Better than lord of the rings (even when I first read it 25 years ago)...wonderful writing, fascinating characters, subtle themes and outrageous surprises. Martin is unrivaled.
Every line in this audio book is delivered perfectly. The story teller brings every character to life in your mind and gives great emotion into every bit of telling. The story itself focuses on the story of the lives of the characters and much less about battles (although the Battle of the minds is a much more in depth game than the battle of swords). This book brings a great start to a series. I shall read the 2nd book myself and return for the third book to better compare the reading and imagining of the characters. If you don't mind light graphic images of sex and some mention of magic, dragons, beheadings, and all around gore filled deaths. Then this read is for you. There is so much depth to these stories and I hope the other books (as their reputation had lead me to believe)do this first book justice. Thank you.
I thought I couldn't listen to Roy's narration hour after hour but I was wrong. I look forward to listening the Clash of Kings! The books the Hbo series and the audio version all amazing.