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laurelindo
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Which do you prefer, and why?

Personally I have always read the books normally, but I'm starting to become interested in these audio books; it certainly seems incredibly comfortable to just lie down and listen. []
The problem is to find a reader who feels good to listen to and justifies the feeling of the books; this guy does a great job reading The Silmarillion:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-yyEz_cRGb8

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I prefer the audio books because I don't have to put on my reading glasses, and I can relax on the sofa or bed, close my eyes, listen to the dramatic reader, and get whisked away to the world of Tolkien! Sound effects included!

It's really a fantastic experience!

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quote:
this guy does a great job reading The Silmarillion:

"That guy" is CHRIS TOLKIEN.
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I don't think that's CJRT, though Christopher Tolkien did do some recording.

The reader here mispronounces some names, but he has a good voice anyway (Martin Shaw maybe?).

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I don't know about The Silmarillon, but I have the only unabridged recordings of the Lord of the Rings, and it's narrated magnificently by Rob Ingliss.

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I have the Silmarillion audiobook too, but audiobooks and me dont go too well. I listened till maybe, um.. maybe.. Of Eldamar, but after that I got bored.
An audiobook, however well narrated it may be, cant really grip readers like a real book does. Especially the Sil, as if you have not read the book before, it can be really confusing to keep track of all the names of the Eldar. Also the Valaquenta becomes quite a blur..
That at least is my opinion.
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Well, I do have some audio copies of Discworld books and they are as good as reading them. Plus they have the benefits in that they block out the TV at work during my breaks.
Snowy, you have the only unabridged recordings of Lotr? How did you manage that?

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Snowy, you have the only unabridged recordings of Lotr? How did you manage that?
Hi Hamfast!

I went into Barnes and Noble and bought them.

You could probably get them a lot cheaper at Amazon or E-Bay. There's also a Hobbit and Silmarillon audiobooks from these same people. Rob Ingliss just does a wonderful job reading them with lots of passion and drama.

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It's funny, I listened to the Harry Potter series exclusively on audio, but I prefer Tolkien only in text form; I think it's because Tolkien is a superior writer, and so he should be seen and not heard []

(With one exception: Tolkien's reading of his own writing; that for me is the only thing that beats my experience of reading it; but no other narrator comes close, even Chris Tolkien's reading of The Silmarillion). I think it's because only Tolkien knows how to put his feeling into his inflections as well as his words, so the two together are just indescribable.

In contrast, J.K. Rowling is more basic, and so that's maybe why it's better to hear a narrator tell about things like "Harry's stomach turning inside-out" or his various other "organ-recitals." []

Then again, I've never heard J.K. Rowling narrate it, so it's maybe not a fair comparison... but it probably is []

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If it's the author reading and the author is a good reader, I love audio books. Best example: Neil Gaiman. See if you can track down one of the free legal MP3s of his "A Study in Emerald."

But then, even with Gaiman, I prefer audio recordings of short stories, not novels or even novellas (I've yet to be able to finish listening to him read "The Monarch of the Glenn"). I forget too many important things when I'm not reading it myself.

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I spend a lot of time in the car so books on audio are great for me. You have to listen to Martin Shaw read the Silmarillion. Very well done. Sort of dark and forboding as it should be. Listen to it on a dark rainy night and you will know what I mean.
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Well of course audio is better if you're driving []
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Audio books are always better...........to me.
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I wish I could actually read more often, but audio books have been great for me. I have a job that I have been doing long enough that it requires little actual thought. While I am busy working with my hands I can typically put work on autopilot and listen to music, sermons, and books while working.

I still prefer actually sitting down and reading [] but I have a job that keeps me away from home 10-11 hours a day [] , and I have a wife [] and two young boys [] which leaves little time for "curling up with a good book". So, I consider myself extremely fortunate to be able to listen, learn, and/or just enjoy a good story during a typically long work week.

Thank God for technology! []

P.S. I have missed having such a good selection of emoticons to use when writing... []

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