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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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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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    bridget 02-11-13
    bridget 02-11-13
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    "When the going gets good the narrator ruins it"

    So a Feast of boredom switches to excitement in A Dance and familiar characters return, or so they say but you cant tell from Roy Dotrices narration. All the female characters sound like cranky little school girls. The biggest feux pas was what he did to Melisandre or I should say didnt do. If the book didnt say specifically she was speaking I wouldnt have known it was her. And lets not talk about the sexy powerful Khaleesi because its more of an annoyance to hear speak Shame on you Roy and the audiobook people who let this slide. I havent been this disappointed since they ruined Saphira's voice in Eragon. Its an audiobook! We as listeners rely on the narrator to get the authors story across to us. When they start switching things up halfway through a story it confuses and disappoints. I've actually listened to audiobooks because a certain narrator is reading (Jim Dale, Simon Vance, George Guidall) without knowing the author or story-line and NOT listened to some stories because of the narrator (Stephen King, Ray Bradbury (as readers not authors)). This is becoming a money maker of a business and should be run like one! Get a good reader/narrator or BE a good reader/narrator and be consistent! I wouldnt put this one down on your resume Roy Dotrice.

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    Colorado-reader Boulder, Co USA 11-01-12
    Colorado-reader Boulder, Co USA 11-01-12 Member Since 2012

    Tell the story

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    "Get the book- TERRIBLE voices!"
    What would have made A Dance with Dragons better?

    A narrator with consistent voices! Dotrice was great in the first 3, but the last two continue to get worse and worse. I bought this before listening to book 4, and I would ask for my hours back on that one if I could.


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

    A Feast for Crows-- I didn't think any producer would allow the same "munchkin" voices... but if possible, it's even worse! All women except Cersei sound like leprechauns and then he slides into "british regal", but then back to munchkin land!


    What didn’t you like about Roy Dotrice’s performance?

    Dotrice uses two voices for almost all characters. He doesn't come close to using the voices he used in first 3 books. I understand that he's older, but come on! All women are not munchkins! Poor Arya is not just a munchkin, but at 11 years old she has the voice of an 80 yr old Munchkin! When you can't tell the raven's voice from a woman's voice it's a poor performance.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The author writes a wonderful tale (though fluffed up too much for me with descriptions down to the shoelaces). But if you can't stand to listen to another page, then the story is lost.


    Any additional comments?

    PLEASE re-record books 4 and 5 with another narrator. Or I get a woman to do the female voices at the very least. There will still be too many Munchkin voices within the male characters, but it would be more tolerable. I will gladly re-purchase these two if they are re-recorded with another narrator.

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    wmaursta Argyle, MN, United States 08-29-12
    wmaursta Argyle, MN, United States 08-29-12 Member Since 2011

    workingmomof2. Lots of driving time = many Audio books

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    "I felt bereft that there was no more to read"

    This was the last (so far) of the series which is by far the most epic, richly woven story I have had the pleasure of becoming totally lost in for days on end when in my car. My commute can be up to 3 hrs each way at least once a week and 2 hrs a day the rest of the week so I relished my GRRM time. It is another world, but what an interesting world. GRRM gets the reader so immersed, we dont even realize we are soon able to quote characters or correct another on history lessons of The Seven Kingdoms. The characters-a-many are all old friends by now and I mourn passings, pray for returns and cheer their triumphs. MORE PLEASE

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    Amazon Customer Kansas City, KS, United States 07-17-12
    Amazon Customer Kansas City, KS, United States 07-17-12
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    "Well written and well narrated."

    Martin really is a master story teller. There are so many different storylines that begin to come together in this book. Some of them are predictable while others (in typical Martin style) are not. There are times where it seems like Martin spends more time describing food, clothing, or entire conversations than he needs to but when it's all said and done that is what makes his books so immersive.
    The narrator of this book, Mr. Roy Dotrice, is fantastic! An older classically trained actor, I just hope he lives long enough to narrate the final two books. I will say that from time to time he changes his pronunciation of names or the voices he uses for different characters (especially in comparison with the first few books) but if you can ignore that you'll be just fine.
    Finally, this is truly Adult Fantasy. This world as a whole is not a happily ever after type of world and never will be even once Martin concludes writing them. The story is deep, the characters complex and I really don't have any idea how it will all end which is something I can't say for many of the other fiction books I've read.

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    Kyle Oberlin, OH, United States 07-09-12
    Kyle Oberlin, OH, United States 07-09-12

    Love to learn, love to share

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    "Great!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Dance with Dragons to be better than the print version?

