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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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    skd NEW YORK, NY, United States 09-29-11
    skd NEW YORK, NY, United States 09-29-11 Member Since 2005
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    "Danaerys"

    Right, why does Danaerys sound like a Dornish lebrechaun? What was Roy thinking? I don't get it. Does anyone ever listen to these while they're being recorded?

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    marnee Parksville, BC, Canada 09-29-11
    marnee Parksville, BC, Canada 09-29-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Daneris Targaryen - why? why?"

    I have enjoyed this series very much, and looked forward to the last book enthusiastically. I havn't been able to finish it - although I still hope to - because of the narrator's take on Daneris Targaryen's voice. She is one of my favourite characters, and in this version, she sounds like an old witch. It is such a jarring voice I'm surprised it got through the editors. I have hundreds of Audible books, and this is the first time I've felt compelled to write a review.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jeffrey Amarillo, TX, United States 09-29-11
    Jeffrey Amarillo, TX, United States 09-29-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Be gone Roy Dotrice !"

    Roy Dotrice changed Danny's voice other female characters....its horrible. Without consistency, there is no reason to bring Dotrice back as narrator for any future books. Random House Editor Team....where were you on this one? I wish someone would pay me for doing nothing useful!! I will be sending in my resume promptly...always dreamed of such a cush job.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Adomaiits 09-29-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Good read... if you're a fan"

    I've always liked this trilogy, even though the author takes things in some very confusing directions. In this case, it's more of the same. Lots of intrigue, wide cast of characters (including a few more to look in on), unexpected events (even major characters not immune), and the plot threads still remain mostly unresolved without any major hints on the horizon (I guess, this is my major frustration--no sense of impending closure).

    At least, in this book, almost every major character gets a few moments in the narrative. Big improvement over book 4.

    I'm dissatisfied with the narrator. He does an awesome Tyrion, but every other voice sounds too similar to Tyrion's. Danerys sounding like a female Tyrion? Meh... not insipiring.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    AJ Fair Oaks Ranch, TX, United States 09-25-11
    AJ Fair Oaks Ranch, TX, United States 09-25-11 Member Since 2004
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    "So disappointed"

    After slogging through 49 hours of Roy Dotrice's narrative, I was hugely disappointed with the ending of this book. The narrative of the women's voices was truly awful, and I found myself wandering away from the story periodically. George RR Martin's website says one thing about the Song of Ice and fire update.... DONE! But this book does not wrap up the story. So now we wait for a couple more years and hope the narration will be better...... unless this really is the end of the story, which would be terribly disappointing

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Richard J. Flynn 09-20-11 Member Since 2004
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    "Horrible Narration"

    The voices in this audio book are absolutely terrible. One never knows who speaking and the women sound like men. The story line is excellent but each time the narrator switches characters one really never knows who is speaking.

    I am very disappointed with Audible for letting this poor quality on their site. The book should be re-produced with someone who knows how to narrate properly.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    09-20-11
    09-20-11 Member Since 2006
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    "A wait too long...."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    While Martin continues his story in the newest installment of A Song of Ice and Fire series, perhaps the continuity was lost or the performance was just so disjointed that I felt let down. The readers performance was by no means engaging though Martin's penchant for details sometimes disjoints the listeners tracking of the story which also detracts and calls note to the reader's lack of range from character to character.
    Yes, it is necessary listening for those who loved the previous installments of these books, but I was neither satisfied with the speed of story's progress nor with the reader's performance.


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

    His range of voice differentiation was not easy to follow and it seemed that all characters had the same inflections and emotional capacity too. It was a reading, not a performance by someone who can project the characters as they have been written through so many books.


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    Matthew Ruffing 09-16-11 Member Since 2005
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    "Roy must go..."

    I have enjoyed the whole series. Its edge - the complicated plots... But Roy cannot do female voices. Every woman he tries to deliver sounds like the old hag from the "Princess Bride". And as she would say... "Booo!" I find myself imagining the text so I can objectively look at what the female character is saying without the demeaning voice.

    I do love the Imp. What a great character. George is great at making many of the characters grey as well. Just when you're sure that someone is pure good or evil - he muddy's it up so that it can be hard to choose sides.

    One last criticism: What is George's obsession with describing each bland meal? Do we really need to know the intimate details of medieval fare 7 times a chapter? It's as annoying as the late Robert Jordan's constant referrals to exposed cleavage and reddened cheeks. Puhlease.... I'm pulling my braid here. (Another light Robert Jordan jab.)

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    Jerry Davidson Granada Hills, California United States 09-16-11
    Jerry Davidson Granada Hills, California United States 09-16-11 Member Since 2004
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    "Ruin by the narrator"

    Of the hundreds of books I have listened to , this narrator is probably the worst I have ever listened to. Characters are lost in his brogue; his "female" voice is that of a 95 year old crone with a ninety year history of smoking. Don't ruin George Martins' books with this narrator again.
    RAVEN

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Bennett Fairfax, VA, United States 09-16-11
    Bennett Fairfax, VA, United States 09-16-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Opposite of Fresh"

    This book might have been good if the narrator did not sound like he was 100 years old. It is made worse by the fact that there are so many characters and he sounds the same with each one, and they all have a mouth full of marbles. Danny sounds like she is 100, and frankly sounds like all of the other old men in the book. If I had not just wanted to get through the series I would never have purchase this book. Audible, stop being so cheap and pay some younger people with some talent to change their voice a little.When there are this many characters, you should be able to afford more than one person to read it. My recommendation, read the book, don't listen to it. It is too distracting.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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