Engaging, entertaining, captivating
The presentation of the characters and their thoughts and feelings. Something you can't get from the TV series.
I liked the ability to know the distinction between characters during dialog.
Dotrice is an excellent narrator. The writing is bearable. The story is great but there is something about the way it's written I do not fancy. There is a bias of primacy however. I saw the show before reading the book. A different medium which cannot be easily compared despite using the book as source material. I much prefer to watch the story.
While I did enjoy the novel, I felt there were too many characters with too much going on. It read like a day time soap opera. With jumping around from mini story to mini story without giving the reader enough time to really care about the characters and their lives. The whole lore and breath of the fictional world was well described. It is an enjoyable read, but I would not say it's a masterpiece by any means.
I will keep it short and straight to the point trom my point of view the reader was horrible, ncharsmatic monotonus tone coupled with terrible sounding characters. For the life of me I couldnt finish the book. My advice is listen to the audio sample.
P.S. All you need to do is see the comparison to "The Way of Kings"
ASOIAF is spectacular. I'd prefer to rate the narration here. Roy Dotrice is excellent and I can only fault him for saying the names wrong from time to time (it's not Jeffery!) and giving the dothraki characters English accents when Drogo was given a non-English one. All in all - 10/10 highly recommend.