I want to feel good when I complete a story & am a little harsh on depressing ones. There are a few sad ones that I love but not many.
I just finished reading the Hobbit for the first time and to tell you the truth I really don't know what possessed me to move on to this because I really didn't like the Hobbit. This was much improved.
I am a huge fan of G R R Martin and I was looking for an epic fantasy after finished Song of Fire and Ice series. The Hobbit let me down and everyone told me to try Lord of the Rings. I am glad I did.
Great story, great author and great narrator. I finished the series in record time and wish there were more.
As far back as the 60's you seldom saw me without a well dog-eared copy of one of Professor Tolkien's books in my pocket!
I've listened to "the Lord of the Rings (dramatized)" on the radio, tape and Audible - and will, likely do so again. BUT, to follow Frodo, Sam, Merry, Pippin, Gandalf and Aragorn, inch by inch, from the settled land of the Shire to Mordor as they face their many perils is truly a treat! Just close your eyes and be right at their shoulder as they overcome daunting odds!
Favorite Genres: Urban/Preternatural Fantasy, Science Fiction, Knitting Favorite Story Components: character development, under-dog success stories
I think this is one of the wordy books that just works better for me to read it than hear it, and there are a few of those. My husband enjoyed the experience more than I did, maybe because he could empathize with the narrator a bit better.
Mr. Inglis came across a bit like an aged (though professional) fan-boi as he was reading, and it had the same effect for me as someone trying not to laugh at their own joke - a bit too eager, a bit too excited, a bit too, too much for a first time listener to catch the funny part of the joke.
That made it harder for me to pay attention to the story - especially with all the funky linguistics - which made the story have less impact. Knowing how much everyone else I know who has read the story has enjoyed it, I'm figuring I'll get to bump up the story rating after I actually read it for myself.
The story line was good
No the singing killed it for me.
Just wasn't a book for me.
I have enjoyed the LoR in all formats and is was enjoyable to listen to the unabridged story done by a great British narrator. Well done! JRR would certainly have approved!
Wheel of Time or the Game of Thrones series
Thank you for adding the missing piece to Tolkien.....The MUSIC. Up till now, I generally skipped the songs in the books, just because my brain didn't seem to process them correctly. I could not hear them, thus they were boring. Rob Inglis ties it all together......To hear Tom Bombadil singing his songs, or Elrond himself singing of Gil-Galad.....Well done. HIGHLY enjoyable, even for those that have read the books 1000 times and watched the movies 100 more.....
The songs....without a doubt, the music.....
tough call....Gandalf and Gimli were both excellent, but I think Boromir was my favorite performance. He was tough and commanding.
We listen to an audio book or two every year while on the road on vacation. The Fellowship of the Ring was perfect for all of us. I love Rob Inglis reading interpretation of the story, and really enjoyed the singing portions where he puts the poem's/songs of J.R.R., Tolkien to actual music. Inglis won't win a grammy but it was just plain engaging to hear his Dorian mode style musical interpretation of these poems. Delightful.
The Hobbit - for obvious reasons.
He did fairly well with all of them, but I think he completely captured the essence of Sam Gamgee. His Gandalf wasn't bad either.
I love clean books of all sorts. Love mysteries, fantasies epic to kids stories, fairy tales, romances, humor, and historical fiction
I was introduced to this story when I was 13 years old by my brother-in-law. He had read The Hobbit to me during a family vacation, and then read the first chapter of Fellowship of the Ring. When he finished chapter 1 he turned to me with a wicked grin and said if I wanted to find out what happened next I would have to read it myself. I have been a Tolkien nut ever since. In fact I am one of those geeky people who goes through the trilogy at least once a year for good measure. This is the only unabridged version I have been able to find. I love it that the stories, songs and Middle Earth lore were important enough to those who put out this version be treated with respect. Rob Inglis does a great job with the narration. I can believe I am hearing elves or old hobbits telling me the story I love all over again while we sit by the fire. A few years ago I bought the whole trilogy on CD and was happy to get it. Now it is much easier to access on Audible. THANK YOU SO MUCH! If you love fantasy literature, this trilogy is one of the pivotal works that created the genre. Read and savor it like I did...and will continue to do.
To me the greatest series of all time. Rob Inglis bought it to life. His voice draws you deeper into the books and you almost forget it is just 1 person reading This beautiful story. Awesome Awesome Awesome. Wish Audible would get Silmarillion on here.
Yes, the story is great and so is the narrator!
The narrator does an excellent job, my precious!
His Gollum is unforgettably hilarious/ creepy and much more enjoyable than the one in the movies.
Sometimes I laughed, yes, I love this book.