August 9, 2011

Happy Tues. Gray here with a little rain now and then after a sunny evening yesterday.

Not to much to report. We finished listening to The Two Towers, by John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, which we started while driving on vacation. Last year we listened to The Fellowship of the Ring. I guess next year it will be The Return of the King. Tolkien’s narrative style is wonderfully expansive. If you enjoy the story and the setting, this is a big plus. If not, not. I do, however, so it was a great entertainment to listen to Rob Inglis read the unabridged book. This is one of the outstanding audio books available. I would place the Inglis performance up with Ian McKellan’s superb reading of Homer’s Odyssey (Fagles translation) as a great listening experience. (Both Inglis and McKellan are veterans of the Royal Shakespeare Company.) Add Robert Whitfield’s outstanding reading of Charles Dickens’ Barnaby Rudge, a fictional story set amid the disastrous Gordon Riots of 1785 in London, which are timely given the looting in England this week. And I hear that Peter Jackson is filming The Hobbit to go with his LOTR series.

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