A Dance with Dragons : Song of Ice and Fire

  • by George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by Roy Dotrice
  • Series: Song of Ice and Fire
  • 49 hrs and 0 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The complete, unabridged audiobook of A Dance with Dragons.
HBO's hit series A Game of Thrones is based on George R. R. Martin's internationally best-selling series A Song of Ice and Fire, the greatest fantasy epic of the modern age. A Dance with Dragons is the fifth volume in the series.
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 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....

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Audible Editor Reviews

A Dance with Dragons is part one of book five in this sweeping epic fantasy audiobook series A Song of Ice and Fire, written by George R. R. Martin and narrated by veteran British actor Roy Dotrice. Now the inspiration behind the major HBO TV series A Game of Thrones. Queen Daenerys' dragons have matured. They have been locked away and are simmering with unimaginable power. Her enemies have found out of their existence. The dragons are loyal to no one. The monstrous army gathering behind the wall of ice and stone continues to grow stronger. Available now from Audible.

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What the Critics Say

"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)

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Dreadful narration

I have persevered with Dotice’s narration this far but finally have to throw in the towel. I thought the first three books well narrated and find Dotrice’s normal gravely and resonant speaking voice appealing. However, narration can make or break a book for me and the accent and intonation adopted for a particular character changes my mental image of that character. Dotrice does a reasonable job with the male characters – I’ve always thought Tyrion’s welsh lilt was fitting, for example. The problem is the female characters. Dotrice narrates all of the female characters – young and old and whether of noble or low birth – as if they were Cornish or Irish fishwives. I cannot picture Daenerys as a lithe and queenly figure when she is made to sound coarse and slow witted. I will finish this in print.
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- CJ

Starting to lose interest.

I seem to be of a different thinking from many of the reviews on this book. I don’t really have a problem with Roy Dotrice as a narrator. However I am finding I am getting bored with the story and how it does not seem to be going very far. I got hooked on these books and love all the characters, cultures and depth that Martin has created in this world. However I really get the feeling that even Martin has no plan on where this story is going. We found out in book 1 that ‘winter is coming’ but still? Is this saga even going have an end? Or will it have no idea how to end, like the series Lost? I am someone who normally does not get impatient with a story taking it’s time to build, however on this one I am starting to wonder if I will keep investing my time into this series.
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- Chris

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-07-2011
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited