I would say so. It's more convenient for people who are on the go and don't have time to sit down and read a book.
Any of Tolkien's books about middle earth. They all tie in together.
I really liked the way he did the voices for certain characters. It made the story come alive.
No. I listened to it while I was working. It took me about a week to finish it.
The Children of Hurin is more difficult than LOTR or the Hobbit, though not as hard to get through as the Silmarillion. I think I'd have found it less ponderous had the performer been less consciously reading
I would definitely buy more books from Tolkien.
I thought the voice was too dramatic, too overtly Gandalfish.
I'm preparing to teach a class on the Inklings, and one of my weaknesses is a lack of depth in Tolkien, particularly the LOTR backstory material, so the listening time was definitely worthwhile.
This story of "The Children of Hurin" was eloquently written and definitely showed the extreme talent of Tolkien's writing ability and imagination. Christopher Lee did an excellent narration of the book. With the unusual names of places and people, and the level of reading to be at the level of Shakespeare or above, I found the story not to be for easy listening. To enjoy such a story you will need well honed reading skills and a steel trap mind to keep all the names straight. I unfortunately have neither and would highly doubt I would have made it through reading the whole book. Sooo... take heed to possibly not understanding the readings the first time (or maybe even the second), and kudos and many thanks to the Tolkien family for assembling this book and letting this masterpiece grace public eyes.
As a Fan of J.R.R. Tolkien. I really like this book. This audio however, at times can barely be heard. (With the admittance that these are stock ear buds that come with certain RCA media players.) Will be sending an email to RCA as well, advising them of the problem.
I listen to books when I'm at work or doing chores. I prefer history and fantasy. My favorite audio book is Going Postal by Terry Pratchett.
When this book first came out I didn't buy it because I thought it would just be a retelling of the version of the story that appeared in The Silmarillion but that's not the case, this version is actually expanded. Now my only wish is that a similar expanded novelization of the story of Beren and Luthien would come out and also one about Tuor and Earendil since these three tales really need to be told together. I have the Lays of Beleriand from the Lost Tales series but those are too heavily annotated with different versions from widely varying drafts mixed together to be read as a novel.
Christopher Lee does a superb job. Like many other listeners have commented, this book requires one to know some of the major lore associated with the Silmarillion to grasp the terminology used in this book. Furthermore, this is a dark tragedy in the fullest traditions of ancient mythology, loaded with hubris, which many casual fans may find off-putting.
am not done with the book yet, but it gets better after chapter 4, the first 3 chapters are a bit boring, and it takes time to get used to the narrator.
Lots of wired words and namings, which makes it difficult to memories and stay connected to the story.
a bit difficult to imagine the scenes.
but over all i find it a nice book and a good experience.
While a great fan of JRR Tolkien I found the recording quality to be poor, this does not help given the already difficult linguistics Tolkien employs. Not for the casual listener.
Christopher Lee may be fun to watch as a vampire, but his narration literally sucks. It totally ruined the book for me. It was very difficult to concentrate on the story while he was putting me to sleep.
Sadly, this book sounds more like the notes that Tolkien was making for the book, more than a story itself.
Christopher Lee's performance is excellent, but the telling of the story is far from the polished prose of The Lord of the Rings. I wouldn't recommend this book.