I really like Christopher Lee's voice and his pronunciation of the taxing Tolkien names and language is excellent. That said, as a purely audio version, this book is really hard to follow. It was much easier for me to actually read than to listen to (much like the Silmarilion, which I loved when I read and couldn't follow in an audio format) although it works remarkably well as a read-along!
So far I cannot get into this book. I love his stuff and was very excited but it really drones on and there is a lot of this person begot that person and just the way its written seems like it was old english I will give it some time but was a little disappointed
I preferred Rob Inglis reading the Lord of the Rings trilogy. I think Christopher Lee is too serious in places. This story has a mind-boggling collection of names for the first few chapters, but settles down eventually to tell a "St George and the Dragon" type of story. Not an epic like the Hobbit or LOTR, but classic Tolkien nonetheless.
For reasons known only to Audible, the Rob Inglis versions are no longer available. Pity, they are amazing.
I had to listen to the first two chapters twice. It was very difficult to follow in the beginning. But once past the character introductions was an interesting story. I wish there were more recognizable characters. Okay listen if you can persevere the beginning.
This is just an odd book. It does not read like Tolkien at all, but more like old testament Bible in many places. ie ... and it came to pass that...
Christopher Lee, who is great, could not even save this one for me. This is the ONLY audible book that I nearly stopped before the end.
Anyway, I LOVE Tolkien but this one was strange and frankly rather boring.
I recommend NOT doing this one unless you are hard core Tolkien fan or someone interested in how different Tolkien can be.
Do not read this book if you are after a classic lord of the rings or hobbit style tale of evil undone, as this is rather the opposite..
A twisted and depressing tale of a mans family cursed by an dark lord, specifically his son.
There is no happy ending here, but endless death and disaster.
This was my first audible.com book and I loved it. Mr. Lee's beautiful, deep voice is perfect for this vast story of pride, treachery and tragedy.
A great book, but only for loyal fans, people who have been able to stomach the Silmarillion. It was very much in the style of all the LOTR books.
An excellent embellishment of one of the best tales from the silmarillion. I Liked Christofer Lee's narration, and i wouldn't change a thing. I hope some more of the tales from the silamrillion are given the same treatment.