This performance should be "Exhibit A" in a proof entitled "Why Audiobooks Exist." I've always loved the LTR series and read them several times at different points in my life, usually finding some nuance or turn of phrase that I had missed before.
But actually LISTENING to the songs in the book SUNG by the narrator, with the correct rhythm and a matching melody is like discovering there's an additional one-third of the book that I had never even seen before.
I could go through all of the other details of the narrator's performance and how well he's captured each of the characters' virtues and backgrounds in each of the voices, but that would just waste your time -- TIME THAT YOU SHOULD BE SPENDING LISTENING TO THIS BOOK!!
Honestly, after so many decades while this book has been unavailable as an audio recording, there's no better use for your credits than to buy this one now.
As a long time and ever-growing fan of the Middle Earth mythology, I am so happy to have such a wonderful reading. Deeply seated in the oral tradition of great epic tales, the Lord of the Rings translates very well into audio format. Listening to Rob Inglis' fine performance takes me to a fantasy of hearing a great, old history from a wise and spirited elder.
I doubt if I can say anything about the book that hasn't already been said ad nauseum and in finer fashion, but I'll add my two cents nonetheless. For the numerous times I've read the books, watched the movies, listened to the soundtracks, and dreamed of Middle Earth, the mythology never ceases to present something new and, sometimes in the smallest ways, wondrous. The story itself, with an overview that can be spoken in two sentences, has endless delicate nuances, like facing mirrors always giving a different view. It also exerts such a powerful nostalgia (upon me, at least) that seems to call me to some secret home and I can never help but long that the story is true. More than any tale, however insightful or well written, this one tugs on me.
Rob Inglis' reading does justice to the books and, more often than not, when I read the books myself, it is his voice I hear. I offer nothing but my most hearty recommendation of the book and its reader.
I don't think it is fair to compare an audio book against the written works. I think that this book was done very well helping the imagination along, my only negative comment would be that they singing should have only been one line and than read the rest, it got to be to much.
Really enjoyed narrator's voice and characterizations. How he keeps all of them so consistent, I have no idea. Takes great talent! He does this incredible, wonderful story justice.
complex, wonderful story. I love this story and would listen to it again when I need to be distracted but cannot read a book.
I love this story, the complexity of the story, the detailed character development and clean movement to the conclusion.
The Lord of the Rings trilogy is a truly wonderful story and it remains fresh and exciting even if you've read it once or twice before. Rob Inglis does a great job with all the voices and singing all of Tolkien's delightful songs. The magic is all there and more! Highly recommended!
sensitive, nuanced, well-paced
Rob Inglis' reading was spot-on; the pace was fast enough but he also was true to the poetry and delight in Tolkein's rich and vivid language throughout. Don't be discouraged that it's only one reader; this version is by far the best!
I have listened to many readings of LOTR, and the Rob Inglis unabridged is the best hands down. So glad to see it back at Audible.
We often listen again to our favorite books while traveling. Rob Inglis' reading of Fellowship is wonderful ... easy to listen to and exactly as I imagine Tolkien himself telling his story! I am sure that we will listen again. But first we have to move on to the last two books of the Trilogy! I can't wait!
We thought we would never find a reader as good as Jim Dale on the Harry Potter books. Imagine our delight when we discovered that Rob Inglis has the same amazing talent to bring our beloved characters to life!
Readers of this review should not mistake my displeasure for any lack of regard for the book itself. This is entirely on the narrator.
The Lord of the Rings has been a touchstone for me ever since I was ten. Tolkien's love of language and the world of immense detail he created frame a story that stans on its own for excellence.
Absolutely not! I'm sure Mr. Inglis' talents would work for some British lit, in fact he might well do a smash-up job on Alice or something like that, but his delivery is altogether inappropriate for this story. And oh God, someone should have prevented him from trying to sing Tolkien's songs.
Hmmm, almost anger. I love the entirety of Tolkien's Middle Earth and all the stories therein. There is a music in his poetry and a poetry in his music that requires care to bring across in a spoken performance. Rob Inglis left this poetic music writhing in shame on the ground, its petticoats torn, stockings awry and generally in a state of violated disrepair that I could not abide.
J. R. R. Tolkien was a linguist and a lover of the sound of language. If one listens to the music that is in Elvish when properly spoken, one cannot doubt that to be read aloud was one purpose for the writings of his tales of Middle Earth. I applaud Audible for bringing an attempt to do this into its collection, but I cannot describe in strong enough terms how disappointing this effort is in ruining the rhythm of the language and rendering the whole thing into a children's farce, note I say farce, not tale. One must love this material deeply in order to do it justice, as shown by the Peter Jackson film adaptations. I do not feel the love here.