), fear not, it's pretty much the best plague ever.
George R. R. Martin has created something so thoroughly cramped with action and suspence that, given its volume, it is almost paradoxical. His world is palpable and vast. Characters of every kind will go to war, good against bad, ugly, and evil, all at once. And yet somehow, the next book gets even better. Read it. Or listen to it. Just go.
I really liked the book, The story is great and with the reader it makes a great combo. I found myself wishing it would never end, its too bad that it didnt. Like many other fantasy stories the book ends right in the middle of the story. After 36 short hours I was thinking something would be concluded. I would get it again but be prepared.
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