This is an amazing book. I recommend it to each and every person who loves an outstanding story. I can't wait to read the next book in the series.
The reader was okay. He didn't have a large range of voices, so the story sometimes felt like it all blurred together. It was exceptionally annoying that he didn't have a good voice for the female characters. He had 2 or 3 voices in general that he would rotate through.
I struggled to finish the first book and ultimately ended up abandoning this book. I can see how it is a very popular book series but the pacing is a lot like the spy novels where there is a lot of setup in between meaningful plot development points. I'll try the HBO series and I'll probably like it more.