The only unabridged audio version. Subtle character voices and even songs sung made for entertaining listening without being distracting. Highly recommended.
I've been a long time fan of The Lord of the Rings since my first reading way back in High School. I've read the books multiple times, but since the movies came out, have not revisited Middle Earth.
This has rekindled my love for the Trilogy. I cannot imagine a better reading than that of the narrator. While I enjoyed the movies, the books are far superior and I truly hope those who have only viewed the films give the books a real chance.
The narrator uses an annoying theatrical accent. This method of speaking was appropriate when orators and actors were performing on stage without modern sound equipment. The rolled R's and exaggerated enunciation helped listeners in the back of the theater understand what was being said. In the context of an audible book, that same accent is unnecessary, pretentious, and grating on the ear. I didn't notice it at first, but found it more and more annoying as the book progressed. now, after being forced to listen to it for 20+ hours in this first book, i am dreading having to hear it for the remaining two books.
Always had a hard time reading through Lord of the Rings but it is an amazing book out of the first 3 and wonderful to listen to read in such a pragmatic yet Elegant way. recommend this for everyone who has already read it or never has.
The performance, particularly the songs is unparalleled. Correct accents and inflections of proper names. should delight the biggest Tolkien nerd you know.
Tolkien's masterpieces are original and definitely well-written with such fantastic appeal that it is a story that needs to be passed down and remembered. Tolkien is a writer for all times!