It's a classic story and engaging enough as it is, but Rob Inglis' narration quite literally makes the book. He uses unique (and consistent) voices for each character and sings all of the songs that the reader might be tempted to skim over.
Aragorn/Strider - he's very noble and kingly in the book.
Gimli. Rob Inglis uses a low, deep tone for Gimli's lines and they are rich and exactly as I imagine a dwarf to be.
HIGHLY recommend this book (and the others in the series). Among the best narrations I've heard.
In the audio version I pay attention to the poetry and songs, and so have found a new delight. I've enjoyed the humor more, and seen the tenderness with better clarity. Other things I might have picked up from the audio version I also learnt in the movies, such as how to differently pronounce Sauron and Saruman. And as in most audio books, sentences here or there that escaped my eye do not escape my ear.
Disney's Sleeping Beauty: lots of swords and thorny undergrowth. I liked that Harry Potter's Neville Longbottom, herbologist-in-training, honors the famousest tobacco.
I've only heard his narration on Tolkein's books. Sometimes Inglis' voice cracks. Sometimes he just sounds too old, yet often he brings a different spin than I had in my head or which we've seen in the movies, made a decade after Inglis's reading. I wonder if some of the actors understood their character better by listening to Inglis. But overall -- and I've listened to this audio on cassette every 3 years or so for the last 15 years -- in its entirety he is about perfect.
The entire cycle is intended to be lived with for several weeks, to dive in and occasionally come up for air.
Rob Inglis narrates all three of the trilogy and his ability to make a myriad of characters come to life is amazing! I now know what orks, ents, and hobbits all sound like and they all sound distinctly different from wizards, elves, and future kings. The characters really come to life. Sam is never confused with Pippen or Merry and your can hear Frodo's exhaustion grow as he continues on his quest. I enjoyed them so much that I'm starting them over again.
I am now a huge fan of simultaneously reading and listening to a book, sometimes one then the other. I find it completely useful to pursue the story even while my eyes are engaged say, on driving, walking the dog or grocery shopping. Robert Inglis is a wonderful narrator, indeed. His voice lends a special gravity that translates well into a 54-hour long listening experience. It really is rather like listening to a radio drama. Special mention should be made of his Gimli and Gollum! Bravo!
I want to feel good when I complete a story & am a little harsh on depressing ones. There are a few sad ones that I love but not many.
I just finished reading the Hobbit for the first time and to tell you the truth I really don't know what possessed me to move on to this because I really didn't like the Hobbit. This was much improved.
I am a huge fan of G R R Martin and I was looking for an epic fantasy after finished Song of Fire and Ice series. The Hobbit let me down and everyone told me to try Lord of the Rings. I am glad I did.
Great story, great author and great narrator. I finished the series in record time and wish there were more.
As far back as the 60's you seldom saw me without a well dog-eared copy of one of Professor Tolkien's books in my pocket!
I've listened to "the Lord of the Rings (dramatized)" on the radio, tape and Audible - and will, likely do so again. BUT, to follow Frodo, Sam, Merry, Pippin, Gandalf and Aragorn, inch by inch, from the settled land of the Shire to Mordor as they face their many perils is truly a treat! Just close your eyes and be right at their shoulder as they overcome daunting odds!
Favorite Genres: Urban/Preternatural Fantasy, Science Fiction, Knitting Favorite Story Components: character development, under-dog success stories
I think this is one of the wordy books that just works better for me to read it than hear it, and there are a few of those. My husband enjoyed the experience more than I did, maybe because he could empathize with the narrator a bit better.
Mr. Inglis came across a bit like an aged (though professional) fan-boi as he was reading, and it had the same effect for me as someone trying not to laugh at their own joke - a bit too eager, a bit too excited, a bit too, too much for a first time listener to catch the funny part of the joke.
That made it harder for me to pay attention to the story - especially with all the funky linguistics - which made the story have less impact. Knowing how much everyone else I know who has read the story has enjoyed it, I'm figuring I'll get to bump up the story rating after I actually read it for myself.
I have enjoyed the LoR in all formats and is was enjoyable to listen to the unabridged story done by a great British narrator. Well done! JRR would certainly have approved!
Wheel of Time or the Game of Thrones series
Thank you for adding the missing piece to Tolkien.....The MUSIC. Up till now, I generally skipped the songs in the books, just because my brain didn't seem to process them correctly. I could not hear them, thus they were boring. Rob Inglis ties it all together......To hear Tom Bombadil singing his songs, or Elrond himself singing of Gil-Galad.....Well done. HIGHLY enjoyable, even for those that have read the books 1000 times and watched the movies 100 more.....
The songs....without a doubt, the music.....
tough call....Gandalf and Gimli were both excellent, but I think Boromir was my favorite performance. He was tough and commanding.