I love everything about this story. Tolkien has created a beautiful and immense world that immerses the reader in an adventure of their own. Whether you are a fan of fantasy or not, any who reads this book will do so with great profit and will be a better person because of it.
I knew going in that it was going to be a chore to listen to, but the narrator made it so difficult to concentrate on the story. He added no emotion to the characters or scenes. I probably will not be listening to another of his recordings.
Love my family...along with guitars, road bikes, cameras, and a good book!
It is truly remarkable that these books, written some 70+ years ago, stand today in their genre as not only the best of a vast and talent-filled writing pool, but also every bit as relevant and readable as they ever were. The world that Tolkien created is without a doubt the most important, influential, and beautiful ever written in high fantasy. What can I write that has not already been written? What praise can I give that has not already been given and felt by millions of readers through the majority of the past century? The Lord of the Rings is simply the best. Both the story created, as well as the beauty of the writing. Everyone knows the story...but if you have not read the words of Tolkien, you have not experienced this series as it was intended. Wrap up by the fire, pour yourself a tall mug of whatever it is you prefer, and read.
A lot of the audiobooks for LOTR out there are abridged although they say they are unabridged. With this one you can actually follow along in the book as the audiobook progresses. Also a very good reading, although it is not dramatized if that is what you are looking for. He does still use different voices to a certain extent, so it depends on what you are looking for. I would highly suggest this if you are looking for an unabridged copy of the first installment of the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
This review is of the narration (by Rob Inglis) and not the story itself. His voice is pleasing and makes for easy listening. His change in timber for different characters is also nice. However, correct me if I am wrong, but the point of the audio version of a book is so the listener may hear the written words of a particular book. Unfortunately, that is not always the case here. Throughout, not only this book but this entire series, the narrator takes (what I consider to be unacceptable) liberties with the written word. Granted the liberties taken are slight (constantly using contractions-'I'm' instead of 'I am', 'isn't' instead of 'is not' and so on), nonetheless it change the tone of what the character is saying. However, first and foremost IT IS NOT WHAT WAS WRITTEN! Read the book as it was written! For those of us who know the story word for word, it is very distracting and extremely irritating (at least it is for me). Second, it detracts from the authenticity of the world which Tolkien painstakingly worked to create. Be it proofreader, editor, publisher (or in this case narrator), believing they knew better than Tolkien himself what word(s) were suited to express his works boils down to simple vanity on their part. Other than constantly changing the written word by using contractions where none were written, and pronunciations that would make a true follower of Tolkien run screaming from the room (Isildur is pronounced 'Is Sill Dur' not 'Is ill Door'), this is a serviceable narration.
Had trouble keeping interest. This could be due to having seen the movies and knowing what happens in the end. Reading had a hard time changing his voice to cover all the characters appropriatly.
Great reading of an awesome book. I was listening to it in the gym, before bed, and even while cooking. I read it as a child, but had forgotten the details after the movies came out.