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 stumbled on Games of Thrones by happy accident. Prior to the HBO series I found George RR Martin while looking for a great storyteller with good long books. Others have told me that they do not enjoy his books because of the large number of characters. I think that the audiobooks resolve this issue for me. It is easier to identify with the large number of characters by listening to Roy Dotrice read.
Great story, although Mr Martin puts a lot of effort into creating a tapestry of detail that really become a drag to the storyline. Less words, sir, less words.The reader tends to get his voices mixed up a bit. For example a character that has one voice (Tyrion Lanister, sorry for the spelling) is picked up by his sister. Great voices, but relies on the same ones too often.
You know that royal, smooth, nice Daenerys voice you warmed to in books 1-3?
Well, that's been replaced with Dotrice's "generic peasant girl" drone - a decision which is not only ridiculous (who re-casts a character with the same narrator mid-series?), but ruinous to the ears.
There is a *lot* of Daenerys in this book, so you might want to dial those performance expectations down a bit.
I enjoy reading (and listening to) Books! I have enjoyed fantasy and history the most, but more recently I have been brodening my horizon.
No, I will continue the series even!
I dont know why I dont enjoy listening to him.
Sci-Fi, Medieval Fantasy, Comedy, Historical...I like them all.
I love the series and book-5, you will love the twists and turns. Though I was confused on the status of Samwell Tarley in the beginning of #5.
Dotrice has got to go; his voice characterizations make both young and old characters sound like old geezers. And his voices per character seem to change from chapter to chapter. Redo the series with Bernard Setaro Clark as narrator....
You never know who will die and which characters hidden plot will emerge.
Yes - Brilliant, inspired story-telling
The ability of the writer to imagine an entire universe - from the broadest stroke to the most minute detail
Is there any particular reason why both Arya Stark and Daenerys Targaryen have suddenly begun to sound like octogenarian male leprechauns? The female voices throughout the series charge alarmingly from story to story and were very distracting.
Yes - were it possible.
I am not sure if anybody would enjoy the mumblings of the narrator who gets the characters all mixed up.
I haven't finished the book; I am going to read it instead.
The narrator is not doing the book any justice.I listened to the first 2 chapters and got tired of trying to figure out what he was saying... a lot of mumbling... cold reading. I hated every minute of it.
I am incredibly disappointed with the quality of the narration. Very poorly done!
Read the book instead; you will get a lot more out of it.
Avid book lover and listener. Nuff said for this purpose.
I have enjoyed the series tremendously and can say I am truly sorry I'm finished, in more ways then one.
I am disappointed with the ending...but then where could it go? This could easily have been a 12-15 book series if Martin didn't end it somewhere. Intellectually I understand that but still I wanted to see Denaris fly her dragons into Westeres (? Sp).
Don't let this keep you from reading this last in the series because if you've come this far you won't be able to not read it. But dang, too many questions left, too many ends just not tied up....to my satisfaction that is, but I'm not the author and if I really stop to think about it I'd have to say I'm disappointed because the characters I liked best didn't get the whole enchilada. That's not to say that it isn't a brilliant series or Martin isn't a superb writer. In the final analysis we do know what the next book, if there were one, would be about, but I'm no spoiler!
Dotrice is one of the UK's finest but he killed the voice of Denaris in this last book. But his rendering of Tyrian never faltered and what a character he is. Have to say I really liked his character even if he is a Lannister. You'll either love him or hate him but you'll have to appreciate his wit. And Circe I loved to hate even though I hated her most of the series I broke down with some tiny bit of sympathy after her cleansing walk.
All in all, I can assure you that you can't go wrong with this series, it's well worth the 5 credits and time spent listening. And if you've watched the series on TV (or are watching it), the books are way better. Enjoy a rare treat. I certainly did!
left me wanting more so hurry the....UP!
How there is no good or bad just people caught up in the world
“I rose too high, loved too hard, dared too much. I tried to grasp a star, overreached, and fell.”
I will reiterate what everyone else has already said:
Roy Dotrice's voice for specific characters and women in general (particularly Daenerys) was terrible. His narration really did differ in this book compared to the first three. I would still recommend READING this book, but I would suggest skipping the audible version. If you cannot read versus listen to the book I wouldn't go so far as to say that the audible book is completely ruined, but rather annoying when he narrates Daenerys as his voice completely changes how one envisions her! However, aside from the female voices, Dotrice's performance is solid.
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