Yes. A classic story told in its entirety by a skilled performer.
The narrator gives a voice to every character in the story, without distracting from the text. The most troubling part of the narration is the songs. While the narrator takes the care to sing melodies that the lyrics, all characterization stops short when he begins a song. A young, lighthearted hobbit's rhyming suddenly breaks into a deep baritone, with trilled r's and careful diction. It takes away from one of the author's best details.
if you loved the movie, so much more happens in the book. Some words weren't familiar since it was written a long time ago, but overall I feel I understood everything that was going on.
I've always been in love with the epic tales of the Hobbits and the ring since childhood. Reading the books, watching the animated series as a child; watching BOTH trilogies and, now, listening to it read to me? All is right with the world. Inglis, though I don't know much about him, did a fine job, as well as can be expected when tasked with reading such an epic tale. My only complaint, if it can be called that, is that I could hear him confusing the voices of the characters at times. Even so, he is an orator if ever I've heard one and enjoyed him.
It's The Lord of the Rings, damn it! What more can be said? This book was first published in 1934, Tolkien was in a way very much ahead of his time, yet takes you back into what seems like ancient times, at some points, and medieval times at others. The ballads..., the poetry..., the feelings. This trilogy should be on every learned man's shelf! And, read first, please! Lol! I'm looking forward to watching the movies again when I'm done with all three books. 1001 Books to Read Before You Die!
I love Rob Inglis' narration. The pace, the voices- everything! Well, everything except for the singing.
Tolkien knows every thing medieval to magic and the story of the Ring concubines in a fun epic tale to a start of a trilogy a AMAZING book and every one should read it