By now, you've probably read J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings novels and watched Peter Jackson's big screen trilogy more than once, but later this year, you'll be able to re-experience the fantasy story of Frodo's epic journey in a new way. Gollum himself, Andy Serkis, will narrate the unabridged audiobooks for The Lord of the Rings.
As reported by The Bookseller, this September HarperCollins will release new audiobooks of Tolkien's epic fantasy series, all read by The Lord of the Rings actor Andy Serikis. The series will, fittingly, be released in three parts, and they will all include the complete versions of each book.
In May 2020, Serkis did a marathon reading of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit to raise funds for the fight against COVID-19. His "Hobbitathon" raised over $400,000 USD, and that led him to record an official audiobook of The Hobbit for HarperCollins. Serkis will work with the same to record The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
Serkis recently shared a statement with The Bookseller, in which he explained why he wanted to return to Tolkien's world.
"I would consider myself someone who likes a challenge… Walking back into Middle-earth over 20 years after my first life-changing adventure there, and experiencing it all over again (this time for many weeks alone in a sound booth) has brought in equal measures of pure joy, sheer madness, immense pleasure and a level of psychological and physical fatigue I have never quite experienced the like of before."
HarperCollins also released a preview video of his reading, showing why LOTR fans would want to revisit Middle-Earth again too. Fans would love to hear his voice as Gollum again.This series of audiobooks will be too precious to pass.
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