This is Part Two of A Dance with Dragons, the fifth book of the Song of Ice and Fire series.
The fifth volume in the greatest epic work of the modern age, this recording is unabridged and split into two parts. The future of the Seven Kingdoms hangs in the balance. In the east, Daenerys, last scion of House Targaryen, her dragons grown to terrifying maturity, rules as queen of a city built on dust and death, beset by enemies. Now that her whereabouts are known, many are seeking Daenerys and her dragons. Among them are the dwarf Tyrion Lannister, who has escaped King’s Landing with a price on his head, wrongfully condemned to death for the murder of his nephew, King Joffrey. But not before killing his hated father, Lord Tywin. To the north lies the great Wall of ice and stone – a structure only as strong as those guarding it. Eddard Stark's bastard son Jon Snow has been elected the 998th Lord Commander of the Night's Watch, but he has enemies both in the Watch and beyond the Wall, where the wildling armies are massing for an assault.
On all sides, bitter conflicts are reigniting, played out by a grand cast of outlaws and priests, soldiers and skinchangers, nobles and slaves. The tides of destiny will inevitably lead to the greatest dance of all.…
©2011 George R. R. Martin (P)2011 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
"In the grand epic fantasy tradition, Martin is by far the best … tense, surging, insomnia-inflicting." (Time magazine)
"An absorbing, exciting read... Martin’s style is so vivid that you will be hooked within a few pages." (The Times)
"The sheer mind-boggling scope of this epic has sent other fantasy writers away shaking their heads…. Its ambition: to construct the Twelve Caesars of fantasy fiction, with characters so venomous they could eat the Borgias." (Guardian)
Yes I would recommend it. If you've stuck with the story this far, then stick around for this part. Things are finally starting to pick up, as you see characters finally starting to make up their mind, and take action. I also felt that this audiobook was very good value for money (less than $1 per hour as compared to some others titles that are as much as $5 per hour).
The dragons are finally starting to do something!
The fact that many of his voices from previous books have remained distinctive from one another (as in, it is easy to know which character is speaking at any given time, even when names are not mentioned very often).
Roy Dotrice has done very well with this series of audiobooks, especially for someone who is now in their late 80's, so I do not want to be too harsh when commenting on his performance.My main comment was that some of the voices of main characters have markedly changed in this book (namely Melisandre and Daenerys). I'm bearing in mind that he may have changed the character's voices for reasons other than forgetfulness (e.g., George RR Martin wanting more consistency with the voices on the TV show). Besides, even if Roy Dotrice did forget some of the voices, it's hard to blame him; after all, he holds the record for most number of characters voiced in an audiobook as a result of this series!
I didn't like the ending as it still isn't finished. When is the next book out?
No. I really enjoyed his rendering.
When John was stabbed.Hu
Hurry up George..
It was such a well written story and so well performed by Roy Ditrice, he returned to his A game after some of the middle books.
I really didn't want this book to end.
The plot twists and surprises, the characters and language used to illustrate the world were all just amazing.
This one was probably his best, I could not fault it.
I don't want to spoil it but I will hint to the surprise at the wall near the end left me stunned.
George R.R Martin, you are amazing. Roy Dotrice is also amazing, this series has just been the best fiction I have ever read (listened to).
Engrossing. Full of surprising twists and turns. Exciting story line, which takes you into a different dimension...and yet feels convincing and very real. A rich tableau of places and characters.
when Dani mounted the dragon for the first flight!
Dotrice is a superb narrator and he maintained that ability. Barely a slip in the voice of various characters.
Totally enchanted. Even felt compassion for the queen in her walk of shame.
I felt extremely disappointed that the final book in this series, ended as a cliff hanger once again. Surely the end could be more conclusive ,considering all the many hours, and money, spent on listening to all the books. Not fair! There were also gaps in the story, which were not always resolved satisfactorily. Eg. Thion's attack on Winterfell and his capture. Or did I miss that somehow?
I cannot follow the sequence of these books and have found certain chapters appear in other parts
In some ways yes, other ways now. The readers voice is fine for the crusty old men and male characters, but I found his range a bit limited for female characters, which tended to make them a bit less believable.
Ok, by now we realize that we are in it for the long haul. We need to know what becomes of all of these powerful and wonderful characters. Come on Mr Martin, hurry up already and write, publish, audiobook this novel. The suspense is killing me, I can't sleep at night. Alright I am slightly (ever so slightly) exaggerating. I simply must find out I eagerly check the books availability on a very regular basis....As you can see, I am well enthralled in this series of novels which have a slightly dragged out story line but you must start and the start and become hooked, lined and waiting.
Words are wind, and this is a hurricane, but there is much, and more to like about this latest instalment. I thought that book four was a Mummer's farce - I was wroth to find my favourite characters (and the song "bear and the maiden fair") missing. But they pop up here stronger and more ruthless than ever - books four and five overlap in time and should mayhaps be taken as a whole.
The narration is amazing (with the possible exception of Daenerys, the Leprechaun) - the distinct accents for each character makes following along much easier.
Jon Snow knows nothing, and we are no closer to finding out where whores go, but now I am keener than an imp in a brothel for book 6.
I wanted to know what was happening with the characters that I was used to hearing about, but new ones kept getting introduced
Roy is a fabulous narrator - makes you want to keep listening
"song of fire & ice"
my son kept telling me to read this long before i joined audible, but i was already engrossed with other sagas by robert jordan & tad williams.. then i watched the series on tv & was hooked.. but the books, they are truly awesome .. hour after hour disappears, with some excellent narration.. then the narrator messes up & changes all the characters in this book.. but that is the only bad point i can make,.. apart from the loss of sleep.. you just cant turn it off its so addictive.. 10 out of 10..
