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Publisher's Summary

The Adventures of Tom Bombadil is a collection of poetry written by J. R. R. Tolkien and was first published in 1962. The audio is read by Sir Derek Jacobi and is a collection of 16 poems that contain an assortment of bestiary verse and fairy tale rhyme. It is a stunning recording that captures all the characters in their own charming and mysterious ways. Throughout Jacobi's performance we will encounter all of these, including the Oliphaunt, a Princess, the man in the moon and even a giant turtle-fish called Fastitocalon.

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absolutely brilliant

well for me you can never go wrong with a story by Tolkien. but this was absolutely brilliant and the performance was just perfect the narrator voice was so relaxing it actually helped carm me down from a panic attack.

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A must for any Tolkien fan

Tolkien's verse is simple and delightful and, at times, very beautiful. Derek Jacobi is, of course, inimitable.

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Audibly delicious!

The imagery in the poems are brilliantly expressed. It's like a audio-visual painting.

The narrator skillfully, engages in communicating the right tone of voice which aids the imagery of the content.

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  • James
  • 30-06-2014

More Bombadil please!

Would you listen to The Adventures of Tom Bombadil again? Why?

I will definitely listen to this again. I am not a fan of poetry, but The Adventures of Tom Bombadil were written by a master and the reading by Jacobi is excellent.

What about Derek Jacobi’s performance did you like?

Derek Jacobi's reading is brilliant. The poetry flowed smoothly and his reading was never dull and boring like it can be if someone becomes a bit monotone. He never does and I could probably listen to a thousand page book read by him and probably still be enjoying it.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes it was as the poems are only short and it was a joy to read and listen.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-03-2016

After the forword back to the forword and then onward...

A very pleasant collection of tale in poem form. A trip through the land of hobbit and human and elf..

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  • 27-09-2016

enjoyed storytime

loved this audio beautifully read by one
of my favourite voices, the reading
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  • David
  • 02-11-2010

not so hot

not my cup of tea!!!

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