#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • THE BOOK BEHIND THE FIFTH SEASON OF THE ACCLAIMED HBO SERIES GAME OF THRONES
NAMED ONE OF PASTE’S BEST FANTASY BOOKS OF THE DECADE
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.
A DANCE WITH DRAGONS
A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE: BOOK FIVE
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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Par for the course
If you've listened to Game of Thrones, Clash of Kings, or Storm of Swords, you have a relatively close idea of how this audiobook will sound. Unlike Feast for Crows, Roy Dotrice returns as narrator and he once again combines idiosyncratic pronunciation of standard English words and mediocre approximations of the voices of women and children with the gravitas-infused rich timbres only an 88-year-old Shakespearean actor could produce.
This outing, however, is beset with additional technical drawbacks including some jarring stops and starts in the middle of paragraphs as different takes were hastily strung together. The audiobook is delivered in 6 files, each around 250 MB. This is significantly more manageable than the 22 files for book 3. However it once again has little consistency in the separation of the content into sections -- none of which bear any correlation to the book's chapters, simply 30 minute intervals. Finding a particular part is nearly impossible.
Must buy if you...
Have not noticed... Roy is back! Thank goodness, instant purchase for me :)
Narration is distracting...
I'll be honest, Roy Dotrice wasn't my favorite narrator to begin with - in a nutshell, a lot of his character voices are almost campy or comic. But, that notwithstanding, at least they were consistent from book to book. And, he did a generally good job of making people from the same place or of the same family have similar accents and intonations. All in all, once you got past a couple of the more outlandish accents, you could really get into the story with Roy. Then, for the 4th book, they switched narrators. It was jarring. After hours and hours with Roy's voices, we were suddently confronted with an entirely new narrator (apparently Roy was sick at that point).
Now the fifth book. Roy is back; but he's changed the accents for some of the characters (Daenerys now sounds like an old woman, or like one of the wildilings). Not only that, but he's even changed some of his own pronunciations. If it were a stand-alone book, or the first of a series, it could be dealt with. But, at this point, the changes just make listening to the book difficult and less enjoyable. In fairness, I'll admit I haven't finished this book yet - maybe it will grow on me.