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A Clash of Kings Audiobook
A Clash of Kings
Written by: 
George R. R. Martin
Narrated by: 
Roy Dotrice
A Clash of Kings Audiobook

A Clash of Kings: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 2

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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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    Peter Prince George, BC, Canada 04-02-13
    Peter Prince George, BC, Canada 04-02-13 Member Since 2012
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    "I'm hooked, but narration..."
    Would you listen to A Clash of Kings again? Why?

    No. I seldom listen to books more than once.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tyrion Lannister. Obvious underdog, bullied his whole life. He's coming up in the world and doing big things. Will he stay humble? It seems like a question Tyrion would ask himeself.
    That's why I like the character so much.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Roy Dotrice?

    Roy does 2 or 3 voices voices very well.
    But! his females all sound like toothless old crones in pirate movies. Even the young beautiful ones.

    The remainder of male characters sound like grumpy Leprechauns. I'm not joking. They really do. It's getting quite old and it's very disappointing.

    That said Roy has the perfect amount of drama. His voice is excellent for reading the back story. You find yourself lost in the story till it comes time to narrate a female part. Then he snaps you out of it like being awakened from a sleep by a power saw in your bedroom.


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

    37 hours N/A.


    Any additional comments?

    Just finishing up book 2. Already bought book 3.
    I'm excited about the series and will be more than ready to move on after book 3.
    Regardless of how it leaves me hanging.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Nicholas Oak Grove, KY, United States 12-13-11
    Nicholas Oak Grove, KY, United States 12-13-11 Member Since 2015

    Travel a lot for work and spend a good deal of time in the car.

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    "Prepare to work on little sleep once you start"
    Any additional comments?

    This whole series is well worth the time and the money. Once you start its all consuming. if you dont dream about it when you finally go to sleep, then your not paying attention.

    37 of 41 people found this review helpful
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    Juanita 04-28-14
    Juanita 04-28-14 Member Since 2014
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    "argh. the voices are awful!!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I hated the way the narrator used the same voice for multiple characters, fell in and out of accents and changed the tone of his voice in weird places. It was so distracting, I only suffered through it on my commute to work because I loved the book so much. Roy Dotrice was just awful!


    Would you be willing to try another one of Roy Dotrice’s performances?

    maybe


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Alisha United States 05-28-13
    Alisha United States 05-28-13
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    "Good listen, but what's up with the chapter set up"
    Where does A Clash of Kings rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I thought it was a fantastic story, and well narrated. My #1 pet peeve, which I found really irritating, was that the listening chapters didn't line up with the chapter menu on my iphone. It made it difficult to find my spot if I lost it, made it impossible to figure out how much of a chapter is left, and I couldn't check the next chapter to see who's perspective was coming next (which I like to do).


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Roy Dotrice?

    Yes, I'm ready for Book 3!!


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

    I love the end, how the author positions all the characters for changes in the next book. I also love every section about Arya Stark, with her cleverness, strength, and stubborn determination.


    16 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Theodore Kingston, Jamaica 01-17-12
    Theodore Kingston, Jamaica 01-17-12

    "A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one." - Jojen Reed. #ADanceWithDragons

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    "Did not disappoint..."

    Roy Dotrice again, simply great at what he does....

    The twists and turns in the book is simply great and I am loving how the characters are very slowly but purposely being developed. The book has three different stories running as one it seems and it weaves together very well. Just plain impressive.

    Overall... Just plain epic!

    53 of 62 people found this review helpful
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    Benjamin LOS ANGELES, CA, United States 05-06-13
    Benjamin LOS ANGELES, CA, United States 05-06-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Great book, but bad "chapters""
    Any additional comments?

    The first audiobook (Game of Thrones) has chapter breaks that coincide with where they would be in the physical book. These breaks are timed out, and so happen at random points in the story. Even the four "parts" of the book break mid-chapter.

    It would be a better listening experience if the breaks happened at an appropriate chapter break.

    62 of 73 people found this review helpful
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    Nicholas UMATILLA, FL, United States 05-30-12
    Nicholas UMATILLA, FL, United States 05-30-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Epic novel, terrible narration."
    Would you try another book from George R. R. Martin and/or Roy Dotrice?

    Martin is incredible. Great characters, fearless plot--no one is safe--and masterful pace/susupense.

    Dotrice, on the other hand, has mastered all of maybe 3 different voices, and each of them is about as easy on your ears as broken glass mixed with sandpaper.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Roy Dotrice’s performances?

    I may not even listen to the rest of these novels simply BECAUSE Dotrice is involved.


    50 of 59 people found this review helpful
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    MTrousdale 06-02-14
    MTrousdale 06-02-14
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    "Roy Dotrice is the Worst"
    What disappointed you about A Clash of Kings?

    Most specifically, Roy Dotrice's narration is unbearable.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Use another narrator.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    As read by Mr. Dotrice, Westeros (and environs) is peopled almost entirely by trolls, goblins, elves, crones, and a few regular guys (young and old). The characters are given such horrible voices that it's difficult to hear past them - Tyrion, for example, is read as a simple-minded cockney (i.e., low class) house elf, which is totally wrong.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Yamhill, OR, United States 08-09-11
    Robert Yamhill, OR, United States 08-09-11 Member Since 2016

    Hey Audible, don't raise prices and I promise to buy lots more books.

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    "More blood, guts and gore."

    After reading the first of the installments: Song of Ice and Fire, I decided while I could appreciate much about the book, A Game of Thrones, it was probably too dark and I would not continue to A Clash of Kings. Obviously, I caved. I watched the HBO series of the first book and like it a lot. I particularly enjoy long complex novels so I gave ACoK a shot. While I was not disappointed, it was many hours of blood, guts and gore with very little forwarding of a real story line. A little more magic has been introduced but the common thread of just so much violence and death is just too much. If maybe I get sucked into next season's HBO continuation of Song of Ice and Fire I'll read book 3 but probably not till then. The story is very engaging and book 3 even now calls out to me but so too do some drugs. But I must be strong.

    12 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Jamie SACRAMENTO, CA, United States 04-01-13
    Jamie SACRAMENTO, CA, United States 04-01-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Life Sucks and Then It Gets Worse"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I've gotten drawn into this series well enough that I'm most of the way through Book 3, but by the end of this, Book 2, I was feeling a little like I wanted 80-something hours of my life back. I do enjoy most of the story lines, but I find the plot arch so brutal in its scope, I am not sure I can hold out for another 4 books or whatever to find out if whichever of these characters finally survive will get any kind of justice in the end.

    The good characters generally have horrid lives that only get worse and worse (with occasional moments of hope that are often soon dashed!), while the bad characters rarely get any sort of just rewards. And in a normal novel, you only have to wait 10-20 hours or so to know the ending, but this saga is so vast, you will not get any such satisfaction. You will wait years to know for sure if the poor characters you've come to love will suffer anything but awful fates, and while I'd like to believe--since this is pop fiction--that the author won't let us down in the end, I am not so sure after seeing several central and beloved characters killed to serve the larger plot.

    I know people are wild about this series in general, but as a non-fantasy reader I'm not sure if these are genre-transcending books. More like, they're good fantasy books that appeal to fantasy readers more than they will appeal to a general audience. I bought the books after reading so many positive reviews, and after several recommendations from friends. Speaking as a non-fantasy reader, I do really enjoy that there's not a great deal of magic or non-human characters in the stories, while there is enough to create an interesting atmosphere. The world-building is very skillfully done.

    However I don't know if I have the fortitude for much more bloodshed, beheadings, and killing off of characters who never get to see any kind of justice for all their suffering.


    42 of 51 people found this review helpful

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