Yes, it is dramatic and gripping. It really is like listening to a tv show.
This is narrated by some of my favorite BBC actors and they do a great job. Unlike a standard audiobook, you can actually hear the characters cry, laugh, and otherwise show emotion as opposed to hearing the emotion through the author's writing. I don't think I would like that with some books but this story lends itself well to the dramatization.
I really enjoyed this departure from the standard audiobook and hope there is a sequel - or 2!