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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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    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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    Steven Corcoran, Ca, United States 01-28-12
    Steven Corcoran, Ca, United States 01-28-12
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    Would you try another book from George R. R. Martin and/or Roy Dotrice?

    no, too long
    n, i read faster


    Any additional comments?

    wish i could access chapters names to find my plkace when falling asleep.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marie Alexandia, VA, United States 01-28-12
    Marie Alexandia, VA, United States 01-28-12 Member Since 2011

    I don't mind getting stuck in traffic...as long as I have an audio book playing.

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

    Too short...I was hoping this would be the climax of the story.


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

    I felt like he is tired of telling this story and has lost track of some of his characters. He lost steam.


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

    Aria


    Any additional comments?

    Is there going to be another book?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Travis Seattle, WA 01-26-12
    Travis Seattle, WA 01-26-12
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    "Best Yet"
    Would you listen to A Dance with Dragons again? Why?

    Yes, but I will need to let some years pass before I begin this epic journey again.


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

    The only series I can compare this to is Stephen King's


    What about Roy Dotrice’s performance did you like?

    Mr. Dotrice is great, and many other reviewers complained about his change in narration, but to be honest I didn't notice.


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

    I'm having withdrawals from Westeros... I did not want this one to end because I know I'll have to wait so long for the next.


    Any additional comments?

    If you can make it through

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    Anthony Garden Grove, CA, United States 01-09-12
    Anthony Garden Grove, CA, United States 01-09-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Why do the best characters get the Axe?"
    Any additional comments?

    I actually got angry reading this book as he killed off the best characters. I understand and appreciate and realistic the chaos and backstabbing he weaves into the story are, but we read books for the characters that we grow to love not the world they are set into. I feel Martin has committed to heavily into the world and let his characters be damned.

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    Melvin 01-04-12
    Melvin 01-04-12
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    "Bad guy's win, Good guy's die"
    What did you love best about A Dance with Dragons?

    Great characters and a well developed story line that keeps you interested.


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

    It seems like George got tired of writting - so he kills off all the characters he has developed over five books. Its a great story but the ending - so wrong.


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

    No, but his performance was very good. He did use the same voice for several characters and this made some of the book hard to follow in places. But overall it was enjoyable.


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

    Bad guy's win, Good guy's die.


    Any additional comments?

    Its a good read on a cold winter day, but when you are done you may want to throw it in the fire.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jesse Ridgecrest, CA, United States 12-30-11
    Jesse Ridgecrest, CA, United States 12-30-11 Member Since 2009
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    "The second worst book i've heard this year."
    Any additional comments?

    This must be what happens when you pay a writer by the word. His other books were good. A Dance with Dragons is filler.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Charles 12-30-11
    Charles 12-30-11 Member Since 2009
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    "The second worst book i've heard this year."
    Any additional comments?

    This must be what happens when you pay a writer by the word. His other books were good. A Dance with Dragons is filler.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sprinter Honomu, HI, United States 12-29-11
    Sprinter Honomu, HI, United States 12-29-11
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    "Vast Time Commitment Rewarded"
    Where does A Dance with Dragons rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book, or compendium of 6 eight-hour parts (!), ranks very highly among the books I've listened to, for excellent performance by the narrator, ease of navigating and listening, and of course, the great storyline anyone checking out Book 5 of a series expects. I read the first four books, and decided I could only continue the epic by audiobook on the commute to work. While I still prefer a comfy pillow for my fantasy novel reading, this version was done well enough to be worthwhile, managing not to ruin many of the well-formed characters I'd developed in my own mind after spending so many hundreds of pages with these books!


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

    I just can't offer a spoiler--the story is too much fun.


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

    Tyrion, of course. Just perfect. Mr. Dotrice nailed most of the characters...he does, however, struggle with female voices--many are simply reduced to a plaintive whine or nagging, which detracts considerably from some key strong female characters.


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

    This story is definitely not for minors. Scattered throughout the book are extreme torture scenes that are quite difficult to listen to.


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    Sandra United States 12-28-11
    Sandra United States 12-28-11 Member Since 2007
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    I just started listening and am sure that Daenerys voice has changed. It sounds more like old Nan. It is distracting and wrong for the character.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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