As the subject line says: Love the story, hate the narration. I was really very disappointed with the narration and ended up downloading a copy of the book in iBooks format to read mostly myself. I just didn't feel the narrator's voice and performance fit this type of novel.
I have the book, decided to listen to the audio instead of reading it. What a big mistake.
Horrible performance by the reader, it ruin the experience altogether. The same old voice with some nuances for all the characters.
I tried to listen to this book twice. Roy Dotrice has an amazing voice, except when he changes it to mimic a woman's voice. Love the book, but I will have to actually read it.
Enjoyed the story, but the reader really should have listened to his previous recordings to hear how he pronounced names and how he voiced other characters. A bit disconcerting when you've gotten used to the way it was before.
The book has intrigue and the story lines are engaging overall, but Martin tries too hard to make it an epic. There are long, verbose chapters in which practically nothing happens, and it's all dismal and hopeless for every character.