Yes, I am an artist and tend to like to listen to books on tape while I do my work, and i could not have asked for a better thing to listen to!
Definitely the Scene with Gandalf and the Balrog will always be a particularly great scene to me.
Rob uses similar voices for completely different characters, so sometimes I'm not sure who's talking until the book says so.
It is, and I have.
Now, I'm not sure if any of the other versions of this recording are any better, but, although enjoyable. it may be worth it to see if any of the cheaper recordings are better. Rob Inglis has a great voice for storytelling, but it's only one voice!
The Lord of the Rings Trilogy is among my favorite works of fictions. When I first read it some 40 years ago, it came to its end much too soon for my liking, despite the well over 1,000 page length of the books.
The narrator has a skilled theatrical voice and a slight accent that enriches his telling of the tale. For me, at least, this more than compensates for the minor production flaws alluded to below. The story itself probably needs little introduction, given its status in the genre. Suffice to say it is well-written, rich in imagination, and has strong mythic elements.
I have listened to his version of The Hobbit; owning that version is made drove me to seek out Inglis' version of the Lord of the Rings.
The length of the book likely precludes listening to it all at one sitting, unless one is undergoing an intercontinental flight or some such! But it is a story one wishes to come back to at the first opportunity!
I downloaded my copy to itunes, and listened to it over my ipod. I do not know how the quality of the recording compares to other download methods. While the production/recording values are generally quite high, there a few places in which I heard phantom background voices, or the recording had a minor, brief whistle. While this did not lessen my enjoyment, I would encourage audible.com to consider a remastering of the recording to remove these slight defects.
This is a great classic trilogy. Few people have never heard of or enjoyed this story in one way or another so I would like to focus on the performance.
I believe this story, with its diverse characters and languages, would be overwhelming to say the least. Rob Inglis not only accepted taking on this challenging journey but did so with much success.
No. I still prefer the books, but it is great when you don't have time to read them.
Tom Bombadil is one of my favorite parts of the story, but I also enjoy all the rich history that Tolkien provides about his magical world.
You could not ask for a better narration. He voices the characters just as you would imagine them.
It's already been made.
Worth every penny.
I enjoyed the narrator and the story but the decision to put the preface to the series at the END of return of the king was a BAD one. Part of the story of Aragorn and the beginning of Sarouman relies on the preface and without hearing it people can muddle through but many things are not explained.
The author intended the PREFACE to be read prior to the book. Otherwise he would have named it Prelude. Audible made a very very bad decision to read the book out of order. BAD.
Perseverance, Loyalty and Honor
When they met the guy in the forest. I cannot remember his name. I loved his songs.
I like the way he reads. He fits the book.
oh, no! Sometimes there was so much going on that you needed the break just to figure it all out.
I enjoy reading and listening to The Fellowship of the Ring because there was so much that they could not fit into the movie (and the movie was GOOD!). Things that I found interesting. Some wacky little tidbits like, how many people were at Bilbo's birthday party? I may not remember it tomorrow, but I enjoyed it today.
I love theology, the classics, biographies, and bussiness books. I sometimes even enjoy a little modern fiction,
Fellowship is my favorite of the trilogy and Rob's reading is off the charts. He uses different voices for each of the characters. I never found myself zoning out during his reading. When my family takes long road trips we always pick a book to listen to and this is one of their favorites.
LOTR (and The Hobbit) read by Rob Inglis, were my first audio books. A friend gifted them to me on cd years ago. I've listened to them almost annually. I just added The Fellowship to my Audible library as the app is more convenient that cd's. It's hard to improve on Tolkien's writing, but Rob Inglis manages to do that with a wonderful performance.
Ok, yes, I confess. I'm another paranormal geek.
I am a huge LOTR fan, but I simply cannot continue with this story in audio version. The narrator is horrible. He struggles switching between characters voices making it difficult to follow the story. This is made even harder due to the fact that he uses the same accent or tone of voice for different species of characters (wizard, hobbit, etc). I literally cringed when he did female voices, and fought the urge to fast forward simply to avoid listening for a few seconds. Dreadful, absolutely dreadful. It's unfortunate for such a beautiful and great novel series! If you enjoy the LOTR series, please save yourself the disappointment and pass this series on audio.
Rob Inglis really does justice to, in my opinion, the best books ever written! Fantastic story-lines, fantastic narrative, you really can't go wrong with The Lord of the Rings Trilogy or The Hobbit. Buy it!