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Alan

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  • A Hobbit Journey: Discovering the Enchantment of J. R. R. Tolkien's Middle-earth

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Matthew Dickerson
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    The Lord of the Rings trilogy has delighted millions of fans worldwide in book and movie form. With the theatrical release of the two-part film The Hobbit slated for 2012 and 2013, attention will once again turn to J. R. R. Tolkien's classic works. In a culture where truth is relative and morality is viewed as old-fashioned, we welcome the chance to view the world through hobbit eyes: we have free will, our choices matter, and living a morally heroic life is possible....

    Alan Rither says: "Tediously going over his points again & again"
    "Tediously going over his points again & again"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Yes, I would edit it to be about 30 minutes total instead of hours. The author takes one point and beats it to death. His basic premise is that Tolkien was a pacifist who was able to realize, because of his experience during World War I ('The Great War') that no human being (or elf or valar, etc.) has a right to kill another or even to coerce another person. Having proved that to his own satisfaction, he cites passage after wearisome passage in an attempt to convince the reader of his thesis.


    What was most disappointing about Matthew Dickerson’s story?

    See above. He didn't talk about anything 'enchanting,' about Middle Earth. He just used his platform to try to prove that Tolkien wouldn't hurt a flea, ignoring all sorts of evidence to the contrary.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The narrator has a soft, baritone voice. He also speaks v-e-r-y s-l-o-w-l-y, so I put my device on 1.25 speed and it because more tolerable. I keep listening in hopes that the author will pull it all together in the last chapter so I won't feel like I wasted all this time.


    Was A Hobbit Journey worth the listening time?

    No, not with almost 90% completed. I keep hoping.


    Any additional comments?

    Save your money and your time unless you want to be told time and again the same thing.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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