Don't judge a book by it's show! The voice is amazing too! Yes, it's long, but it's worth every minute!
Really had a difficult time the first few chapters getting to know/remember the characters- there are so many and many many relationships that are important to the story...it was worth the tie to stick with it - very enjoyable!
My wife loves the show but I love listening to it rather than watching it. Just like a medieval soap opera with lots of killing and intrigue. GREAT. If you ever thought about but didn't, DO, you won't be sorry but you will be wanting more.
Roy Dotrice is magnificent. His characterizations are so colored and nuanced I'm able to identify the speaker by voice alone (impressive given the size of the cast).