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A Dance with Dragons (Part One): Book 5 of A Song of Ice and Fire
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A Dance with Dragons (Part One): Book 5 of A Song of Ice and Fire [Unabridged] [Audible Audio Edition]

by George R. R. Martin (Author), Roy Dotrice (Narrator)
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (143 customer reviews)

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This is Part One of A Dance with Dragons, the fifth book of the A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE series.

The fifth volume in the greatest epic work of the modern age, this recording is unabridged and split into two parts. 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....

©2011 George R. R. Martin; (P)2011 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Product Details

  • Audible Audio Edition
  • Listening Length: 24 hours and 32 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited
  • Release Date: July 12, 2011
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005C7QVY0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (143 customer reviews)
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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful
By mr F
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Unfortunately I was too hasty in ordering this book and didn't realize it was only the first half of Book 5 of A Song of Ice and Fire. Other than that the book was great...maybe a little pricey considering this cost almost twice as much as the mass market paperback version of the book that has both halves.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Stars Reflect the Author's Work October 20, 2012
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While Book 5, Part 1 of The Song of Ice and Fire series continues the stories of characters that readers who have stuck with the series have come to care about, the author seems to have lost his way a bit. New characters? Do we care? We want to again embrace the stories of the characters with whom we are familiar. The world in which they live has been thoroughly and colorfully imagined, described at great length throughout the books. Great length, however, is becoming a handicap. Another part of Book 5 follows this one and a Book 6 is promised. All this verbage could be self-defeating. Martin is a fabulous and engaging writer, no question, but he seemed to care less in Book 4 about the tautness of his tales and has only partially recovered in this book. The task he set himself in creating a complete fantasy world seems to have begun to overwhelm him and his solution of choice has been to produce more words than are really needed. I have also been disappointed with his inclusion of common modern expressions that seem out of place in his world, e.g., "are we there yet?" I noticed this little idiosyncracy in Book 4 as well. Such slips are jarring and out of place in a fantasy epic. I have not finished reading this book and may be rewarded at the end with improvement in the author's style and plot choices, but I'm not holding my breath. Reading the book has become a slog through mud, really quite tiring. I'm hoping for better in the future books.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Half a book August 23, 2012
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This was misrepresented as the complete 5th book in series. Unaware UK split volume and not made clear. It was in perfect condition at least and arrived on time, but only later realized not what I expected.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Getting boring January 21, 2013
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I have read the previous books in this series. They were good and their was continuity in the plot/story. This one is all over the place. No serious continuity and most probabaly I will not read the next book in the series
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars only half the book! June 18, 2013
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I thought this was the entire book of Dance With Dragons. The pictures are too small to know that this was only part 1 of 2 parts.I thought that 'Dreams and Dust was a sub-title. I feel cheated! I had to go back and buy the WHOLE book, so all I got out of this book was time. I got to read half of the book. Now, I have had to buy another book to get the rest of it. Feel like I was misinformed. It was in the same section as the complete book (5) It should have been under a separate listing. I don't know who is to blame, the seller or Amazon. Waste of my money!.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Is it ever going to end? July 14, 2012
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Continuing the epic, but still lots of loose ends. Still introducing new characters after 5 books, which prompts the question- is the end in sight? Personally, I could see this going on for at least another 3 books to tidy up all the bits and pieces. Good book, IMHO not as good as 2 or 3, but still fairly satisfying. Bring on #6!
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
By Andrew
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A number of other reviews point out what's great about this series of books is the author's willingness to have important characters die. Death in the world constructed by Martin is often random, cruel and always frequent. It helps make the world feel all the more solid. I like this side of the books.

What I didn't enjoy is the complete lack of any 'end' to the story. After about third book I started wondering what the point was. I'm slow so it wasn't till I finished the last one that I worked out the open endedness is about being able write another book. It became clear to me this was all about selling books. In the end it just feels too cynical to be enjoyable.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A LITTLE DISAPPOINTED June 17, 2012
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I've loved all the books in the series. This one left a little to be desired. He didn't even mention several of the
key players so you were left wondering what happened to them. It seems he is trying to stretch things out - maybe to make the TV series last longer?? The book is still worth the read, hope the next one is better.
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