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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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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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    jillian Savannah GA, USA 02-03-14
    jillian Savannah GA, USA 02-03-14 Member Since 2016

    i love to read an amazing book that will take me out of this world and bring me to another sometimes we just need to use our imagination!

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    Where does A Clash of Kings rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    it was my kind of book its thrilling and exciting, this book ranks in the middle for me some times i wish they could of hired two narrators


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    aria !


    Which scene was your favorite?

    any part with the Dire wolfs, its just a special bond that the writer shares so well


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

    power lies


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    Amazon Customer 01-23-14
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    "Fluid!"
    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoy this series. You really have to pay attention because there are so many characters, especially with names that are similar. I also really enjoy the fact that George R.R. Martin changes things up quite often, killing main characters off, etc. Cannot wait to start the next book!

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    Daniel 01-03-14
    Daniel 01-03-14 Member Since 2013
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    What did you love best about A Clash of Kings?

    Everything, it keeps drawing you back in, the books are well written and characters are just out standing


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All of them


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

    Jon Snow


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

    Those HO yah moments and HO no moments


    Any additional comments?

    Vary good read

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    Charle 12-24-13
    Charle 12-24-13 Member Since 2014
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    "A clash of kinks: complication to no end"
    What would have made A Clash of Kings better?

    A plot that actually leads the reader somewhere.


    Has A Clash of Kings turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Valar morghulis. Mysterious now, but when you learn what it means you'll wunder why you fell for such an obviuos ploy to keep you buying books.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Anger. Martin is a sadist, making you love someone, torturing them, then making them disappear or die.


    Any additional comments?

    O.K., so you ignored my warning about this series of cheap hooks, cliff hangers and gimmicks designed to keep you reading until the end of time. This is the high watermark of the series, in that you have invested yourself in characters you like and there aren't more developed plots than you can follow. You are being set up. Everyone and everything you love will be taken away and replaced by excruciating blather about court gossip, clothes and historical trivia in this alternate reality. Martin is a cheat. No plot line will pay off and it will only leave you frustrated.

    See the south park parody of Martin; it is spot on.

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    Sharon Portland, OR, United States 12-23-13
    Sharon Portland, OR, United States 12-23-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Loved Story"
    What made the experience of listening to A Clash of Kings the most enjoyable?

    Staying in touch with Game of Throne


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    John, strength,honor, accepts his status without complaint and serves mankind.


    What three words best describe Roy Dotrice’s performance?

    Cannot do a women's part. Characters redundant


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    Mr Chicago, IL, United States 12-15-13
    Mr Chicago, IL, United States 12-15-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Filler, but good!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes, if only to get to book 3!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    the final scene between Jaqen H'gar and Ari was a close second to Daenerys in the House of Dust. So cool!


    Any additional comments?

    I felt like this book was a filler to get to the 3rd. Lots of story setting for a larger payoff later.

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    John 12-07-13
    John 12-07-13
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    Another great audiobook! This series is excellent. I am only hoping it can keep up the momentum. I have been let down so many times with other series as you get to the end. So far this series is getting better. I would think almost anyone can get into this series unless violence is a turn off. Off to book three.

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    arnold San Carlos, CA, United States 12-05-13
    arnold San Carlos, CA, United States 12-05-13 Member Since 2013

    A reader who ran out of time to physically read the book. I'm into sci-fi, self-help and biography books

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    "I actually wished my commute was longer!"
    What made the experience of listening to A Clash of Kings the most enjoyable?

    The performance and the excellent writing.


    What did you like best about this story?

    How every detail was fleshed out and is open to a lot of interpretations


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Arya served the Weasel Soup


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

    Yes. I even wished my commute was longer.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Chloe BERWYN, PA, United States 12-02-13
    Chloe BERWYN, PA, United States 12-02-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing Book, Terrible Audible Format"
    What made the experience of listening to A Clash of Kings the most enjoyable?

    The writing and story were fantastic!


    Any additional comments?

    Audible needs to break up the chapters at the appropriate chapter breaks! In the first book, each electronic chapter corresponded to the actual book chapter, but here it doesn't. Electronic chapters end in the middle of sentences, and it makes for a horrible listening experience. For such an expensive audio book by such a reputable company, you would expect this to not be an issue. It makes navigating through the book horrendous.

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    Joe Friday 12-02-13
    Joe Friday 12-02-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Great story, need a bit of improvment on reading"
    If you could sum up A Clash of Kings in three words, what would they be?

    Never boring


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

    Lord of the Rings, very similar style and assume detail on characters.


    What three words best describe Roy Dotrice’s performance?

    Could use improvement, sometimes he mixed up the character voices. However overall he did a fine job.


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    The book is so well written that the time melts away. I found that my driving trips became short and tolerable, great time magic

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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