Many people have read Tolkien's works, especially since the Hobbit is on most 8th grade required reading lists, but not everyone's delved into the lord of the rings, aside from the films. While the movies are great in their own right (love the soundtrack), the book is brimming with extra lore, events and time periods (years before Gandalf returned??). The story is more than a story about destroying a magic ring, it is a story of friendship and overcoming dire circumstances that comes out more than in the films. Some of my favorite fantasy books right alongside the works of George R. R. Martin and Joe Abercrombie. Despite being an old recording, Robert Inglis does an amazing narration despite not changing much between characters. He embodies the Fantasy theme and even sings out the songs and rhymes (still love the one from the inn, the cat and the fiddle played hey little diddle...). I also own the dramatized recordings but something about Inglis narration, and the fact it's unabridged, do more justice to Tolkiens masterpieces. If you haven't experienced the books, or even if you have but not as an audio book, this is a recording that will not let you down and will keep you coming back!
This was the best reading performance I've ever heard. I will be looking for Rob Inglis reading other titles.
Like so many other people, I love this book and have reread multiple times throughout my life. How can I review, critique or otherwise describe the story that hasn't been done better by smarter people than me? And as with any book, especially any with such a rich and complex story, each reading imparts a slightly different meaning at various stages of life. However, a performance of a book (whether movie, play, or reading) usually focuses one's attention differently, and while I expected to enjoy this reading, I didn't expect to be as moved by it as I always am when reading it myself, nor to pick up on subtleties I haven't noticed, or have forgotten, from my own previous readings. But Mr. Inglis' performance was as rich and varied as the book itself, and I did find the experience to be very like reading it myself. Additionally, Mr. Inglis has an extremely pleasant voice. I truly enjoyed his interpretation of the many songs written into the book - I find myself humming a tune from this performance - something I've never done from my own readings, nor from the movie. That particularly surprised me.
All in all, whether this is the 100th time you've experienced this classic, or if you've never read it, I believe you will thoroughly enjoy this particular performance and interpretation.
I'd recommend this book to anyone 13 years or older. Must have a good imagination. Really fun to listen to with a partner to bounce stuff off of each other. Plan on listening to all three books. Excellent job on the person who read the book. We listen while we drive , helps to pass the time and makes long trips pleasurable.
Not only is LOTR is literary masterpiece, but Rob Inglis is an incredible narrator. I could listen to him read the phone book.
Good performer and a great story. I couldn't hope for moreboit of a classic tail.
Only issue was all the songs sounded the same, same tempo and pitch and everything. Felt like it was lacking a bit of creativity but otherwise a fantastic listen.