Probably not. I got the whole concept of the book that we can't necessarily trust our own memories of things, but I really felt like this book was just so full of itself that I had a hard time relating to it or liking the characters.
No, I think this book is complete in and of itself.
I really wanted to like this book and, with its Booker win, gave it the benefit of the doubt. I think this books was so wrapped up in its own concept of our untrustworthy memories that it failed some in fleshing out characters and creating an intriguing plot.
adventure, classic, overcoming
It's hard to compare Tolkien to other books, as his writings are often the inspiration for many other great adventure stories.
I loved that Rob Inglis sings Tolkien's songs! When I read the book before, I found myself scanning the written verses, but it was a real joy to hear them sung as Tolkien intended.
If anything it restored a great sense of joy that I felt the first time I ever read the story. There's just something about a little person of no consequence becoming the unlikely hero of a great adventure story.
Even if you've read this book before, like I have, this book is worth the listen. Rob Ingles manages to distinguish the voices of the 13 dwarves, the hobbit, Gandalf and does an excellent Golum. His singing of the songs in the book is the real icing on the cake of this well written and narrated story.
epic, heart-wrenching, memory
Devin, moved the story and brought along emotion, innocence and intelligence.
The ending, when we learn who the fool truly is and he gets his vengeance.
The moment after Catriana's rescue when she and Alessan are finally able to be weak and support one another.
This book was beautiful and astounding in every way. The prose was beautiful, the twists and turns well thought out, and the characters deep. I felt for nearly all of them, even the evil tyrant who created the mess they're in. A great sweeping fantasy adventure.
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