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A Clash of Kings Audiobook

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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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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    justin 02-16-15
    justin 02-16-15 Member Since 2015
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    "need a way to kill 30+ hours?"

    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.

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    Elizabeth Tolle 02-16-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Good story"

    I have really enjoyed this book I listen while at work even when I'm on my long walks. Great story!

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    Scott Whitehall, PA, United States 02-12-15
    Scott Whitehall, PA, United States 02-12-15

    Short and sweet reviews, Allentown pa

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    "Whoa"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it's a perfect blend of drama/violence/fantasy


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

    Game of thrones/see above


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

    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


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

    Battle of lies


    Any additional comments?

    Again a lot of plotting and adventure/Weird fantasy I never saw coming, but coming this far there's no turning back

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    Nyla Edwards 02-10-15 Member Since 2014
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    "The great story continues "

    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.

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    Carol 02-07-15
    Carol 02-07-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Second Book!"

    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.

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    Derek 02-06-15
    Derek 02-06-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Great Story Line"

    Good Performance by the narrator. I like the story line. I hope the rest are as good.

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    BikerCR Denver CO. 02-06-15
    BikerCR Denver CO. 02-06-15 Member Since 2008

    *Skier

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    "Great book very well read"

    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.

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    Patrick D. Buckley 02-04-15 Member Since 2013

    Buckaroo

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    "Love the book, horrible voice actor... Bummer!"
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    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.


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    The book itself reminds me of a bloodier, less fanciful Paolini's "Eragon".


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    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.


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    Amazon Customer 02-04-15 Member Since 2016
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    "An Excellent Story"

    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.

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    Frank P Vollaro IV 02-03-15
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    "A clash of enjoyment with a crash of slow pacing"

    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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