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 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!
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.
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 review will be brief. If you've READ The Lord Of The Rings, there's a rich background to the world you enjoyed in Tolkien's trilogy nestled herein.
That being said, this work is darker, and somewhat bleak. Unfortunately, I had to work HARD to get through this audiobook, as Lee's passion for the work doesn't come across in a fitting manner. His is a bleaker, stuffier narration, in my opinion. Also, some books do NOT translate well into audiobooks, no matter the narrator.
If you can't get enough of this vast and fantastic world lore the author has created, get this audiobook.
For the rest of us, stick with the four key books in the series, and the audiobooks and movies from the same.
You may not like this audiobook.
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.
My main problem with this book is that I'm not sure who the target audience would be.
I absolutely cannot recommend this book to anyone who has not read the Silmarilion. The tale is inextricably tied to the greater context presented there. A reader trying to understand it on its own would be hopelessly lost.
However, I can't really recommend it to anyone who has read the Silmarilion. I love the tale of Turin, it was always my favorite chapter of the Silmarilion. When I picked up this book, I was hoping that the expanded content would improve the story. Unfortunately, I found the extra content to be a useless accessory, diluting the core story. Ultimately, I think the version of the story within the Silmarilion is better than the one provided in this book.
Aside from the problems above, I found the voice acting to be comically over dramatic, even cringe-worthy at times. The reader speaks clearly, but with excessive expression, reminiscent of a middle-school play.
Hi my name is Marty, Im book worm from Portland Oregon. I work graveyard shifts and listen to books while I work and read comics in the day
If you like Lord of the rings, Or The Hobbit than you will like this.
Pros: Learn more about the workings and history of middle earth.
Cons: Lacks some of the charm of his other works, however considering this book was just his notes worked on by his family that is to be expected.
Get this if you have already read Tolkiens other books, not the best introduction to his work.
A modern epic
Beleg Cuthalion - more for the action that surrounds him in terms of his death, but he is one of the most likable characters.
There were many and most of them heartwrenching. It is difficult to choose between the death of Nienor, or the death of Mim's son, or the death of Beleg, or the death of Turin...yeah there are a lot of deaths.
The death of Mim's son hit me particularly hard, for the fact that the narrative seem set against him in favor of Turin. However, in his position of having lost a son in such a cruel manner I found it all the more wrenching that the narrative painted his vengeance as evil when really he acted no differently than many of the protagonists and was a for more pitiable figure.
I highly recommend this audiobook version over reading the book silently. It's clearly written in the oral tradition, so hearing it read aloud makes the difference. Not to mention, Christopher Lee's narration is the definition of epic.