Professor Olson gives a thorough, and highly-entertaining, introductory class in Tolkien's "The Hobbit." Professor Olson touches on all the major themes and history of the novel and whets the appetite for a deeper, more thorough analysis.
Fafhred and the Grey Mouser are legendary staples in Swords and Sorcery fiction, but I found this book a muddled, overwritten mess. Leiber's text is distractingly overwritten and after awhile all the unwieldy names seem to run together. The narration, while not awful, doesn't help the swamp-like text at all.
Too much with the silly voices, which detracted from Ms. Hathaway's flawless narration. Otherwise this would've been perfect.
I almost enjoyed this audiobook. It has all the elements you'd want - an enigmatic main character, an interesting, complex plot and a compelling victim, there wasn't enough payoff in the end to warrant the investment of time. The showdown with the villain, the loathsome Junior Allen, was too brief. Also, I felt like the character was fighting with the writing towards the latter part of the book.
The narration was fair, but it too often felt at odds with the writing. I've heard that there are earlier Darren McGavin versions, however, and those might be more compelling.
Shoddy production (including indecipherable narration by Thompson himself) and shifting narrators (one with a distractingly thick accent) obviously unfamiliar with Thompson's work and style make this production an insult. Save your money.
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