"Bit of a slog to be honest"
I've finally finished but it was an effort of will. As before, I think GRRM really REALLY needs a more forceful editor. I think it could really do with some small moments of joy or humour now and again which would add a little light and shade to the narrative as opposed to just relentless misery for all concerned. It would be nice if there was a mini story arc within each book that reached some kind of resolution within the major story because this just stops everyone's narrative very abruptly.
Anyway, I have lots and lots of theories about what will happen but obviously won't be airing those here because that would be rude and spoilery.
I would not be unhappy (polite euphemism) if another narrator was found for the final 2 books should they ever arrive. Roy Dotrice sounds a bit tired and his range of voices seems to be getting more and more limited.
"Great book, looking forward to the next one"
Can't fault the story, absolutely incredible in scope and characters are very well written. My only criticism is with the narration. If you listen to all the books one after the other, the narrator changes the voice of many characters from book to book. Strong Belwas being the most obvious, goes from a big swaggering pirate like voice to sounding like a little girl!
"Bad character voice continuity"
I've been listening to the books all in one go and the character voice changes from book to book have really started to get on my nerves and spoilt the experience. Little Finger and Daenerys have wound me up the most but even a flash back voice of Eddard Stark in book 5 was enough to start my teeth grinding.
I have enjoyed all the books in this series and have been listening to them one after another. As the next book is not due out for quite some time I shall have to listen to them all over again.
Other reviewers have commented on Roy Dotrice's performance and I have to agree with them. The accents of each character change regularly and this becomes irritating. Daenerys started off as you would expect but now appears to have turned Irish! Nothing wrong with an Irish accent but some consistency throughout the series would have enhanced my enjoyment.
The production of the third part of this book leaves a lot to be desired. It is obvious that the narrative has been edited as there are sundry beeps on at least two occasions. The edits also appear to have been stitched together in the wrong order. Following Daenerys we first hear one set of events which clearly occur after the events narrated in the second set. This is frustrating.
I found listening to this series of books rather frustrating. The narrator not only changes the accents used for each character from book to book, but even sometimes within the same book. He also switches between several different ways of pronouncing the names of the characters, which is increasingly irritating.
As far as the book itself goes, I think the series started off really well, but as it has progressed, seems to have lost a clear focus and the story-line has become a bit jumbled. I think the TV adaptation of the series is better than the books, as it takes out a lot of the long-windedness! It almost seems like the author is just writing more for the sake of it, rather than to further the narrative. I really only continued to listen this far through the series because I wanted to find out what happens in the end. And there are still 4 more parts to come!
"A Dance with Dragons"
Great book (series), I enjoyed the narration, didn't want it to end. Can't wait for the next instalment
"An epic fantasy history to please male readers!"
I've just finished all of the series now: A Dance With Dragons, A Feast for Crows, A Storm of Swords, A Clash of Kings. I found the story telling and level of detail and characterisation amazing and believable but my goodness is it mysoginistic! Typical patriarchal stuff - men are powerful and women are only to be used for men's purposes whether that be domestic, sexual, or political. I kept reading it in the hope that I was wrong about George R Martin but I'm afraid he paints a very bleak and horrible picture of women in his fantasy world.
"Can't wait for the next installment"
These books are not stand alone stories, but part of one big epic tale, therefore the end of the book always leaves you in suspense. There are hundreds of characters, who's accents seem to change from book to book, a bit confusing. I love these novels but there are so many different characters, I think Geroge RR Martin will be writing forever to come to a conclusion. I can't wait for the next installment.
"Wasn't Confused Until Listening To This Book"
I'll read the book, but really would have to think about listening to it if it's narrated by Roy Dotrice.
All of the characters have their place and story. I've not one that's a clear favorite.
What didn’t you like about Roy Dotrice’s performance? Where to start! Nothing against Mr Dotrice, he is a brilliant actor - as a narrator (reader)? Not so much. I've listened to all of the books (5 to date) one after another. By the time he got to book 4 you could hear he was starting to flag. Enunciation suffered, pronunciation changed on oft used words, and the accents! Everyone started to sound like the same person it was hard to figure out who was speaking. There are periods where you can just hear Mr Dotrice plodding along, then rushing to finish. I didn't feel he had a wide enough range of accents and voices from the outset unlike some other narrators. I guess I was correct given how they have all merged into one. Bless, Mr Dotrice is 91 now. With the length of time it's taking Mr Martin to complete the series, it's doubtful the series will be read by the same person all the way through.
Yes it needs another book or two. Too many loose ends at the moment.
My additional comments? Audible - look to your downloads! I am so thoroughly annoyed with the last 2 Game of Thrones books (4 and 5) downloads. After every part there is the annoying "This audio book has been broken into multiple parts to make the download faster. You have reached the end of a part, but not the end of the complete audio book, so please check your library for the next part of this audio book." Then "AUDIBLE HOPES YOU HAVE ENJOYED THIS PROGRAM." booms into my ear. That usually signified the end of the book. Well. Parts have played out of order, they haven't automatically moved to the next part (although my setting are set for seamless play), and frankly I am so annoyed because I don't know if I'm coming or going in this book - without the plotlines! Thank heaven I've read the books already!Too many interruptions and too chopped and changed. Can we please have a little more continuity?
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