A Dance with Dragons: Book 5 of A Song of Ice and Fire Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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The complete, unabridged audiobook of A Dance with Dragons.
HBO’s hit series 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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|Listening Length||48 hours and 53 minutes|
|Author||George R.R. Martin|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||12 July 2011|
|Publisher||HarperCollins Publishers Limited|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 386 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
7 in Dark Fantasy (Audible Books & Originals)
8 in Dragon & Mythical Creatures Fantasy
16 in Dark Fantasy (Books)
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‘A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies.’
Now that I have read the first five books (and seen the first seven seasons of the HBO production), I’m not entirely sure that I want Mr Martin to finish the series. On one hand, I’d like to see where he takes it, on the other hand I like having the freedom to speculate.
So here I am, at the end of ‘A Dance with Dragons’. The future of the Seven Kingdoms is uncertain, under threat from every side. And who might rule? Will there be anything left to rule? Daenerys Targaryen is in the east, with her dragons. But in the north, the Wall, under the command of Jon Snow (the 998th Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch) is vulnerable. And what will happen if the creatures beyond the wall breach it?
So many questions. So few answers. I do have the eighth season of the HBO series to watch but I suspect that I’ll just have to use my imagination until Mr Martin finishes the books.
I'm really happy with this book for the price.
I don't need to review the contents of the book, everyone knows these novels are amazing.
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I am not a fast reader so these books are a really la long slog , honestly you cou read two books before being half way throgh one game of thrones book, think lord of rings length
This is the last book in th series to date we have to wait till 2023/24 for next book-
The Winds of Winter to come out and thats if he dont delay it again. And at mo suggestions are it could be even longer.
Why you may ask have I continued reading these books given my negativity? Well it's because the first ones were so good, I keep hoping for the best and that the magic will return?
I think in reality though that its going to be a rare case of the TV people doing a better job than the author who seems to have ran out of puff.
I will read the Winds of Winter if it ever comes out, I just hope that the author gives us some resolution to at least some of the story lines he's created and rewards us for our patience.
That said, the book suffered from some of the problems book 2 had in a lack of conclusion and purpose in several storylines, particularly Dearnys who spent the entire book faffing around in Meeren as well as Tyrion who faffed around getting there for no obvious purpose. This book is clearly setting up events that will reach a conclusion in the next instalment.
As mentioned, you get the more interesting characters, such as Jon Snow and Tyrion Lannister to follow but even they are not in the middle of action but rather being described as characters in this book. If you were hoping for a real dance of dragons, a thundering finale, you will be disappointed. Some characters get killed off again, some wheels are set in motion or simply turn a bit further but in terms of resolution to the story you are not much closer than you were at the end of the third book.
The dragons burst onto the scene shortly and without much effect, the rest of the book offers hardly anything really placing it firmly into the fantasy sphere, and the new characters introduced get too superficial an entry to be a real enrichment.
Unfortunately, this all means a rather long wait for the next volume and a hope that at least some action will result or that the author returns to form fully, and manages to successfully operate the gargantuan cast once again. I would not advise fans of the series completely giving up at this point but it may well become more and more of an uphill battle, if the pace does not pick up with the next installment.
I felt A Dance With Dragons was more of a summary in the aftermath of the events in Westoros for most of the book and a build up for what is to come from the east without a great deal of anything really happening anywhere.
Don't get me wrong, new events, characters and plots are unfolding so it's not stale and there looks to be some interesting developments coming after some big changes towards the end (one or two of which will shock if not anger most readers!) but it's just slow going and basically a build up for what is to come whilst tying up loose ends from the previous books.
That said, Martin still masters it. Whether you like the ending or not, the intrigue and anticipation he leaves with you at the end of the book is one of the great cliff hangers from A Song of Ice and Fire (IMO).
Thanks to his notorious style of killing off a favourite character and then leaving you with the small hint that they may yet be back...the next book couldn't come soon enough.