Great stocking stuffers for kids. In days of old - more precisely, BHP (Before Harry Potter) - peaceful, paunchy Bilbo Baggins and the wily wizard, Gandolf, captured the imaginations of young readers who shared in their adventures with trolls, orcs, spiders, wolves and the dreaded dragon, Smaug. Now they can all be found in a new BBC full-cast recording of The Hobbit. J.R.R. Tolkein's treasured tale, complete with sound effects and original score, takes listeners back to Middle Earth and back to a world of timeless fantasy.
Another BHP classic delight, C.S. Lewis' The Chronicles of Narnia, has been reissued in an audio collection. All seven books are included (in approved abridgements), performed by Ian Richardson, Claire Bloom, Anthony Quayle and Michael York.
Sukey Howard reports on spoken word audio each month.