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A Clash of Kings Audiobook

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

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The complete, unabridged audiobook of A Clash of Kings.

HBO’s hit series A Game of Thrones is based on George R. R. Martin’s internationally best-selling series A Song of Ice and Fire, the greatest fantasy epic of the modern age. A Clash of Kings is the second volume in the series.

Throughout Westeros, the cold winds are rising.

From the ancient citadel of Dragonstone to the forbidding lands of Winterfell, chaos reigns as pretenders to the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms stake their claims through tempest, turmoil and war.

As a prophecy of doom cuts across the sky - a comet the colour of blood and flame - five factions struggle for control of a divided land. Brother plots against brother and the dead rise to walk in the night.

Against a backdrop of incest, fratricide, alchemy and murder, the price of glory is measured in blood.

©2011 George R. R. Martin (P)2011 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Michael 02-11-13
    Michael 02-11-13
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    "If you are up to this, you are hooked"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Canberra Dilettante Canberra, Australia 03-23-14
    Canberra Dilettante Canberra, Australia 03-23-14 Member Since 2017
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    "Amazing story,, but a challenge for the narrator"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What other book might you compare A Clash of Kings (Part One) to and why?

    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.


    What aspect of Roy Dotrice’s performance would you have changed?

    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.


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

    The Wars of the Roses, with Magic! And Dragons!


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Eleonora 07-01-17
    Eleonora 07-01-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Winter has come"

    Sommer went and winter is coming but fire awoke to touch the ice. How and when we will see.

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    Lady Diana Le Havre, France 12-12-16
    Lady Diana Le Havre, France 12-12-16
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    "Great reading again, Roy !"

    I love this man's voice, il fits GoT perfectly ! Except, this time, some voices and pronunciations of names were wrong (especially in Gendry's case). I wish they could be changed, but it would require him to reread the whole book. Other than that, it was really great, can't wait to start the third book.

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    Mauricio 10-21-16
    Mauricio 10-21-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Roy Dotrice is the grandmaster"

    Roy Dotrice is the grandmaster of audiobooks' performance. Having listened to some non-fiction before, I was at first reluctant to buy fiction audiobooks, but Roy makes the experience so compelling I sometimes felt I was living inside R. R. Martin's legend. Absolutely remarkable!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jessica ROMA, Australia 03-10-14
    Jessica ROMA, Australia 03-10-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Not the best narration"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon Brisbane, Australia 11-03-13
    Sharon Brisbane, Australia 11-03-13 Member Since 2017
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    "The saga continues"

    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.

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    Walter Calamvale, Australia 07-19-13
    Walter Calamvale, Australia 07-19-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A must for fans of the books and HBO program..."

    I had never heard of this books until I watched the HBO series, the books are just fantastic.... a must for your collection.

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    Hoheria 04-24-13
    Hoheria 04-24-13
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    "Totally engaging story read wonderfully"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Clash of Kings (Part One) to be better than the print version?

    Complimentary to the print version - and also to the TV series


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All of them - this is truly ensemble cast


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

    Bran


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

    It's already been done!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ian Frankston South, Australia 09-21-11
    Ian Frankston South, Australia 09-21-11 Member Since 2017
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    "Onwards and Upwards"

    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.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Abbots Leigh, United Kingdom
    10/3/11
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    "Amazing story, poor narration."

    This picks up where the recent HBO tv series left off. Obviously the book is better than the tv show, in fact the book starts good and by the end is utterly engrossing (and pretty dark). Unfortunately the narrator (Roy Dotrice) makes it pretty hard going by leaving inexplicable pauses in the middle of most sentences and attributing the most bizarre voices to the characters. His accent repertoire seems to consist of either irritatingly posh or rural with learning difficulties. Very strange choice of narrator for such a high profile book in my opinion. Still the story is so good that I'm going to listen to the next one anyway.

    20 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • Marcus
    London, United Kingdom
    1/1/12
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    "Addictive"

    I started this series having watched the Game of Throne series on TV and it has not disappointed.  It does take time to get into the stories as there are so many characters, plot lines and background history.  What really helped me to follow what is happening was a website called Tower of the Hand, which has summaries of each chapter and links to biographies of all the characters. 

