What is so different about this edition?
Right from the beginning you know you're in a different type of e-book. This enhanced edition contains a short introduction by Christopher Tolkien, best known as the editor of much of his father's posthumously published work like The Silmarillion, Unfinished Tales and The History of Middle-earth. Other enhancements throughout the book include a readings by the author and all of tolkien's own drawings and full-color illustrations, including images from the original manuscript, the dust jacket design and all famous and some lesser known art by Tolkien.
What about the audio parts?
You will especially love to hear J.R.R. Tolkien sing 'Chips the glasses and crack the plates' in Chapter 1, read the famous 'Riddles in the Dark' and an impressive 'Roast Mutton'. To hear the professor singing a song from the text really gives the reader a feel for his creative vision. You can hear each audio enhancement as you read the book, or go to the Images, Illustrations And Audio tab in the Table of Contents to hear several in a row. What would anyone else want more?
Some final words
All in all, although the enhanced e-book isn't bursting with special features and additions to the original text, "The Hobbit: Enhanced Edition" is a cool way to brush up on your storyline before the movie adaption arrives and get an added bonus of extras such as audio and illustrations. I kind of love this edition, even though I believe the graphics could have been a bit sharper, but the additional audio makes up for that big time. You would actually have to pay me a lot to complain about this book! In an age where you can get anything from Middle-earth games to Lord of the Rings online worlds to roam in it is nice to have a digital edition of The Hobbit around, however as usual I will prefer the real book, but like all the tiny candy that is available inside the enhanced edition!
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