Retail pak Random House Audio 1998
CS ISBN 0553525409 $59.95 Twelve cassettes
CD ISBN 0553456067 $64.95 Thirteen CDs
THE SILMARILLION is J.R.R. Tolkien's creation myth, a lovingly crafted history of elves, men, and all of Middle-Earth that informs the worlds of THE HOBBIT and THE LORD OF THE RINGS. Here are the origins of familiar characters Elrond, Galadriel, and dark lord Sauron. Martin Shaw narrates with reverent religious solemnity, guiding listeners through epic battles and legions of characters. Shaw skillfully handles the difficult pronunciations of Tolkien's invented languages and inspires a frisson of pleasure when he breaks the straight narration to slip into character voices. This might be the most accessible way to experience THE SILMARILLION, a surprisingly compelling work and a must for Tolkien fans. J.M.D. (c) AudioFile 2003, Portland, Maine [Published: DEC 03/JAN 04]
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