Timeless and fascinating. An annual read for me, this year I did not have the time so the audio book did perfectly. The singing aside, it's quite nice. Haha
Yes, because the excellent narration adds dimensions to the print version
Sam for his hidden intellect and talent
Songs of the book brought to life
Not extreme bit yes to both
This is the only unabridged audiobook of LOTR, and it does not disappoint. Rob Inglis is an incredible and soothing reader, although sometimes a little slow. And of course, the story is the introduction to one of the greatest trilogies of all time.
I loved the narration. Rob Inglis does a really nice and believable job with each character's voice.
Bill the Pony...
Well, actually I like all of the characters much better in the book vs. the movie. You know them better. But Tom Bombadil is just hilarious, and his pony Fatty Lumpkins. Gandalf is a much greater character, you really get a hint that he is more than he appears to be to the hobbits in the books. Aragon is WAY cooler, with more gusto. I could go on. I love Sam, I always love Sam. He's a stout hobbit.
Gandalf. His booming voice really brings it in for me.
The council of Elrond was magnificent.
It took me a long time to really stuck with this. But I'm so proud of myself for it. I have trouble with such long books, especially if I already know what is going to happen to a certain extent. But I am coming to the end of the book and already ready to buy a copy of Two Towers.
To those who read reviews about the voice and songs & wonder: this is not 'performative' in the modern sense of famed audible book readers and large casts. This is a book, read aloud *beautifully* and with aplomb. Imagine being read to as a youth by a grandparent who sings the songs and changes the character voices just enough.
For my part, this is the seminal reading of the fantasy classic. Facility with the language and names for a book so focused on language, metre, and a variety of story telling styles, is mission critical and this is perfect.
Lovely to have it read to me, it is so fantastic read aloud - recommended!