I read the books years ago and have watched the HBO series multiple times - listening to this in the car was amazing and I'd recommend it to everyone :) great narrator!
I typically spend my credits on these books mainly because you can't beat around 33 hours for the price of a monthly subscription. the narrator is mostly awesome, but at times he can be a bit monotonous. His voiceover of female characters is irritating at times. And to be honest the sex scenes sound more like your grandpa trying to tell you a racy story which feels uncomfortable. I've not seen the show but the books are well written and entertaining. I believe this book will be less entertaining than the first but it seems as though it setting up a lot of story line for the series. Overall worth a credit but maybe not as a standalone purchase.
I liked the storytelling it's done in such a way that I have never listened to not read before. Watching the tv show and reading the book makes me love the Heroes and hate them at the same time.
For example Cersei to me was an evil character but her background story allows me to understand her better. Coming from a dungeons and dragons standpoint it is a well written book.
A Song of Ice and Fire takes the path less taken.
Started a song of ice and fire due to te HBO show "game of thrones".
The books are just a bit more fulfilling. With a busy schedule sitting down to read is hassle so the Audiobook version was a treat. Will be continuing the series through the audiobooks.
The man who reads the story does a very good job overall but I wish this was done AFTER the show came out because some of the voices, most noticeably Tyrions, is so far off from what it was in the show. The heavy Irish accent doesn't make any sense and sounds awful so I always skip the Tyrion chapters and just read them out of the book.