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A Clash of Kings

Book 2 of A Song of Ice and Fire
Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
Series: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 2
Length: 37 hrs and 12 mins
4.8 out of 5 stars (2,043 ratings)

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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.

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

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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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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Narrator x 2 please

This book would be better with more than one narrator as there are so many characters. It got a bit confusing at times.

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Good story, mixed character voicing

Good story. Not 100% convinced by the narrator. The character voices are all too "unique", almost life there are no "normal" people in this universe. Everyone sounds old or has some kind of speech impediment, etc. but maybe this is necessary since there are so many characters. The narrator's real voice itself is quite pleasant and fits the atmosphere well

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Perfect

Great story and great audible! I will recommend it to anyone. Reading is very clear and exciting.

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Great book. Nice voice performance.

A little sketchy on the pronunciations. But otherwise well read and easy to listen to

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good story.

i loved the story but sadly wasn't to impressed with the reader. don't get me wrong he has a good voice but the voices he did for characters weren't the best. a lot sounded the same and u would get lost with who was speaking through out the story. other than that it was great.

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Hooked on Game of Thrones

Love it on Audible as can listen while gardening or doing housework and don't have to feel guilty.

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Meh.

This was definitely a quicker way to get through the book but the narrator really needs to learn how to pronounce the names correctly.

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Great Book 10/10

Another great addition to the series amazing book the reader is perfect and fits all the characters perfectly

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Hard to stop listening and loving this series!

This twisted, enthralling take has me hooked! It makes my commute fly! Starting to creep into my weekends and I can't wait for the next book!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-05-2019

Change the narrator

The nagging voice of the narrator is the only downside. It is often too sharp and hurts my ears. But the story is fantastic so you press on.

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  • Maria
  • 08-09-2019

Great story, poor narration

Excellent novel, but so frustrating to listen to the narration of Roy Dotrice, who once again mispronounces the names of the characters and places, and makes voices sound toothless and ridiculous. Disrespectful to the fans of the books/series.

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  • Michael
  • 11-02-2013

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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  • Milica
  • 17-02-2020

Not a great sequel, but part of an epic series

A Clash of Kings is the second book in the “A Song of Ice and Fire” series. It continues on from the epic finale of the first book, A Game of Thrones. I did not enjoy this book, to be honest I struggled to get through it. There was so much NOT happening. I feel as though this book was like the slow build up to the next book in the series. My view is if it doesn’t add to the story, why put it in? I felt that there was a lot in this book that didn’t add to the overall story. The book was so long but hardly anything happened.   Roy Dotrice is a masterful performer. I almost can’t believe how many voices he has. The vast amount of characters in this book are no match for his brilliant intonation and absolutely amazing performance.   Although this book was not the best, it would be silly to miss reading one in the series. Just try get through it quickly to get to the next one!

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  • Canberra Dilettante
  • 23-03-2014

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.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-08-2020

Would prefer another narrator

The narrator pronounces the names a bit weirdly and tends to mimick voices a bit childishly for my taste. The story is great albeit a bit slow in some of the chapters.

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  • Gobbstoppers
  • 21-07-2020

Just so good

So good and so captivating. Love this series. The more you listen the more you feel as if you're right there with them.

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  • Loso
  • 12-07-2019

loved it

I'm hooked on the story after the show, about to start the next book. What's dead may never die!

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  • khalil
  • 25-11-2018

Great

Can't wait to get to a storm of swords, though I fear for the fate of Westeros.

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  • jayesh dharamsey
  • 21-09-2018

awesome

the best epic ever told. this book is no exception either. eager read the next one.

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  • Jess
  • 12-11-2019

You’re better off getting a physical copy

I have no issues with the story, if you like Game of Thrones, you’ll enjoy this book. However, the reason I’m writing this review, is that I cannot finish the book because the narration is so appalling. Cheesy and over-acted, the narrator uses nonsensical accents that don’t even stay consistent throughout the book (with each passing chapter Tyrion becomes more Welsh, for some absurd reason). The voices are grating, and the over exaggeration of the characters makes you feel like you’re listening to an episode of Family Guy. I would rather listen to the announcements on the train on my commute than Roy Dotrice’s impression of Shireen Baratheon. Awful.

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  • Little Wolves
  • 09-02-2019

please change narrator !!

Someone else narrating these books would have there work cut out for them especially after the HBO series's but please let someone try !! I would love to listen to all these books again but the narrator is awful and ruins them all be warned when buying these books all the different voices for all the characters change with each book it is very frustrating ! especially the way Roy turns Tyrion Lannister into a leprechaun and Tywin Lannister in to Winston Churchill and Arya Stark (who should be northern) is an old Irish woman and on and on its so BAD ! ! I would be more than happy to buy the books to listen to again if a new narrator is found the books are definitely worth a second chance.

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  • Marcus
  • 01-01-2012

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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  • Joanna
  • 23-02-2012

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.

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  • Orlaith Holland
  • 04-09-2017

Brilliant story, cringey narration

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I absolutely loved the book, and I enjoyed the storytelling. But as someone who has both read the first book and seen the show, the narrator made some choices that I felt didn't make any sense. I must've missed that part in the story where the Lannisters sent Tyrion to Wales for a while, since he has a thick welsh accent while the others do not. Some other points where I seriously considered returning this was when I heard the pronunciation of certain names. A word of warning; only buy this if you are willing to listen to Brienne being pronounced BRI-EEN and Petyr being Pet-IRE. It drove me up the wall.

How could the performance have been better?

Maybe check up on familial ties between characters before you start doling out random accents.

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  • Andrew
  • 23-02-2013

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.

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  • JF7588
  • 11-06-2012

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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  • Luke
  • 19-03-2012

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.

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  • Ru
  • 03-10-2011

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.

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  • Jeremy
  • 30-11-2011

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?

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