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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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    scotti21 04-06-14
    scotti21 04-06-14
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    "Confusing"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes


    Would you be willing to try another book from George R. R. Martin? Why or why not?

    Yes


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

    I love the voice and the characters as Roy portrays them.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I was a little confused when I was listening to the book as it went over stuff from another book as though it was happening in this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Frances Little Rock, Ar, United States 04-03-14
    Frances Little Rock, Ar, United States 04-03-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Reader adopts annoying voices at random"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Great story.


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

    The other Martin books, The Name of the Wind, but-for me-not the Tolkien books.


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

    Stupid, cartoony voices that make no sense in terms of the author's characterization. The reader just seems pleased with his ability to twist his tongue around. Well educated people sound like yokels and the women sound like the Olive Oil of the old Popeye cartoons. I am really baffled by why, since when he just doesn't do these voices, Dotrice is good.


    Any additional comments?

    Great story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dana 03-18-14
    Dana 03-18-14

    NineLives1029

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    "Roy Doctrice has the voices wrong for this one..."
    If you could sum up A Dance with Dragons in three words, what would they be?

    Complex, Surprises, Dark


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like some of the twists on older characters and how they newly relate to the story.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Roy Doctrice seems to forget what voices he used for certain characters in the last books. I found the other performances almost flawless. But in this book he changes many of the female voices. Basically Arya, Brianne, and Dany all sound the same now. He gives them all the same high-pitched low-class kind of accent. Which works for characters like Shae but NOT for those three. He also changes Little Finger and Samwell. It annoys me that he did the voices so beautifully in the last books but now seems to have memory lapse on which voices are for which characters when narrating this one. He also keeps calling Catelyn Stark, Katelynn. And Joffery, Jeffery.


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

    No, it's far too long to listen to in one sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    These books are great. I have been listening to the GOT series for months. I'm sad that I will have to wait for the next book to come out to continue the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer WEST JORDAN, UT, United States 03-18-14
    Amazon Customer WEST JORDAN, UT, United States 03-18-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Love Game of Thrones"
    What did you love best about A Dance with Dragons?

    I just love this whole series! Can't get enough.


    What three words best describe Roy Dotrice’s performance?

    Roy Dotrice's performance is lacking some in this book but you get used to it pretty fast.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael E. Daunter Detroit, MI 03-14-14
    Michael E. Daunter Detroit, MI 03-14-14 Member Since 2013

    Daunters111

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    "Good But!"
    Would you try another book from George R. R. Martin and/or Roy Dotrice?

    I would read more books by George RR Martin and read by Roy Dotrice


    Would you recommend A Dance with Dragons to your friends? Why or why not?

    This book took the series and flung it to far from the central story to keep up with characters that never meet.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rob 03-11-14
    Rob 03-11-14 Member Since 2015

    Cellar Door

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    "I just wanted it to END"
    Would you try another book from George R. R. Martin and/or Roy Dotrice?

    Yes because I've gotten this far and I need to finish the thing.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The end was ALMOST worth the whole trial and travail.


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

    He really declined after the 3rd book...I would, but with reservations.


    Did A Dance with Dragons inspire you to do anything?

    Listen to some non-fiction for a change.


    Any additional comments?

    George RR Martin needs an editor and Roy Dotrice needs to redo books 4 and 5 with better voicings.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    David 03-08-14
    David 03-08-14
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    "Greatest Fantasy Series...Ever!"
    Would you listen to A Dance with Dragons again? Why?

    Yes. The Song of Ice and Fire series are the only books I have read multiple times in my entire life. Roy Dotrice's performance is captivating and spot on.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    There are so many deep, rich characters in this series to pick one would seem an injustice, but Tyrion Lannister grabbed my attention since he first wandered Winterfell. Martin is so adept that I find for the first time I enjoy his characters more for their flaws then for their strengths (although often they are the same).


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

    Again, there are so many and Dotrice's performance is so strong that each one really comes to life with his performance. Each character is given their proper due. Even his female voices are solid and thoroughly believable.


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

    Yes, but realistically its sheer volume would make that impossible.


    Any additional comments?

    I do not lightly give this series such a glowing review. I am a huge fan of fantasy and have been for more that 30 years. I have read Tolkien, Leiber, Moorcock, Salvatore, Brooks, LeGuin, Feist, Jordan, the list goes on. From the first page of The Game of Thrones I knew I was hooked. And with my discovery of Audible I know get to enjoy even more as I drive. I would go as far as to say, if you only ever read one fantasy series, make it The Song of Ice and Fire. A daunting collection, I know, but well worth it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Glen dana point, CA, United States 03-07-14
    Glen dana point, CA, United States 03-07-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Absolutely Brilliant!!!!"
    What made the experience of listening to A Dance with Dragons the most enjoyable?

    The reader, Roy Dotrice


    What did you like best about this story?

    Just when you think you know, you Don't!!


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

    All five of this series and all of them are awesome


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

    Absolutely!!


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this whole series to anyone who loves an epic saga!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    J. Henningfeld 03-06-14
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    "Can't beat this series"
    What did you love best about A Dance with Dragons?

    I love this series! Dance left me eagerly (and immediately) searching for the release date of the the follow up. I appreciate how events evolve at a good pace, and the reader is not left (for too long) wondering how a new crisis will end.


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

    ** SPOILER ALERT**
    when Cersei is man-handled by the Septors to a jail cell to repent for her crimes and sins.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    see above... oh, and also anything with Tyrion.


    Any additional comments?

    can't wait for his next book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tim Criswell 03-02-14 Member Since 2012

    Tim

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    "The Voices !!! The Voices!!"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    If there were something I could change it would be that Roy would keep the voices the character voices the same between all the books. It seems that the voices have changed dramatically completely different. I really do not understand why this happened you would think that the director and Roy Dotrice should be able to get that correct. I mean its really really important!


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Voices were not correct at all not sure its the narrator's fault!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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