Roy Dotrice is an outstanding performer. I have listened to this book about 10 times as well as the others. If you have seen the tv series, you MUST read/listen to the books. I enjoy both.
I could probably discuss this aloud for more than hour, and have no desire to transcribe that much thought, speculation, praise, or criticism. (Not to mention the dreaded s- word.) So I'll be as brief as I can: this book is, as a whole, amazing and totally worth the time to read, but was my least favorite so far in the trilogy. Certain characters are back from the previous books, newly discovered as focal points of view (or chapters), while other new ones are introduced entirely. Most of them are disappointing to me in some way or another. We learn much more about Westeros and there is a lot of action, but definitely less than Clash, and it is not as poignantly focused as Game. Roy Dotrice turns in a brilliant narration yet again, but the sheer length of the work and the nature of its delivery (I.E. the way it was written, not read) seems to me to nessecitate another read. If I had been at it in 2004, when this was brand new and hadn't yet seen all current seasons of the HBO drama, I might be up to the task. But there are still two more books in this Song to go (currently), and Lisbeth Salander is back in The Girl in the Spider's Web, so I will not be taking my own advice and pledging another 48 hours to listening to the novel again.
In summation: Read this book. Twice, if you can. If not for the book itself, than for the love of the saga and the obligation you have to yourself as a fan. It is DEFINITELY worth it.
I'm very much enjoying Dotrice's rendition of these characters. I only just started watching the TV show, and find myself disappointed with their voices because his are so good. His performance definitely gets me through some of the dull moments in the story.
Overall, I am enjoying this series and the narrator does a great job managing the massive number of characters that are involved.
There are a few places where I feel the story progress slows to the point of boredom. However, like many people, I've only started this series after watching the TV series. So, it may be that I know what is coming, which takes away from the build-up intended in these sections.