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A Dance with Dragons: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 5 | [George R. R. Martin]

A Dance with Dragons: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 5

Dubbed the American Tolkien by Time magazine, George R. R. Martin has earned international acclaim for his monumental cycle of epic fantasy. Now the number-one New York Times best-selling author delivers the fifth book in his spellbinding landmark series - as both familiar faces and surprising new forces vie for a foothold in a fragmented empire.
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Publisher's Summary

Dubbed the American Tolkien by Time magazine, George R. R. Martin has earned international acclaim for his monumental cycle of epic fantasy. Now the number-one New York Times best-selling author delivers the fifth book in his spellbinding landmark series - as both familiar faces and surprising new forces vie for a foothold in a fragmented empire.

In the aftermath of a colossal battle, the future of the Seven Kingdoms hangs in the balance once again - beset by newly emerging threats from every direction. In the east, Daenerys Targaryen, the last scion of House Targaryen, rules with her three dragons as queen of a city built on dust and death. But Daenerys has three times 3,000 enemies, and many have set out to find her. Yet, as they gather, one young man embarks upon his own quest for the queen, with an entirely different goal in mind.

To the north lies the mammoth Wall of ice and stone - a structure only as strong as those guarding it. There, Jon Snow, 998th Lord Commander of the Nights Watch, will face his greatest challenge yet. For he has powerful foes not only within the Watch but also beyond, in the land of the creatures of ice.

And from all corners, bitter conflicts soon reignite, intimate betrayals are perpetrated, and a grand cast of outlaws and priests, soldiers and skinchangers, nobles and slaves, will face seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Some will fail, others will grow in the strength of darkness. But in a time of rising restlessness, the tides of destiny and politics will lead inevitably to the greatest dance of all.

Enchanted? Check out the rest of George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series.

©2011 George R.R. Martin (P)2011 Random House

What the Critics Say

"Martin has produced--is producing, since the series isn't over--the great fantasy epic of our era. ... his skill as a crafter of narrative exceeds that of almost any literary novelist writing today." (Lev Grossman, Time)

"Martin's love for sophisticated, deeply strange fantasy permeates Dance like a phantasmagorical fever dream…Martin seems poised in the last two books to bring home one of the best series in the history of fantasy." (Jeff Vandermeer, Los Angeles Times)

"Fans of A Song of Ice and Fire will surely think the wait was worth it. ... The great attraction of the story must lie in its panorama of a medieval kingdom: knights in armor, mercenary ‘sellswords,' tavern wenches, struggling and surviving inhabitants in all forms, from low to high." (Tom Shippey, Wall Street Journal)

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    karen Crowley, TX, United States 10-02-12
    karen Crowley, TX, United States 10-02-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Super Bad!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The narrator kept changing name pronunciations. I was reading it on my kindle also, which kept the confusion down. I found the story very boring. I really do not care what happens to any of the characters. The tale ends here.


    What was most disappointing about George R. R. Martin’s story?

    It rambled on and went nowhere interesting,


    What didn’t you like about Roy Dotrice’s performance?

    The voices were just a mess!


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from A Dance with Dragons?

    Most of the Dragon queen parts.


    Any additional comments?

    No

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Laura ARVADA, CO, United States 10-01-12
    Laura ARVADA, CO, United States 10-01-12 Member Since 2012
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    "What happened?"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I only finished this because I was so involved in the story. The narration was horrible.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It continues to wind the story....but when will some conclusion happen?


    What didn’t you like about Roy Dotrice’s performance?

    The voices of the characters changed. All the female characters sound sappy and immature.


    Do you think A Dance with Dragons needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    There are many loose ends of the story that need to be tied up.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kim Fort Worth, TX, United States 10-01-12
    Kim Fort Worth, TX, United States 10-01-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Very slow and not enough of the main characters"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who doesn't enjoy reading about the same characterss from beginning to end


    What could George R. R. Martin have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    He should have kept up the story line from book 3 and brought it thru book 4 and 5


    What about Roy Dotrice’s performance did you like?

    All of it


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    TJDenver 09-25-12
    TJDenver 09-25-12 Member Since 2004
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    "The final installment"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Dance with Dragons to be better than the print version?

