I went through the entire 9 book series while I was pregnant with My Sweetie. I thought books 1-4 - maybe even 5 - were pretty good. After that it started to get really slow. The research notes at the end of each chapter were the highlights for me. If I ever have another boy - and I can convince Greg - my 3rd son will be named Joseph or Brigham.
Greg recently bought the DVD set for me - so I'm reminded how much I love these films. Love the history, the character of a young Brigham Young, and I still think it's the best Joseph Smith ever cast - including the official church film (sorry Spencer). The trailer is posted below. Check out mid-way through the quick shot of Joseph on his horse - that was one of my favorite moments of the film - Joseph's take down of Gov. Boggs during Camp Zion.