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.
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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 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.
YES.. BECAUSE ITS AWESOME! Love the whole series. Every character has a great role. and the narrator is also Awesome!
THE WHOLE THING
I have read the four previous novels in this series. I regret the decision to listen to this one. I have seen many positive reviews for the performer. Sadly he has aged over the span of these novels. In this telling he has aged the characters way beyond their years.
I love the story but hate the performance. I stopped after four hours and purchased the e-book. Better to read than listen to.
I will never try another of Mr Dotrice's performances of this series. He does the characters a great disservice. He may have been great when the first novel was read. Now he clearly demonstrates one of the problems with a series that takes as long as this on has. His voice has grown old and it ages the novel badly.
None. The author is doing a bang up job of eliminating characters himself.
I will continue to read this series rather than listen to it. The few hours I spent with this book assure that I will not risk another performance.
A different reader.
I have read the first 3 books on paper, and thought the audio book would be spectacular. The narrator's voices for characters was cartoonish/childish/HARD-to-listen, too.
books are great - audio books are NOT
Jim Dale? (the guy who did the Harry Potter series)
I got this book in hardcover first (or paperback I read most of my books first) and then got the audiobook. I've got the whole series and just love them all. I am actually re-listening to the series now.
Dany...I don't want to really write why.. because it would give away too much, but she really shows wisdom in a fall from grace and an admitting it.
as always fantastic
Cant wait for the next two!!!
Ok, overall this book is not as bad as the 4th, but it is not as exciting as the first 3, but that's because GRRM pretty much killed off, maimed, or imprisoned everyone of interest.
I am convinced that the mind of GRRM is sick. We have five books of proof that this man's mind works contrary to all reasonable thought.
And we are even sicker than he is because we are loving every word of it!
I recommend this book only to find out what happens - listen while jogging, so you won;t mind the parts that are just gory and dragged out.
I still want to get to the rest of the story. Less words and more feeling please .R.R. Some of the action and characters are moving along splendidly, and there is great anticipation for some of their successes (So much anguish, here). I get that the times are difficult and trying for the masses. This was the 5th long long book. I think we get it. Let's resolve.
the voices were horrible and screechy
the game of thrones series is doing fine, although I would like them to change a little less.
more care is needed for the voices for the narration. The females sound horrible. The men all sound like they gargle with rocks.
It feels like the story is stretched for the sake of stretching the book, nothing interesting is happening, a big deception compared to the first 3 books, the 4th book being in between.
Pretty high up there. This is a D&D fan's fantasy. It just doesn't want to end!
The British accent is one helpful way sure, but anyone can do that. What Roy does is gives every character his/her own personality and voice and keeps it consistent throughout the books. Very enjoyable to listen to.
To be honest, its so massive and huge, i sometimes get lost in the details and names of people. other than that, there were LOTS of Whowo! moments.
This is a HUGE book! almost 37 hours of listening time! so pace yourself and dont listen to it in small bursts because you might end up getting lost. take time and relax and listen to it.
This is a great book. Much better than A Feast for Crows.
Tyrion. Why? Because he is the coolest smart-mouthed monkey demon there is.
Not well. In Feast of Crows, Dotrice began to switch voices for main characters. In this book he switched them again. Some remain true to the previous narrations, like Tyrion and Cercei, but others like Arya keep changing.
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