The book is great. I love the depth of the characters but I love Roy Dotrice's portrayal. He does any incredible job bringing these characters alive. I hope he is able to read winds of winter!
The Song of Ice and Fire has a capable bard at the helm, and Dotrice captures the spirit of the tale so brilliantly that I am tempted to go through the series with audio alone. So far Whispersync has served me surprisingly well, though. A successful coup all around, as far as I'm concerned.
Having completed the entire audio series of A Song of Ice and Fire, I have edited all my ratings of the narrator's performance. Roy Dotrice ruined my perceptions of the characters with inconsistent character tones.
I would rather have had the books read in a monotone voice free of all inflections than listen to him make manly men sound like some whimpy teenage boy and Danny like some old crone (referencing ADWD narration).
With that being said, the series is still so damn good that I'm listening again for a second go around. I just work harder at dreaming of a world where the actors of the HBO series are providing the voices for the audio series and Dotrice only supplies the narration!
I hate to say bad things about people's efforts but I have to say that the narrators comical interpretation of the characters is a continual distraction to the story. Floundering mismatched accents and high pitched voices are difficult to take seriously. Apparently everyone from Birmingham is an idiot..? Also one sibling can have a Scottish accent while the other two are English. I feel like I'm listening to a Disney movie casted with nothing but sidekicks. If I weren't too busy to sit down I'd give up on the audio and just buy the book.