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)
As good as the books are, and they're very good indeed, it's Roy Dotrice's narration that makes the whole thing sing. As a comparison, the audiobook of Dune, another multi-threaded, multi-character, multi-dialect epic used several narrators sometimes and one narrator at other times. Sometimes the narrators were good, sometimes average and sometimes downright terrible.
Dotrice manages to do the heavy lifting and somehow carry the entire cast, from the major characters to the smallest one liner and give them all a voice and, using an array of British accents, makes them all consistent and recognisable.
Yes, sometimes the accent doesn't quite suit the character but such instances are rare enough to simply not matter.
It is hard to imagine how this audiobook could have been improved.
Gripping, delightful, insightful
Hard to choose from so many. Most memorable are probably the interaction between Tyrion and Cerci Lannister.
First time. He makes it very easy to distinguish which character is talking even though the celtic accents of some characters dont seem to ring true. Probably because I have watched the TV series.
Well it has already been done. But the warning should be, don't become too attached to the characters even when they are so likeable. You will be heartbrocken when their tragic downfall occurs.
Can't wait till I hear the rest of the series.
I'm a horticulturist so I am mainlined to audible constantly while doing a spot of gardening. I prefer non-fiction as I like walking away from work with a bit of extra knowledge, but have recently found a beautiful escape in fiction titles which bring their own knowledge with them, I guess...
I had to stop what I was doing to pick up my jaw, lest I stepped on it.
I think I have learned how this man writes and so brace myself for an unexpected turn, trying to predict where the book will go but for the life of me, I can not pick most of the plot line twists.
You can imagine how stoked I am when I come close to guessing it but on the whole, this series is highly recommended for those who wish to be taken on a roller coaster for over 200 hours.
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.
The book flows straight on from the first. I couldn't wait to start it and when I did start I couldn't stop listening. Sad that some of my favourite characters are no long in the story. But it is still a wonderful read.
It's good. By now you are into the series and wand to keep going.
Not the greatest but pretty good.
That it took me somewhere far away and kept me entertained.
The narrator struggled to keep his accents consistent. To be fair he had a huge cast to keep up with.
It was sometimes horrifying.
The characters lacked real depth in that the baddies were only evil and the goodies too good. But overall it was mindlessly entertaining and I enjoyed it.
Love Books and listen while working out and on the way to and from work
If you like the 1st book you will like this one. It continues the story at a good pace and you learn more about the charters. The narration is outstanding - you can pick up most charters just with the different voices that the narrate uses.
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?
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