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I am currently diving into both the written (spoken) and visual (TV series) of Game of Thrones. And it got me thinking...

I'm really liking Game of Thrones, and I'm only on S1E6. And I'm really trying to get caught up for the new season, which is starting tomorrow!

I also previously bought, but hadn't listened to, the first book from Audible, which is 33 hr 53 minutes to cover 73 chapters in 704 pages. I started listening to it after I started the TV show, and really enjoy how it fills in a lot of back story that they had to skim over on screen.

Like...

...when the nobleman was killed in the first scene, he comes back as a zombie like creature, with glowing blue eyes, leading to the idea that the monsters are the reanimation of those who were killed. He still had the fatal wounds, which came both from his sword freezing and blasting into shards during a fight with one of the creatures, and being hacked at after he fell. The creatures had a screaming blade with edges that danced with blue fire, and a group of similar creatures who stood watch around the fight.

...Daenerys Targaryen was 13 at the begining (when she met Khal Drogo), and Sansa Stark was only 11 when King Robert came to Winterfell. He wanted to unite their houses by betrothing her to his son, Joffrey Baratheon, as he (King Robert) had been betrothed to Lord Stark's sister, Lyanna Stark. She was allegedly abducted by Rhaegar Targaryen (Daenerys's brother). This led to Robert's Rebellion, which caused the downfall of the Targaryen dynasty.

...the fact that the dire wolf killed by the stag horn is a portent because the Direwolf is the sigil of the Starks, and the Crowned Stag is the sigil of the Baratheons.

And that is in the first 2.5 hours of the first audiobook!

All these things make it more interesting. Anyone else reading and watching... or has read before watching or vice versa? What is your take?



I am pretty far behind in the audiobook from where I am in the TV show, and decided to try to figure out how long it was going to take me to listen to the entire published series so far (5 books). I figure I can listen to it at the gym (45 minutes, 5-7 days a week), on the way to and from work in Covington (30 minutes each way, 3 days a week), and doing chores... about 7-8 hours a week.

Breaking that down...
4273 - number of pages
344 - number of chapters
11933 (~199) - minutes (hours) of audiobooks
~25-29 - weeks it will take at 7-8 hrs/week

So, if I don't slack at all (which is unlikely)... it will take 6-7 months minimum. Wow...

I think I'll keep a counter! Where am I now...

Audiobooks:


155 / 11933 minutes. 1% done!

TV Series (10 episodes a season, S4 in production):


5 / 40 episodes. 13% done!

Date: 2014-04-05 05:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] onthaedge.livejournal.com
Wow that's a lot! Though my commute to work, which is about 3.5 hours total day, and my hour long gym sessions 4x per week, would probably help me crush those audio books in a month. So far I've listened to the first 3 Harry Potter books in less than 2 weeks. I think I'll be done with all 7 by mid May, maybe earlier.

Game of Thrones is on my list. I'm thinking of listening to the LotRs series and The Hobbit as well, though I feel they'd take me a bit longer because Tolkien gets overly descriptive and it can get a bit dry in some parts.

Good luck with the listening! :D

Date: 2014-04-06 09:14 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] qafhappy.livejournal.com
Thanks! I've mostly been listening to fanfic/podfic for the last few years, but I found that GoT is the only thing that has been able to pull me away from it. At the rate I'm listening (which is closer to 5 hours a week), I won't be through before SanFranCon in January!

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