I love the film's and finally have the opportunity to listen the the source material, it does not disappoint! the performance was wonderful and easy to follow. I recommend this to anyone interested in the fantasy, especially if you love the film's.
I have seen the movies uncounted times, and read the books even more in the past 30 years since I first fell in love with them. And yet, this recording opened my eyes to details I had never paid attention to before.
Excellent story! Always a fan of Tolkien's work.
The voice actor they chose however left much to be desired. While excellent for the deep voices of some of the male characters, the female characters and elves were much less realistic. And finally, while I appreciate the attempt to incorporate the songs, I would have preferred a simple recitation instead of the average at best tune the reader chose to try and put to the lyrics.
I read the Hobbit twice and The Lord of the Rings trilogy three times when I was a teenager. I wanted to live in Middle Earth!!! I had the Elven names memorized and often pretended I was there. As a teenager I watched the cartoon movie and as an adult the live action movies, and while in my experience a movie never does justice to the book, these movies were excellent and faithful to Tolkien's story.
Then I decided to listen on Audible. And am very pleasantly surprised. It brought me back home to Middle Earth, (which I never should have left in the first place)! Without Frodo there never would have been a Harry Dresden or a Harry Potter. It is the best trilogy ever written.
The narrator is excellent. He does a wonderful job singing the Elves' and Dwarves' and all others' songs. Rich full voice. His pronunciation of the characters' names, elven language and all else is spot on. His inflection is great. And I am glad an Englishman was chosen to narrate. This is an English story by birth although it now belongs to the world, but should be read by someone with the native English accent (which invokes Middle Ages, dragons and wizards and warriors).
This is a great buy or a perfect choice for a credit. Strongly recommend.
The first book in one of the greatest stories ever told. it's very interesting to hear the similarities and differences between the books and the movies. so glad so glad to add this book to my audio library
Rob Inglis makes for a great narrator, he may not have the voice acting talent to preform a large number of different character's voices, he has that baritone slow speech to sweep listeners into the world of the book.
5 stars across the board! This is a must listen. Like most I loved the movies. This adds a lot of perspective to the movie. I love Tolkiens message at the end.