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Farmer Giles of Ham is one of Tolkien's most popular stories, full of wit and humour, set in the days when giants and dragons walked the earth. He did not look like a hero. He was fat and red-bearded and enjoyed a slow, comfortable life. Then one day a rather deaf and short-sighted giant blundered on to his land. More by luck than skill, Farmer Giles managed to scare him away. The people of the village cheered: Farmer Giles was a hero. His reputation spread far and wide across the kingdom. So it was natural that when the dragon Chrysophylax visited the area it was Farmer Giles who was expected to do battle with it!
©1949 The J.R.R. Tolkien Copyright Trust (P)1999 HarperCollins UK

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An exquisite story wonderfully narrated

When Tolkien writes stories, he writes them good! Let an excellent narrator, like Derek Jacobi, read it, and you have an exquisite tale. I'm sure you'll want to listen to this story again and again!

Farmer Ham of Giles, the hero of the story, knows how to fight giants and dragons... a definite must, before you're stamped by a giant and warmed by a dragon.

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Farmer to King

Would you consider the audio edition of Farmer Giles of Ham to be better than the print version?

It is an enjoyable listen that goes well with the print version.

Have you listened to any of Derek Jacobi’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Derek Jacobi is excellent once again. Children will be able to follow along easily and perhaps even take more of the story in as a result of his narration.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I did listen to it in one sitting as the book is full of Tolkien 's humour and is well narrated and easy to listen to.

Any additional comments?

Children and adults alike, should enjoy this Tolkien adventure with a deadly dragon, a dog who keeps crying help and a farmer who becomes a king.

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Worth a listen!

This is an excellent production. The narrator made the story come alive. I personally recommend it.

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great narrator

Super fun little story and Darek Jacobi kept me entertained the entire way through. I truly enjoyed this short story but for I had to use one of my valuable tokens on it... I know it's terrible to think this way but for a token I could have gotten a much longer story.

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Excellent narration

Fun little fairy story from Tolkein. A nice bedtime tale. Brilliant narration, well-suited to the story.

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Quite the Blunderbuss...

I don't typically associate Tolkien with comedy, but this little known short story got me smiling. Derrick Jacobi's performance is a bit over the top at times, but overall it adds to the silly tone of the story. I had a ton of fun with this, so I have no qualms about recommending it to other Tolkien fans. Go for it!

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A Simply Wonderful Story

Loved it! Hard to put down... though my teen and tween children didn't care for it quite so much.

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A Delight for Young and Old

This highly entertaining tale is greatly enhanced by the wonderful narration of Dere Jacobi.
Each character has charm and wit. And the story of how a simple farmer succeeds in life beyond his wildest dreams shows the rewards which come from taking a risk.

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Tolkien children stories are the best.

Wonderful story for all the Tolkien fans. I love the fact that these stories are simple and I think geared for children. The narration is wonderful and not to be missed. I love the fact the the farmer lets the dragon live and that he becomes the leader of the town.
Listen and enjoy

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As funny as I remembered and superbly read

It's Tolkien + Derek Jacobi--pretty much a match made in heaven. Farmer Giles of Ham is is a light, short work by Tolkien about a farmer who ends up fighting a dragon. It's got an interesting twist on the trope and is funny.

Derek Jacobi is, well, Derek Jacobi, which is to say he's got dramatic range and gives everyone distinct voices. I am particularly fond of the dog voice, but all of them are well done.

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  • carey
  • 11-05-16

Yes

I loved it. It was engaging and vibrant right to the end. I may listen to it again.

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  • Jacob
  • 10-09-16

My favourite book!

Loved this audio book ever since I was little, and still get much enjoyment from it even into my twenties, I think this book is incredibly overlooked. It is a fantastic piece of Tolkien; if not his best short story. The narrator portrays the books very well, with a relaxing but engrossing tone.

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  • greg
  • 04-03-16

Great little book

sort sweet under two hours great for a short flight or train plus it has a dragon and a farmer

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  • Stir
  • 12-19-14

A cracking tale, beautifully read.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This is entertaining: amusing and enthralling; a well crafted and well written tale with a perceived depth to it that JRR had a way of producing. Derek Jacobi reads it so very well: his voices and the pace of his reading are spot on, a real joy that I have listened to many times on long car journeys. I only wish that it were longer.

What about Derek Jacobi’s performance did you like?

DJ's acting skills are well known, but this combination of voice acting and narration is a wonderful performance and a joy to listen to. I can at one time lose myself in the story a dn just go along with it and at another time listen to his reading of it and enjoy it on that level alone. Really very good indeed.

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