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A Dance with Dragons Audiobook

A Dance with Dragons: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 5

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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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    Mouse87 12-01-16
    Mouse87 12-01-16 Member Since 2016
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    "I want more!"

    I absolutely love this series and cannot wait for the next book to be finished. Roy Detrice is an amazing reader.

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    psyop 11-30-16
    psyop 11-30-16 Member Since 2016
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    As expected the story was great, can't wait for the next one. I'm hooked on this series just add I am the show

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    michelle moritz 11-29-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Outstanding"

    Another great entry by Mr. Dotrice into this masterful series by George R R Martin.

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    Kevin 11-29-16
    Kevin 11-29-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Absolutely loved it, but...."

    The narrator was off on some of the character voices (Daenerys...) he had previously perfected. Still a great listen. Now if Martin would just finish Winds of Winter...

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    Jeffrey 11-22-16
    Jeffrey 11-22-16 Member Since 2016
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    "great read"

    Very good book. quite a bit different than the hbo series. still pretty damn good.

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    Bad Delivery 11-22-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Great story! Poor story telling :("

    Amazing story by GRRM! I will admit that I started the audio books after season 4 of the TV series ended. I was actually pleased with some of the subtle and not so subtle differences between the books and tv series. Now being caught up through season 6 and finishing book 5 I am still happy with some of the major differences. It's like alternate endings. I know the TV series tends to pander to viewers to maximize viewer interest, but I also feel they made some relevant and necessary diversions. I think this is a great reason for people to read/listen to the books even if they are already watching the HBO series. It will give depth and background to a lot of characters, locations and histories.

    As far as the narration...It was so hard to follow. Mr Dotrice has an absolutely amazing voice...just not for this particular series. He doesn't have enough range to cover so many different strong characters. Every male character sounds the same...differentiated only about the amount of phlegm gargling the narrator uses to project the characters age or importance. They all sound like Lord Borington Garglesworth III or a Flamboyant Pirate in search of his buried cough drops. I find myself with urge to clear my throat and spit while listening. As for female voices... absolute cringe worthy. Young, old, beautiful or ugly...each female voice has you imaging an old toothless witch reading Shakespeare while eating oysters.

    With that being said...if you have imagination and patience or hate reading, you can get through the audio books and still enjoy the story.

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    Peter Ohaver 11-21-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Dotrice gets rid of stupid pronunciations"

    Thanks to the show, Dotrice starts using reasonable pronunciations. Unfortunately, he misreads several things but the book is almost fifty hours, so that's pretty forgiveable. I'm not a huge fan of his voices but I think they've improved in this book. Except when he forgets to read in the proper character's voice and you get conversations that seem to be one character conversing with his or her self or characters' accents changing mid-sentence. Overall, this is my favorite in the series.

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    Melanie Parker Las Vegas, Nevada 11-20-16
    Melanie Parker Las Vegas, Nevada 11-20-16 Member Since 2016

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    "5/5"

    A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons cover the same period of time, but split the characters and their points of view up. I've always chosen to read them back to back, but maybe people enjoy reading them simultaneously. If you would like to read them combined, here is the reading order: Link!

    “Not all men were meant to dance with dragons.”

    At this point in the series, five books in, it would be almost impossible to talk about this book without heavy spoilers, so please do not read any further if you have not read this book or its predecessors.

    Okay, so on this reread, the prologue actually blew my mind. First, we learn it's a major no-no among wargs to skin change into other humans. You know, like what Bran has been doing to Hodor. Then, we find out the character in this prologue survives his human death by warging into his wolf. This is completely foreshadowing of Jon's fate at the end of this book.

    I mean, Melisandre tried to warn Jon of daggers in the dark, also, but like all Starks, he doesn't listen too well. Melisandre and her past is always hard for me to read. People always view her as this sex symbol from the show, but she has such a deeper, and sadder, past in the books. One of the things I look most forward to in this series is seeing her development and what she makes of her trauma. Oh, and seeing if she ends up resurrecting Jon, like in the show. I can't wait to see how important Ghost's role really was with bringing Jon back.

    “The strongest trees are rooted in the dark places of the earth. Darkness will be your cloak, your shield, your mother's milk. Darkness will make you strong.”

    Even though Melisandre is marching with Stannis and his men to see if they can defeat the Boltons so he will be one step closer to winning the throne, my favorite points of view were from Asha Greyjoy. Like, besides the fact she is a super strong woman, she represents how unfairly some people are treated just because of what gender they were born. Again, I know a lot of people read this series and deem it sexiest, but there are so many feminist themes throughout, and Asha is such a wonderful example that I can't help but root for.

    And Asha's conversations with Alysane Mormont, while marching with Stannis' army, just further proves the theory from A Storm of Swords, that Tormund is the father of Lyanna Mormont!

    Meanwhile, on the Bolton side, Ramsey is really trying to out-do Euron for my most hated ASOIAF villain. The chapters inside of Reek/ Theon's head were some of the most disturbing things I've ever read. I know Reek/Theon did some terrible things, but no one deserves the karma he has been dealt at the hand of Ramsey.

    “When you have known the kiss of a flaying knife, a laugh loses all its power to hurt you.”

    Also, if I were Jeyne Poole, Sansa's old friend, I would have been singing at the top of my lungs that I wasn't Arya, even if that meant my death, because Ramsey is that much of a sick fuck.

    Cersei's chapters were my favorite. Unlike Ramsey, her "villainous ways" make so much sense to me. Most mothers will do anything for their children, and Cersei will literally do anything. All her actions, both filled with hate or filled with love, are all because of what she thinks is best for them. There is something pretty endearing about that, and her chapters were honestly the best in this book.

    “I am Cersei of House Lannister, a lion of the Rock, the rightful queen of these Seven Kingdoms, trueborn daughter of Tywin Lannister. And hair grows back.”

    My favorite part of this whole book was when Cersei was reflecting upon the events that have happened recently, and was so remorseful thinking about how differently everything would have been if only Joffrey didn't kill Ned in A Game of Thrones. It is crazy to think about how one terrible and thoughtless act can ruin so many lives. It is actually pretty heartbreaking.

    I very much loved rereading Tyrion's point of view, again! Oh, how I missed him! I completely forgot about Penny, but re- fell in love with her, too! Penny, Tyrion, and Jorah's journey in this book sure wasn't an easy one. Especially for Jorah, even though I low-key hate book Jorah.

    Dany's point of view starts with her being unable to control her dragons, but ends by leaving lot of mystery to where she will end up. I know that we have an unfair advantage with the show maybe being book-cannon, but I'm really looking forward to her meeting with Tyrion in The Winds of Winter. Like, I'm really, really, really looking forward to it.

    And I obviously want a Stark meet-up more than anything. Bran is learning so much from the three-eyed crow, and him being a greenseer. I have always loved the children of the forest, and it was a joy reading about them again. Especially Leaf <3.

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    Nicholas Sampson 11-19-16
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    "11/10 Would read again."

    Wonderful, rich, and compelling story. I can't get enough. Would highly recommend this series to anyone looking to get lost in a beautifully crafted world.

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    Stuart Davis 11-15-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Inconsistent Narration"

    I loved the first three books, especially Roy Dottie's narration. The last two books (4 and 5) have been disappointments. The story is not quite as sharp and the narration has been awful. He changed the pronunciation of names and places, and the voices/accents that were consistent through the first three books have been seemingly random from chapter to chapter. I hope the final chapter is better.

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