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)
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"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)
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..
5 years to write this drawn out soap opera and the damn series still has no ending!
Anything other then this Author who is now just trying to milk his one idea
Roy Dotrice did a great job in the first 3 books but forgot half of the characters voices in this one compared to how he portrayed them earlier, specially Denarys.
Reek, all the Iron born, and anyone to do with Dragon Queen, that whole part of the story was such a yawn
Finish the damn story
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
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!
Not unless you are prepared for a never ending story written only to prolong a TV series. I doubt I'll be in for the next book unless I know its the last.
Come to an end. Stop killing off characters we have spent many hours getting to know. When you purchase a book called "A Dance with dragons" you expect dragons to be a main feature, instead we are forever promised they will appear but they rarely do. This story could easily have been completed by book 5, the whole thing now feels to be unnecessarily puffed out to make a six books - or even more. Over use of leading characters being killed off just to give us a cliff hanger; only to see many of them come back again later in the book -- or maybe reserved for a miraculouse return in the next episode.A great performance from the nerrator but why after 4 books does he decide to use completely different voices for characters that we have learned to recognise. Daenerys Targaryen has turned into an apparently uneducated old crone?
Good other than changed voices compared to those in previous books.
It seems to have been written purely for that purpose, cliff hangers and all.
It seems we are destined for seven books, I just checked the wikipedia page and yes there will be 7 books. I don't think I would have signed up for that many if I had known before hand. That seems 3 more than necessary, turning an otherwise great story into a tedious yawn.
but non crazy about the narrator. He disturbed my listening and read to heavy and slow. Loved the book and the story
I prefere more anonymous narrators
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