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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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    Mike Methuen, MA, United States 09-11-13
    Mike Methuen, MA, United States 09-11-13
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    "Narration is so bad it's distracting!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Dance with Dragons to be better than the print version?

    NA


    Would you be willing to try another one of Roy Dotrice’s performances?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    The narration suffered from lack of continuity. Despite having narrated earlier books, the performance by Dotrice was abysmal. Voices constantly changing, and none of them ever really fit the character. Distractingly bad narration.

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    Steve 09-07-13
    Steve 09-07-13 Member Since 2013

    Sci-Fi, Fantasy geek and some horror, King style. I also enjoy fiction based on real science (Contagion) and apocalyptic reads. Odd ain't I?

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    "Fantasy at its best+Narration at its best = Great"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    YES!! I started this series in book form when I saw it was soon to become an HBO series and was hooked in about 15 pages of reading and would venture to guess that if you enjoy fantasy this could very well become your favorite, its now mine.Like I said I started reading this back when I saw Game of Thrones was coming to HBO. At that time I had just heard of Audible and decided to give it a try with the next installment of this series and just purchased the first one I saw, not noticing that there were more than one option available when it came to narrators. I can not begin to tell you how great a job Roy Dotrice, does with this entire series. I discovered my oversight when it comes to narrators, when I ordered the next book in the series and was disappointed it wasn't the same guy doing the narration so I called audible and they allowed me to switch versions to the Dotrice narration.Now if you like fantasy and haven't been living in a cave, you're familiar with George R.R. Martin and most likely are reading this series but if you haven't listened to Roy Dotrice narrate these books you're missing a LOT! In fact calling what Dotrice does narration doesn't do it justice he actually PERFORMS these books.My only problem is that Martin doesn't write fast enough and with at least 2 more books promised in the series it may take another 5 or 10 years to get to the conclusion.So, get started on this series today and take your time, maybe by the time you listen to the first few books Martin will have pounded out the rest of the series.


    What about Roy Dotrice’s performance did you like?

    Roy Dotrice, is, as I mentioned in the review, the best performer I've ran across!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Margo WATERTOWN, MA, United States 09-05-13
    Margo WATERTOWN, MA, United States 09-05-13 Member Since 2013

    I've loved reading since I first learned. However, as a victim of motion sickness Audible is a savior. Getting my fix on the go!

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    "When does the next book come out!!!"

    As with the rest of the series, A Dance With Dragons delivers. This book had most of my favorite characters that I missed in the prior book. Tyrion, Dany, Arya. All with stories that kept me interested and emotionally vested.

    I finished the book and just want him to keep writing so I can (eventually) get this story resolved!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Debora New Smyrna Beach, FL, United States 09-04-13
    Debora New Smyrna Beach, FL, United States 09-04-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Character narration"
    Would you try another book from George R. R. Martin and/or Roy Dotrice?

    Yes


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

    The characters voices continually change from book to book and even from chapter to chapter. It's unnerving to hear strong characters sound like leprechauns, and hear the same voice used for different characters. The changes have occurred throughout the whole seres. I finished dance with dragons last week, and have listened to the rest of the series. The storyline is captivating and you can't get enough! Most of Roy Dotrice's male characters are wonderful, but the female character voices don't do the characters justice.


    Could you see A Dance with Dragons being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yes, I can see it continuing in HBO's series, but not so much a movie. There is way too many characters and story lines to interpret in a movie.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall I would rate the books 5 stars!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Roman TELLICO PLAINS, TN, United States 08-29-13
    Roman TELLICO PLAINS, TN, United States 08-29-13 Member Since 2014

    “Never laugh at live dragons.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien

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    "Whats the big deal?! Roy Dotrice is still amazing!"

    Roy Dotrice is still the best performer out there. Sure, some of his characters have taken on a different voice and maybe he pronounces someones name differently, but come on people! Dotrice still delivers an amazing performance on an already amazing epic tale. If you enjoy TGOT then you cant miss out on purchasing book 5. Don't let a few bad reviews ward you off. Its Game. of. Thrones. and Roy Dotrice is one of the best at what he does.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Peter Prince George, BC, Canada 08-28-13
    Peter Prince George, BC, Canada 08-28-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Droning on about nothing"
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    The first book was a surprise. It was really engrossing. I have reviewed the first 3 books.
    The author is being pushed too hard I think. I would rather wait 5 years for something of quality.

    He still writes great characters. The narrator still does a fine job. But the story has lost it's momentum entirely.

    I promised myself to stop listening after the first 3 books based on the reviews. I bought 4 an and 5 anyway based on hope. But the overall poor reviews are correct. The books are boring and drone on and on about nothing. Albeit I already voted with my wallet didn't I?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    chendria Norcross, GA, United States 08-23-13
    chendria Norcross, GA, United States 08-23-13 Member Since 2013
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    "A Great Story BAD Voice Narrative"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would absolutely recommend the printed version but the audio version is painful to listen to.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator took so much away from this story. Everybody sounded like a dirty old man or an ugly old washer woman especially Danerys. He took a strong character (Danerys) and made her into an insecure ugly old hag. He sounded like he was out of breath most of the time and he only had at the most 3 voice styles. Overall the book is an excellent story but I really wish I had gone with my first feelings when listening to the preview and bought the printed version and just read it myself. A waste of a month’s credit in my opinion.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew S Walters Ann Arbor, MI United States 08-22-13
    Matthew S Walters Ann Arbor, MI United States 08-22-13 Member Since 2014
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    "More sloppy narration"
    What didn’t you like about Roy Dotrice’s performance?

    As with the fourth book in the series, Roy Dotrice's voices are inconsistent from the first three. In some cases they don't even remain consistent within this book. Stannis Baratheon's accent, for example, changes in one scene from the accent with which he has been voiced up to this point in the series to the one previously used for Euron Greyjoy, AND THEN BACK AGAIN IN THE SAME SCENE! Sloppy work. Really poor.


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    John Philadelphia, PA, United States 08-22-13
    John Philadelphia, PA, United States 08-22-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Why did I bother..."
    Would you try another book from George R. R. Martin and/or Roy Dotrice?

    Not at this point...


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

    Have some sense of hope and optimism...


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

    I like Dotrice


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

    The Stark children...


    Any additional comments?

    The ending sucks...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Angelyn Lynn Haven, FL, United States 08-21-13
    Angelyn Lynn Haven, FL, United States 08-21-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Wonder Book, Terrible Narration"

    What happened to the voices. Daria sounds like a old hag. Book 4 was narrated by John Lee, who is much much better. Doltrice did a good job in the first 3 books, but this time he's voices almost ruined the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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