I enjoyed this book very much despite its sad, dark tone. Very enjoyable to continue to fill in places that Tolkein fans are often hungering after.
Christopher Lee perfectly embodies what I imagined the narrator should be in a tale such as this.
I find it difficult to discuss without giving things away, but DO LISTEN. I am glad that I did.
This is not The Hobbit, nor is it The Lord of the Rings, and you should not expect the same experience from this book. The Children of Hurin is a tale concerned with the days of Middle Earth before the founding of Numenor and reads like the annals of the kings found in the Appendix of The Lord of the Rings. As such you should read or listen to the annals of the kings several times and understand the lineage of Aragorn to really get the most out of it. It is a darker tale than The Lord of the Rings, because it concerns Morgoth who was far darker and more powerful than Sauron.
Sir Christopher Lee's performance is stellar, and he definitely brings this darker world of middle earth to life, though his voice is less malleable than Robert Inglis's, and as such some of his characters bleed together, especially those who are similar in and of themselves. Some of the most truly unique characters include Morgoth and Mim, who being unlike to both men and elves receive truly unique voices.
Overall it is a good read/listen, but only if you're interested in the history of Middle Earth. If you've read/Listened to the Appendices several times over, pick this one up, it will fit right in.
Christopher Lee's performance was fantastic.
It was very sad, but not saddening.
His voice is a pleasure to listen to and matches the high fantasy subject matter superbly.
Lee's dwarf voice was particularly fun.
Loved LOTR and was expecting something awesome. Instead of a good story, I found an author who was enamored with his ability to create interesting names and linguistic details that added very little to the story. It was also overtold with every event being told as if it was the most amazing thing that had ever happened.
It was an interesting look into a different time in Middle Earth. The relationship between dragons, men, elves and orcs are all covered here and have some interest value.
I enjoy reading fantasy, crime and mystery thrillers, as well as historical novels.
This is an excellent listen and the story is on par with Lord of the Rings. Christopher Lee gives an excellent performance.
The scene where Niniel and Turambar find out that they are brother and sister. It is tragic what occurs as the result but it is refreshing to read a story with an unhappy end once in a while.
It is a tragic tale but a wonderful story.
All aspects of this audiobook production were top quality.
Obviously there is only one Tolkien and no one else writes quite like he does in style and content. If you are looking for summertime quick and fun read, then this book is NOT for you. Also, if you have not read The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings, do so before attempting this one, as Tolkien's style is easier to digest in his more popular publications. Fans of The Silmarillion will love this book.
Everything. Having Sauromon himself narrate to you is otherworldly. Lee is a well known Tolkien fan, and understands his intent in dialogue and story. Lee's Elvish is so awesome, too!
Definitively. Christopher Lee is a gifted dramatist, and it's fun to picture Saruman telling me a (tragic) bedtime story.
Turin's character is much better developed than in previous works, and while the complete tale certainly incorporates a lot of older material, it is also an effective, albeit heartbreaking story.
Lee's dwarf voices are, for some reason, particularly good, although the extremely soft voice he uses for female characters is, occasionally, hard to hear.
Incest, tragedy, and talking swords...
Christopher Lee's performance reading Hurin is pretty much the best I've come across on Audible. Christopher Tolkien's rendering of The Children of Hurin is deliberately archaic in style compared to LOTR, but if you can get past that, this is a fantastic experience.
I had great expectations but the story had no soul. It was a pedantic narration and boring.......like reading a biblical genealogy. It was almost impossible to follow any kind of story line. Waste of a credit.
The title of the review has it.
could not wade deep enough into it to comment intelligently..... a profound disappointment