This version is unabridged and contains all of the history, poetry, and songs that are necessarily muddying from abridged or dramatic versions. plus all roll in a proper English accent that is necessary for full enjoyment.
Amazing rendition by Rob, his voice changes for each character are to be remembered. The songs were also very well taken and when I read the actual text for the first time I'll be able to hear the voice in my head which will be dandy.
I love LOTR, and am just now journeying from the movies to the book. My what a difference is there between this book and it's movie counterpart. Some parts the movie did better (i.e. The ending) and some the book did better (dialogue, character development).
Nonetheless this is a classic novel that should be adorned by all and if you aren't going to read it then you might as well listen to it!
Thus begins the extraordinary tale of the fight for the one ring. This epic fantasy written by the father of fantasy himself, J.R.R. Tolkien, transports the listener to a wold of magic and danger and a courage. A spellbinding story that leaves the reader wanting more and purchasing the next in the series before the story is even done!
With every chapter & song it becomes more difficult to calculate the boring to irritation ratio. I can't believe I made it all the way through.
I am a huge fan of the LOTR movies and started listening to the books recently. The books are so details and Peter Jackson did such a wonderful job capturing the details in the movie. By far the best book/movie series. The Tolkin was a master writer and captured details so wonderfully in this book.
U.S. Army Veteran
It stands to reason that I have enjoyed this master work, the story was excellent and the narration was masterful...
I have always loved these books but listening to them in audible was a whole new experience! Rob Inglis is FANTASTIC. At first I didn't think much of his voice, but after just a few minutes I fell easily into the world of LOTR and now I can't imagine anyone else reading these!
I was particularly impressed by the way he did the many songs and poems in this book. There are quite a few of them and some are very long, and the narrator actually pulled it off! I was worried that I would find the songs long, boring and distasteful, but instead they were rhythmic and compelling - and almost lulled me to sleep (not out of boredom, but just because they were so rhythmically pleasing to the ear).
this book came alive for me in a whole different way after listening. I was able to focus on details of the story I haven't noticed before. I also truly felt terrified during some of the more frightening parts, and full of light and gladness during others.
JR Tolkien is a master, and this is his masterpiece. And the narrator just brought this masterpiece into a new light.