It's About Time !!
JUST NOT TOLKIEN
The whole Tolkien world is just amazing, deep, silly, wonderful...Something to learn every time you read them.
I waited a long time for Audible to have this available in the U S, Thank You !! I've been into Tolkien since 1968. Although inaccurate, I found the movies outstanding, I really love the Audible dramatizations.
I'm halfway through this and I'm getting used to Bob Inglis, BUT I just have to say I am not happy with this narration...The Hobbits sound older than Gandalf...Frodo sounds more creaky and older than Bilbo...Why do all the reviewers love this guy???
I am a fan, so I will have them all, and I'll listen to them as frequently as I've read the books, But...I must say, this voice is just not what I expected. He's not irritating or boring, I just feel his character voices are a little "off", and now just halfway through this volume, they begin to all sound alike.
I'm now waiting for Silmarillion and I'm praying for a different voice.
Frodo, Friends, Adventure Frodo and his cohorts combine their talents to follow in the path of good ole Bilbo Baggins, with the idea of returning the ring that Bilbo had brought back from his first adventure.
My most extreme reaction to the book was when I was consciously yelling at my MP-3 player to speed up and get on with the story. If I had never read this book the audible version would have been more meaningful to me. I knew what was coming as the friends marched along. I just wanted it to finish so I could get into more stories on "Orcs" and other fantastical beings. Instead of savoring the book as they unwound the story, I got over anxious to get to parts that I remembered well that I knew were up ahead.
Yes, if they like fantasy.
It's a heroic quest, first of all. It's misterious and compelling, and the characters in the Fellowship are wonderful.
Too many to choose.
Yes. When they found Bilbo at Elrond's house. Also when Sam insisted on going into Mordor with Frodo.
I've always loved "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy. But to hear it read aloud, and by such a masterful performer, is marvelous. Things I had skipped over, in reading the book, (like the songs and some of the descriptions), came to life in hearing it read aloud.
It felt as if it was being read to me by my grandfather. He did all the voices perfectly. Also, I LOOOOVED the Tom Bombadil song.
Rob Inglis did a wonderful job with a book that sports a mulitude of made-up languages. He even sings the songs!
I have read the book before and knew the story; What made this a new pleasure was being about to listen to it as read by Rob Inglis.
Rob Inglis's accent is perfect, perfect, perfect. I had the impression that he not only knew the book but enjoyed it as much as I did.
Rob Inglis singing Tolkien's songs.
Thanks Audible, and special thanks to Rob Inglis.
A timeless story. A sensational reader. Never let's go of your attention. And great to listen to again and again. All the essentials of an essential purchase. More than makes up for the credit it costs.
I've already listened to the series twice and will again and again. I'd already read the books several times and, along with The Hobbit, are my favorite.
Too many to choose, literally.
Thankfully, Gandalf. It's very clear that the cast of Peter Jackson's films were required to listen to these recordings as most of the film's characters sound very close to Inglis performance. Particularly McKellen's Gandalf and Rhys Davies' Gimli. Inglis' Gandalf is distinctive, wise and very believable.
Again, this isn't the Book of the Century for nothing. Far to many tremendous moments to choose one. If I had to choose one, it would perhaps be when Gandalf reveals himself to members of the Fellowship in Fangorn.
While not as good as reading them yourself, Inglis does manage to capture the true spirit and intent of the work and fleshes out the characters in an extremely vivid manner. The songs, which appear throughout Tolkien's works are likely the most difficult to render, but Inglis delivers solid performances throughout, with the possible exceptions of female voices, such as Lady Galadriel.
The perfomance of the creature Gollum becomes somewhat tiresome in the second half of Two Towers and likely represents Inglis' least inspired character.
Overall however, this is a must listen for any LOTR fan and very good for someone wishing to become one and who simply cannot make the time to read the books themselves. The advantage of reading for yourself is that, particularly in the case of these books, the landscape is just so incredibly vast that listening to someone else is a little constricting.
I'm pleased to see that the vast majority of listeners love the story and the performance. I suppose the civil nature of Audible (which I find refreshing in these days of social media) is right in sticking to reviewing Ingles's performance and Tolkien's classic story. I can only echo the praise of others, while pointing out that the songs of the LOTR are integral to the overall story and the depth and development of Middle Earth and its peoples. Those that give low ratings for performance b/c the narrator "sings too much" might as well give a low rating because the narrator reads too much. And those that find the voices too "upperclass" need not visit London but simply watch some British comedies on PBS to understand the difference between Elrond and Samwise. For me, the LOTR Audible books are the paradigm of recorded books. A Shakespearian actor and an Oxford professor. High adventure, epic fantasy, master prose. This is fantasy in style!
I am a busy guy, so this gave me the opportunity to enjoy the book while driving and getting things done (like cleaning the garage). Incredible story, great narration, and getting it through Audible is cheaper than other options I checked out.
Give me Classics!
I loved listening to one of my favorite stories of all time brought to life by the amazing performance of Rob Inglis.
The adventure and history created by J.R.R. Tolkin
I enjoyed the subtle differences in all the characters.
Yes. If I had the unbroken time.