I listened to the audiobook. Even at x2 speed, it was long. Richly detailed, well-crafted, and engaging. But it was very long. And I come away wondering who the hell I've become that I'll rate a book lower because it took too long to read.Really, it was a good book. I have a sneaking suspicion that even by the end, Martin isn't quite sure where the story's going. But he's certainly shown that he's not afraid to kill off his protagonists, which definitely adds dramatic tension.I'll probably end up reading the other 4 or 5 books; and I'll be sure to complain about it when I do..