A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book One (Unabridged) - George R.R. Martin
I have listened to dozens of epic texts via audiobook. This is, undoubtedly, one of my favorite books. I love the gritty and dystopian nature of Martin's characters. I love the realistic discussion of sex and real families. This is epic fantasy for adults, and despite my love and devotion to Tolkien's masterpieces, in many way this surpasses even that.
However, I feel less enthusiastic about the reader. He is not bad, but it takes real skill and talent for a reader of one sex to expertly speak in the voice of someone of the opposite sex, and the reader here does not pull it off as well as I would like. The reader only does an adequate job of distinguishing voices between characters, but this is no different than what you would have if you sat down and read the book for yourself. I am very picky about my readers, and have been spoiled by some very good ones.
The book itself is a 5 star, the reader is a 3 star.