I have always loved these books but listening to them in audible was a whole new experience! Rob Inglis is FANTASTIC. At first I didn't think much of his voice, but after just a few minutes I fell easily into the world of LOTR and now I can't imagine anyone else reading these!
I was particularly impressed by the way he did the many songs and poems in this book. There are quite a few of them and some are very long, and the narrator actually pulled it off! I was worried that I would find the songs long, boring and distasteful, but instead they were rhythmic and compelling - and almost lulled me to sleep (not out of boredom, but just because they were so rhythmically pleasing to the ear).
this book came alive for me in a whole different way after listening. I was able to focus on details of the story I haven't noticed before. I also truly felt terrified during some of the more frightening parts, and full of light and gladness during others.
JR Tolkien is a master, and this is his masterpiece. And the narrator just brought this masterpiece into a new light.
As a older listener, I enjoyed this more than the original ready in the 1970's. As a seasoned fantasy fan, I can't believe details that I had forgotten many years ago. And know why Tolkein is the one who influenced so many great artists and authors. Really loved this after 40+ years of maturing.
As a lifelong fan of LOTR I decided I should listen to the books on Audible. I loved listening to them and found that I learned a lot more listening than reading the book. I put the speed at 1.25x speed and it was perfect for my listening experience. Listening to the Fellowship after reading the Hobbit also gives you a great amount of appreciation for how much history is in the first book. Overall, great book!!
the book was a joy to listen to. in my mind, it greatly increased the enjoyment I found in it. I more greatly appreciated the songs and the words of elvish which before I had skimmed over.