- Audible Audiobook
- Listening Length: 4 hours and 47 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
- Audible.com Release Date: January 22, 2013
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00B47HBEG
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The Wisdom of the Shire: A Short Guide to a Long and Happy Life Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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Overall, I dislike reading books when I feel scolded by the author, and that was the case here. Moreover, there were numerous errors regarding Tolkien's works. Adding to this, the author constantly defined terms or personages from Tolkioen's legendarium. I wondered whom the book was intended for, if not fans of Tolkein's writings. Does any fan of JRRT not know who Earendil was? Beren? Galadriel? Even the organization of footnotes was poor, in that the author used only asterisks, rather than a system so one could easily identify multiple footnotes on a page. Save your money; I wish I had and bought Tolkien's Tale of Kullervo instead,
This books explores Tolkien's thoughts on simple pleasures and enduring values. The simple pleasures can be such things as hearty simple food and drink, long walks, singing and a good nights sleep. Enduring values explored here include things like friendship, courage, honesty and conserving our natural world.
My only real quibble is that there a lot of topical references in the book. Tolkien's work is timeless. But, if your kids or grandkids pick up this book years from now, some of the references may be lost on them.
If you think you may want to be more hobbitish, then fix a plate of stuffed mushrooms and some good cheese, pour a glass of your favorite beverage, relax in a comfortable chair and read The Wisdom of the Shire. As, Thorin said when he reconciled with Bilbo, "If more of us valued your ways - food and cheer above hoarded gold - it would be a merrier world."
Because I enjoyed the audible version so much, I ended up buying the Kindle version too. As Peter Beagle says in his foreword: "I'd buy it like a shot, give copies away to deserving friends, and keep it by the bed for bad nights." Exactly, Peter!