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A review of the product: Disappointing
on 14 December 2013
This is a review of the product itself, and not the actual 'Silmarillion' which, in my opinion, is excellent.
Unfortunately, I feel rather let down by the actual physical product.
It describes itself as a 'Gift-set' but there is really nothing about it that sets it apart from a bog-standard Audio CD Set.
The item comes in a single, and rather plain, plastic case, and all 13 CDs sit in one spindle. And that's it. There is nothing else to it. No little booklet, no sleeve, no interesting art-work, nothing that really warrants this being labelled a 'Gift-set'.
I think that they could have made a little extra effort to embellish the finished product, but it's clear that no thought has gone into making this a 'gift' item.
Still, if you are buying this for yourself, or for a fan of Tolkein's work, the content is what matters most. The Silmarillion is a hard to follow at times, but is overall an excellent account of much of what happens long before The Lord of the Rings.
This particular audio version is well narrated with good audio quality.