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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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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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    Simeon Quakertown, PA, United States 07-12-11
    Simeon Quakertown, PA, United States 07-12-11
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    "Amazing"

    Absolutely worth the wait, and the best in the series so far; probably better than a Storm of Swords.

    11 of 33 people found this review helpful
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    Ulrik Zimmermann Denmark 11-22-13
    Ulrik Zimmermann Denmark 11-22-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Random chapters"
    What would have made A Dance with Dragons better?

    That the chapters in the audiobook was the same as the chapters in the print edition. As it is now, they are totally random.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Description of the characters.


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

    No, this is the first


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

    I would have the chapters follow the original. And I would not allow clifhangers that are not solved til 500 pages later!


    Any additional comments?

    Random chapterstops in the audio is especially irritating as whispersync is not yet awailable.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    odin Bellingham, WA, United States 11-05-13
    odin Bellingham, WA, United States 11-05-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Milking It (spoilers)"

    So by the time you get to the end of this book you get the sense that Martin is just milking this thing now. Almost everyone has been killed off, and a slew of new uninteresting characters introduced. We have barely gotten to winter and its just a lot of formulaic repetitive stuff. I was struggling to listen to this all the way through to the end. I imagine there will be ten more books like this meandering their way to some sort of random conclusion that ends with Martin selling extra books.

    I really liked the story to begin with but the level of milking is just beyond belief here.

    Secondly, I found it very jarring that the accents used by different characters changed at some point, probably around the third book. I think the narrator is very good, I only subtracted points because of this change -- it was especially jarring with Aria.

    Anyway, from this point on, I have enough interest in the story to read summaries in the future, but I'm done with actually listening to it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Eric Kokomo, IN, USA 10-29-13
    Eric Kokomo, IN, USA 10-29-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Long winded"
    What would have made A Dance with Dragons better?

    More conciseness


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

    He needs to work on the female voice inflections


    Any additional comments?

    Lots of convolutions. As if paid by the word. Yes, the writing is very descriptive. But obviously set out from the beginning to get from one point to another book. So much fluff and new characters that I didn't need to know. Not to mention that with ALL the characters it was like trying to follow a dandelion seed in a snowstorm as often as the story changed perspective. Unfortunately can't get my time back and doubt it'll be worth listening to the next book regardless of the ratings...

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rhonda R Egeland HOMER GLEN, IL, US 07-13-13
    Rhonda R Egeland HOMER GLEN, IL, US 07-13-13 Member Since 2013
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    "It never ends"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I want an ending - to something. He starts so many different scenarios, why couldn't at least ONE of them end.


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

    I was disappointed that Dany never made it Kings Landing. I had looked forward to that moment through all the books.


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

    At this point, I don't know. I was so addicted to Game of Thrones I had to buy the books because I couldn't wait until each season to find out what happens.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    All of the above. Anger, sadness and disappointment. If this was the authors plan it was achieved.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm not aware of any additional books in this series - is there to be another or was this one actually the last.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    bridget MINNEAPOLIS, MN, United States 02-11-13
    bridget MINNEAPOLIS, MN, United States 02-11-13 Member Since 2009
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    "When the going gets good the narrator ruins it"

    So a Feast of boredom switches to excitement in A Dance and familiar characters return, or so they say but you cant tell from Roy Dotrices narration. All the female characters sound like cranky little school girls. The biggest feux pas was what he did to Melisandre or I should say didnt do. If the book didnt say specifically she was speaking I wouldnt have known it was her. And lets not talk about the sexy powerful Khaleesi because its more of an annoyance to hear speak Shame on you Roy and the audiobook people who let this slide. I havent been this disappointed since they ruined Saphira's voice in Eragon. Its an audiobook! We as listeners rely on the narrator to get the authors story across to us. When they start switching things up halfway through a story it confuses and disappoints. I've actually listened to audiobooks because a certain narrator is reading (Jim Dale, Simon Vance, George Guidall) without knowing the author or story-line and NOT listened to some stories because of the narrator (Stephen King, Ray Bradbury (as readers not authors)). This is becoming a money maker of a business and should be run like one! Get a good reader/narrator or BE a good reader/narrator and be consistent! I wouldnt put this one down on your resume Roy Dotrice.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Colorado-reader Boulder, Co USA 11-01-12
    Colorado-reader Boulder, Co USA 11-01-12 Member Since 2012

    Tell the story

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    "Get the book- TERRIBLE voices!"
    What would have made A Dance with Dragons better?