    I am an auditory learner and I have found that listening to books has made me more likely to remember information on the first pass through. Getting through books is also a lot easier since I can do a number of other things, such as driving, while listening to a book. This was my first experience doing this and I can safely say that it is safer for me to listen to this book than reading the printed version. I can manage my obsession while not becoming a couch potato!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tyrion Lannister was consistently my favorite character, mainly because, in spite of the many adversities he faces, he continues to persevere. An excellent role model in determination to live, though definitely geared, as with the entire book, towards a more mature audience. I also enjoyed Theon Greyjoy's character, as it was an interesting insight into the mind of someone that might be brainwashed/how to go about brainwashing an individual. Between the two characters I don't think there is much development, but I think the descriptive depth of their personalities more than makes up for it.


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

    Roy Dotrice is an excellent storyteller. It is clear that he has taken the time to develop multiple suitable voices for the different characters, the women in particular. Some of my favorite aspects of his performance are the exchanges between young maids and gruff soldiers. The only criticism I would give is in regards to consistency. I think it would have benefited him to have recorded each characters voice beforehand and compare them to each other, just to make sure there were no duplicates. I realize that with a story of this magnitude it can be difficult, but I don't believe it is outside the range of his skill.


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

    Just an enjoyable listen, nothing particularly shocking, what you would hope to expect in a well thought out political fantasy.


    Any additional comments?

    A bit long, but it is a mammoth book. I was not bored through any of it, and I would say that speaks to the content, given that it was over 2 days worth of listening!

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    Forrest 07-03-12
    Forrest 07-03-12 Member Since 2009

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Tired Storyline Better Hurry Up"

    I was late to the party. But I have now listened to all five of JRRM's novels, about 200 hours worth, in about a year. Long periods go by when nothing happens except the description of coats-of-arms. medieval menus and gowns. Rich in detail but nothing happens in the 9, 12 or 15 story lines for many of the characters. Whole books go by without mentioning critical characters, their doings or their whereabouts. You can't even tell who this whole thing is about. So little has happened in the arc of the story that I will be deceased before JRRM gets to a conclusion. So I am cutting my losses and I recommend that you do to. For two credits each you should get the Eurostar not some milk run local that will never get you anywhere.

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    Dan 05-04-12
    Dan 05-04-12 Member Since 2011

    I'm a horror nut! Zombies in particular! Epidemics, end of all things! Also enjoyed Game of thrones very much!

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    "Great as always !! PLEASE DON'T LET THIS BE OVER!!"
    What made the experience of listening to A Dance with Dragons the most enjoyable?

    Story, reader, ability to immerse oneself into the world, characters etc.


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

    None that I've yet listened to!


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

    Snow!


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

    To many to touch on.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a must read

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    Brian L. Manley Oklahoma, USA 04-29-12
    Brian L. Manley Oklahoma, USA 04-29-12 Member Since 2012

    I'm in my early to mid-thirties and I live in the mid-west. I have two wonderful children and the perfect wife. My profile pic is of my APBT, named Jasper. I like epic sic-fi type books. Some of my favorites are The Story of Song and Ice series, The Way of Kings, Theft of Sword series, and

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    "Back to what we loved... almost"

    I liked Dance with Dragons almost as much as I liked the first two books in the series A Song of Ice and Fire. Unlike book 4, our beloved narrator came back. Although, he used different voices for a few characters (which takes some getting used to). I really liked how Dance with Dragons starts to pull the two countries together. You get to hear a lot more about the Dragon Queen and her dragons. I'm looking forward to the sixth book.

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    Kathryn Bakken 04-28-12 Member Since 2007

    Audiobook addict.

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    "Love This Series!"
    What did you love best about A Dance with Dragons?

    I loved being back in this world and hearing Dotrice again. He has basically branded these books for me. We are treated to more of George RR Martin's shocking, confounding, thrilling world and I'm so glad to be back.

    This book doesn't quite rise to the standard set by Storm of Swords my favorite of the books but the last third come pretty damn close.Okay, so I've read some of the ill- informed reviews here complaining about lack of closure but since when have any of these books done that? Plus, this is a serial so there will be no closure until the story is finished. Which I actually hope is never.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dany will always stand out for me in a pack of many beloved characters because, well, she is the Mother of Dragons. But Jon Snow's heart and soul give these books a warmth many other characters don't lend. And I didn't think it was possible but my heart breaks for poor Reek Reek rhymes with Meek! ;-)


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Any with dragons, of course!


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

    Jon Snow's final chapter in this book is about as moving as it gets...


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    Dennis North English, IA, United States 04-24-12
    Dennis North English, IA, United States 04-24-12
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    "This book is a must if you don't want holes..."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    For all the "fans" setting out to complain, first take stock in that this book had to happen. This is the build up and looking forward book that when broken down and reflected upon makes sense and is extremely enjoyable if you are not tied to one or two favorite characters. This book adds depth some will not get.


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