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 work in a factory, 12 hr long graveyard shifts. not fond of the price of this one. (40 even with membership), that being said. I enjoyed listening. passed many days listening eager too hear more.
Short and sweet reviews, Allentown pa
Yes, it's a perfect blend of drama/violence/fantasy
Game of thrones/see above
He continues to create every voice imaginableThis still takes getting used to, I almost want him to just Use his normal tone and it would be a great listen
Battle of lies
Again a lot of plotting and adventure/Weird fantasy I never saw coming, but coming this far there's no turning back
My only issue with the audio is that the female voices obviously should have been attempted better by the reader. George RR Martin has continued to present the story from different points of view. I like how the Blackwater battle events were told over by different people to get the different POVs.
A Clash of Kings was great. George RR Martin really knows how to develop a theme, a character and follow through with each character. I really appreciate how he breaks each chapter into each character; keeping them connected and part of the whole story. My favorite Characters are Terrian and Aria. They bring humor, family dynamics and affection to the story. My favorite part of this book was when Aria was learning to be a Water Dancer (sword fighter). The story between her and her teacher was humorous and educational, he taught her many life saving fighting techniques as well as how to think and plan. Another favorite moment was when Sansa touched the burned face of The Dog. It was sad and sweet. As mean as he was to her, he loved her and like Arias teacher The Dog was Sansa's teacher.
You can believe that you are hearing different characters when this is read. The reader brings the book to life and makes you believe you are there.
I love the story line, the twisting plots, the taste of fantasy and the overall feeling that it is an almost historical fiction...
The writing of the book is AWESOME. it is intriguing, enthralling, and, in spite of the Roy Dotrice's horrible reading, the book still packs a punch.
The book itself reminds me of a bloodier, less fanciful Paolini's "Eragon".
I wish these books were offered with an entirely different reader.
The reader, Roy Dotrice, is barely tolerable. His halting every few words, seriously limited vocal characterizations, and heavy breathing difficulties makes me wonder if the producer every actually LISTENED and HEARD the narrator objectively. I would love to have the speed at 1.5 to get through the book this year but then the reader, already difficult to follow, is unintelligible so 1.25 it is... which is still painful listening - though less than at regular speed.
I wish this was read by Gerard Doyle. The book deserves his nuance, characterization, and ease of tempo. He read Christopher Paolini's "Eragon" series and is PERFECT.
This is an excellent epic. Roy Dotrice does an impressive job undertaking what is no doubt an arduous task. But, he prevails, and the result is a wonderfully told continuance of George R. R. Martin's marvelous work.
Roy, at times, sounds a bit rough with female or young characters, but it is just his way of doing things. You get used to it, but not very far along, I just stopped noticing.
I listen to these to pass the time until Martin publishes his next book. Which can't come soon enough. Overall a great piece. Worth your time.
See subject line. Some characters POV are boring or slow( Sansa and sometimes John). That is not to say the overall story is slow( it's long) but there are chucks of time when you want to skip the pov. I basically think of them as a nessicary evil.
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