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.
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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)
It might have been a great book like the previous books but I could not tell who was talking. They all sounded alike an I could not tell whether it was a man , woman, child young or old. Making it even harder the introduction of mostly new characters and new plots, not much action and the everyone with the same voice .it was not worth the time or money!
NO...all disjointed talk and plots.
EEEEEEEEKKKkkkkkk. Sorely disappointed.
Very Very Confusing
No comparison to this series exists- as far as I know.
Not really. Roy Dotrice needed to listen to the previous books so that he could use the same voices for each character.
Now on HBO...
I put off listening to this book as I knew that book six was not available yet and it becomes an addiction. Hopefully.... soon!
I would cast the same narrator, but I would make him do his homework first. He voiced the first 3 books in the series, and I thought he did an outstanding job with each of them. This book.. not so much. He either forgot the voices he had given to characters in the earlier books, or he (and the publisher) just decided that new, ridiculous sounding voices would be better suited at telling the story. If you read a majority of these reviews you will see the same grievances throughout. The Dany chapters are the worst, but there are other poor voicing choices that were made as well.Dany and most all the other female chars sound like low-borne women with cockney accents.All the Lannisters, even Cersei, sound like Tyrion.During one of John's chapters at the wall, Dotrice literally switches Stannis's accent a quarter of the way through the chapter. I'm amazed that not one of the editors caught that..
If you are like me you will probably listen to the book either way. Just be aware that the voices may drive you crazy.
Yes--all the others in the series.
Made it shorter and more to the point. This one seemed to drag...
His female voices all sounded the same...males basically the same. Very unimpressive.
I'm a huge fan of the series so I guess it's a toss up. I would never listen to it again.
Have more narrators...maybe character actors.
no, wait and see it on HBO. Dont spoil it for yourself
They are all well written and badly performed
John Lee Please!!!!!
Say something about yourself!
The book is worth listening to. the performance is the only complaint I have with it and it does not take away enough to prevent some one from enjoying it.
Someone with more vocal range and a little less sense on drama. Maybe Ray Porter. there is much continuity in the characters voices from book to book now. In book 4 Dani's interpreter sounds very Asian and book 5 she sounds like she is from London. Many characters seems to turns Scottish as the books went on too.
The narration. Despite his age, Rooy gives a fine performance.
It's only made it stronger.
He does by describing things in a lot of detail.
Nothing at all.
Do not Follow Me. Learn to lead.
yes it helped me understand that my life could be worse.
ENDING? There is no ending. I have listened to all 5 books and I still have no idea where this story is going. It's like Days of Our Lives with swords. Don't worry if you pass out while listening you'll be able to keep up with the non existant plot when you run off the road and wake up.
Roy, we should do drinks. You're a good guy and you did a good job. I listened to the story not the voices.
Yes it was like elevator music in the car. It kept me from running the Bluehairs off the road.
This series is a very complex story that is difficult to follow and impossible to predict. I'm sure there are people out there that can explain the plot but I'm not one of them. If your life is so bad that you need to zone out and escape into another, this is the way to do it. But undestand it is pointless.
Within the Fire and Ice books, this is probably in the middle of the five books I've listed to. As far as all of my audiobooks, I would rank it in the upper 25%
Another major character "bites the dust". Almost as hard to take as the "red wedding"
The narrator makes everyone sound like their about 70 years old and the women, especially Dany, sound like an old man. I would recommend that he have someone else read the female parts, at least.
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