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.
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"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)
I have listened to all of the Game of Thrones audiobooks. Loved al of the story lines. Rather like listening to a fantasy of all the real life middle age European, Mediterranean, Russian and Asian wars all together all in one epic saga. I loved it and cannot wait for more.
What I strongly disliked was the narration by Roy Dotrice. His young girls and women sound like 80 year Disney film witches. His older women sound like men. Basically all of his characters sound like little old Irish Leprechauns from movies; or just Irish, Scottish men, one Italian accent. A French accent. But mostly just loud and obnoxious. This is not the Roy Dotrice I recognize from television performances. Names are often mispronounced. His regular reading voice is fine.
The other thing I disliked was the lack of a proper Table of Contents in All of his books. I love listening to audiobooks because I have difficulty reading because of a shredded optical cord and trapped muscles in one eye. I do tend to fall asleep. I try to make bookmarks when I start feeling tired but it doesn't always happen.
Roy Dotrice delivers an such a great performance to an already fantastic story. I'm not much for fantasy novels, but this book proves it's not the genre that makes for good writing.
Clever dialog is rare. This book has it in abundance.
the narrator did fairly well, but the voice he Gave Danny was awful.. the HBO show has been out long enough, he should have let that guide his choice of voices.. after seeing and hearing her there, I could not accept his choice of voice for her here.
The book was good as always and so was Roy! I enjoyed the story but the end left me wanting more. I don't think he tried to tie up any part of the story he left it open for our own interpetations or maybe for other books to be written. Love the seris and will listen all over again. It would be nice to know what happened to the youngest of the children, and how everyones story turned out. I guess the good thing is I can write the ending how ever I want and when I re-listen I can change the ending again and again if I want to.
This is one of my favorite books in the series. It is a bit difficult to understand at times because the names and words are strange, but the narrator does an excellent job of portraying different characters and inner dialogue through voices and tones.
Roy Dotrice is a fantastic narrator who brings the story to life. He voices over 300+ characters in this book alone, each with their own personality. And the man is 92 years old! The story itself contains a ton of interesting and engaging chapters that leave you teetering on the edge of your seat in anticipation. Where the fourth book was a bit confusing and seemed almost out of order. This fifth book harnesses the chaos and intrigue of ASOIF again. The ending is a large cliff hanger for almost every character that sets up book six for great success. A must read.
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