Do not expect the film. Many I know we're introduced to Middle Earth by the Peter Jackson films. The are very different I'm afraid. Tolkien has a very strange writing style and loves the intricacies of language and song in his work. It is very slow moving in places. I read this book as a child and have loved them ever since.
The story is a great one! Tolkien was a great writer. I listened to the Hobbit and loved how Rob Inglis read it, you could tell when his voice changed. Not so with The Fellowship of the Ring. Hopefully Two Towers and Return of the King are better.
The narrator helped make this book easier to understand and follow. I really enjoyed this book and look forward to reading all the rest.
The lord of the rings series is one to never be over looked, it's a classic and its masterfully written by a genius. J R R Tolkien is a wizard in his own right for creating such a timeless master piece. Give this book a shot if you enjoyed the movies or the fantasy genre in general. It will not disappoint !!
If you haven't read the hobbit or had ingles read it to you do that first. He does an amazing performance with both stories. The lord of the rings bring a more in depth look if middle earth and it's lore. The first book covers Frodo's tale. If you don't know who Frodo is, then stop reading this and read the hobbit and come back.