    A narrator with consistent voices! Dotrice was great in the first 3, but the last two continue to get worse and worse. I bought this before listening to book 4, and I would ask for my hours back on that one if I could.


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

    A Feast for Crows-- I didn't think any producer would allow the same "munchkin" voices... but if possible, it's even worse! All women except Cersei sound like leprechauns and then he slides into "british regal", but then back to munchkin land!


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

    Dotrice uses two voices for almost all characters. He doesn't come close to using the voices he used in first 3 books. I understand that he's older, but come on! All women are not munchkins! Poor Arya is not just a munchkin, but at 11 years old she has the voice of an 80 yr old Munchkin! When you can't tell the raven's voice from a woman's voice it's a poor performance.


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

    The author writes a wonderful tale (though fluffed up too much for me with descriptions down to the shoelaces). But if you can't stand to listen to another page, then the story is lost.


    Any additional comments?

    PLEASE re-record books 4 and 5 with another narrator. Or I get a woman to do the female voices at the very least. There will still be too many Munchkin voices within the male characters, but it would be more tolerable. I will gladly re-purchase these two if they are re-recorded with another narrator.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    wmaursta Argyle, MN, United States 08-29-12
    wmaursta Argyle, MN, United States 08-29-12 Member Since 2011

    workingmomof2. Lots of driving time = many Audio books

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    "I felt bereft that there was no more to read"

    This was the last (so far) of the series which is by far the most epic, richly woven story I have had the pleasure of becoming totally lost in for days on end when in my car. My commute can be up to 3 hrs each way at least once a week and 2 hrs a day the rest of the week so I relished my GRRM time. It is another world, but what an interesting world. GRRM gets the reader so immersed, we dont even realize we are soon able to quote characters or correct another on history lessons of The Seven Kingdoms. The characters-a-many are all old friends by now and I mourn passings, pray for returns and cheer their triumphs. MORE PLEASE

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Kansas City, KS, United States 07-17-12
    Amazon Customer Kansas City, KS, United States 07-17-12
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    "Well written and well narrated."

    Martin really is a master story teller. There are so many different storylines that begin to come together in this book. Some of them are predictable while others (in typical Martin style) are not. There are times where it seems like Martin spends more time describing food, clothing, or entire conversations than he needs to but when it's all said and done that is what makes his books so immersive.
    The narrator of this book, Mr. Roy Dotrice, is fantastic! An older classically trained actor, I just hope he lives long enough to narrate the final two books. I will say that from time to time he changes his pronunciation of names or the voices he uses for different characters (especially in comparison with the first few books) but if you can ignore that you'll be just fine.
    Finally, this is truly Adult Fantasy. This world as a whole is not a happily ever after type of world and never will be even once Martin concludes writing them. The story is deep, the characters complex and I really don't have any idea how it will all end which is something I can't say for many of the other fiction books I've read.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kyle Oberlin, OH, United States 07-09-12
    Kyle Oberlin, OH, United States 07-09-12

    Love to learn, love to share

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    "Great!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Dance with Dragons to be better than the print version?

    I am an auditory learner and I have found that listening to books has made me more likely to remember information on the first pass through. Getting through books is also a lot easier since I can do a number of other things, such as driving, while listening to a book. This was my first experience doing this and I can safely say that it is safer for me to listen to this book than reading the printed version. I can manage my obsession while not becoming a couch potato!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tyrion Lannister was consistently my favorite character, mainly because, in spite of the many adversities he faces, he continues to persevere. An excellent role model in determination to live, though definitely geared, as with the entire book, towards a more mature audience. I also enjoyed Theon Greyjoy's character, as it was an interesting insight into the mind of someone that might be brainwashed/how to go about brainwashing an individual. Between the two characters I don't think there is much development, but I think the descriptive depth of their personalities more than makes up for it.


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

    Roy Dotrice is an excellent storyteller. It is clear that he has taken the time to develop multiple suitable voices for the different characters, the women in particular. Some of my favorite aspects of his performance are the exchanges between young maids and gruff soldiers. The only criticism I would give is in regards to consistency. I think it would have benefited him to have recorded each characters voice beforehand and compare them to each other, just to make sure there were no duplicates. I realize that with a story of this magnitude it can be difficult, but I don't believe it is outside the range of his skill.


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

    Just an enjoyable listen, nothing particularly shocking, what you would hope to expect in a well thought out political fantasy.


    Any additional comments?

    A bit long, but it is a mammoth book. I was not bored through any of it, and I would say that speaks to the content, given that it was over 2 days worth of listening!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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