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A Dance with Dragons Audiobook

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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    JIMM 11-12-14
    JIMM 11-12-14
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    "Who is who?"
    What did you like best about A Dance with Dragons? What did you like least?

    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!


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    NO...all disjointed talk and plots.


    Any additional comments?

    EEEEEEEEKKKkkkkkk. Sorely disappointed.

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    David from Lancaster 11-08-14
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    If you could sum up A Dance with Dragons in three words, what would they be?

    Very Very Confusing


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

    No comparison to this series exists- as far as I know.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Not really. Roy Dotrice needed to listen to the previous books so that he could use the same voices for each character.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Now on HBO...


    Any additional comments?

    None

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    Samantha Wisconsin 10-14-14
    Samantha Wisconsin 10-14-14 Member Since 2006
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    "The best series."
    Any additional comments?

    I put off listening to this book as I knew that book six was not available yet and it becomes an addiction. Hopefully.... soon!

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    Derek 10-13-14
    Derek 10-13-14
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    "You are going to loathe every Dany chapter"
    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Roy Dotrice?

    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.


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    Peter 10-06-14
    Peter 10-06-14
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    "Worst one in the series...way too long."
    Would you try another book from George R. R. Martin and/or Roy Dotrice?

    Yes--all the others in the series.


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

    Made it shorter and more to the point. This one seemed to drag...


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    His female voices all sounded the same...males basically the same. Very unimpressive.


    Was A Dance with Dragons worth the listening time?

    I'm a huge fan of the series so I guess it's a toss up. I would never listen to it again.


    Any additional comments?

    Have more narrators...maybe character actors.

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    Darron D. Russ POWDER SPRINGS, GA, US 09-26-14
    Darron D. Russ POWDER SPRINGS, GA, US 09-26-14 Member Since 2014

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    "Good story, bad narration, really it just sucks"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    no, wait and see it on HBO. Dont spoil it for yourself


    If you’ve listened to books by George R. R. Martin before, how does this one compare?

    They are all well written and badly performed


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

    John Lee Please!!!!!


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    ROBERT 09-23-14
    ROBERT 09-23-14 Member Since 2013

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Changing voices"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    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.


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

    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.


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    brian 09-17-14
    brian 09-17-14 Member Since 2013
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    "A bit unusual, but it works."
    Would you listen to A Dance with Dragons again? Why?

    The narration. Despite his age, Rooy gives a fine performance.


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

    It's only made it stronger.


    What about Roy Dotrice’s performance did you like?

    He does by describing things in a lot of detail.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Nothing at all.


    Any additional comments?

    None.

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    Kevin Winter Garden, FL, USA 09-09-14
    Kevin Winter Garden, FL, USA 09-09-14 Member Since 2007

    Do not Follow Me. Learn to lead.

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    "Does this soap opera ever end."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    yes it helped me understand that my life could be worse.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    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.


    What aspect of Roy Dotrice’s performance would you have changed?

    Roy, we should do drinks. You're a good guy and you did a good job. I listened to the story not the voices.


    Was A Dance with Dragons worth the listening time?

    Yes it was like elevator music in the car. It kept me from running the Bluehairs off the road.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Amazon Customer McKinney, TX United States 09-03-14
    Amazon Customer McKinney, TX United States 09-03-14 Member Since 2011
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    "The Story Continues to Develop... and Develop....."
    Where does A Dance with Dragons rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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%


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

    Another major character "bites the dust". Almost as hard to take as the "red wedding"


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    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.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No


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