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    Description

    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

    Commentaires

    "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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    Masterfull

    What the Old Testament is to the New, The Silmarillion is to The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. From the making of the universe, Ea, and the world, Arda; true the history of Dwarfs and Elfs and Men and the various battles between good and evil in the first tree ages; to the dawn of the fourth age and the unexpected role of the Halflings: this is a must-read for all who love Middle Earth.
    Martin Shaws performance is outstanding and more than just a great help in the lecture of this work. It brings this history to life. You can read along or close your eyes and watch the stories unfold in all their splendour. So great an experience that I will probably start anew tomorrow...
    A sincere thank you to JRR and Christopher Tolkien and to Martin Shaw.

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    intéressant mais ennuyeux

    ce n'est pas une histoire, mais un ensemble d'anecdotes plus ou moins intéressantes sur l'œuvre de Tolkien et l'on se desinteresse régulièrement devant les 1000 noms énoncés en elfique et ses variantes, nain et gondorien pour des personnages ou lieu... anecdotiques justement. cela etait prévisible, lisez / écoutez en connaissance de cause :)

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    le livre est en anglais, pas pratique pour écouter

    j'ai acheter le livre pour rien, je suis dégoûté, et impossible de se faire rembourser

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    Epique

    Un grand classique, tellement bien raconté qu'on ne sent pas le temps passer. C'est tellement agréable de redécouvrir l'univers de Tolkien a travers cette narration. Un vrai plaisir.

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    A Masterpiece of an audio book!

    The Silmarillion, one of the greatest books ever written, is made more interesting thanks to the narration of Martin Shaw. A must have indeed!

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    bien

    voix agréable. ton chantant. merci musique fin de chapitre inutile. car parfois elle y est parfois non.

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    • James W.
    • 27/09/2019

    A collection of appendices, not a story

    I was torn between giving this 3 or 4 stars. On the one hand, this book is an incredible work of imagination by one of the greatest authors of all time. This book provides a lot of history and context to the LOTR story. On the other hand, this book is not a single unified story such as the LOTR or the Hobbit. Rather, it is a collection of appendices that aren't really very interesting unless you are a diehard Tolkien fan. And even then ,this book takes a lot of effort and concentration to get through. In the end I gave it three stars because I think that is the most fair to let other readers know what to expect here. I should have read other reviews more carefully before reading this and I would have known more what to expect. I was expecting this to be a story set in an earlier time in the LOTR universe, but that is not what The Silmarillion is. I think that a better, more accurate (but probably much more mundane) title would have been "The Prequel Appendices to the LOTR", because that is exactly what this book is. Some of the chapters are easier to read than others. My favorite part was at the very end with the post-Isildur material and the short historical context of the LOTR saga. Understand that the chapters read a lot like a combination of a King James version of Genesis 1 and 2 and an encyclopedia article. The accounts are always overviews of events, and even in the tales that contain some more detailed action, you still get a very distant view of things. Overall, my advice would be to NOT read The Silmarillion like a regular book. That's not what it is. Instead, treat it like background material, and read like I would read the World Book Encyclopedia when I was a kid - just crack it open now and again and read an article at a time.

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    • Brian
    • 22/11/2018

    Finally!

    I’ve been waiting for a good audiobook version of the Silmarillion for a while. Here it is, and it’s great! The narrator does a good job, I think. You could argue that his delivery is a tad too stentorian or declamatory, but the text is a hard one to read naturally, and this way of reading it is not inappropriate. As far as I know, he gets all the pronunciations right, which is nice. The music may not win an academy award, but it feels appropriate in tone. The Silmarillion is not for everyone. Even people who consider themselves fans of The Lord of the Rings may find it pretty off-putting, because it’s written in an extremely “high mythic” style. But if you want to understand all the obscure references in LOTR and The Hobbit to the elder days (Gondolin, Elbereth, Eärendel, Gil-galad, etc), then this is the place to come. There are a few small audio glitches as of this writing, although they don’t impact the overall experience significantly. I’ve notified Audible about them and they say they are looking into it. [UPDATE: The audio glitches have been fixed as of January 2019.]

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    • Scooter
    • 16/02/2019

    Ponderous

    I’m a big Tolkien fan. I’ve read The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings many times over the years but never The Simarillion. I wanted to know the back story but had never gotten around to reading it. The narrator’s voice was perfect for the material but lacked inflection and I found myself zoning out. I had to go back several times and listen to the chapters again. It’s ok for a Tolkien fan but I would not recommend for the casual reader.

