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Bored Of The Rings Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged

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Product details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Orion (1 Aug. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1409148157
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409148159
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 1.5 x 14 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,126,401 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Book Description

The classic parody - with 300,000 copies sold in since 2001! Unabridged edition

About the Author

The Harvard Lampoon was essentially Douglas Kenney and Henry Beard. They wrote Bored of the Rings when they were students at Harvard. They then went on to form the National Lampoon, a satirical institution in the 70s. Kenney died in 1980, Beard lives in the Hamptons in the USA.

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The Lord of the Rings is generally regarded as pure Marmite - you either love it or hate it.

I belong to a third category: I'd LIKE to love it (most of my friends do, after all, the poor, deluded souls) but I can't. I just haven't got it in me. It's all that detail, that terrible poetry...and absolutely no sense of humour whatsoever. Would it have killed Tolkein to put the occasional joke in? J K Rowling mines a rich stream of humour in the Harry Potter books, after all.

Well, if you're like me, this tome, written by the pair who went on to form The National Lampoon, and now read for you to save you the effort, is just what you need. The parodies of Tolkein's songs and poems are devastating (minus one star because on an audiobook, simply making up the tune as you go along doesn't quite cut it!) and the names of the characters and places (Dildo, Frito, Spam, Moxie, Pepsi, Tim Benzedrine etc) are sublime. The fact that they tend to echo 60s American brand names gives them an other-worldly quality of their own which has, if anything, improved with age.

There are now a lot of these kinds of parody out there, but this is the original and best, read - mercifully - in an English accent, with loads of amusing voices for the characters. It towers over the original in one other respect too: it's blissfully short. It might not be toasted at the Eagle and Child pub in Oxford, where they take Tolken even more seriously than he took himself, but it's welcome in my local.
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The book itself has a crude but funny attitude to the cheeky parody, and the audio book does a good job of bringing that across and is read by an accomplished audio book reader. The voicing of characters is entertaining and the CDs are packed in a reasonably convenient tower stack style, with 5 stored on a single ridged spindle, making the CD case smaller than one would expect for 5 cds.
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