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A Clash of Kings (Part Two): Book 2 of A Song of Ice and Fire | [George R. R. Martin]

A Clash of Kings (Part Two): Book 2 of A Song of Ice and Fire

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

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"A Game of Thrones grabs hold and won't let go. It's brilliant." (Robert Jordan)

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"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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    Marcus London, United Kingdom 01/01/2012
    Marcus London, United Kingdom 01/01/2012 Member Since 2015
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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.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    ParcelMan UK 19/02/2015
    ParcelMan UK 19/02/2015

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    "Another fantastic performance"

    Great characterisation and a superb story.
    its so vivid - you look forward to going back into the world of GOT every time

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Niamh B. Patterson Dublin,Ireland 01/01/2015
    Niamh B. Patterson Dublin,Ireland 01/01/2015 Member Since 2014

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    "Super"

    Love it - really great continuation of the story . Would recommend it to all and everyone - it's super. Will read the next one !

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dover8 26/08/2015
    Dover8 26/08/2015 Member Since 2015

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    "great story"

    well read. really enjoyable book
    looking forward to ready the next one. you cant not read the next one

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    Jonathan Australia 14/08/2015
    Jonathan Australia 14/08/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "Move over Tolkein"

    Haven't enjoyed a book like this since The Lord of the Rings.
    Fantastic development of characters.
    Can't wait to sink my fangs into the next in the series.

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    "Audiobook was a great help"

    This audiobook was a massive help. Though I also borrow the books too, as they help me to understand what's going on a little more.

    The narrator was great, as always and cant fault him. I look forward to using the other audiobooks when I manage to get through the rest of the series.

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    "Awesome!"

    Really enjoyed it! Very well read and written! It's so easy to just sit and listen too for hours at a time!

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    Janet Hughes 24/06/2015
    Janet Hughes 24/06/2015 Member Since 2011
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    "simply fabulous"

    The audio book brings George Martin's characters alive and kicking off the page. sometimes audio versions are disappointing but not in this case.

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    Richard Nelson Halifax, UK 07/05/2015
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    "Phenomenal"

    Everyone knows how good game of thrones is but Roy Dotrice absolutely kills the performance with so many characters and emotions its bewildering how he remembers them all!

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    Helene Brunssum, United Kingdom 28/04/2015
    Helene Brunssum, United Kingdom 28/04/2015 Member Since 2010
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    "A complicated story which is well narrated"
    What made the experience of listening to A Clash of Kings (Part Two) the most enjoyable?

    Roy Dotrice's reading is admirable. How can he keep up with all the different characters?
    A very intricate sequel, difficult to read and follow but equally difficult whilst listening.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Clash of Kings (Part Two)?

    Very complicated plot lines and in a world that is quite barbaric. There are despicable characters and some brutal but likeable characters.


    What does Roy Dotrice bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Roy Dotrice is an admirable choice of narrator, giving each character their own voice we are flabbergasted by his reading. Amazing!!!


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

    Not possible! We listened to the first during a long driving holiday through Europe, it covered us for 2 and a half weeks, they help eat up the miles. My husband said that it clarified aspects of the books that he had missed, I do not have the concentration to tackle the written word. This part also covered a long journey.


    Any additional comments?

    My comments are the same for 2 parts of book 1 and part 1 of book 2. Hope Roy Dotrice continues reading these for the publisher and audible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    "Writer & Narrator in Perfect Harmony"

    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.

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  • beau
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    "I had to stop..."

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Geoff Waldon
    06/08/12
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    "Slight fantasy with intrigue"
    If you could sum up A Clash of Kings (Part Two) in three words, what would they be?

    Gripping, delightful, insightful


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Clash of Kings (Part Two)?

    Hard to choose from so many. Most memorable are probably the interaction between Tyrion and Cerci Lannister.


    Have you listened to any of Roy Dotrice’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    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.


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait till I hear the rest of the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • rhys
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    "Awesome"

    Amazing so far looking forward to the next ones. And great choice of voice for the story love the impressions.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Canberra Dilettante
    Canberra, Australia
    24/03/14
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    "Pt 2 Vol 2: Song of Ice and Fire (Game of Thrones)"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    See my comments for Part One of Vol 2 of Song of Ice and Fire: A Clash of Kings (Game of Thrones)


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Isn't Tyrion everyone's favourite? Though I have a sneaking fondness for Davos the Onion Knight. And (heresey!) Sansa.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    I guess so. Dotrice is a little ponderous, and I'm thrown out of the story too often by his ill-fitting accents and mangled pronunciations.


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

    I'd love to listen to the whole Song of Ice and Fire in once sitting, but (a) the series isn't finished yet; and (b) I'd need to take a fortnight off work and arrange to be fed through a tube!


    Any additional comments?

    I think these books are probably perfect for Whispersync and might try that for Volume Three. They are so dense and complex that I think that the immersive experience of listening and reading together would be an idea way to make sure I'm capturing all of it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sharon
    Brisbane, Australia
    03/11/13
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jackee
    Goovigen, Australia
    24/01/13
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    "Great 2nd book."

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jo
    Suburbia, Australia
    12/11/12
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    "Good"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    It's good. By now you are into the series and wand to keep going.


    Would you recommend A Clash of Kings (Part Two) to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes.


    What three words best describe Roy Dotrice’s performance?

    Good performance


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Linda
    Auckland, New Zealand
    27/09/12
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    "A good escape from reality"
    Where does A Clash of Kings (Part Two) rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Not the greatest but pretty good.


    What did you like best about this story?

    That it took me somewhere far away and kept me entertained.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator struggled to keep his accents consistent. To be fair he had a huge cast to keep up with.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It was sometimes horrifying.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jan
    Carole Park, Australia
    18/06/12
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    "as good as the 1st book"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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