As an avid fantasy genre reader who loved the LOTR movies, I have tried to get into the books many times. The writing style and many songs had me pulling my hair out by the halfway point of Fellowship each time, and I'd give up in shame.
I finally thought to look into the audio book form recently, and the narration just made the experience for me. The songs are made alive, and I quite enjoyed them rather than trudging through them. I even loved Tom Bombadil this time!
I have listened to about thirty audio books, and this narrator is now one of my favorites, on par to Roy Dotrice who reads the ASOIAF series. Overall, I recommend this to LOTR lovers and those not as sure they appreciate the books!
Rob Inglis tells Tolkien's wonderful tale with a marvelous knack for character portrayal and lyrical nuances in Tolkien's poetic universe
The story is great, but the narrator did a TERRIBLE job with Galadrial's voice. The dramatized version did a better job than he did. 😔
I can appreciate all of the various formats the story has taken, but right next to simply reading the books, these unabridged audio books are my favorite way to experience The Lord of the Rings (and The Hobbit). The story is enduring, and the performance is fantastic. As with most great performers, you will soon forget you are listening to only one man. This ranks up there with Jim Dale's reading of the Harry Potter books (another must listen).
Great book and certainly more story detail than was provided in the movie, also much more character development
The Hobbit failed to capture my imagination, but FOTR made me a Tolkien fan.
All the characters were brilliantly played, but Sam was fantastically done.