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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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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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    keith zakarin san diego, CA, US 03-08-12
    keith zakarin san diego, CA, US 03-08-12 Member Since 2013
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    If you could sum up A Dance with Dragons in three words, what would they be?

    Audible reversed the last two segments of the download. Hard to catch, given how choppy the book is generally. Make sure you reverse them.


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    Amanda El Paso, TX, United States 03-07-12
    Amanda El Paso, TX, United States 03-07-12 Member Since 2014

    Disciple of the written word and Audible fanatic. I am an Urban and Epic Fantasy Fan. I also enjoy some Paranormal Romance.

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    "I want to give it 5 stars but........."

    This was spliced out of the last book you find yourself being bounced around to things that happened in the beginning of A Feast for Crows waaaaayyyyy frustrating ......
    That said. I am dying you can't leave me hanging!!!!
    This book answers so many questions and asks so many more! I love it and hate it. There are to many ends and beginnings "off stage" and I feel disarranged in the story now. The story is still George RR Martin though meaning still very good.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Derek PHOENIX, ARIZONA, United States 03-03-12
    Derek PHOENIX, ARIZONA, United States 03-03-12 Member Since 2008
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Up to this point, I have enjoyed the series. I even liked John Lee as narrator. I figured that if I listened to


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Roy Dotrice?

    I would not want a different narrator. I would just like Roy to listen to the books he narrated.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Dissapointment


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    T. Eve. So. Cal 02-25-12
    T. Eve. So. Cal 02-25-12 Member Since 2009

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    "Worth the listen because "Winter is coming""

    Every book in this series has been wildly entertaining. The narrator is terrific and brings each character to life. This is one series I will listen to and read more than once. It is a delicious escape.

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    02-25-12
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    "Horrible!"
    What would have made A Dance with Dragons better?

    I don't know if the book is any good because I was only able to listen to about 30 minutes of this horrid narration. Truly, the worst, most grating narration I have ever heard.


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    AARON B GANOWSKY 02-19-12 Member Since 2009
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    "A story of psychopathic sex/power driven rulers"
    What did you like best about A Dance with Dragons? What did you like least?

    The story take place in mid evil times in a realm of fantasy complete with dragons, skin changers, magic,knights,kings etc, that's the best part, the story is engaging but 90% of the characters are sex/power driven psychopaths and every time you find that rare character who displays some virtue the writer kill them off, then the rest of the story is the filled with psychopathic rulers killing off psychopathic rulers. 98% of the men and women in the story are crude self serving and cruel,with no redeeming values, no friendships, and loyalty that can be bought and sold, along with their children.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    give balance to the story, insert more likable characters in the story, and give some complexity to the evil characters, so far all the characters all seem to be driven by only two things Sex and Power acquisition. when the men and women are not fighting their Raping torturing, having sex or talking about sex or sexual organs!


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    Richard Hohn Miami, FL USA 02-07-12
    Richard Hohn Miami, FL USA 02-07-12 Member Since 2012

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    Would you listen to A Dance with Dragons again? Why?

    I would not listen to this again as I almost never listen to any audiobook more than once.


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

    Mr. Dotrice did his best but I believe that he has lost the ability to vary his voice for most of the characters.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I am extremely disappointed with the direction the saga is heading. With all of the characters that I had an emotion investment in dead by the end of the book I am left feeling cheated.


    Any additional comments?

    Mr. Martin has managed to remove all hope from this series. He has gone on a bloody rampage slicing the core characters from the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Luke Tuam, Ireland 02-03-12
    Luke Tuam, Ireland 02-03-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Loved it"
    Would you listen to A Dance with Dragons again? Why?

    I probably wouldn't read it again, as I remember all the key points. Before the next books comes out, I'll read up on all the characters on wikipedia and go from there.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I absolutely loved Roy Dotrice's impression/voicing of Victarion Greyjoy.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Where Drogon comes out of nowhere and Dyneries rides him away.
    Also where The Dornish men are trying to steal the Dragons in the pit, but it goes wrong.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed in loads of sections of this book. I'm quiet partial to the Dornishman jokes.


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    itzKat El Paso, TX, United States 01-31-12
    itzKat El Paso, TX, United States 01-31-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Wonderful!! A Real Joy"
    Would you listen to A Dance with Dragons again? Why?

    I have read some rather scathing comments about Mr. Dotrice reading of this book, compared to the previous books. I for one have listened to all 5 one right after the other, and have found the story is so well written and the story telling so well done, that minor deviations in characters, just didn't matter. Enjoy the experience! It's a fun ride.


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

    Tyrion Lannister


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

    Oh yes!


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    Christine HILLSBOROUGH, NC, United States 01-28-12
    Christine HILLSBOROUGH, NC, United States 01-28-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Are we done yet?!"

    Should have made this a trilogy. Great writing but I'm ready to know how it ends!!! Not sure what it is about Martin's storytelling - maybe it's that each book feels like a great song played partway through. Where's the pleasure from hearing that lingering last note?

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