Definitely. I once tried to read the book in print and simply got bored. Listening forces me to stick it through the boring parts.
Every time the narrator sings a song.
He voices each character differently and brings them to life. You know exactly who is speaking even before it is explicitly mentioned. Not to mention the singing of songs. I can still hear Tom Bombadil singing in my head!
Not cry, but definitely laughed out loud a few times.
God bless Rob Inglis, he is the storytelling grandfather I never had.
Again with the singing!!! Although this audio book wasn't nearly as horrible as The Hobbit.
This is a great book, great author, completely destroyed by a lousy narrator.
The singing! (covered that), but the droll, monotone voice, with even worse "voices" make this very hard to listen too.
I'm not looking for a "dramatization" audio book, but I am looking for a narrator that doesn't put me to sleep like my 3rd grade English teacher.
The story starts very slowly but builds into one of the all time best for devotion to duty, honor, and dedication to comrades in the face of grave peril for a true cause. I first had a cassette copy of this reading in 2001. Fifteen years later the digital copy is magnificent.
Tolkien is truly a master of masters in the realm of storytelling. The tale of the trials and triumphs of an unlikely band of heroes against a seemingly invincible and ever growing evil is a timeless one. The Lord of the Rings is truly the standard for fantasy novels.
The book, it goes without saying, is amazing. The narrator does a good job of staying out of the way of the story; it is easy to not notice him, and that is good. One thing that the narration lacked was inflection and emotion, however. Most of the time this was fine, but it sometimes creates a mood which I think is divorced from that of the text.
I loved it! If you are looking for an escape to a magical, haunting, fantasy then look no further!
I loved reading the Hobbit and watching the Lord of the rings trilogy, but found this recording difficult to get through. The narrator does a great job singing the songs for the most part, but I felt that some of his narrative lacked emotion while other sections he did it well. Also, some parts of the story were difficult to finish as they dragged on a but, however other parts were great...