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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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    criswithcurls Shanghai, China 08-01-13
    criswithcurls Shanghai, China 08-01-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Terrible Female Voice Narration-Read Instead!"

    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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    connie WEST MONROE, LOUISIANA, United States 08-01-13
    connie WEST MONROE, LOUISIANA, United States 08-01-13
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    "AWESOME!!"
    Would you listen to A Dance with Dragons again? Why?

    YES.. BECAUSE ITS AWESOME! Love the whole series. Every character has a great role. and the narrator is also Awesome!


    What did you like best about this story?

    THE WHOLE THING


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

    TIRIAN


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

    YES


    Any additional comments?

    AWESOME!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nathaniel E Lott Everson, WA, US 07-30-13
    Nathaniel E Lott Everson, WA, US 07-30-13 Member Since 2013
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    "A regrettable acquisition. Hugely disappointing."
    Would you try another book from George R. R. Martin and/or Roy Dotrice?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love the story but hate the performance. I stopped after four hours and purchased the e-book. Better to read than listen to.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Roy Dotrice’s performances?

    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.


    What character would you cut from A Dance with Dragons?

    None. The author is doing a bang up job of eliminating characters himself.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Deborah Anderson OKC, OK United States 07-30-13
    Deborah Anderson OKC, OK United States 07-30-13 Member Since 2014
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    "narration is awful!"
    What would have made A Dance with Dragons better?

    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.


    What could George R. R. Martin have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    books are great - audio books are NOT


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

    Jim Dale? (the guy who did the Harry Potter series)


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from A Dance with Dragons?

    none


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    jenhopetoo Brigantine, New Jersey, United States 07-25-13
    jenhopetoo Brigantine, New Jersey, United States 07-25-13
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    "I waited for this on tenterhooks!!"
    What made the experience of listening to A Dance with Dragons the most enjoyable?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    What about Roy Dotrice’s performance did you like?

    as always fantastic


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

    all.


    Any additional comments?

    Cant wait for the next two!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Chakolet 07-24-13
    Chakolet 07-24-13

    Chaka

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    "GRRM is a serial killer with a book and TV deal!"

    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!

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    rwt 07-21-13
    rwt 07-21-13 Member Since 2006
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    "if your read the previous reviews - you got mine"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    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.


    Would you be willing to try another book from George R. R. Martin? Why or why not?

    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.


    How could the performance have been better?

    the voices were horrible and screechy


    Could you see A Dance with Dragons being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    the game of thrones series is doing fine, although I would like them to change a little less.


    Any additional comments?

    more care is needed for the voices for the narration. The females sound horrible. The men all sound like they gargle with rocks.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tarek DOWNEY, CA, United States 07-16-13
    Tarek DOWNEY, CA, United States 07-16-13
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    "Simply Boring,"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    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.


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    Mahmoud Elgassier Bakersfield, CA United States 07-15-13
    Mahmoud Elgassier Bakersfield, CA United States 07-15-13

    newomega

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    "It not over yet folks"
    Where does A Dance with Dragons rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Pretty high up there. This is a D&D fan's fantasy. It just doesn't want to end!


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

    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.


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    David Warrenton, MO, United States 07-11-13
    David Warrenton, MO, United States 07-11-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Good book, but ever changing character voices."
    Where does A Dance with Dragons rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is a great book. Much better than A Feast for Crows.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tyrion. Why? Because he is the coolest smart-mouthed monkey demon there is.


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

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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