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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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    matt United States 08-27-12
    matt United States 08-27-12 Member Since 2012

    I'm a 31 year old software guy with a degree in History with 3 hour round trip commute to work every day... You know I'm listening to as many books as I can! :)

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    "The only bad part to this book, is having to wait."
    If you could sum up A Dance with Dragons in three words, what would they be?

    Amazing
    HUGE
    Captivating


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

    Seriously? All of it! This book is HUGE! But Dotrice keeps it interesting and the plot thickens so much in this book!!! READ IT!!!!!


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

    Yes, all of this series. Not as good to be honest. He changed the voices of a couple of main characters not only from all the other books, but half way through this one as well. With that being said, I would listen to NO ONE ELSE tell these tails. He's juggling 30 something characters! He really makes these books for me. I hope that he gets into reading other stories.


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

    No, but I enjoyed every minute of it.


    Any additional comments?

    I can’t say I have ever been a big book on tape guy, but now with all the traveling I do, I’m really into it! This was one of my first series and I think it will be hard to beat! Get into these books, and if you know of any other amazing series please let me know!

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    Gohar Issaquah, WA 08-24-12
    Gohar Issaquah, WA 08-24-12 Member Since 2015

    I Like scifi-fantasy,non-fiction, historical fiction genres. Liked Stormlight Archive, GoT, Ken Follett's work. Last read: Words of Radiance

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    "Long and stretched out but loved it nonetheless"

    First 80 percent of the book is really slow and moves at crawling speed. GRRM is excellent at what he does but with this book being the biggest, it just felt like forever. The last 15% does pick up good speed and cover a lot of characters but still not good enough to cover up for the slow beginnings.

    The series was going great for the first 3 books and then it started going downhill. And this book takes it further down. Still better than a lot of fantasy books i have read. I expect wonders in the next installment considering the climax in this book.

    I highly recommend it for people waiting for redemption from characters that seem to get away every time, so definitely worth a read if you have come so far. Roy Dotrice seems to not carry the same voice over from his earlier books he gave to every character, but that pinch feels only for a few chapters and then you get over it.

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    David 08-24-12
    David 08-24-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Gritty and Real"

    So i started reading this series thinking this might be the next Wheel of Time. My friends said this book was gritty. The characters were quite developed and almost real. Ends up, this book is gritty and real.....boring. A lot of talking to other people, people dying, and beyond that not much happening. This book is sensationalism at its best.....or is it worst. "Ohhh a author that kills off characters. It must be good."


    I would not recommend this. Get something worthwhile like "King Killer Chronicles" or "Wheel of Time" series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tony san antonio, TX, United States 08-23-12
    Tony san antonio, TX, United States 08-23-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Be Fair to Narrator Roy Dotrice"


    In fairness to Mr Dotrice. the first three volumes with their 500+ characters were recorded at the end of 2003. Books IV and V were recorded eight years later. A huge undertaking for any narrator, as most novels have 20 or less characters.

    I hope I am as vigorous and still able to work as well as Mr Dotrice when I am 90 years old. It does take a moment to reacquaint to the series, but it is not as severe as some protest.

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    carrie Clarkston, WA, United States 08-23-12
    carrie Clarkston, WA, United States 08-23-12

    A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies… The man who never reads lives only one. ~George R.R. Martin

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

    Roy Dotrice, is one of the most out standing reader I have ever heard.


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

    this book is mesmerizing, it both makes you laugh and cry, and ponder deeply.


    Any additional comments?

    this book is well worth getting, it is ((not)) a disappointment.

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    Victoria Tyler Wyo 08-23-12
    Victoria Tyler Wyo 08-23-12 Member Since 2008

    Tori

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    What made the experience of listening to A Dance with Dragons the most enjoyable?

