On to the main course, in the form of the radio series The Lord of the Rings.
Until the latest films came along (remember the cartoon version?), this was the definitive version of this tale.
Unless you harp back to the original text, with long lost Tom Bombadil.
Anyway back to the radio series, which insidentally stared Ian Holmes as Frodo and great big lanky Bill Nighy as Sam.
Yet again a thumping good tale with a good song or two, although some tunes do go a bit over the top. When Sam sings in the tower I always get a lump in my throat, and to Rivendell where Elves may dwell I always find so catchy.
After I’ve done with Middle Earth, I move on to Terry Pratchett.
I first got in to him through his break thorough works The colour of Magic followed by The Light Fantastic.
My paperback copies where purchased with a voucher I received for getting top marks in my c.s.e. Computer science, back in the days when they taught algorithms and BBC basic code.
The version I imbibe is read by Nigel Plainer, as it is unabridged and so I journey with Rincewind and Twoflower as the two friends explore this magical universe.
When I am quite done on the Disc World, I turn to some old radio plays I acquired a wile back.
I start with a 1950's version of the Wizard of Oz, yet again staring Judy Garland.
It’s as magical as the film, and just as good as the book depite what a character in a Heinlein novel says. After this is the excellent reading Of Mice and Men with antony Quinn as Lenny.
Finally in this section is a dramtisation of Alice in wonderland.
A worthy interpretation of the reverend C Dobb's charmingly surreal book.