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The Silmarillion Audiobook

The Silmarillion

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Publisher's Summary

The complete unabridged audiobook of J.R.R Tolkien's The Silmarillion.

The Silmarillion is an account of the Elder Days, of the First Age of Tolkien’s world. It is the ancient drama to which the characters in The Lord of the Rings look back, and in whose events some of them such as Elrond and Galadriel took part. The tales of The Silmarillion are set in an age when Morgoth, the first Dark Lord, dwelt in Middle-Earth, and the High Elves made war upon him for the recovery of the Silmarils, the jewels containing the pure light of Valinor.

Included in the book are several shorter works. 'The Ainulindale' is a myth of the Creation and in the Valaquenta the nature and powers of each of the gods is described. 'The Akallabeth' recounts the downfall of the great island kingdom of Númenor at the end of the Second Age and 'Of the Rings of Power' tells of the great events at the end of the Third Age, as narrated in The Lord of the Rings.

©2015 The Tolkien Estate and CR Tolkien (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

What the Critics Say

"How, given little over half a century of work, did one man become the creative equivalent of a people?" (The Guardian)
"Demanding to be compared with English mythologies...at times rises to the greatness of true myth." (Financial Times)
"A creation of singular beauty...magnificent in its best moments." (Washington Post)
"A grim, tragic, brooding and beautiful book, shot through with heroism and hope... its power is almost that of mysticism." (Toronto Globe & Mail)

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    Johan 10-04-17
    Johan 10-04-17 Member Since 2016
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    "a long and ponderous tome"

    have read it before and liked it, but struggled to finish this time. The story contains so many characters and places that once you lose concentration you completely forget what you just heard.

    also, there are some issues with the sound.
    at some points i could hear the chapter name being read over and over

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Andreas 07-02-17
    Andreas 07-02-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Great story and narrator, weird production."

    Audio glitches, tonally inappropriate music, uneven pacing (to be expected), overall great story, Great narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Soul 12-09-16
    Soul 12-09-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Pretty good"

    For some reason part of the audiobook is weird. in that it repeats the title of the chapter throughout the whole chapter. which is annoying. otherwise, great book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Stuart Shaw
    1/7/16
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    "awesome"

    fantastic listen, only issue is that in one of the (luckily) more boring chapters, the title replays about 20 times

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • jasper elwes
    11/20/15
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    "Only for Tolkein fans."

    If you aren't really into middle earth, this isn't for you, but personally I enjoyed it, it's well performed and interesting.

    14 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Rasmus Jensen
    Denmark
    8/30/17
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    "Great book. Shameful production."

    The stories were great, but that's to Tolkien's credit and not the creators of the audiobook. Numerous times throughout the audiobook I encountered glitches in the track where suddenly the narrator would be repeating the title of the chapter or other pieces of the story in the background, thus resulting in near gibberish as the doubled tracks made it impossible to hear what was being said. I went back a few times to check if it had simply been my phone that glitched out but found that each instance of this glitch occurred consistently at the same timestamp. In other words it's a production error. And considering how many times this occurred, the production company have no excuse not to be absolutely ashamed of their work. Had it happened once I would have shrugged it off as a simple mistake, but when it happens just about a dozen times it becomes negligence. I recommend Tolkien's The Silmarillion, but I can't say I recommend this particular edition of the audiobook.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    7/11/16
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    "A Tale of Good, Evil , Gods and Men"

    I've always wanted to read The Silmarillion, but could never get past the first chapter as the story was so complicated. Listening to it via Martin Shaw's soothing tones enabled me to keep a grip on the characters and plot. I may even read the book, now!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • simon j vanhinsbergh
    6/16/16
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    "AWESOME "

    fantastic. Tolkien at his best The world of middle earth and full history
    I believe

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • MR RAJDEEPR S RAI
    2/10/16
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    "Fantastic"

    Truly loved it, though it was a struggle to get into at first. Martin Shaw helps bring to life one of my most beloved epics in such an engaging and atmospheric way.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Jessica S
    12/11/15
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    "Epic Stuff"

    Great mythic tales on a grand scale from the master of ancient storytelling.
    LOTR is but a an episode to the scale of The Silmarillion.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Julie Baker
    11/2/16
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    "Get yourself a map"

    Brilliant, the world from the begining of middle earth. Do have a map handy though and perhaps a pen and paper to write some family trees. It certianly fills in a few blanks from There and Back Again.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Bashy
    7/7/16
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    "Classic"

    Listen in conjunction with the Silmarillion Seminar by the Tolkien Professor for the full experience

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Patrik
    8/15/16
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    "No music, please"

    Performance:
    The voice was pleasant to the ears and the pace was spot on.
    However, I was greatly annoyed by the music, which was played at the beginning and the end of chapter. It broke the immersion and ruined the mood. The audiobook would have been absolutely amazing, if it weren't for the music.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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