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.
When I listened to the sample for this book on Audible, I was a little worried. I thought the narrator's pace sounded too slow, and slightly odd. But once I bought it and listened to it, the book sounded great! He's a very good narrator, and it is slightly slower paced than some I've listened to, but it fits the book well. There were a few moments when the sound quality was wonky (I'm not sure how to describe it), but that was rare.
I've read this book many times, and it was the first time I've listened to it. Over all, definitely 5 stars!
I'm an avid reader/listener who enjoys a well written book. I prefer sci-fi/fantasy,mystery/thriller/horror. King,Koontz,Butcher and Child are among my favs. (Scalzi is becoming one ).
Overall, very good. Story is a classic. While the narration was very good, I found it a bit slow.
Tolkien carefully populates the world he creates with this story
I must admit I prefer to read this rather than listen to it. It seemed a bit slow.
I think this is the kind of book where you listen for a bit and ponder what is happening
This really is a timeless classic
Its a very complex world that slowly unfolds as you listen to it.
I Liked it all and there is no way I can pick one part as the best.
He does a great job making each character have their personality and bringing each character to life so much more than if you just read it.
Yes I would have loved to listen to it all in one sitting but unfortunately that isnt possible for me with an 19 hour book.
In my opinion this was way better than reading the paper version or watching the movie.
I should start off by saying I am a huge fan of epic fantasy. The longer, and more epic, the better. And I believe The Lord of the Rings really gave birth to the genre.
If you are a fan of any fantasy genre, you should read or listen to these books. I hadn't until they were recently released on Audible, and must say I have mixed feelings. It was quite interesting to see some proto-forms of tools modern authors employ frequently, and this gives me better insight into how the modern authors work.
The story, to me, was a bit boring and too full of songs. The narrator does an excellent job singing the songs and reciting the poetry, and overall does a quite good job with the books.
I am glad the series is finally available on Audible so we can see where it all started with ease. I think anybody who enjoys Fantasy Novels should listen to The Lord of the Rings books - just don't expect them to blow you away.
Worth the credits? Absolutely. Worth the time? Probably. Best books ever? Unfortunately, no.
Admitted bibliophile and Harry Potter fanatic! I love listening to someone read me a story.
This telling of J.R.R. Tolkien's classic story would have to rank in my top ten. The reader's voice is just awesome.
My favorite scene would have to be when they first meet Aragorn. Again, just the reader's voice is great.