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Not quite the Middle-earth charmer...
am 5. November 2017
...if you expected another Hobbit- or LOTR adventure. Far from it. The Children of Húrin is a dark and tragic tale of Nibelungenesque dimensions plus a healthy dose of ancient Greek tragedy. There's nothing remotely charming in it; instead, there's grief, anger, mourning, deceit, betrayal, tears and death, death, death. And yet, it's a fantastic read, beautifully written, and it has characters who will find their way into your heart, whether you want them to or not--be it Beleg Strongbow, truest of friends, be it Nienor, most faithful of sisters. Even Túrin himself, who comes across big-mouthed and presumptuous at times...Túrin, one of the most tragic characters ever. How can your heart not go out to one who struggles so, who tries to do the right thing and make things right and is yet so utterly doomed.
Now, Sir Christopher Lee. He's not a great voice actor, too trademark is his voice, too bombastic and dramatic his reading. But let me tell you, his voice is perfect for the tale of Túrin Turambar because this story needs a voice that can transport all of its drama and tragedy. Here, Sir Christopher displays one of Saruman's biggest talents, one that wasn't shown in the films but mentioned quite a few times in the books: his voice. As stated above, not a great voice actor, but oh, how he sucks you into the story! I'm glad he's the one reading this book for I think a "friendlier" voice could not have done it justice.
So yeah, treat yourself and get the audiobook. You won't regret it.
(A special treat: Christopher Tolkien himself reads the foreword/introduction. I'll probably skip it the next time I pick up the audiobook because I'll want to jump right into the story but it's great to hear the voice of the man who has done so much to preserve his father's legacy; and is still doing to much. That was quite a lovely surprise!)