I had attempted to read this series as a young teenager, and found the descriptive language a bit too much for me at the time.
However, upon returning to this book in audio format in my twenties, I have loved it. It is a beautiful, masterfully told tale, and excellently narrated.
It is moving, rich, beautiful, and exciting. Well worth the purchase.
For a more immersive experience by the hardcopy and Rita long as you are listening. I like this book because of it's beautiful imagery and pure escapism. The narration done is really good because the author not only reads at a great steady pace he also does the voices and sings the songs. If you are looking for a story to listen to of the course of a few weeks this is the book for you.
Do not expect the film. Many I know we're introduced to Middle Earth by the Peter Jackson films. The are very different I'm afraid. Tolkien has a very strange writing style and loves the intricacies of language and song in his work. It is very slow moving in places. I read this book as a child and have loved them ever since.
The story is a great one! Tolkien was a great writer. I listened to the Hobbit and loved how Rob Inglis read it, you could tell when his voice changed. Not so with The Fellowship of the Ring. Hopefully Two Towers and Return of the King are better.