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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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    Teena Willow Spring, NC, United States 08-20-12
    Teena Willow Spring, NC, United States 08-20-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Captivating Story with amazing narration"
    If you could sum up A Clash of Kings in three words, what would they be?

    A must listen


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

    The names of the characters are a bit tough to remember at first for me. However, Roy's ability to make the voice of each character unique makes it easy to keep up with the action. He really brings the characters to life.


    Any additional comments?

    Fascinating portrayal of the differences between the value assigned to the aristocracy and the "common folk" during the period. Power and privilege comes with its own set of rules. So really, not all that different than today!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    John Colchester, VT, United States 08-20-12
    John Colchester, VT, United States 08-20-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Great read"
    What did you love best about A Clash of Kings?

    Story, characters


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

    Rest of books in the series


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

    Tyrion


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    The book starts slow but really picks it up in the 2nd half

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Silas CROWNSVILLE, MD, United States 08-18-12
    Silas CROWNSVILLE, MD, United States 08-18-12 Member Since 2012
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    "The best written book that is not worth reading"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    If you despise love, honesty, justice, joy and all that is good this is the book for you. I prefer books that keep me in a good mood and don't get me angry(so do my kids and wife) I have read some reviews that say this book is unpredictable and always keeps you on your toes. I, however, have found that it is very predictable. The author skillfully makes you hope for something or someone and then sadistically dashes your hopes every time. I decided that the book was affecting my attitude and had to stop reading about two thirds of the way through.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Something more uplifting


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Roy Dotrice?

    Roy is a little annoying but I would still listen to him


    Was A Clash of Kings worth the listening time?

    NO!!!!


    Any additional comments?

    Prepare to be depressed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Debra Emporia, KS, United States 08-14-12
    Debra Emporia, KS, United States 08-14-12
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    "Love it!"

    Mr Martin is a wonderful writer. This is fantasy with grit. I am so in love with Tyrion! The narrator is horrible, but the writing makes it bearable. Mr. Dotrice sounds as if he is slobbering the dialog through a mouthful of gummy bears. A bit distracting

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    thomas portsmouth, VA, United States 08-13-12
    thomas portsmouth, VA, United States 08-13-12 Member Since 2011
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    "strong story line with twists you would not expect"
    What did you love best about A Clash of Kings?

    the dire wolf pups and the twists they have to play


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    brandand stark. and they way he is traviling out of body with his worf and the wondering what roll they will have with the winter to come.


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

    no


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

    i have no idea. i just watch movies


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara Murray San Diego CA 08-13-12
    Barbara Murray San Diego CA 08-13-12 Member Since 2015

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    "Don't bother"

    I actually did not listen to this recording. Please see my review of "A Game of Thrones" for the reasons why I quit in the middle of that recording. I had already purchased this one, optimistically thinking I would enjoy the whole series as I have liked the HBO show. Dotrice's narration was so atrocious it spoiled the experience. I asked for my credits back for this book (and got them, thanks Audible !) and am now actually READING the book. Next time give some thought to recording a book like this with an ensemble cast. A single narrator, no matter how good (which Dotrice is not), cannot render the pantheon of characters required for books like the Song of Ice and Fire series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rita Miami, FL, United States 08-13-12
    Rita Miami, FL, United States 08-13-12
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    "Loved it"
    Where does A Clash of Kings rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's a close second to pillars of the earth which I really enjoyed


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

    Games of thrones but it's very much in the same class as lord of the rings.


    What about Roy Dotrice’s performance did you like?

    Yes, he was very good in bringing the characters to life.


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

    Yes!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kimberly Charlestown, NH, United States 08-07-12
    Kimberly Charlestown, NH, United States 08-07-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Love it!"
    Any additional comments?

    I love how it goes from character to character..... instead of chapter #'s. I love the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Scott USA 08-07-12
    Scott USA 08-07-12 Member Since 2010

    “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies…The man who never reads lives only one.” (George R. R. Martin)

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    "Excellent Sequel"
    Would you listen to A Clash of Kings again? Why?

    Yes, I will. I've read the book and listened to the audiobook twice. I will mostly likely listen again in the future. Each time I have revisited the series I have picked up on clues that I missed the first time around. The series is just too massive and there are too many characters and side-stories to catch everything the first go around.


    What did you like best about this story?

    First, it’s a great sequel. In a series, this doesn’t always happen. Take ‘Dune’ for instance. The second book (Clash of Kings) picks up from where the first one left-off and ups the ante. This audiobook is massive and it is never boring – you can’t really ask for more than that.


    What about Roy Dotrice’s performance did you like?

    I think he does an overall great job. There are so many characters and he doesn't appear to slip up at all in keeping track of each one. His female voice may be off a little bit but that's tough to pull off for a male narrator. Also, with the amount of times that I've listened to all of the books in the series I felt that his performance was growing on me each time. Reading the first book - I thought he was off a bit and now I can't really picture anyone else reading it.


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

    I don't think a film is necessary. The HBO series, where it is pretty much impossible to be as good as the books, it does a good-enough job.


    Any additional comments?

    An excellent sequel to one of the best Epic-Fantasy novels written and far superior to the second season of the HBO adaptation (though given the time and budget constraints it’s not terrible). The interweaving of all of the plots and characters alone in this book is an epic feat. I don’t think I’ve ever been so completely mesmerized by any type of series since the Star Wars days of the early 80s. The world George R. R. Martin has created and the characters that inhabit that world are so rich and dynamic that the series fosters multiple reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    James London, ON, Canada 08-07-12
    James London, ON, Canada 08-07-12
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    "As Usual, Better than the Video Adaptation"
    What did you love best about A Clash of Kings?

    The story itself is great. Yet Roy Dotrice brings it alive, better than my inner narrator ever could.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Clash of Kings?

    Too many. The story itself is so many smaller stories tied together that it is hard to select one moment.


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

    Only the previous book; a Game of Thrones. When I began Clash of Kings immediately after a Game of Thrones, it sounded as if the recording quality of the second book was not as high quality. I got over it rather quickly though.


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

    No emotional outbursts unfortunatly, but my hatred for a certain young King sure does make me want to continue. I will just have to wait, somewhat impatiently, for George RR Martin to bring a fair demise to that overprivileged little boy...


    Any additional comments?

    Liked it, gonna keep going with the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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