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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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Publisher's Summary

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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    B-man WENTZVILLE, MO, United States 09-10-12
    B-man WENTZVILLE, MO, United States 09-10-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Good Book - Love the Song of Ice and Fire"
    What made the experience of listening to A Dance with Dragons the most enjoyable?

    This book was a little slow to start and this book and book 4 overlap in many places. But definitely true to the Song of Ice and Fire. It leaves many open questions making it hard to wait for the next book.

    Definitely better than book 4.

    This series overall is the BEST i have ever read.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Aria. You gotta wonder her is character is going and who she is going to become and what repayment she is going to give to the Lanisters.


    Any additional comments?

    Would have been nice if Roy Doctrice had relistened to his characters voices and enunciations of their names.

    Many characters had different voices from previous books.
    He pronounes BREANNE before and now it sounded like BRIAN.
    The Red woman sounds completely different than before.

    Overall it was good reading though.

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    Steve Orange Park, FL, United States 09-10-12
    Steve Orange Park, FL, United States 09-10-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Great read. can't wait for the next book!"
    What made the experience of listening to A Dance with Dragons the most enjoyable?

    A great story with lots of twists and turns.


    What other book might you compare A Dance with Dragons to and why?

    One of Tolkin's works.


    Did Roy Dotrice do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    No. In the first three books he was outstanding in giving each character a unique voice of his/her own. In the fourth book and this book all the characters sounded the same, their voices had changed. This was very confusing and made the listen not as enjoyable.


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Tell Roy Dotrice to listen to the voices he used for the characters in the first three books before narating the next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin B. Hill NJ United States 09-10-12
    Kevin B. Hill NJ United States 09-10-12 Listener Since 2009

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    "Roy Dotrice & George R.R. Martin, Perfect combina"
    What about Roy Dotrice’s performance did you like?

    Roy Dotrice is my favorite reader on Audible so far. He really brings the characters to life. YOu don;t just get a reading of the material, you get a true performance from a master story teller.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ninjachinchin 09-04-12 Member Since 2013

    Books make the world a better place

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    "PROOF THAT A GREAT STORY CAN GET EVEN BETTER!"
    What made the experience of listening to A Dance with Dragons the most enjoyable?

    In Book 4 of SOIAF (Feast for Crows), Roy Dotrice was a little off on his character voices but in this Book 5, thankfully he is back! I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this reading as every twist and revelation was exciting and made even more so due to the author's vivid and often times graphic details.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The SOIAF is an amazing story all around and this Book 5 is happily more of the same. I am a fan of the many, highly-detailed, larger-than-life characters, locations and magical creatures/elements of George R.R. Martin's world. Daenerys remains one of my favorite characters and her dragons...well, they are sure to quench any fantasy seeker's thirst. It is more than obvious George R.R. Martin is a genius author and master storyteller.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    PrimeReview Decatur, GA, United States 09-03-12
    PrimeReview Decatur, GA, United States 09-03-12 Listener Since 2005
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    "Extremely engrossing story! Highly recommended!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Dance with Dragons to be better than the print version?

    No, the narration is a bit tedious. I imagine it is difficult finding a voice for so many characters, but eventually they become typecast and begin to sound alike. Unfortunate, because it takes away from the story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Denares is a strong character from the beginning, even when she is a simple slave. She remains strong and resilient as a sought after queen with dragons in this book.


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    Israel 08-28-12
    Israel 08-28-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Dotrice enchants, despite different voices!"
    Would you listen to A Dance with Dragons again? Why?

    Yes, for sure. I already went back through and listened to the other books again. The content is fantasy noire on a grand stage, and when Dotrice fleshes it out in his amazing vocals, I can't help but be enthralled.


    What did you like best about this story?

    All the scenes involving the Knights of the Watch. Love them!


    What does Roy Dotrice bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    When he reads, it's like I'm sitting around a campfire in the middle of a scary forrest listening to an old, grizzled elder recite the stories of the tribe. I don't even remotely get that when I read a text.


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    matt United States 08-27-12
    matt United States 08-27-12 Member Since 2012

    I'm a 31 year old software guy with a degree in History with 3 hour round trip commute to work every day... You know I'm listening to as many books as I can! :)

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    "The only bad part to this book, is having to wait."
    If you could sum up A Dance with Dragons in three words, what would they be?

    Amazing
    HUGE
    Captivating


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Dance with Dragons?

    Seriously? All of it! This book is HUGE! But Dotrice keeps it interesting and the plot thickens so much in this book!!! READ IT!!!!!


    Have you listened to any of Roy Dotrice’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, all of this series. Not as good to be honest. He changed the voices of a couple of main characters not only from all the other books, but half way through this one as well. With that being said, I would listen to NO ONE ELSE tell these tails. He's juggling 30 something characters! He really makes these books for me. I hope that he gets into reading other stories.


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

    No, but I enjoyed every minute of it.


    Any additional comments?

    I can’t say I have ever been a big book on tape guy, but now with all the traveling I do, I’m really into it! This was one of my first series and I think it will be hard to beat! Get into these books, and if you know of any other amazing series please let me know!

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    Gohar Issaquah, WA 08-24-12
    Gohar Issaquah, WA 08-24-12 Member Since 2015

    I Like scifi-fantasy,non-fiction, historical fiction genres. Liked Stormlight Archive, GoT, Ken Follett's work. Last read: Words of Radiance

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    "Long and stretched out but loved it nonetheless"

    First 80 percent of the book is really slow and moves at crawling speed. GRRM is excellent at what he does but with this book being the biggest, it just felt like forever. The last 15% does pick up good speed and cover a lot of characters but still not good enough to cover up for the slow beginnings.

    The series was going great for the first 3 books and then it started going downhill. And this book takes it further down. Still better than a lot of fantasy books i have read. I expect wonders in the next installment considering the climax in this book.

    I highly recommend it for people waiting for redemption from characters that seem to get away every time, so definitely worth a read if you have come so far. Roy Dotrice seems to not carry the same voice over from his earlier books he gave to every character, but that pinch feels only for a few chapters and then you get over it.

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    David 08-24-12
    David 08-24-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Gritty and Real"

    So i started reading this series thinking this might be the next Wheel of Time. My friends said this book was gritty. The characters were quite developed and almost real. Ends up, this book is gritty and real.....boring. A lot of talking to other people, people dying, and beyond that not much happening. This book is sensationalism at its best.....or is it worst. "Ohhh a author that kills off characters. It must be good."


    I would not recommend this. Get something worthwhile like "King Killer Chronicles" or "Wheel of Time" series.

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    Tony san antonio, TX, United States 08-23-12
    Tony san antonio, TX, United States 08-23-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Be Fair to Narrator Roy Dotrice"


    In fairness to Mr Dotrice. the first three volumes with their 500+ characters were recorded at the end of 2003. Books IV and V were recorded eight years later. A huge undertaking for any narrator, as most novels have 20 or less characters.

    I hope I am as vigorous and still able to work as well as Mr Dotrice when I am 90 years old. It does take a moment to reacquaint to the series, but it is not as severe as some protest.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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