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!
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.
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.
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.
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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.
The Children of Hurin is a sorrowful tale brought to life with Christopher Lee's reading. Would like to hear Sir Christopher read of "The Silmarillion".
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.