Long ago, when I was quite a young child, an auntie and uncle of mine gave my brother and I a marvellous gift: it was "The Hobbit" by J.R.R. Tolkien on cassette tape.
We listened to it over and over--it was eight tapes in all. I have memories of lying in my bed, sick at home from school, listening to the adventures of Bilbo and Gandalf and Thorin Oakenshield for hours and hours.
It got so that my brother and I could quote great long passages from this story; we knew the poetry and the conversation, and even the riddles of Gollum by heart. We listened to it so much that eventually the tapes grew garbled...and eventually broke or were lost over time.
Since then I've searched for that Hobbit story on tape or CD. There are many versions and I did not know the name of the talented narrator (one man did all the voices). No other version would do.
Then this weekend a friend from Vancouver visited and brought his Laptop- Computer- Full -of -Wonders over so we could do a bit of file-sharing. He mentioned that somebody had shared the "The Hobbit" with him, and would I like it?
He started to play it and a familiar voice from my childhood began to speak: "...It was a Hobbit Hole..and that means Comfort..."
I could have cried with joy. Even after all these years I can still listen to it and know the words even before the narrator speaks them.
I think my brother will be happy too.