The performance, particularly the songs is unparalleled. Correct accents and inflections of proper names. should delight the biggest Tolkien nerd you know.
Tolkien's masterpieces are original and definitely well-written with such fantastic appeal that it is a story that needs to be passed down and remembered. Tolkien is a writer for all times!
Obviously the story is fantastic; however, the narration is mediocre at best. The narrator constantly draws deep breaths and smacks his lips during the reading. These sounds are annoying and distracting. Also, the narrator distinguishes little between character voices and he has very little dramatic range or sense. Lou Diamond Phillips has been the best narrator I have heard. If he is a 10, this narrator is a 5. Nevertheless, it's still worth the listen and the purchase if $12 or less.
I read the LOTR trilogy when I was a kid and had a love-hate relationship with it: loved the story concept, but found the narrative long winded. I know that the story has not changed, but Rob Inglis made the story dynamic and engaging.
I still feel that Tolkien's writing style is circuitous, but overall I have found the story more enjoyable the second time around. I could have done without all the songs and the tedious poems, but that's what makes a Tolkien work.
Overall a good listen. looking forward to the first portion of the Two Towers, hopefully Rob can make the second half (the Sam and Frodo portion) somewhat bearable instead of the grueling punishment that I am anticipating it to be.
love revisiting this book that captured my imagination. Far more impacting in my older days as I consider the darkness on our doorstep and personal response. The narrator is great as he captures different characters and skillfully sings Tolkien's melodies. Audible offers a quick and effective way of getting this classic into my schedule. On to the next book in the series.
I loved the Lord of the Rings as a child, as a teenager and as a (younger) adult but this performance brings language of TheFellowship of the Ring alive. It's almost as if the spirit of Tolkien himself is reading the book.