I loved the Lord of the Rings as a book. I've read it well over 10 times. (closer to 20). What I didn't realize until I heard it read out loud was how much of it I skipped over while reading. I never particularly liked "The Hobbit". I thought it was clearly a children's book, and I dismissed it as such. I found that listening to the first book of the Rings trilogy was that it was very much in the same vein. Tolkien clearly evolved as a writer during the writing of the Rings trilogy, and the 1st part of the trilogy starts out very much a children's book. It has a number of silly children's songs that are quite frankly embarrassing to listen to. While reading them you have the option of course to simply skip them, but while listening to it you are forced to listen to pretty pathetic renditions of what are pretty stupid songs (the word inane comes to mind). It's hard to blame the reader too much, after all is he supposed to compose the music himself? What you get is the same melody (if you can call it that) repeated interminably for every song. It makes you want to shoot him just to shut him up.
Eventually I just gave up listening to it. It was spoiling the good memories of the book that I've had all my life. This is one book that is better read than listened to.
If you are into audio books, then yes, this version is better than print. I can listen anytime, anywhere, without having to sit down and stop everything to read. Also, I am really bad about skimming when I get to the good parts in books, and listening takes that out of the equation, and allows all the details to soak in.
Come on...is this a serious question? Gandalf....because, Gandalf.
First Rob performance, but I'm glad to see he voices the other 2, because I can't wait to hear those!
If you love Fantasy and Adventure, you'll love Lord of the Rings.
Inglis is a brilliant speaker for this. He does a wonderful job of distinguishing the characters and he is able to to insert emotion into the story. He also is able to sing the numerous songs that appear in the story in such a way that the listener is able to get the full value of the music.
The chapter "The Bridge of Khazad-Dum" contains many memorable scenes. I will not say more as not to risk spoilers.
Captivating, Intriguing, Mesmorizing
Aragorn because of the introspection and choices he must make
All of them, he is so amazing as he brings life and induviduality to every character
Yes, I love this story but it is one that I just cannot read but can listen to. My mother read it to my as a child and now I am relistening to the set. There is so much to it that to hear it again and again brings new light to the book.
Very long but but makes my drive back and forth to work enjoyable.
This is a wonderful beginning to the LOTR triology. These are classic fantasy novels that you can't help but love.
I love feeling like I'm actually there in Middle Earth as the story is being read to me. I listen to these stories at night before I go to bed to help relax me.
Rob brings life to each of the characters.
I can't say because I don't want to spoil anyone who doesn't know the story yet... but yeah, there was one moment especially.
Excellent job done with a classic book. I can't wait to complete the Trilogy. Would definitely recommend it to those who don't have the time to be stationary and read.
Only because I can listen and do other things... Plus Inglis has a pretty sweet voice.
All of the nuances that the movies edit.
I like his "voices" he's pretty good at giving each character their own speech.
Not extreme... Mostly because I've read, listened and watched the movie version countless times... ultimate fav of favs.
Do you REALLY need any more motivation to hear LOTR? Come on and enter Middle Earth with the rest of us geeks!
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.