My 8 yr-old has bugged me about LoTR, the movies (too scary) and books (high school reading level). Enter the BBC radio plays: an abridged version of the books, chock full of adventure enhanced by the full cast, music, and effects. We listened to all three in the series.
...and still good enough for my modern 9-yr-old boy. Thanks to the Goon Show, the miles flew by during a Christmas roadtrip to Grandma's. Thoroughly enjoyed by the grown-ups and kid, alike. Peals of laughter from all. Lots of play-on-words humor. According to Wikipedia, indeed, the guest star was not cooperating with the script and the cast had to punt. Only a very small amount was hard to follow due to the accents.
Distinguishing one male character from another was difficult as the actors' voices were similar. Both I and my 8 yr-old son kept asking "who's that". This was our first Dr. Who audio title and I was looking forward to introducing the Boy to the series. He liked the plot, overall, so it's off to find another title, hopefully with better results.
My 8 year old boy loved this book, even though it prominently featured the girls and less so Peter. Yes, he did have to hit the pause button often to ask me questions about life in 1905, but we like talking together about such things and find it makes the book more enjoyable to discuss along the way.
Listened to this twice on a car trip with my 8 year old son. He enjoyed the fisticuffs and jokes and we both agree that Orace, the Saint's manservant, is the best. I did have to explain some terms and historical points to him, but that made it even more interesting. Second time through, we had his aunt in the car and got her hooked on the stories.
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