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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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    Kris KERRVILLE, TX, United States 02-25-13
    Kris KERRVILLE, TX, United States 02-25-13
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    "Love it! More Song of Ice and Fire..."
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Dance with Dragons to be better than the print version?

    I loved Roy Dotrice. I think he does a great job narrating. I just can't pick up the books anymore. They aren't as good.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love the continuing story... no spoilers!


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

    I particularly like Tyrion's voice and how all of the Lannisters sound similar. I think that is brilliant.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No spoilers.


    Any additional comments?

    Please keep Roy Dotrice for the rest of the saga!

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    sebastian 02-22-13
    sebastian 02-22-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Winter actually comes :)"
    If you could sum up A Dance with Dragons in three words, what would they be?

    Need 6th Book


    What other book might you compare A Dance with Dragons to and why?

    Not sure


    What about Roy Dotrice’s performance did you like?

    Excellent, except for some of the woman's characters who seemed to all have "old lady" voices even is they were young.


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

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    I am so delighted to get this book and now I will be able to find out what happened to my favorite characters in this series. I really enjoy George R. R. Martin writing style and how he can make you feel like you are there and how through he is in everything.

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    diane 02-17-13
    diane 02-17-13

    graphic & fine artist

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    "horrible!"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    no one who has heard the first three - all the voices changed - it's extremely distracting and unenjoyable.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    i think i will opt to read a dance for dragons..


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    by constantly changing the voices from the 1st-3rd books of the series to the last 2 books. This is truly the worst of all.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I understand that the narrator is elderly and he did do a great job on the 1-3 books - but they should have given the task to someone who could be somewhat consistent for these last 2 books. even the pronunciation of the names changed. terriblydistracting.


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    Allan Ayden, NC, United States 02-15-13
    Allan Ayden, NC, United States 02-15-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Eagerly awaited book 5"

    How a professional writer can develope characters and themes that captivate a reader and then end a story without completing those characters or themes is beyond me. While Martin is exceptional in setting plots and building excitement and anticipation, the climax of the much awaited Book 5 is much like the puff of a soggy, rain soaked Dragon...

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    Linda Anacortes, WA, United States 02-14-13
    Linda Anacortes, WA, United States 02-14-13 Listener Since 2009
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    "Where's An Editor When You Need One?!"
    Would you try another book from George R. R. Martin and/or Roy Dotrice?

    If I had this in hard copy, I would flip to the back, found out how it ended and be done with it.
    This book seems to be written in a hurry with no idea where the characters are going to end up. Shades of other fantasy writers who meander along with no purpose in mind.
    Perhaps because I am listening, the repetitions of the descriptions are tiresome. Quit describing and get a move on!


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    Tony 02-12-13
    Tony 02-12-13
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    "I thought this was the end?"

    I have thoroughly enjoyed listening to the 5 books of the "A Song of Fire and Ice", aka "The Game of Thrones" for us HBO buffs. The charcter and plot development is enormously richer than could ever be unfolded in a teleplay. The only issue I have I is keeping up with the enormous cast of characters and the switch in plot lines through the performance of Roy Dotrice. This had to be an enormous undertaking for Mr. Dotrice and, as an American, his English accent is, on some rare occasion difficult to understand at times. I wish I had the ability to give the narrator 4.5 stars as one star is for pure effort in changing his voice from one character to another so quickly. But this is the only reason I gave this performance a 4 out of 5 for performance. If I had the gift of voice-overs, which people like Roy Dotrice and my favorite, Will Patton, I would pass on this monumental task to bring this rich tapestry to the ear of the listener. My only concern now is, will there be a Book 6?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    E. Daniel Ayres United States 02-11-13
    E. Daniel Ayres United States 02-11-13 Member Since 2014

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    "Ready for HBO to put on film..."
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Dance with Dragons to be better than the print version?