    Too many characters, too many "Ok, where did this one come from" moments, but I keep coming back each for more, even if I do have to spend two credits for for each volume.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tim oakland park, FL, United States 09-24-12
    Tim oakland park, FL, United States 09-24-12
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    "I wish I had better things to say"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    If I had a friend who was a fantasy junkie and was looking for a new series I would recommend it. For a the normal reader, probably not. So many of the character names were the same/similar or changed that is was hard to keep track of them all. Also the author seems to have a fixation with bodily fluids and their vivid description. The bodily fluid descriptions and the word "rape" are over used. This is going to be one of those rare occasions where the T.V. series is better than the book.


    Would you recommend A Dance with Dragons to your friends? Why or why not?

    If I had a friend who was a fantasy junkie and was looking for a new series I would recommend it. For a the normal reader, probably not. So many of the character names were the same/similar or changed that is was hard to keep track of them all. Also the author seems to have a fixation with bodily fluids and their vivid description. The bodily fluid descriptions and the word "rape" are over used. This is going to be one of those rare occasions where the T.V. series is better than the book.


    Did Roy Dotrice do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Roy Dotrice took a lot of flack in the reviews I read; to the point I almost did not download the book. In truth he does a fine job. Some of the voices are a bit off but not so much that it deters from the book. Roy caught a lot of flack for some of the character name changes. The criticism is not warranted. If you pay attention to the book the name changes fit. If I were to be nit picky....There is a pause between chapters, but in this book there are sometimes long pauses for no reason.


    Was A Dance with Dragons worth the listening time?

    Yes, but only because I had read/watch/listened too the previous books.


    Any additional comments?

    This hard to even type but if I had not seen the T.V. series I probably would never have listen/read the books. There are no transitions between books. It is as if each book ends mid sentence and could not stand alone as it's own book. Total bummer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Pooler, GA, United States 09-21-12
    Karen Pooler, GA, United States 09-21-12 Member Since 2008

    Karen

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    "Don't know if its me or the story, but"

    It seems to get less and less interesting and to "formula" as the series goes on. There seems to be more and more "fluff" instead of story moving/supporting stuff. Could have been about 1/2 the length. Kind of like Cujal in that respect.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    UncleHammy Towanda, KS United States 09-20-12
    UncleHammy Towanda, KS United States 09-20-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Frustrating, no story threads cleaned up"
    What did you like best about A Dance with Dragons? What did you like least?

    Best: I liked the scenes at the Wall, they seemed to be moving the story forward. Least: Martin opens several more threads without ending any of the existing ones. The story seems to be spinning out of control. Maybe he has a way to bring everything together but after the first 5 books the story seems to be just a random scattering, with no end in sight.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I was disappointed in several of the threads that Martin leaves hanging. It seemed to me that book 4 and 5 simply moved the story around in circles without moving it forward.


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

    Mr. Dotrice provides each character with unique voice and character. Aside from the oft stated strange choice for Dani the other voices give the characters much more depth. He uses similar accents for family members which helps to link all the story members together across different parts of the book.


    Do you think A Dance with Dragons needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Yes, it has too many unfinished story threads.


    Any additional comments?

    Books 4 and 5 have been the least enjoyable of the series so far.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jess 09-17-12
    Jess 09-17-12
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    "Reader has an english accent!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Dance with Dragons to be better than the print version?

    No, I would think they would be the same.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character is Tyrion because of his wit! I also like Summer and Ghost.


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

    Accent, pronunciation of words, his female voice (esp for Daneries) and his voice for the elderly, it was the same as his female voice, was quite comical really.


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Even though some of the reading was flawed, difficult to understand and comical I am glad it was available because I didn't want to read anymore!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Darrel Green Bay, WI, United States 09-17-12
    Darrel Green Bay, WI, United States 09-17-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Can't wait for book 6"
    What did you love best about A Dance with Dragons?

    The surprises to the game of thrones story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Arya is my favorite character because of her progression as a character, from a child to a killer.


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

    no


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

    no


    Any additional comments?

    no

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca 09-17-12
    Rebecca 09-17-12 Member Since 2011
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    "great story, too little voice variety"
    Any additional comments?

    Roy Doltrice is a strong narrator, but the voices are too similar. Danares sounds like a Lannister...Celsie, Jamie and Tierion all sound the same too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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