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Farmer Giles of Ham Audiobook

Farmer Giles of Ham

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Publisher's Summary

Farmer Giles of Ham is one of Tolkien's most popular stories, full of wit and humour, set in the days when giants and dragons walked the earth. He did not look like a hero. He was fat and red-bearded and enjoyed a slow, comfortable life. Then one day a rather deaf and short-sighted giant blundered on to his land. More by luck than skill, Farmer Giles managed to scare him away. The people of the village cheered: Farmer Giles was a hero. His reputation spread far and wide across the kingdom. So it was natural that when the dragon Chrysophylax visited the area it was Farmer Giles who was expected to do battle with it!

©1949 The J.R.R. Tolkien Copyright Trust; (P)1999 HarperCollins UK

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    carey 05/11/2016
    carey 05/11/2016 Member Since 2016
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    I loved it. It was engaging and vibrant right to the end. I may listen to it again.

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    Jacob 09/10/2016
    Jacob 09/10/2016
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    "My favourite book!"

    Loved this audio book ever since I was little, and still get much enjoyment from it even into my twenties, I think this book is incredibly overlooked. It is a fantastic piece of Tolkien; if not his best short story. The narrator portrays the books very well, with a relaxing but engrossing tone.

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    greg 03/04/2016
    greg 03/04/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Great little book"

    sort sweet under two hours great for a short flight or train plus it has a dragon and a farmer

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    Stair Northumberland, UK 19/12/2014
    Stair Northumberland, UK 19/12/2014 Member Since 2009

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    "A cracking tale, beautifully read."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is entertaining: amusing and enthralling; a well crafted and well written tale with a perceived depth to it that JRR had a way of producing. Derek Jacobi reads it so very well: his voices and the pace of his reading are spot on, a real joy that I have listened to many times on long car journeys. I only wish that it were longer.


    What about Derek Jacobi’s performance did you like?

    DJ's acting skills are well known, but this combination of voice acting and narration is a wonderful performance and a joy to listen to. I can at one time lose myself in the story a dn just go along with it and at another time listen to his reading of it and enjoy it on that level alone. Really very good indeed.


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  • Jacobus
    Johannesburg, South Africa
    02/05/10
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    "An exquisite story wonderfully narrated"

    When Tolkien writes stories, he writes them good! Let an excellent narrator, like Derek Jacobi, read it, and you have an exquisite tale. I'm sure you'll want to listen to this story again and again!

    Farmer Ham of Giles, the hero of the story, knows how to fight giants and dragons... a definite must, before you're stamped by a giant and warmed by a dragon.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • James
    30/06/14
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    "Farmer to King"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Farmer Giles of Ham to be better than the print version?

    It is an enjoyable listen that goes well with the print version.


    Have you listened to any of Derek Jacobi’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Derek Jacobi is excellent once again. Children will be able to follow along easily and perhaps even take more of the story in as a result of his narration.


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

    I did listen to it in one sitting as the book is full of Tolkien 's humour and is well narrated and easy to listen to.


    Any additional comments?

    Children and adults alike, should enjoy this Tolkien adventure with a deadly dragon, a dog who keeps crying help and a farmer who becomes a king.

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