    A great ranges of interesting characters with most showing shades of good
    and bad in their actions.    Tyrion the dwarf is a great literary creation.  The author is a natural  story teller,  packing the narrative with sparkling dialogue, inventive action, and most chapters end on cliffhangers.  Unusually for
    a fantasy series many of the early battles are only described to us in the third person, although later books start to describe the battles as first person encounters.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Andrew
    Malmesbury, United Kingdom
    2/23/13
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    "Don't forget to get part 2!"

    The way the publisher has split a single volume into two parts is not only blatant profiteering but has limited my enjoyment of the series. This is the second time I have gone on to the next book without realising I had not finished the book I was reading!! The result is I know what is going to happen in the second part of this volume because I have listened to the start of the next book. The way Audible catalogues the books doesn't help- I have tried a couple of different filters and none place parts 1 and 2 of this volume together. It would help if Audible could warn you when you buy the book that it is in 2 parts, as other providers do. Started a new book by a diffferent auther- I might come back to this, but may just give up.

    28 of 33 people found this review helpful
  • James
    Chester, United Kingdom
    6/11/12
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    "True..."

    ...this series deserves a better reader than Dotrice, but, that admitted, it's still one of the best ways of consuming this series although having to buy the book twice - no one volume is longer than War and Peace and other hefty volumes that are sold as one so why are these sold in two full price parts - is a bane and the strongest argument against listening to it in this way

    12 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Joanna
    Huntingdon, United Kingdom
    2/23/12
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    "Great Book - spoiled by poor narration"

    My plan to listen to this with a glass of wine whilst languishing in a hot bubble bath was sadly cut short when I started to listen to Roy Dotrice narration. I am not sure if Roy Dotrice was using this opportunity to practice his regional accents, or looking for a part in the next Pirates of the Caribbean either way I was left feeling incredibly frustrated by wasting money on this book and the waste of such a wonderful bath.

    Oh well back to reading I think and PS Mr Dotrice if you are looking for a tip - when reading a character with an accent a try give them the same accent throughout.

    18 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • Stian
    Trondheim, Norway
    4/7/12
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    "Bad narration"

    I signed up 2 hrs ago and bought another book. I found the narration so bad i gave up immidiately, i then tried this book and have the same problem. I have to concentrate really hard follow the story. I have listened to some audio books before and enjoyed it very much.

    I don't know if it's compressed to much, the narrator or the fact that it sounds like a recording done during the second world war. I've just wasted money on two books, disappointed.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • jack
    10/14/15
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    "Great book AWFUL narration"

    absolutely in love with this a song of ice and fire series what can I get over how awful the narration is! the accents are by far the very worst part Roy dotrice has a unique talent of making interesting dynamic and intelligent characters sound like dimwitted tribesman and he makes the dimwitted tribesman sound more eloquent from the high Lords

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Jeremy
    BRACKNELL, United Kingdom
    11/30/11
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    "Narrator"

    Roy Dotrice has a good voice and as narrator he's perfect. Given the geography of Westeros, it's OK to give the Lannisters welsh accents. The irish/scottish accents for other regions of the island are very confused though and seem to be random and inconsistent. From the delivery, many of the "little people" seem to be mentally impaired (not there in the text). BUT the worst choice in the exaggerated Churchill accent for Tywin Lannister, truly AWFUL. It made the scenes with him in a painful nails-down-a blackboard experience!
    There are an enormous number of characters so there would have to be lots of generic "voices" but does every sailor have to be Robert Newton's long john silver?

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Luke
    3/19/12
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    "Spliiting into parts is a ripoff"

    I enjoyed listening. However the lack of variation in voices made the experience often confusing, and I felt cheated that after buying part 1, I had to buy part 2 separately to finish the story. Will not buy another book with this reader and with this being charged twice system.

    15 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • attributionName
    11/30/14
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    "amazing"
    Where does A Clash of Kings (Part One) rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Definitely among the best


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Hound. He's honest in a hilarious way and he's the only one who sees the game but doesn't play it.


    What about Roy Dotrice’s performance did you like?

    I like his overall performance very much, it's just a bit hard when he chooses certain accents and voices for characters I would see differently. And it's a bit annoying to hear Varys speech impediment.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    No idea


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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