With Christopher Lee reading - yes!
Don't have one favorite - like them all.
Never heard him before. His voice is clear and precise with all the hard names. And even at 3X speed his voice is very clear.
However, you don't need any other music or sound!
I wouldn't call this a total waste of time, because it pretty much is lifted right out of the Silmarillion, but Christopher Lee might be a cool Sauruman, but he really is pretty terrible at narrating a book
I couldn't recommend this version to friends, due to the narrator
He wasn't comfortable with the material, and his character voices weren't well conceived or performed
What a horrible and dark story that would be. It is also one of Tolkien's less origina works, essentially being a mish-mash of a several Greek legends and tragedies.
Only buy this if you're a HUGE fan of this story arc and of Tolkien. Otherwise, the LOTR recordings are by far much much better.
Yes if they were into dark tales or a Tolkien fan. I would, however, add the warning - there is a lot of lineage and history that sometimes bores non-Tolkien enthusiasts.
Battle with Glaurung
I sometimes linger over pronouncing names/words when reading Tolkien. It interferes with my reading enjoyment. Mr. Lee's narration was superb, bringing Tolkien's work to life in my mind and remedied my issues. I'm a huge Tolkien fan so I read along as I listened. :-D
I enjoyed it becaue it is a work of Tolkien but it is a very dark tale.
A great story, with very good narration.
It seemed like a high Greek tragedy -- like Oedipus or Antigone -- but set in the lands of Tolkein.
When Turin's sister discovers Turing, apparently dead and is told that that the two of them, who had been lovers, are actually brother and sister. She then kills herself.
A good book, well performed.
I have listened to this audiobook many times, and will probably hear it again. It is excellently and succinctly written. The story takes place in the first age of Tolkien's legendarium. Christopher Lee reads it with the weight of a Norse Saga, and you can experience high adventure as part of a very mythic story. Tolkien wrote and rewrote this story many times over the course of his life and hearing it read by an excellent reader lets you appreciate it as a story in the way that a mythic saga should be experienced: as a communication between people rather than a structure on paper.
I would compare this book to a great story you would hear from a friend across the table, over a meal or a campfire.
Turin is crawling, and clinging underneath and unseen by the giant, slimy, stinking worm-like dragon.
I was preoccupied for days with this story when I first heard it.
prolonged story toget no where fast
got no where, fast... seemed like chapter after chapter of making no progress
yes, he has a great voice for reading
good reader, great voice
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ANOTHER GREAT STORY BY JRR TOLKIEN..AT TIMES HARD TO FOLLOW I'VE LISTENED TO THREE OF TOLKIENS BOOKS AND IT ALWAYS SEEMS TO BE THE CASE.TOLKIEN GETS A LOT ACROSS IN A SHORT TIME,FROM START TO FINISH IT COMES QUICK.I DO THINK THIS COULD BE GREAT ON THE BIG SCREEN.HURIN SON TURIN IS THE BOOK,FROM A LITTLE BOY TO HIS DEATH HE IS THE MAN.HURIN PUT'S HIS KIDS IN A BAD SPOT AND THEY WILL PAY THE PRICE..IF YOU LIKE JRR TOLKIEN THIS IS A MUST READ...
I would recommend this book to anyone who has read/listened to Tolkiens other books and not just The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings. The story is very rich with detail and starts out by diving right in to who is who and how they are related. Tolkiens way of character development can be abrasive to some who are not used to it.
I liked this book because it was something very new (to me). Original characters, plot, and the good guys didnt end up on top in the end. It also set up the feeling among the various races towards each other which helps to explain some things in some of his other writings.
A curse torments the family children.
Make sure you have enough time to dedicate to listening to this. Its a great story but if you have a lapse in listening its easy to forget a twist. I listened to the first half on a business trip and went about a week before listening to the rest and had to jog my memory on what was going on. But I guess thats pretty much true in every story.
This is a tale that spins off from the Silmarillion - from the ages before LOTR. If you like that, you'll like this. It is a tragic tale, finished off in the editing by his son and literary executor, Christopher, that contains the full measure of Tolkien's mastery of the mythical genre. If you like Tolkien this would be required reading.
Christopher Lee's performance is powerful and moving. His reading of Tolkein's many tough-to-pronounce names is carefully done and a pleasure to listen to. I was really pleased by the narration.
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I loved the story all the way through. It has sad and tragic elements and I was moved to tears a few times. Christopher Lee is the perfect choice in setting the atmosphere for me. I listened to this audiobook and read along with the text, which I like to do sometimes.
Set the mood and the help in pronouncing the elvish was a bonus.