The story was gripping and hard to turn off. The reader had a very epic voice, like what you'd imagine a medieval storyteller would sound like: regal and at times powerful. However, the same reader did all the character voices, which made it confusing sometimes, and outright ridiculous when he did voices for women and children. Still, a really good listen.
As far as I'm concerned the author can take his time finishing the rest of the story. I'm exhausted and done.
I am really disappointed in this book, almost as much as book 4. the plot hardly moves and I find myself just reading dialogs of characters who have nothing to talk about. there were several chapters of interest, but overall it was an average story. the performance is nothing to rave about either, he has the same 2 voices for all the characters... a little drab if you ask me. I hope Martin can deliver more next time. give me book 3 magic again.