Today I received some very nice news from David Brawn, the Publishing Director at HarperCollins Uk; he handles the J.R.R. Tolkien division. It is news a lot of people have been waiting for, namely when the unabridged audio will be available and what it is all about. It has been announced several times before and the date was pushed back several times. Today I can quote the man who knows all about it:
"The Children of Hurin unabridged audio CD has just been produced and goes on sale next week."
As we all know it is read by Christopher Lee over 7 CDs, and on an 8th CD Christopher Tolkien himself reads his preface and introduction! So my announcement from long ago was correct after all, even while I had lost hope in my last news item on the Audio CD.
The box contains Christopher tolkien's fold-out map from the book, plus a booklet of Alan Lee's colour illustrations, plus track listings.
The CD covers also use a couple of Alan Lee paintings from the Hurin Calendar which are not in the book!
Now this is good news, and I can't wait to pre-order this book. Now all we have to do is wait for it go on sale.... This audiobook read by Christopher Lee will be the perfect gift for any Tolkien lover, especially now we will have Christopher Tolkien reading a good part and the Alan Lee illustrations which have been added in the booklet. Put this item on my wishlist!
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