First let me say I could not wait to listen to this book, but now I will need to read it to understand what it was about. The narration by the reader sounded as though he was tired. He must have gotten a B12 shot toward the end of the book because he became more animated, but still every character sounded like an old grumpy dwarf. I do agree with putting more Tolkien's books on Audio, but not by this reader. There are many very good readers out there that could have been used, and not one that sounded as though they woke him to read. It did not do Tolkien justice to his book. Now that Robert Jordan's series is ending grab that reader for Tolkien's books.
It may be a good and funny story but the reader with his "Valley Queen" like reading was more than I could take. Every 10 words, more or less, was the accenting of every syllable with a pitched note on the last like he was living in a musical. Maybe for other gays but not this one.
I refuse to read abridged books, but I quess sometimes they may be better. The author must have done alot of history research and added every little part of it. The author went into so much history for no real reason, so much history there was no time to tell a good story. On a scale of 5 for being scary I give it a 1, Harry Potter is more of a table gripper.
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