Great story, decent narration, John Ingles sounds dull at times, with little variation for character voices, and chose very strange melodies to use for the songs in the book. But it does little to detract from the wonderful story.
I was first introduced to Inglis by the Hobbit. Now I've just started on my third Inglis reading the two towers. You will enjoy this reading.
I love fantasy and this being so highly rated by so many I had high expectations. Few really big fantasies that I have read so far are
1) Stormlight archive
2) Malazan book of fallen
3) Wheel of time
I do not know if it is a fair comparison but, I do not think lord of the rings even compares those those above 3. And, I am saying not fair because each of those above is about 3-6 times as long as lord of the rings series
Nonetheless, I think it was a decent read and I think I did not like the books as much as many people do, because I watched movies before the books and I think movie were very good.
Wonderful performance of yet another fantastic hobbit adventure! It is easy to get lost in this performance and forget the world around you when you're seemingly several dimentions away in a Hobbit's world.