Professor Drout brings a world of knowledge and his personal passion to this discussion of Tolkien. He informs and entertains, but never condescends to the listener. The only flaw is the lack of a PDF of the text, which is usually incuded in the Modern Scholar Courses. It woould have been useful for keeping track of the names, and making notes. This course is recommended for Tolkien fans who have some reading knowledge of The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings, and would like to learn more about Tolkien's scholarly background.
Professor Gallagher's course on The American Civil War is the best, most insightful introduction to the subject in any medium. Any listener, from a beginner to an expert, will gain from his profound, unbiased presentation of the most important event in our history.
Rob Inglis' reading of The Hobbit is one of the finest audio performances ever recorded.
If it is a better translation. The old Garnett translation has been surpassed. Griffin is an excellent reader.
This book was ruined for me by the poor narration. I quit halfway through because of his mispronunciations, forced speed, and weak, nearly non-existent characterizations. John Lee was good; Tom Sellwood, who did the first three, was excellent.
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