The Hobbit is one of the most widely read and best-loved books of the 20th century. Now Corey Olsen takes listeners deep within the text to uncover its secrets and delights.
Exploring J.R.R. Tolkien’s "The Hobbit" is a fun, thoughtful, and insightful companion volume, designed to bring a thorough and original new reading of this great work to a general audience. Professor Olsen takes listeners on an in-depth journey through The Hobbit, chapter by chapter, revealing the stories within the story: the dark desires of dwarves and the sublime laughter of elves, the nature of evil and its hopelessness, the mystery of divine providence and human choice, and, most of all, the transformation within the life of Bilbo Baggins.
Exploring J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit" is a book that will make The Hobbit come alive for you as never before.
©2012 Corey Olsen (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
"An admirable and thought-provoking consideration of the underlying themes of The Hobbit, following the there-and-back-again progress from its famous first line on through to Bilbo’s return home at the story's end." (Douglas A. Anderson, author of The Annotated Hobbit)
Corey Olsen is a medieval scholar and a professor at a bricks-and-mortar university as well as an online professor. HIs podcasts of The Tolkien Professor are in-depth discussions of The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings, The Silmarillion, and other Tolkien works. He also founded the Mythgard Institute for online studies.
I am so pleased that Corey narrated this himself. He has a wonderful way of expressing his enthusiasm for Tolkien's work that comes across well.
I rationed myself to a half hour of listening a day to make it last longer.
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.
His enthusiasm for this subject is quite evident and contagious. The ideas and background are quite interesting and show his knowledge of all things Tolkien. He's easy to listen to and the organization of the topics was easy to follow.
A very in-depth study of what is going on in the hobbit beyond the story. It reveals a lot about what Tolkien was thinking and his writing process.
Read by the author. He does a surprisingly good job. A few times he messes up, but it does not detract from the message or his passion about the subject.
No. I liked to listen to this one in smaller chunks because it was easier to absorb the information. But it was exciting to come back to it.
Really good for people who are interested in literature and the writing process.
I think this book is in desperate need of being re-recorded. The narrator has a pleasant enough voice but the editing and recording is botched in several places throughout the book. The narrator will pause and re-read a line or two that he messed up on and both versions are still in the final product. This happened four or five times during my listening and it was a little distracting. However, it did torn ruin the book for me by any means.
I've read The Hobbit and all the other Tolkien books many times and this was a fresh take on the subject. With those three awful "Hobbit" movies out in theaters, I wanted to dip my toe back into the Hobbit's waters, but I didn't really want to read it again. It is far from my favorite of Tolkien's tales and this treatment of the story allowed me to do jsut that.
It wasn't the narrator that had a problem with his performance. It was the editor and producer of this book who messed up.
I've been a fan of Prof. Olsen for a while and his passion for the works of Tolkien is apparent in this audio version of his book. There were a couple of spots where it sounded like multiple takes of the same phrase somehow made it into the recording. Something Audible might want to look into. Otherwise an entertains listen!
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