I love Tolkien. Just recently finished listening to the audiobooks about a week ago. I'm fortunate to have a job where I can listen to my mp3 player. I finished 20000 Leagues Under the Seas on friday, I forgot how wonderful that book was.
I'm now interested in listening to a huge list of classics, I found a great amazon list here, and she made a part 2 which I will investigate once I make my way through the first one. I'm thinking we need to compile a list here in the book club of all the most important classics of western lit. This literature is the backbone of our culture and has helped me understand the world we live in, I think such a list would be a great addition to the book club.
I am currently reading "Guns, Germs and Steel" by Jared Diamond. If you have the time there is a three part video about it here.
Ohh, I just finished the Poisonwood Bible and it was fantastic. You'll love it. I am also reading A Voyage Long and Strange which is about the discovery of America and alot of it pertains to the Christian influence and treatment of the American Indians. It's written in a way that is insightful, yet often vary amusing.