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    • Anna M. Boley
    • 14/07/2019

    I couldn't do it

    I've been forcing myself to try to finish this for weeks, I finally give up. I was excited to read this, I've read The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings books and loved them. I've read tons of books in my life, I by no means am a light reader. But this book will drive me mad! It's almost impossible to follow, continuous repetition of so and so son of so and so. It reads like a textbook, I would have to take notes and cross reference just to get a grasp of the content. While I will eventually finish it only because it's a Tolkien I don't think I will ever revisit it as I have his other tales numerous times. I realize he never finished this story and it was released by his son, perhaps there's a reason he didn't release it? Die hard fans only.

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    • Anonymous User
    • 15/10/2018

    Remarkable in it's epic form,it's depth and beauty

    My favorite Tolkien book. Great story telling. great theological and mythical exploration. tackles everything from the meaning of life through the problem of evil to the problem of free will.

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    • Paul Castellano
    • 22/10/2018

    One of the best readings I've ever heard

    This is, by far, one of the best readings of the best books I've ever heard! If you're familiar with Tolkien and haven't read this book, look no further than this audiobook narrated by Martin Shaw. I've listen to over a dozen male narrators of fantasy books (Michael Kramer is a good one, particularly his Mistborn performance), and no one has topped Martin Shaw's performance with the Silmarillion. I definitely recommend listening to this book and then actually reading it (if you want to read the hard copy or Kindle editions), as Shaw gives you the proper pronunciations of the literally hundreds of names of people and places. Also it would be a good idea to have a map of Beleriand/pre-LOTR Middle-earth handy while listening, as on the first listen it can become difficult to keep places straight. Beyond the performance, this is my favorite work of Tolkiens' to date. It has so much packed in, particularly the Ainulidale ( the first part) that I have gone back and listened to the whole book three times now, and the first part eight times. I'm so glad they brought this to the US store, as before it was only available in the UK Audible store and had to jump through a few hoops to get at it. It's worth every penny (or credit) and more to add this title to your collection! I can't recommend this highly enough. Enjoy!

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    • Kyle cacurak
    • 30/10/2018

    classic

    at first this is a difficult book to grasp however, after the second or third time through it's awesome!! normally it's not available for purchase in the US and,I travel to California for work and lo and behold it was available to purchase on Audibe. that was a great day!

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    • TheSuz
    • 01/11/2018

    Finally!!!

    I’ve been waiting forever for an English version of The Silmarillion! I was so close to learning German just so I can listen to this amazing book. The wait was worth it. Martin Shaw did an amazing job narrating and I shall listen to this about ten more times before deciding to go onto another book. Beautiful performance for a beautifully written piece of work.

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    • Red
    • 03/12/2018

    Some tech flaws, still awesome.

    It had some glitches, but overall it's a great retelling of my favorite JRRT story! I took a star off only for the audio issues. 5 stars to the narrator (even though he occasionally said 'Angbang' instead of 'Angband' because hey, I do that too.)! The audio overlaps only last about 15-20sec max at the start of one of the middle chapters. Great stuff, I listened twice in a little over a week!

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    • Cameron
    • 21/11/2018

    The Hype is real.

    This book lives up to its legend. Do your life a favor and give it a listen.

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    • Sap
    • 09/09/2016

    Beautiful language

    Very easy to understand the speaker and the language used was simply beautiful! 10/10 would recommend it and perhaps hear it again :)

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    • Enyo
    • 09/02/2018

    Beautifully told story, that itself is marvelous

    I've started to read the Silmarillion as a book and stopped after a while since it got too confusing. But listening to this reader, who also modulates his voice for better differentiation of the characters, finally got me hooked and through this wonderful epic by Mr. Tolkien. And I most certainly recommend it to everyone else, who is also interested in the epic history of the World of Middle Earth/Arda and how it came to be.

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    • Florian Rönn
    • 27/05/2020

    Furchtbares Buch

    Ähnlicher Schreibstil wie die Offenbarung des Johannes. Ich hab die Herr der Ringe Bücher echt geliebt aber das hier ist schlichtweg Müll im Vergleich.

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    • Conor
    • 15/10/2019

    Boring

    I love Tolkien's The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings however this was very monotonous. I could not get past the 3hour mark. It is possibly the most monotone audio book I have listened to. I do not recommend it.

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    • Till
    • 27/10/2017

    damaged file

    Evers once in a while there jumps the the soundfile to different parts of the story

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    • Amazon Kunde
    • 15/05/2018

    Buch gefällt mir nicht

    Ich finde das Buch zu abstrakt, vieles wird endlos ausgetreten. Nicht mein Fall, gefällt mir nicht.

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    • Andrea G.
    • 01/08/2019

    boring and not making much sense...

    boring and not making much sense... nothing compared to the Lord of the ring or the hobbit

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    • Reinhard
    • 05/01/2018

    Noch nie so enttäuscht gewesen

    Ich persönlich liebe die englische Sprache vor allem seine Facetten. Wenn sich das aber so anhört als wenn ein Ost-Europäer eine englische Bibel vorliesst, macht das keinen Spaß.

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