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!
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.