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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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    Lorry Sebring, FL, US 08-14-14
    Lorry Sebring, FL, US 08-14-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Anxiously waiting book 6"

    Every book in this series ends in a cliff hanger. Book 5 is no exception. Roy Dotrice is the best narrator!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    K. Hamilton 08-07-14
    K. Hamilton 08-07-14 Member Since 2013

    Kathy Hamilton

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    "too slow, not enough action"

    Last book and this book have been a disappointing time vampire. After book 3, I had looked forward to more plot twists and reasonable story movement. Instead, separation of characters so completely from each other that I felt the momentum was completely lost. Who edits these books and where were they?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Emily michigan 08-06-14
    Emily michigan 08-06-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Amazing Book. (But the Chapter Breaks are Wrong!)"
    What did you like best about A Dance with Dragons? What did you like least?

    This story is fantastic. I've read the book before listening to the audiobook and have caught a lot of new details. This is probably my favorite book so far in the Song of Ice and Fire series. If you have liked the other books, you will love this one.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ser Davos Seaworth. How can you not love this guy? He is humble, talented, loyal, kind, and wants what is best for everyone around him. Even though I'm not sure I'm a Stannis fan, it's impossible not to love his Hand, Davos.


    What about Roy Dotrice’s performance did you like?

    Roy's voices are incredible! He is the best audiobook narrator I've ever heard. Little bonus - he actually plays the role of the pyromancer in Season 2 of Game of Thrones on HBO.


    Any additional comments?

    It drives me insane that the chapter breaks are incorrect. You can't just skip through chapters because all the breaks at at random points in the text. I am especially annoyed by this because I'd like to relisten to A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons in chronological order (mixing chapters of those two books together) and it's impossible due to the screwed up nature of the chapter breaks in this audiobook. PLEASE fix this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Wendy M. 07-28-14
    Wendy M. 07-28-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Love this world, can't wait for more"
    Would you listen to A Dance with Dragons again? Why?

    Yes, if I had an extra 49 hours!


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

    The dragons. I don't want to give spoilers.


    What about Roy Dotrice’s performance did you like?

    He is a wonderful narrator, although his female voices can be laughable.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Pittsburgh, PA, United States 07-27-14
    Michael Pittsburgh, PA, United States 07-27-14

    I am a Physics and Engineering student.

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    "Why do I even waste my time?"

    I've read good reviews about Roy Dotrice and I don't see it at all. I found him to be one of the worst narrators I've listened to. He uses the worst voices for characters. They do not fit the character's description and a few times I couldn't understand what he said because apparently he figured that character should be hard to understand. Not only do the voices not fit they sound very stupid. I wish they would have found a new narrator for this one.

    As for the book, I have grown bored with reading (or listening to) them. The first three were excellent, I couldn't put them down. "A Feast for Crows" was so hard for me to stay interested in I decided to buy the audio version. I feel the same about this one. It just drags on and seemed forced, like he wrote it just because he needed to get something out there. The television show is turning out to be much better than the books, and when is that ever the case.

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    Todd Indianapolis, Indiana, United States 07-21-14
    Todd Indianapolis, Indiana, United States 07-21-14 Member Since 2012
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    "SO MUCH BLEH!?"
    What did you like best about A Dance with Dragons? What did you like least?

    George RR MARTIN does further the story with this installment. Much like his other books some stories are AWESOME! Others are just plain boring.


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

    It was an ending? IT had no impact on me.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The dragons are finally becoming more prominent.


    Did A Dance with Dragons inspire you to do anything?

    It made me rethink how I spent the last 40 + hours of my life.


    Any additional comments?

    It is hard to deal with this series. IT is very very descriptive. . . which is fine... but some of the side stories just are BORING.... I am usually a fan of unabridged not here.... The TV series is doing a better job at trimming the fat then the audio books. Listen if you have time.

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    Samantha Cox 07-17-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Story is mediocre; Narrator is unbearable."
    Any additional comments?

    I read Dance of Dragons before I downloaded this audiobook, so I already knew what I was getting myself into. Most fans of this series are aware that the quality of GRRM's writing and pacing in books 4 and 5 are inferior to the first three novels. I'm in agreement with the general consensus, although the end of Dance of Dragons starts to pick up and the last quarter of the book leaves me optimistic that this series could end on a high note. Obviously, I enjoyed the book enough to give the audiobook a try because my experience with Audible has taught me that a good narrator can really enhance a story.

    I think this book is definitely worth READING especially if you loved the first three, but please don't make the same mistake as I did and download the audiobook because the narrator ruined it completely for me. I'm not even sure if I can finish it, it's that bad.

    I've heard from others that this narrator was really good on the first three audiobooks, but I can only comment on what I know from Dance of Dragons. The best way I can describe it is that if you like the idea of listening to a cranky old man/chrone rambling for 47 hours straight, maybe this is the audiobook for you. . . It just takes you out of the story when Dani, who you know is supposed to be a beautiful, young queen, sounds like an old hag. The biggest flaw in this narrative is that there are too many characters and plotlines and the narrators use of similiar voices and inflection for all characters just makes the story close to incomprehensible. Also, very, VERY annoying.

    Due to the popularity of the HBO series, I am really shocked at how bad this audiobook is.
    I feel ripped off. Not by Audible, which I can't say enough good things about, but whoever The Powers That Be are behind the current GOT money machine who are cashing in on this POS audiobook.

    Bottom Line: if you are a diehard fan of this series READ a Dance with Dragons. If you are more a fan of the TV show, you probably won't like it. No matter what though, don't buy or waste a precious credit on this audiobook!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Alexandria 07-16-14
    Alexandria 07-16-14
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    What did you love best about A Dance with Dragons?

    It's an awesome jam-packed book, much like Book 3... if you're a series fan I need not say more.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Roy Dotrice (the narrator) doesn't do very well in terms of various character voices. I mean it must be hard for one person to read for all, but it's really bad. Every character sounds like an old, wrinkly, haggard, unisex person that has smoked 2 packs a day for an eternity. Danny's voice - almost unbearable, at times I had to focus more just to keep track of who was talking in scenes with heavy dialogue.

    As narrator he's good though.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Anna Salt Lake City, UT, USA 07-14-14
    Anna Salt Lake City, UT, USA 07-14-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Narrator is UNBEARABLE"
    What disappointed you about A Dance with Dragons?

    Hard to listen to with this narrator.


    If you’ve listened to books by George R. R. Martin before, how does this one compare?

    They're all equally disappointing because they all have this same narrator. AUDIBLE, please do yourself and your listeners a favor. Please find another narrator.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    When it comes to dialogue, this narrator fails. He's hard to understand because he often gives his characters lisps and wheezes and spittle. Many of the inhabitants of Westeros sound like they came straight out of a Lucky Charms commercial. Well, Lucky Charms + 900 years old + emphysema. He has particular problems voicing Daenerys Targaryen; she sounds like Spongebob Squarepants on helium.

    He calls attention to himself constantly with his cringeworthy accents. He detracts from the story.


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

    When this narrator is just reading he's not so bad. The moment he launches into dialogue, though, it's over.


    Any additional comments?

    Please find another narrator. Please at least give us a choice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Adrian 07-14-14
    Adrian 07-14-14 Member Since 2011

    Author of Kindertransport

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    "Still Waiting for Winter"
    Have you listened to any of Roy Dotrice’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I think Dotrice does a wonderful job bringing these characters to life.


    Any additional comments?

    Martin tends to abandon storylines and introduce new characters in the thick of things. I'm still waiting to find out what happened to Bran and Rickan.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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