Yes I did. I have always been an avid reader, and every year during the summer I attempt to read a classic. I read this one exactly 13 years ago, I know this because I was pregger's w/ my daughter.
I read the unabridge 1200+ page one. It was amazing. There are a few slow parts, and parts that i would have preferred to skip, but most of it gets neatly tied back in at some point.
I loved the show, and the music, and chose to read it based on that.
I am glad that I did. There are so many subplots that you miss out on w/ the show that you would never, ever know about unless you read it.
Great book. I would re-read an abridged version.