    I'm a reader with cataracts who could not have gotten through a print version.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Because I have not read any of the earlier volumes, and have only been exposed to the episodes produced by HBO, this book opened my conciousness to the descriptive powers of George R. R. Martin. The phrasing and narrative details are sometimes exquisite, but at other times, very true to a clearly outlined formula.


    What about Roy Dotrice’s performance did you like?

    The reader does a good job of making the text come alive with accent, emphasis, and "voices." I would not have finished the long narrative, or would have fallen asleep several times in the process if it had not been embellished by the narrator.


    Any additional comments?

    A worthwhile listen. I'm probably going to get all of the works in this series, but then, I'm a fan of Stephanie Plum too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tolkien MAKANDA, IL, United States 02-09-13
    Tolkien MAKANDA, IL, United States 02-09-13 Member Since 2013

    The Hobbits

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    "Fantastic story, absolutely awful narration"

    George RR Martin has written a fantastic story. Complex characters, intricate plot, excitement, suspense, fun. Superlative! And the books maintain the same quality as the story goes along. Thank goodness Martin wrote such an awesome series , because Roy Dotrice does such an awful job with the narration in this 5th book (as well as the 4th) in the series, that it is only the plot line that keeps me going. I, like many other reviewers, wonder HOW Dotrice could have done such a great job with the first 3 books and mangle the 4th and 5th SO badly?!?! As many noted in Book 4, Aria sounds like an old crone. I didn't like that but it didn't grate on my nerves nearly as much as Daenerys in Book 5. She sounds like a little old (male) leprechaun. Beautiful, sensual, strong, sexy Daenerys! It is possibly the worst narration I have ever heard. All the characters sound male; all sound like uneducated oafs, many (even big, strong knights) sound like squeaky little wimps.

    I have a sincere plea for Mr. Martin: You have two more books coming out in this series. PLEASE FIND A BETTER NARRATOR FOR THEM! I'm not sure I can stand to listen to the Mother of Dragons in her squeaky little Irish brogue much longer!

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    karen ferrari East Rochester, NY United States 02-05-13
    karen ferrari East Rochester, NY United States 02-05-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Game of Thrones Book 5"
    Where does A Dance with Dragons rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Being a huge fan to the series I was looking forward to this book. I have read/listened to all books and this is probably the 3rd best of the 5. The first book is #1, the third #2 and this the 3rd.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Dance with Dragons?

    There are so many. There is always a twist that is going to happen. Just when you think something is going to go one way, it makes a 90* turn.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Its hard to pick one. I enjoy all the story lines. I especially love that Sersai gets what is coming to her, and I hope more comes to her!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Oh John Snow. "you know nothing John Snow" is so not true!


    Any additional comments?

    Great book, amazing series and the Actor that reads is absolutely amazing! This still leaves you wanting more! I have to know what happens and I really would love some closure on many of the story lines. I hope to get 6 soon, please continue writing George!!!

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    Karen Sarasota,FL. United States 01-31-13
    Karen Sarasota,FL. United States 01-31-13

    I'm an LMT originally from the Caribbean Islands of Trinidad and Tobago. I lived in NYC off and on for 15 years. I decided I had enough of long cold winters so summer of 2012 I relocated and now live in sunny Sarasota FL and loving every moment of it. My favorite thing to do is lay on the beach all day long listening to the waves and a great audible book.

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    "Another Awesome Creation!!!..."
    Where does A Dance with Dragons rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Best so far, but they are all really great!!!...


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Dance with Dragons?

    The most memorable and almost emotional for me is when the wildlings were coming out of the forest to enter through The Wall and the warriors were each pledging their loyalty and the service of their weapons to Lord Commander Jon Snow.


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

    Only the Song of Ice and Fire series. he was excellent from the first one and I think he gets better with every one.


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

    Yes, I wish I could but it is 49 hours long, I would have to camp out for a week...lol


    Any additional comments?

    Pleeeeze hurry up with the next book!!!!!!.....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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