When I listened to the sample for this book on Audible, I was a little worried. I thought the narrator's pace sounded too slow, and slightly odd. But once I bought it and listened to it, the book sounded great! He's a very good narrator, and it is slightly slower paced than some I've listened to, but it fits the book well. There were a few moments when the sound quality was wonky (I'm not sure how to describe it), but that was rare.
I've read this book many times, and it was the first time I've listened to it. Over all, definitely 5 stars!
Not better, but the closest thing to reading it that I have found.
I think in many ways, you cannot compare Tolkien to other fantasy series, because so much of what has been written later is based, however loosely, upon his ideas, which have become fantasy 'standards. Listening to this book is almost more like hearing a work of history- Tolkien seems as concerned with the history and reality of his world as with the story.
I have not listened to him before, but his rich voice give this performance a gravitas that works very well with the material. You are at once both hearing a story and feel as though you are listening to something of great importance. His character voices are good and his descriptive reading is a pleasure to listen to.
No, I have been listening to it in stages while driving, which has been perfect for me.
This brings back to me the importance of these books, both as literature and to me personally. It is a pleasure to hear someone else read a book that I am so familiar with. Not only because it is so well read, but also because of the little differences in how things are read, and to hear remembered phrases or sentences that come back to me. Overall, no Tolkien fans should deny themselves the pleasure of listening to this edition.
I rally enjoyed reconnecting with this old favorite. A great read with good lessons and archetypes we can all apply to our daily lives
I'm an avid reader/listener who enjoys a well written book. I prefer sci-fi/fantasy,mystery/thriller/horror. King,Koontz,Butcher and Child are among my favs. (Scalzi is becoming one ).
Overall, very good. Story is a classic. While the narration was very good, I found it a bit slow.
Tolkien carefully populates the world he creates with this story
I must admit I prefer to read this rather than listen to it. It seemed a bit slow.
I think this is the kind of book where you listen for a bit and ponder what is happening
This really is a timeless classic
Its a very complex world that slowly unfolds as you listen to it.
I Liked it all and there is no way I can pick one part as the best.
He does a great job making each character have their personality and bringing each character to life so much more than if you just read it.
Yes I would have loved to listen to it all in one sitting but unfortunately that isnt possible for me with an 19 hour book.
In my opinion this was way better than reading the paper version or watching the movie.
I should start off by saying I am a huge fan of epic fantasy. The longer, and more epic, the better. And I believe The Lord of the Rings really gave birth to the genre.
If you are a fan of any fantasy genre, you should read or listen to these books. I hadn't until they were recently released on Audible, and must say I have mixed feelings. It was quite interesting to see some proto-forms of tools modern authors employ frequently, and this gives me better insight into how the modern authors work.
The story, to me, was a bit boring and too full of songs. The narrator does an excellent job singing the songs and reciting the poetry, and overall does a quite good job with the books.
I am glad the series is finally available on Audible so we can see where it all started with ease. I think anybody who enjoys Fantasy Novels should listen to The Lord of the Rings books - just don't expect them to blow you away.
Worth the credits? Absolutely. Worth the time? Probably. Best books ever? Unfortunately, no.
Admitted bibliophile and Harry Potter fanatic! I love listening to someone read me a story.
This telling of J.R.R. Tolkien's classic story would have to rank in my top ten. The reader's voice is just awesome.
My favorite scene would have to be when they first meet Aragorn. Again, just the reader's voice is great.
The reader--Rob Inglis--is *the* voice of the Lord of the Rings for me. It's just perfect for this type of fantasy. I loved his reading of "The Wizard of Earthsea" and he does another fantastic job with Tolkien's work.
I've seen all the movies, but didn't know the things that you can only learn from the book, for example Froto was 50 when he started on his journey. I love that "coming of age" for a hobit is 33yrs, I thought that was great.
I can't really decide, (please excuse my spelling of the names) I like all of the hobits, Aegon, Gandolf, and Legolos.
My father read 'The Hobbit' to me when I was a little girl and then 'The Lord of The Rings.' I thought he did a fine job of it even though he didn't have all the voices that Rob Inglis has and didn't even attempt to sing the songs. I fell in love with the books then and have been a fan ever since and read them both several times I think Mr Inglis does a fine job with his narration, a tough assignment for anyone listening who is as familiar with the story as I am and there are many, many fans.
If you want to listen to a story with terrific characters, heart and enough adventure to last a lifetime, this is the book for you. It may be fantasy, but within these pages are people and situations drawn from real life too. Happy listening, I am looking forward to the next two.