This was an excellent performance of
My favorite character is Orual, the narrator of the story. If you've ever read
I haven't listened to any other performances, as far as I know.
This is definitely worth listening to.
C. S. Lewis has a way of using the English language that pleases, and he is in fine form in Surprised by Joy.
I think I liked the simplicity of it best--he is a Christian apologist in many of his writings, and it might have been easy to cast this in the mode of Augustine, but he avoids the temptation.
I liked Howard's transparency--his performance is straightforward, not getting in the way of Lewis' prose.
I listen to a lot of books in the car, driving my son back and forth to training sessions and games, so listening all in one sitting isn't really an option for me. However, it was hard to stop listening whenever I got to my destination.
I'd recommend this book to anyone.
The Children of Hurin is more difficult than LOTR or the Hobbit, though not as hard to get through as the Silmarillion. I think I'd have found it less ponderous had the performer been less consciously reading
I would definitely buy more books from Tolkien.
I thought the voice was too dramatic, too overtly Gandalfish.
I'm preparing to teach a class on the Inklings, and one of my weaknesses is a lack of depth in Tolkien, particularly the LOTR backstory material, so the listening time was definitely worthwhile.
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