It could have been better
I really liked all the characters, well, they way they were developed and described. The good were good and decent, the bad were awful people. probably Aria Stark was my favorite all the way through followed by Tyrian Lanister and Rob Snow
The 'pirate voice' used for the characters was very distracting as it seemed more appropriate for a pirate story and not something Medieval based. When the same voice was used for so many characters it was even more odd. After a while it was so distracting I had to re-listen to parts because the voice was so annoying it stole my concentration and attention.
GRRM writes the best fantasy political drama around, and his characters are believable and you really start to care about them, which makes it all the worse when realistic consequences catch up to them to pay for their follies. Roy Dotrice does an excellent job narrating, though some of the pronunciation choices are a little strange. Either way, I definitely recommend this, especially if you liked the TV show. It has more drama and intrigue comparatively, and you get a much better idea of the characters thoughts and feelings.
I cannot understand the following that George RR Martin has. This book is, quite frankly? the most boring thing I have ever read.
I tried the text, the audiobook, and even the TV series. Overly complex, political melodrama, with absolutely no good guys.
Remember, I am A Joe Abercrombie fan, and love a good anti hero. But this is something else. Martin is dubiously famous for killing anyone in his stories, but, good news...you won't care.
Adding to the pain is the wretched narrator chosen for this novel. Unbelievable. I kept waiting to hear him wheeze, gasp, and die.
I understand that this book and its sequels are destined to become literary classics, but it's just one bandwagon I can't get on.