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!
Absolutely the narrator was phenomenal. The Lord of the Rings trilogy is filled with wonderful songs on what seems like every other page. While the narrator may not have the most beautiful singing voice it was still refreshing to hear the songs actually sung out. I always ended up just skimming through the songs but listening to the narrator sing the songs has made me appreciate them so much more
This is the only unabridged version of the Fellowship of the Ring I have ever found, and I loved every minute of it! It's a lengthy listen for sure but well worth the time.
His voice is hypnotic and alluring, and his grasp of character styles and voices is spot on. My only complaint is that some of the minor elves and hobbits start to sound very similar, if not the same. But, in a cast of thousands, this is easily forgiven, especially since he gives each piece of poetry and song its one style and meter that fits not only the speaker but his or her race.
Rob Inglis also reads Tolkien's foreword, explaining much of the origins of Middle Earth, Tolkien's experiences writing it, and his own hopes for the shape the series would take. A welcome addition to an exceptional book and a marvelous reading.
Fantasy/adventure is not my usual listening genre; nevertheless, I found this book very entertaining. The narrator did very well with the voices and singing.
Even though I knew from the outset that this the first book of a trilogy, I'm finding I don't care for series in which each book is not complete in and of itself. The journey as far as it went was entertaining, but I didn't like getting to the end of the book and having nothing be resolved. Haven't decided yet whether to complete the series of be content with the story as is.
I have a 40 minute commute each way and with out Audible, I'd go crazy! My fav genre is fantasy and I love a great series!
I love these books. So I kinda suffered thru the narration. Rob is fine, he's just not great. He sounds, to me, like a Dwarf, so every character sounds like a Dwarf.. But you cant go wrong with Tolkien, and if you love these books, you'll have to listen to them too!