This is Part Two of Book 2 of the A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE Series.
George R. R. Martin’s superb fantasy epic continues in consummate style as bloodshed and alchemy lay waste the Seven Kingdoms. This second volume of A Song of Ice and Fire is unabridged and split into two parts. 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 fifteen 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’s 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 ten 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)
One of the greatest fantasy titles of all time. Martin has created a world and storyline which bypasses Tolkien. This is the story which I will insist my children read (when they're old enough to handle the sex, violence treachery).
This is another awesome book, but again it is seriously enhanced by the efforts of Roy Dotrice, with his brilliant characterisations and accents.
Arya Stark shines as a favourite character for her courage and humour.
Tyrion Lannister, however, is my favourite in these talking books, thanks to Roy's lovely Welshification of him.
If you liked the books the talking books, with Dotrice in voice, will be even better. If you've never read the books then why not?
If it was easier to follow which book comes after the other, if the Titles were in a more understandable fashion it would make the reading far more pleasant. As it is it is very difficult to follow the story.
"Enjoyed listening again hard to stop for anything!"
Have not read any of the books.
Hard to make a choice
Best thing I did getting this series on Audible. I enjoyed the TV series but since moving to Malta I can't get the shows anymore so now I can listen and I'm actually a head of the series so far shown. On to the next book.
"No Clash with the Television!"
The story , as with the other books in the series allows the listener to follow multiple characters easily and though at times there may be a temptation to dodge a character, the continuity stops this. It is a continuation and only one part of the whole story. It is hard to stop listening
The characters have depth and keep their "skins" even as the stories develop around them
I like Mr Dotrice' s voice, it is firm and melodious. I sometime think that he puts old or ugly voices on young and pretty characters. It must be difficult to keep the characters always right
It is exciting, it is brutal, coarse but intriguing. It is a page turner...long listening book.
The up side is that it is a part of a larger work, the down side is that it might be difficult to listen to or engage with if the preceding parts have not been heard.
"Utterly compelling story, flawed narration ..."
Was ever there a story with such a vast and rich array of characters and sub-plots? I can't think of one off-hand. Like many others I came to A Song of Ice and Fire from the HBO TV series and I haven't been disappointed in audiobook format as it's just such a wonderful tale. Unfortunately the narration here is not the best. It's not so much the narration as the acting, if Roy Dotrice was just to read straight from the page his voice is fine. However when he embodies the characters (which is what is required after all) his voices are often tedious and the weird choices to add a Welsh or Irish twang to the accent of some characters is frankly just odd, especially when direct family members have completely different accents. That said it is not a big enough problem to ruin my enjoyment overall and the quandary I find myself in now is do I go beyond the TV series or wait patiently for it to catch up? I'll make that decision when I catch up myself, for now it's on to A Storm Of Swords!
As good as the first part of the book it was just ashame that the book had to be split into tow parts.
All the different plots that were going on.
He was great as he made you feel part of the plot. His voice is nice to hear and not to high pitched
I enjoyed it a lot
"A long book made feel short."
The readers impressionism really enveloped me in the story. The accents are very useful to track that many characters in the story.
Lord of the Rings.
Winter is Coming
Roy holds the listeners attention throughout a very long slow paced story. The many characters are made easy to remember through the made accents, intonations and tones. He also coveys character emotion very well and keeps the listener entranced.
I've listened to the first two books back-to-back, and loved them. I do resent, slightly, the fact that I've have to pay two credits for one book both times. Although I'm sure Amazon would argue the length and cost of recording justifies, it does smack slightly of milking it while the TV series is generating lots of new readers.
The story is hard to fault. I found the first hour of the first book slow going, with endless characters being introduced and very little happening, but once it gets going, it really bites you. The characters are fantastic and deep, offering you a real sense of knowing their minds, and the authors fearless approach to killing them off leaves you constantly worrying that your favourite is about to meet an unpleasant end.
There is a lot of very dark and graphic sexual content in these books, and I while it does not bother me especially, I would be extremely wary of letting anyone but an adult anywhere near these books.
In contrast to many, I liked the narrator. Given the (literally) thousands of characters he had to find voices for, I think he did a creditable job, although there are times when principal characters acquire each others voices or accents change from chapter to chapter. The Lannisters especially, seem to have gone from northern, to Welsh, to something else entirely as the books progress.
The only slightly grating thing I found, was that the age of the narrator makes the characters far older than the text portrays them, but it's a small niggle.
I love this audio book - the story is great and so exciting! Another great from George R.R. Martin. The narration really helps to build the atmosphere and make you keep listening. I really, really enjoyed this audio book and I couldn't turn it off!
The audio quality is also up to the usual high standard. I would recommend this book!
"More of the same please"
I could see this was going to become a problem for me as soon as I discovered the pleasure of plugging my mp3 into the car radio. I keep finding myself sitting in the works car park in the morning when I should be in work. Just a few more minutes.... I have become totally enthralled by the characters, the locations and the way the story is developing. I am either going to have to start for work earlier or move to a house thats further away so it takes me longer to get there.
Read it and love it. But, if you want to keep your job, it may be a good idea to buy a copy for your boss.
"The modern Tolkien"
This amazing series of books lives up to its reputation. Its unbelievably engrossing with an array of interesting characters. Terrible 'Baddies' and unusual heroes. Its a must read for everyone!
"A Clash of Kings"
This continues the exploits of the first part of the series, A Game of Thrones. The intricacies of the plot continues to fold around itself, keeping you enthralled in the multi-faceted story line. New characters are added, and the existing ones are developed in depth and girth. George R R Martin has written a masterpiece and Roy Dotrice is a master narrator.
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