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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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    Matthew McKinney, TX, United States 06-01-13
    Matthew McKinney, TX, United States 06-01-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Amazing book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Clash of Kings to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version, but I can't imagine reading A Song of Ice and Fire without Roy Dotrice's outstanding narration.


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

    Dotrice brings life to the characters in using a wide range of character voices that are clear and distinct from one another. You get so much characterization from the quality of the voice in and of itself that the narration becomes almost as much a part of the storytelling as Martin's words.


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

    George R.R. Martin has done it again. This book kept me hooked and had me excited to go on to the next one.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Susanna New York, NY, United States 05-31-13
    Susanna New York, NY, United States 05-31-13
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    "A wonderful audiobook"

    This book is an epic, it is compelling and is read beautifully. It is a long journey.

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    SandyKUtah Murray, UT, United States 05-27-13
    SandyKUtah Murray, UT, United States 05-27-13

    Tell us about yourself!

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

    I am not sure. I've not read the print version.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ariel (sp?) is my favorite. She's scrappy.


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

    I listened to him read the first in this series. He's just as good in this one as the first.


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

    Sort of. This book is long but I couldn't wait to hear what happened. I often listened for longer than intended.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    stacy Dedham, MA, United States 03-31-13
    stacy Dedham, MA, United States 03-31-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Did not like the narrator"
    Would you try another book from George R. R. Martin and/or Roy Dotrice?

    I like the Game of Thrones story, but I could not listen to this narrator


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    krystle Aubrey, TX, United States 03-27-13
    krystle Aubrey, TX, United States 03-27-13
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    "LOVE!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have recommended this audiobook to every family member!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    In this book, The Dog was my favorite. He is a misunderstood man, I think. He is a nice man, just does what he is bidded.


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

    Tyrion Lannister - I love how he makes him have an accent unlike his other family members.


    Any additional comments?

    I cannot wait to listen to the next book!!!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    S. Tierney Lawrence, KS 03-10-13
    S. Tierney Lawrence, KS 03-10-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Terrible Narration Distracts from Wonderful Story"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Yes, I would find another narrator.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love the interactions between the great characters, and the twists and turns in plot.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I feel that the narrator needs to work on his pronunciation and his line delivery. Also, I have felt for some time that this narrator gives horribly annoying voices and accents to some people. Why does Tyrion Lannister sound reminiscent of a leprechaun in these audiobooks?


    Was A Clash of Kings worth the listening time?

    No. I stopped listening and read the book instead. I am now reading the rest of the novels using my eyes instead of my ears.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Hope T Cruz D D S Simi Valley, CA United States 01-26-13
    Hope T Cruz D D S Simi Valley, CA United States 01-26-13
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    "Disappointing at best"

    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!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra United States 08-30-12
    Sandra United States 08-30-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Depressing"
    What did you like best about A Clash of Kings? What did you like least?

    The story is well written, but it is too depressing for me to finish it. I'm just not into it.


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    A. Chang Spring Hill, KS, United States 04-02-12
    A. Chang Spring Hill, KS, United States 04-02-12 Member Since 2004

    I'm a Photographer and Bible student. I like books that challenge me, keep me on the edge and have deep characters.

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    "Stick to the HBO series"

    It's like listening an old man tell his life story... to much crap and blabbing around the good stuff :(

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Norman West Granby, CT, United States 10-02-11
    Norman West Granby, CT, United States 10-02-11 Member Since 2009

    amazon addict

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    "Love the story, hate the narrator"

    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.
    sigh...

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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