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

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Roy Dotrice

49 Hours 0 Minutes

Random House (Audio)

July 2011

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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 #1 New York Times bestselling author delivers the fifth book in his 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—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 thousands of enemies, and many have set out to find her. As they gather, one young man embarks upon his own quest for the queen, with an entirely different goal in mind.

Fleeing from Westeros with a price on his head, Tyrion Lannister, too, is making his way to Daenerys. But his newest allies in this quest are not the rag-tag band they seem, and at their heart lies one who could undo Daenerys’s claim to Westeros forever.

Meanwhile, 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 Night’s Watch, will face his greatest challenge. For he has powerful foes not only within the Watch but also beyond, in the land of the creatures of ice.

From all corners, bitter conflicts 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.

Praise for A Dance with Dragons
“Filled with vividly rendered set pieces, unexpected turnings, assorted cliffhangers and moments of appalling cruelty, A Dance with Dragons is epic fantasy as it should be written: passionate, compelling, convincingly detailed and thoroughly imagined.”—The Washington Post
“Long live George Martin . . . a literary dervish, enthralled by complicated characters and vivid language, and bursting with the wild vision of the very best tale tellers.”—The New York Times
“One of the best series in the history of fantasy.”—Los Angeles Times 

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  • fredy Dejesus

    Haters gonna hate. George R. R. Martin is a god.

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  • marc price

    George is a Genius. The story/world he has created is simply incredible. I feel like I have to continually re-read all 5 current books, that's how far I have delved into his story. To me they're more than books. I'm anxiously awaiting for George to finish "The Winds of Winter", but till then I will continue to re-listen to the 5 current books and keep picking up little details that help me understand the story better. everytime I go through them, I find something I didn't catch the previous time or I start putting together certain details that help me predict what is gonna happen in TWOW. I'm just super grateful to George for creating this masterpiece.

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  • Micah D.

    Infinitely better than season 5 of the show. It leaves you wanting to write letters telling GRRM to HURRY UP AND RELEASE THE WINDS OF WINTER!!!

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  • Michael R.

    What can I possibly say that hasn\'t been said already? The entire series of books is amazing and Ray Dotrice\'s narration brings the characters to life in a way that makes you forget that it\'s only one dude that\'s reading the text. My only gripe is that George R. R. Martin seriously needs to get off his butt and write the next book. My hope is that he has only been waiting because he doesn\'t want to reveal anything that\'s happening in the TV series. I highly recommend these books to people who love these characters and stories, there\'s so much insight into who they are and their motives, I just love it.

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  • Jodie L.

    Great book, but where in Gods name is the Winds Of Winter?

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  • Michael G.

    I think all this books could be listened to over one over , the more you listen the more you’ll pick out stuff you didn’t the previous times , love them

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  • Derek Brown

    Great. Just really great!

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  • John McCrave

    Epic book. Continues Martin's tradition of providing strong fantasy for adults. Narrator does a great job too. Also Kirk, I hope you realize there are 4 books that come before this one, each about a thousand pages. Maybe you would understand more if you had read or listened to them. Can't imagine how one could possibly listen to this without knowing that.

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  • michael shea

    Epic book, a great addition to this wonderful true to life, yet also fantasy series. This is how medieval times (knights,lords,kings) actually were, only this story adds dragons, white walkers, and many other mystical and wonderfully dangerous i things. Go to those other stories of heroes if you yearn for childish stories, this ones for mature adults.

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  • Kirk Dunneman

    I am usually a sucker for anything "Dragon", but wading through this endless, incessent diatribe of fictitious persons places and things, was mind-numbing at best. The author is clearly smitten with his own ability to invent characters and their inherent baggage. It often reads like a bible of "who's who", distracting us from following what little there is of a coherent storyline by constantly introducing new and unnecessary characters and their lineage. Give me a few strong heroes and a storyline I can sink my teeth into, "Dance With Dragons" is 49 hours I will never get back.

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