    I love this book; I have made it thought the whole series very fast. I would like to warn you that A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons run concurrently with each other. Which drives me crazy, I would rather have a really long book with the events in order as they happened. I had to stop listening to this book so i could go search the net to make sure i wasn't losing my mind. I just wish i had, had some warning so i wouldn't have been so confused. But once I got over that little bump i really enjoyed the story and was very happy to meet up with some charaters that were missing from the last book.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't hardly wait for the next novel!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph Bristol, PA, United States 08-21-12
    Joseph Bristol, PA, United States 08-21-12 Member Since 2001
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    "Great Series - Needs to work on story ending"
    If you could sum up A Dance with Dragons in three words, what would they be?

    Expatiations, numbing & disappointment


    What was most disappointing about George R. R. Martin’s story?

    I was stunned that such a good story teller couldn't find an ending that was equal to the whole story. I must say it was one of the worse endings that I personally have had to endure and to me that was a shame.


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

    I pretty much enjoyed most of them, but I did notice a quality fall off in the later books. There were just too many to have a significant difference that would allow for a positive identitification of who they were while going through the books. He did a great job and deserves kudos for it.


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

    There was potential for a great finish, but Martin's need for the never ending detail of a particular scene can wear one out. In reflecting on the whole story there were few really feel good points throughout, pretty much a disaster for one group or another. Really no real winners or true losers because in the end everyone lost.....


    Any additional comments?

    I was expecting the series to end in a furious climax but it turned out to be a fizzle and a big diasppointment to me. Perhaps most will like it, but for me it was too many loose ends and questionable ends for the different cast members that I followed throughout the story. He spun a great tale only to lose it at the end.

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    James carbondale, CO, United States 08-20-12
    James carbondale, CO, United States 08-20-12
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    "like reading a phone book"
    What would have made A Dance with Dragons better?

    Stop naming and describing every bit part and unnessary extra in the story, it's like you are trying to reinvent facebook


    Has A Dance with Dragons turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I certainly will not buy anymore in this series. Should have been a 3 or 4 book series. I guess more profits are made from an endless series


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

    Roy Dotrice was the saving grace for this series, his performance was without compare. Considering there were about 14,000 characters, he did a remarkable job keeping them apart


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Confusion, So much time was spent describing the names, dress, and personal habits of insignificant characters, it was difficult to keep track of the multitude of story lines Mr Martin let this story splinter into.


    Any additional comments?

    Simplistic example, but imagine if the author of The Wizzard of Oz tried to split off story lines on each of the characters, including the aunts and uncles back in Kansas, how muddy the story path would have become. Then if he tried to name each flying monkey, describe it's garb, outline it's family history, and special appitites, the story would have been 8 books and fallen apart just as this series has

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Barry S. Bashist Las Vegas NV 08-20-12
    Barry S. Bashist Las Vegas NV 08-20-12 Member Since 2011

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

    Have not read the print version but this was done extremely well


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Aria she was fiesty independant and brave. Her adjustment to all the different situations was great.


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

    He brings the characters to life. I can picture them in my head. He does a great job with accents and both the male and female parts


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

    Look for suprises and shocks


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Derek CHASE, MI, United States 08-20-12
    Derek CHASE, MI, United States 08-20-12 Member Since 2012
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    "much improved over book 4"
    If you could sum up A Dance with Dragons in three words, what would they be?

    A feast for crows (book 4) had me a bit down, having fallen short of this author's usual brilliance, but in this installment he comes back with a vengence. Possibly the best book in the series. The only downside is the narrator, Mr. Roy Deutrise (sp?). This narrator did a wonderful job on past books, but for some reason, inexplicably forgot his past readings. Where he used to voice Denaeris as a dulcet toned young girl, he now voices her with an irish/scottish accent. Cersei now has the same voice as Tyrion and Jaime. Arya has some strange cochney accent. Pretty much all female characters were given new voice. Perhaps so much time passed between releases that he forgot the hundred hours of voice he had already lended to these characters, but its not a good change.


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

    Clash for kings. The only other book as great in the series.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Jon snow scene came as such a shock i rewound five times for another listen. Et tu brute?


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

    HBO did a fine job with the series, but what happens when first time film director Derek Holmes makes one massive installment into a 90 min film? Disaster!!!!!!


    Any additional comments?

    Hi mom!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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