Trade Ed. Oasis Audio 2003
CS ISBN 1589263006 $17.99 Two cassettes
CD ISBN 1589263014 $19.99 Three CDs
The spiritual and metaphysical overtones of the famous Tolkien trilogy are evident to even a casual reader, but this triple-CD intoned by the gifted Richard Ferrone neatly melds Christian belief and rhetoric with Middle Earth's heroes and villains. While some might eschew such a direct comparison of sacred text and fantasy, others would revel in it. Never preaching, always gently pointing out correlations between biblical anecdote, wisdom, and quote and defining moments and circumstances in the Tolkien works, this recording is a helpful source of insight for those with Christian leanings. Some parents may even find this palatable fare for their Hobbitized, yet religiously challenged, kids. D.J.B. (c) AudioFile 2004, Portland, Maine [Published: AUG/ SEP 04]
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