The complete, unabridged audiobook of A Clash of Kings.
George R. R. Martin's superb fantasy epic continues in consummate style as bloodshed and alchemy lay waste the Seven Kingdoms. The Iron Throne once united the Sunset Lands, but King Robert is dead, his widow is a traitor to his memory and his surviving brothers are set on a path of war amongst themselves.
At King's Landing, the head of Lord Eddard Stark rots on a spike for all to see. His daughter, Sansa, is betrothed still to his killer's son, Joffrey - Queen Cersei's son, though not the son of her late husband, Robert. Even so, Joffrey is now a boy-king, Cersei is his regent and war is inevitable.
In Dragonstone, Robert's brother, Stannis, has declared himself king while his other brother, Renly, proclaims himself king at Storm's End - and Eddard Stark's 15-year-old son, Robb, wears the crown of the north at Winterfell.
A comet in the night sky, red and malevolent, the colour of blood and flame, can only be an omen of murder and war. Stannis' child, Princess Shireen, dreams of dragons waking from stone. And a white raven has brought word from the Citadel itself, foretelling summer's end.
It has been the longest summer in living memory, lasting 10 years, and the small folk say it means an even longer winter to come....
The first rule of war is never give the enemy his wish. But winter will be the biggest enemy. From beyond the Wall the undead and Others clamour for freedom, and from beyond the sea the long-dead Dragon King's daughter hatches her revenge. Robb Stark will be exceedingly lucky to reach adulthood.
©2011 George R. R. Martin (P)2011 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
"A Game of Thrones grabs hold and won’t let go. It’s brilliant." (Robert Jordan)
"I read my eyes out. I couldn’t stop until I’d finished and it was dawn." (Anne McCaffrey)
"Colossal, staggering… Martin captures all the intoxicating complexity of the Wars of the Roses or Imperial Rome in his imaginary world… one of the greats of fantasy literature." (SFX)
Classics, history, historical fiction, marketing, Napoleonic stuff and of course 'Boys own Adventure'. This is my bent. Occasional self help as well.
Carries on from 'Game of Thrones' and doesn't disappoint. Some characters have disappeared whilst others develop into excellent characters. What is so good about this story is that the characters are not two dimensional cartoon types. Their motivations, ambitions and fears project them through the story with enough twists and different outcomes you will never see coming. I hope the magic of this series doesn't end.
I'd certainly recommend this to a Game of Thrones fan looking to catch up on the next instalment, but I would not necessarily suggest this is a better option than the hard copy - the narrator has strengths but clearly struggles with some aspects of the text in a way which anyone familiar with these books will find quite irritating.
I will skip the easy answer of Lord of the Rings (which is not quite true) - I think it is more like Hilary Mantel's "Wolf Hall" crossed with the first two of the Gormenghast books by Mervyn Peake. There's a Gothic nastiness about some of it that is missing from Tolkein.
Eeek. I recognise what a difficult book this must have been to narrate, with so many different characters, and made up names. But some of his pronunciations were infuriating - not just Martin's made up names (Dotrice says "Bry-een" for Brienne; and "P'tiah" for Petyr) but common everyday words, like "litchen" for lichen. Also his use of accents made no sense - why does Tyrion sound Welsh when Cersei and Jaime speak BBC? - and he obviously found it very difficult to know what to do with the voices of women, which is only to be expected of a reader with such a rich, masculine voice - it would have been an attractive voice to listen to, if not for the above.
The Wars of the Roses, with Magic! And Dragons!
This is not a stand-alone; it will make no sense if you read it without already having read "A Game of Thrones", and it contains no resolution, either - so I will have to decide whether, for Book Three, to persist with the flaws in Dotrice's narration or download the Kindle version - I'm really not sure which to choose. Audiobooks are my preference, but I don't know if I can bear more of Dotrice's mangled pronunciations and inappropriate accents.
I think they could've found a better narrator. He did well for King Robert in Book 1, and Eddard Stark and Tyrion Lannister for that matter (pardon the spelling, I've not read the books). But I'm rather disappointed in his need to give all minor characters cockney, ill-spoken, or drawling accents. Even children! Truly, when was the last time you ever heard any child speak with a slow drawl?
I join my fellow listeners in disappointment over the splitting of the book into two parts but Audible are fantastic about returning old books so I don't really begrudge them this. They do what they can. It was probably the publisher's decision, anyway. Better to do it this way than not at all.
As for the story line so far, this book lacks something the first had in abundance. In the first, I was gripped from the moment the dyrewolf cubs were found, but this one... the only interest I've found is trying to keep up with Tyrian Lannister, I think.
I am an Australian woman who enjoys reading many different styles of books, from history to sci fi and mystery to poetry.
This book is as good as the first. Albeit a little more graphic.
NARRATOR - Once again the narrator fails a little in the accent department. This really infuriated me with one particular character, but with a story this well written, you can set it aside, after a bit. His inflections have improved in this book and, are more appropriate. Again he lets the story speak for itself.
STORY - This book is a little more graphic concerning violence, but these are violent times we are reading about (think medieval with dragons). The story continues to move along at a good pace so far. The characters develop further here and we get to know them better. They still seem a little one dimensional in spots (especially the women), but I am assuming this will improve as time goes on.
I would recommend this book as the second in the series, but I would say do not let children read these books, they are a little too graphic.
I had never heard of this books until I watched the HBO series, the books are just fantastic.... a must for your collection.
Complimentary to the print version - and also to the TV series
All of them - this is truly ensemble cast
It's already been done!
Movie loving Brit living Down Under. Anything 'end of the world' themed usually gets my attention, but The Stand has yet to be beat.
Book 1 sets the bar very high. Book 2 jumps that bar with the ease of a pole vaulter facing a limbo pole. It really is that good.
There are two or three great characters in these books - Tyrian the Imp for example - but the brief contacts we have with them are interposed with swathes of long winded faux medieval pageantry of one kind or another.
Remember "Sir Brentin Waythorpe of house Moon" ? No, well don't worry because even though we'll spend a few paragraphs describing his flags, mail and family tree, he'll have no role in the story and will never be heard of again. It's as if you've paused a scene in a movie and got someone to describe all the extras in massive detail. At times this feels like the kind of literature you should buy by the kilogram, not the book!
The other big problem I personally have is the constant brutality dished out by the many random "Sir Knights" - A three year old has "his face smashed in by a morning star" before a similar fate meets his wailing mother. This delightful interlude adds NOTHING to the plot or character of those involved - we already know they're treasonous adulterous baddies! The book is flush with these little treats, often involving children, and it is not an educational publication about the horrors of war, it's an airport fantasy novel.
Everyone who is not a "high born" character is voiced as a semi retarded yokel - this gets really jarring after a very short time.
Only if you've got a really long flight and don't mind a lot of meaningless brutality thrown in with your fantasy fluff.
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