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!
I will definitely listen to this book again. I have always loved Fellowship and have read it many times. Wonderful to be able to listen in the car to such a beautiful reading of it.
Many explorations and adventures await!
Excellent narration of an extremely intricate book. The singing is quite good and must have been very difficult to perform for the various characters and there are many!
yes. This is easier to follow, and you can listen to it anywhere. Great for long commutes.
Tom Bombadil, he was an important character to the four hobbits and the dwarves and elves, knowing he would have had no desire to use the ring for his own selfish devices.
His voices for the characters makes the story much easier to follow.
It has made me laugh many times over
Rob Inglis is the best narrator. I purchased the hobbit and was afraid that it would be extremely boring. He was not. He is the reason I purchased this book.
Yes- The story line and performance are enough to get me to listen to this again in a year or so, when I've forgotten some of it.
I am just a little more than half way through- it is a 19 1/2 hour listen after all.
But of what I've heard so far, I like the comroderie of the four hobbits and the way they seem to watch out for eachother. The dark riders add a lot of suspense to the storyline.
The man is a voice over artist. Spectactular. Only on one occasion did I have difficulty understanding one of the characters voice.
No way - Like I said earlier - this is almost a twenty hour read. Can anyone do that???
I highly suggest this book as an entertaining and even uplifting book. A nice alternative to zoning out on the TV.
I would not say that the audio version is better than reading the books for the first time--nothing can equal that experience but this audible version is excellent. The narrator has a wonderful gift for making each character's voice unique without making it sound ridiculous as some do. Knowing the story and the characters makes listening more fun for me--I can't wait for the next chapter and the next challenge for Frodo and company. Gandolph sounds wonderful here, just as a wizard should and Boromir is slowly transformed into the man you don't want him to be. Altogether a really good listen for me and I have been reading these books for 30 years and have had beloved dogs named Frodo and Strider. So, I recommend this book for everyone--old fans like me all the way to those who are fisrt timers--you won't be disapointed.
Frodo of course--he is the embodiment of what all of us might be, little, scared, but determined to do the right thing.
Gandolph--best voice of them all.
As Bilbo said in the Hobbit--there and back again.
Just listen--it is a book and a story for the ages so don't miss it.
I've been waiting for this title to come out for years. The story is excellent, but there are characteristics in the IMPLEMENTATION that leave things to be desired.
As expected those of us already familiar with the story won't be disappointed. It is quintessential high fantasy and sets the standard for all those coming after.
Probably not. The narration had, at some points, background noises bleeding through such as a door opening/closing etc. Also being what it is, there are a lot of songs / poetry in the work. I'm not going to criticize his singing voice (you try it) but I will say that when he does, he get's REALLY quiet which makes you turn up the volume to hear it. Then once he's done with the song / poem...he starts to read again...and your volume is cranked way up. This was probably the largest drawback I have found.
Yeah, get the next book.
OK for what it is, could be better. As far as I know this is the only UNABRIDGED non dramatized version of the story that Audible offers. Hope they make a better one in the future.
We have been reading this to the kids at home, but I downloaded it in preparation for a 5 hour car trip. It's great!! My husband and I are both avidly listening too, even though we've heard it many times before. A very nice job and listening experience.
Bilbo, of course.
Don't know what I ever did without audible.