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Editorial Reviews

One of the most read fantasy series in the world, A Song of Ice and Fire, is here in Book 2, A Clash of Kings, written by legendary author George R. R. Martin and in an unabridged audiobook narrated by veteran British actor Roy Dotrice. This phenomenal series has been the inspiration behind the colossal HBO TV series Game of Thrones. The Seven Kingdoms lie in ruin. King Robert is dead and the boy-king rules as a tyrant. Talk of an immense war is seeping throughout the lands. Available now from Audible.
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Publisher's Summary

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
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Critic Reviews

"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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4 out of 5 stars
By Michael on 02-11-13

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.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 03-02-18

Narration takes some getting used to

A song of ice and fire is by far the best fantasy series I have ever read or listened to. A clash of Kings is a master piece. The only difficulty is the narration can be a little jarring and some of the voices and accents used are terrible. Once past that however its hours of enjoyment

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4 out of 5 stars
By Marcus on 01-01-12

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.

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3 out of 5 stars
By James on 06-11-12

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

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5 out of 5 stars
By Salim Kursav on 07-13-16

Great book

The book is great and the narrative is good but some of the pronunciation choices are quite weird. In what world does "Brienne" pronounced as "Bra-y-in"? I cringed every single time she was mentioned. There are some inconsistent accent choices as well. Some very high-born characters have peasant accents. Accents aside, the emotion and the the flow of the narrative is quite good.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Xander on 06-16-16

Great story, awful narrator

The story is really great, though I do find George R. R. Martin hard to read at times, he gets bogged down in detail and there are so many charscters that it can be 30+ chapters before you get back around to the character that you're actually interested in at the moment.

The narator on the other hand is aweful. The accents the narrator uses become increasingly absurd as the books go on and more characters are introduced. the accents become so thick that it is nearly impossible to understand what is being said at times. The majority of the accents he uses sound drunk, slurred or out right retarded.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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