This is simply wonderful and delightful reading. As good in its own way as the BBC dramatization. So glad I listened!
I really enjoyed hearing this book read. I never had much interest in reading this book, but listening to it was AWESOME! The narrator kept the perfect pace. sometimes the voices could be hard to tell apart but once I got used to it, I really enjoyed it.
The narrator killed it for me. The voices weren't all that different and sometimes we're confused with one another. The singing near drove me insane. The story could have been made exciting and even frightening in the hands of the right reader.
The scope of the mythical world Tolkien created is mesmerizing. Unfortunately, I was distracted by the abundance of place names, strange words, languages, and the apparent need for so much poetry and song.
The narrator was monotone in his delivery and couldn't keep the voices he used for the characters consistent. What could have been wickedly fascinating was made dull.
I definitely preferred the movie to the book.
This is such a shame! Having recently listened to Daniel Pittu's incredible reading of "The Goldfinch" I suppose my standards for one mans creation of a variety of character voices had been raised.
always a gem, told with loving detail and rich authenticity. thanks to the reader for singing each of the songs, no matter how long!
I came to Tolkien later in life than most, but love his work no less for it. Even after teaching a college course on his inspirations from medieval history, I still find new connections and surprises, and places where he remains poignantly modern instead. It is here well told, and even admirably sung where needed.