I wanted another Middle Earth story and this definitely delivered. I was engaged the whole way through the book. The story isn't as great as LOTR but written in beautiful Tolkien style so I am satisfied and would recommend.
A great reading of the back story of middle earth. The book sets the history into place for the rise of the second age.
I'm sorry but I could not get very far into listening to this book. I tried twice but listening to Christopher Lee was a good idea only in theory. He was great as Saruman in The Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies. However, hearing Lee read this book was like having Saruman as narrator and all the characters, only slightly adjusting his voice here and there. Couldn't follow the story.
As one of Tokken's earliest works you can feel the beginnings of a great artists in this book. It has the sound of his later and much greater works but this book drags and the storyline is difficult to follow.
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.