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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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    Marcus London, United Kingdom 01/01/2012
    Marcus London, United Kingdom 01/01/2012 Member Since 2010
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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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jean Xagħra Gozo Malta 08/07/2014
    Jean Xagħra Gozo Malta 08/07/2014 Member Since 2012
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    "Enjoyed listening again hard to stop for anything!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Clash of Kings (Part Two) to be better than the print version?

    Have not read any of the books.


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

    Can't compare


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

    Hard to make a choice


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

    Yes both


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Patrick DublinIreland 07/07/2014
    Patrick DublinIreland 07/07/2014 Member Since 2008
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    "No Clash with the Television!"
    What made the experience of listening to A Clash of Kings (Part Two) the most enjoyable?

    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


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters have depth and keep their "skins" even as the stories develop around them


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    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


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

    It is exciting, it is brutal, coarse but intriguing. It is a page turner...long listening book.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dan Bowen Sydney 24/03/2014
    Dan Bowen Sydney 24/03/2014 Listener Since 2007

    Tunes, flicks, surf and smelling 2-stroke from a classic Italian.

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    "Utterly compelling story, flawed narration ..."
    Any additional comments?

    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dee S Bath, Somerset 15/03/2014
    Dee S Bath, Somerset 15/03/2014 Member Since 2012

    I have been enjoying listening to audio books as I cant hold a book to read it.I have read over 60 books and some I have read more than once

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    "Good Read"
    If you could sum up A Clash of Kings (Part Two) in three words, what would they be?

    As good as the first part of the book it was just ashame that the book had to be split into tow parts.


    What did you like best about this story?

    All the different plots that were going on.


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

    He was great as he made you feel part of the plot. His voice is nice to hear and not to high pitched


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

    I enjoyed it a lot


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mr T E Grogan Dublin, Ireland 15/12/2013
    Mr T E Grogan Dublin, Ireland 15/12/2013 Member Since 2013
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    "A long book made feel short."
    What did you like most about A Clash of Kings (Part Two)?

    The readers impressionism really enveloped me in the story. The accents are very useful to track that many characters in the story.


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

    Lord of the Rings.


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

    Tyrion Lannister


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

    Winter is Coming


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mr. R. J. King Cambridge, UK 05/06/2013
    Mr. R. J. King Cambridge, UK 05/06/2013 Member Since 2012
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    "Loved it"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    MISS Plymouth, United Kingdom 15/04/2013
    MISS Plymouth, United Kingdom 15/04/2013 Member Since 2011
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    "Great Book!"

    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    stephen United Kingdom 13/04/2013
    stephen United Kingdom 13/04/2013
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah London, United Kingdom 08/04/2013
    Sarah London, United Kingdom 08/04/2013
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    "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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Ian
    Frankston South, Australia
    21/09/11
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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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • beau
    melbourne, Australia
    28/06/12
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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
    Sydney, Australia
    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
  • 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
  • Kelvin
    South Africa
    10/04/12
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    "An all-time classic."

    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).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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