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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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    Larry Westlake, LA, United States 02-22-05
    Larry Westlake, LA, United States 02-22-05
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    "The excellence continues"

    The second part of this series is no less intriguing than the first. Martin continues with the adventure of the characters created in the first book, and continues with his excellence in fantasy story writing. If you loved the first book, you will certainly not be disappointed by the second. First rate narration continues to be the best I have hard by far. The narration itself is good enough for you to listen to even if you have read the books yourself. First rate in all accounts.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Doreen Fleming 11-14-04 Listener Since 2002
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    "Compelling read........."

    I'm almost finished this second book in the series and it is just as compelling. I am amazed how it hold my attention. The characters come to life especially with Roy Dotrice's voice.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jay Sacramento, CA, United States 10-29-12
    Jay Sacramento, CA, United States 10-29-12 Member Since 2011
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    "I payed for this?"
    Would you try another book from George R. R. Martin and/or Roy Dotrice?

    George R. R. Never not happy I have to finish the series
    Roy Dotrice Yes


    What could George R. R. Martin have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Not wasted my time writing such a long boring book that never ends.


    What does Roy Dotrice bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Roy is actually a fantastic reader. The voices and personalities he brings are fantastic.


    What character would you cut from A Clash of Kings?

    The writer-of the books


    Any additional comments?

    Seriously no surprises, would have been a great book if told in an hour instead of 37

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Nik 01-16-11
    Nik 01-16-11 Member Since 2007

    Enjoying audiobooks daily!

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    "Simply GREAT for a second book!"

    This is the 2nd in the series The Song of Ice and Fire. I have no idea why I did not review it already as I loved it so much. I'm trying to finish all 4 books before HBO puts the first book on the small screen for us in spring 2011. Anyway, this book continues all that happened in the first book which is basically establishing the split of the realm of Westeros into craziness between Theon Greyjoy, Rob Stark, Stannis Baratheon, Renly Baratheon and Joffrey Lannister. Not to mention Daenerys massing her knowledge to try to take over Westeros again. Then there is John Snow on the wall that learns Mance Rayder is mounting a Wildling attack on the wall to take over Westeros. Seems it is a very popular place to rule. The Iron Throne is like a power drug that pertetuates the fight. Everyone has their part and more people die. There is a GREAT water battle scene at Kings Landing. Love this book series. Loved this book. George does not disappoint.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Trenton Lincoln, CA, United States 09-25-10
    Trenton Lincoln, CA, United States 09-25-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Best Audio Book Ever"

    The story is compelling. Tthe voice acting is superb. It is a difficult book to stop listening to.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    william everett, Morocco 06-19-10
    william everett, Morocco 06-19-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Roy Dotrice is no Michael Kramer."

    I gave this book 4 stars because it is an amazing book from an amazing series.The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is that every character sounds like an 80 year old englishman.For a truly great epic series with great narrators there is nothing better than the WHEEL OF TIME series.Michael Kramer and Kate Reading are the best narrators I have listened to.They would be perfect for this series

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lee 02-26-09
    Lee 02-26-09
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    "Love Roy Dotrice"

    This entire series by George RR Martin is magnificent, but the audible books even rise above the print due to the wonderful voice range of Roy Dotrice. He should get an award for these books, and the characters that he makes come alive. Every character is so unique,..I especially love Jaqen H'ghar. Unfortunately, he has been replaced in A Feast for Crows.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 07-01-04
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    "A Marvelous adventure!"

    I am absolutely hooked on this series. I wait breathlessly for the fourth book in the series to be read by Roy Dotrice, who is a master of voices and accents and passionate oration. He really brought these books to life. I bow on my knees to Mr. Martin and cry, "We're not worthy, milord." The entire book is filled with colors and sounds and smells of a medieval setting, but the intrigue is worthy of the Bush Administration!

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    ramona MIDWAY, GA, United States 05-28-14
    ramona MIDWAY, GA, United States 05-28-14 Member Since 2013

    Mother, wife, avid reader, cook extraordinaire!

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    "Very good"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Clash of Kings to be better than the print version?

    I don't know


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked many of the characters. And it feels good to really dislike some of them too. They are very believable and satisfying.


    What about Roy Dotrice’s performance did you like?

    Excellent voice. I did like his rhythm and his slight differences when switching characters.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I wanted to but it's too long. I found myself sitting on my car in the driveway not wanting to get out!!!


    Any additional comments?

    This was a great book. I liked all the detail into the world. Very Tolkienesque. Not quite as masterful but still good and I'll likely listen again.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    LAlass 05-25-14
    LAlass 05-25-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Wish I had read the reviews on the chapter issue"
    What did you like best about A Clash of Kings? What did you like least?

    Great story, wonderful voices from Dotrice.
    But the chapter problem was enough to make me reconsider buying another book rom Audible.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tyrion. Must be hell.


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

    Yes, he's fantastic.


    Was A Clash of Kings worth the listening time?

    Most of the time, but supremely frustrating. The chapters do not match the book and the chapter breaks don't start at a chapter. They start in the middle. I read the book and listen to it, when I'm driving or working out. So finding my place is sooooo frustrating on the voice side, that I may not purchase another.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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