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 am a nerd that love weird scifi fantasy detective novels.
Martin yes roy dotrice no
When he did voices they all sounded the same and I had a hard time understanding him.
The writing its self was enjoyable
This last installment resolves several cliff hangers from the prior book; having said that, this is a lousy read, even with the talents of the great Roy Dotrice.
I've lost count of how many times I heard, "ya know nothin', Jon Snow!" or, "as useless as tits on a breastplate". With endless descriptions of various illnesses and agonies, Martin seems to take sadistic glee from describing various tortures to excruciating degree, ironic. Martin goes on page after page relentless detail on how various characters endure being: flayed/burned/roasted/speared/dismembered/impaled/shackled/stabbed/beheaded/tarred/ , etc. I finally started just skipping several minutes at a time when the narrative would get wound up about yet another opportunity for torturing characters, many of whom I've frankly stopped caring about. Oops! they''re flaying Theon...again?!! Jeez!. Arya is STILL lost! oh come ON! "Ya know nuthin', Jon Snow!!" We GET that!!! We agree!!
The characters themselves take such bizarre turns of events. While some of this could be under the genre of fantasy, you just get the feeling he's churning out tons of subpar stuff to pay the mortgage. I hear it's expensive in Santa Fe these days. Nothing wrong with that of course.
I get that the middle ages were not laughs and giggles, but this was hundreds of pages of torture...literally. For all involved...the listener as well as the characters!
The whole time I was listening to this entire series I kept saying to myself, "Wow, this is such an awesome book!" I was telling everyone about it too! You have to listen to it, I felt like I was there. The reader does an amazing job using different voices for different characters... just a great job!
I have three, Dani, Tyrian and I really started enjoying the young Stark girl's character, she really becomes interesting.
Just in the other Game of Throne books.
Already done... on HBO... they really did a good job for a cliff notes version.
I LOVED this series!
The story and performance is top notch, but Audible once again has regressed into not knowing where to put chapter breaks in the audio. A chapter will end right in the middle of an audio chapter, making planning my listening schedule almost damn near impossible. The first 3 were the same as A Dance With Dragons. Only A Feast For Crows has the chapters in the audiobook lined up with the actual book.
Everything is A+, minus what I mentioned about the chapter breaks.
Yes and its has been done. The performance is so great and the story so gripping
only the other books George RR has wirtten and the wheel of time series are even close
Tones of voice different character voices and just a great feeling like you are right there with him watching it all unfold
I wish i would be a trooper to do that its so long but so good it was a few long sittings
Why I did not know that book five was not the last book I don't know. It should have been evident in book four when the plot stalled out. Book five does a little better job moving the plot forward, at least the last 10% of the book does. Still a lot of fluff. Boring conversations still dominate. I don't remember any of these drag on conversations in the first three books. Someone must have pulled Martin aside after book three and told him there was money to be made if he dragged out the series for a few more books. There is just such a dramatic shift from books 1-3 to books 4 and 5. I have to imagine if he is going to wrap up this series in 7 books, then book six has to refocus the plot when it comes out. If it doesn't, this series may never end. Dotrice is limping to the finish line, not a terrible job, only the female characters suffer greatly. But how is he going to do two more books. A little worried Dotrice skills are on the decline and book six could be ruined because of it. Oh well, too late to change now.
While I am still enjoying immersing myself in this fictional world, the quality of the voicing of the characters--especially the young female characters--has deteriorated to the point that it is distracting and, at times, even grating. In Book 4 it was especially noticeable for Arya, but I tried to believe that it was intentional (i.e., she suddenly sounds 90 years old and like no other Stark because she is assuming a new identity). But in Book 5 it is obvious that the sudden deterioration in Dany's voice is just an inexcusable mistake.
I love the voice and the characters as Roy portrays them.
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.
Yes. Great story.
The other Martin books, The Name of the Wind, but-for me-not the Tolkien books.
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.
Complex, Surprises, Dark
I like some of the twists on older characters and how they newly relate to the story.
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.
No, it's far too long to listen to in one sitting.
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.
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