An excellent story, a classic, and a wonderful narrator. I have listened to this series three times and am still not tired of it....5 stars! Robert Ingles is very talented, and his portrayal of the characters and events imagined by Tolkien is nothing short of awe-inspiring.
As a fan of the Lord of the Rings for the past 25 years, it was vastly important to me on choosing a version and narrator that would immerse me back into that beloved world of middle earth. My choice was randomly chosen, but proved to be worth the risk. Great naratation.
This book was incredible and has great narration. It is surprisingly easy to listen to, and understand what is occurring. I find it very surprising how different this book is to the Fellowship of the Ring movie. I only wished it explored the Shire and its people more thoroughly instead of jumping right to the journey. Also, I wish it was longer. Besides these personal wishes, this book was incredible!!!
best to plan to take some long road trips if you are to start the series because it is a major time commitment. If one has the time however it can make the hours pass swiftly. While Tolkien wrote it as a tale, not an allegory, one cannot help but see some of his beliefs creeping in, and maybe some of my own crept in in my reading. I could see in terms like the enemy, the struggle between good and evil, the difficulty in seeing and choosing the right path many parallels with the struggles Ignatius outlined in his first week of his spiritual exercises. of course it should not be surprising that a fictional enemy shared much in common with the enemy of mankind (something much more complex than the devil for Ignatius, and for Tolkien who has an enemy that can marshal many and varied sources to attack). it is not an allegory of course, you cannot say for every this in Tolkien there is a that in Ignatius. But if you are familiar with Ignatius, or other Spiritual greats, you may find hints of their thought in these pages.
I enjoyed listening to this but many spots throughout the story have background noises of people talking. It can become very distracting and when listening to this story, you really need to pay attention or you can easily lose track of what is going on. The narrator does a wonderful job, don't get me wrong, but the only change I wish for is the removal of the background noises. The story is amazing. I love Lord of the Rings and glad it's available to listen to.
Frodo, Aragorn, Bilbo, Gandalf.
Yes, he does a wonderful job narrating this. Again, only negative is the background noises of people talking.
I love all the songs and the tune which they are sung. Tom Bombadillo, the bar song, and many more are so fun and beautiful. My absolute favorite -a lesson about letting things be- is the troll and shinbone song.
All I can say is Rob Inglis brought this book to life. Exactly as the characters should be. Gandalf the Gray (the wizard, one of the most important characters in my opinion), was like the rest, flawless.
The songs and poems, superb. A very talented artist is he and his excellent work will live for ever in digital media.
19 hours of entertainment for 1 credit. 'That's a real bargain' as my thrifty grandmother would say.