The Hobbit is pretty nearly an annual read for my family, and we have listened to Rob Inglis’ unabridged reading on CD. His singing of the poetry isn’t amazing–though better than my making up songs and singing them to Nicolas when he was little for our first read through. Otherwise, it is a delightful way to experience J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic hobbit tale in a new way.
Today only, until midnight, you can get the download for $3.95 at Audible (in the US and for Canadians using the US account).
Also, for Audible members, they are in the middle of their secret 20 Year Anniversary sale. Today there is a free download to members of L.M. Montgomery’s classic Anne of Green Gables. The reading by Rachel MacAdam is just okay, but it is professional and enjoyable. I still think the world needs the Anne series audiobooks read by a pro who can do the Prince Edward Island accents.
Enjoy this audiolicious tips!
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This is a great deal (I loved the Rob Inglis LotR readings when I got them from the library as a child), but from what I’m seeing online, it’s legally impossible to turn your downloaded Audible books into mp3’s. I listen to stuff in my car using an FM transmitter, and as far as I can tell, I couldn’t use Audible products with that. It sounds like they allow CD burning, but how easy is that?
Yes, you can authorize a particular device and download the mp3. It is an annoying process, but I have done it 2 or 3 times. I use the Audible app on a Samsung (but I don’t know if it has an fm transmitter).
For “signing” read “singing.”
Yes, it would be tough to see the sign language on a tape recording.
We got ours on CD at Half-Price Books (if it was second-hand rather than remaindered the previous owner kept the discs in pristine condition), and have enjoyed it repeatedly – which is pretty easy with a full-length Hobbit. (By contrast, I’m in the thick of the battle of Austerlitz (December 1805) after some 14 hours of audiobook War and Peace – marvellous, but a long haul. By the way, Lewis’s love of it is famous, but do ‘we’ know whether Tolkien and Williams (who was involved in the big OUP Tolstoy edition) knew War and Peace? – there are bits of it, so far, that remind me of things in various of their works, but that need not be ‘intertextual’…)
Wow, I’d love to hear accurate PEI accents! (Lorna Fergusson once gave the Oxford Lewis Soc a fine talk about, among other things, George MacDonald’s brilliant use of Aberdeenshire dialect in some of his novels.)
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There are a dozen great accents on Canada’s east coast, from the French English of the Magdalen Islands–which differs from the Franglais of New Brunswick–to the almost American south shore of Nova Scotia, to Scottish Cape Breton and the Irish-Scot Prince Edward Island, to the various aboriginal cadences and the 10,000 inlets of Newfoundland.