I'm a professional comics artist and I listen to these books while I draw. The narration is clear, spirited and subtle. If you like the show, these books (being the source material), are full of an incredible amount of delightful details and intriguing side characters that immerse you even further in the world of ice and fire. I love the HBO GOT but the length, performance and nuance of these audiobooks are is satisfying on a whole different level.
Thought it was still great as a second novel - even though between the first and second I have now spent 70 hours of my life listening to this story!! I am disturbed by the amount of violence, gore, and sexual assault, however - most of the characters start doing very monstrous things. There are also SO many characters that it is a bit hard to keep them all straight, and this can make the story drag at times. I hope there will be a bit more resolution in the third since it seems like a lot of the plot was a bit drawn out with this one. Still good overall, but often kinda depressing since so many awful things happen to everyone.