Roy Dotrice is such a master of voice acting that one can feel entirely immersed in this series. I often forgot there is only one person reading this and instead got completely lost in the GRRM universe. At one point I even missed my exit while commuting! Cannot recommend this highly enough!
The multi-stories approach to telling this saga kept it moving. It was not a book that gave away what was going to happen. It held both sad and happy surprises. The narration was very good.
I love the story of course. I wouldn't have paid $40 for this one installment if I didn't. The performance of it however left something wanting. Most female voices except maybe Dany's sounded like irritated, witchy crones with little nuance and too much affectation. I also found Tyrion's portrayal weak. I may have been able to forgive these grievances since I'm sure with so many characters in one story and a naturally gravelly voice it's hard to do a "perfect" voice, but Dotrice keeps pronouncing
I enjoyed both the writing and the narration of A Game of Thrones (Book 1). Unfortunately, I found the writing in Book 2 to be clumsy and the narration was annoying. I think this book could have been excellent if it had been better edited. I had already bought Book 3 before listening to this one, but I'm no longer interested in listening to it after this experience.
book one was a masterful story, on par with Tolkien. book two devolved into the modern trash of descriptive sex and language that was unnecessary. still a great story but a disappointing change from the high standards of book one.