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)
George R. R. Martin is a wordsmith and storyteller that has few equals now or in history. His Iron throne kingdom is an empire full of unusual, deceitful, traitorous, hateful, cruel, loving, kind, intelligent, stupid people. By now you get the idea, it is kind of like today, but a long time ago. I had really hoped that book five would wrap up so many stories like Aria Stark, the kingslayer, the dwarf, Circe and finally John Snow the bastard, and while some met there end most are waiting on another book, so I will too. Regretfully another couple of years methinks.
That the chapters in the audiobook was the same as the chapters in the print edition. As it is now, they are totally random.
Description of the characters.
No, this is the first
I would have the chapters follow the original. And I would not allow clifhangers that are not solved til 500 pages later!
Random chapterstops in the audio is especially irritating as whispersync is not yet awailable.
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.
He needs to work on the female voice inflections
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...
I want an ending - to something. He starts so many different scenarios, why couldn't at least ONE of them end.
I was disappointed that Dany never made it Kings Landing. I had looked forward to that moment through all the books.
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.
All of the above. Anger, sadness and disappointment. If this was the authors plan it was achieved.
I'm not aware of any additional books in this series - is there to be another or was this one actually the last.
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.
Tell the story
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
workingmomof2. Lots of driving time = many Audio books
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
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.
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