I gave the second one a try, but the performance was just as bad as the first book. The narrator might be good in other types of performances, but you can hear spittle flying out of his mouth when he tries to narrate fatter characters, and it's just gross to listen to. I love this series, but this narrator is awful.
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.