A lot of the audiobooks for LOTR out there are abridged although they say they are unabridged. With this one you can actually follow along in the book as the audiobook progresses. Also a very good reading, although it is not dramatized if that is what you are looking for. He does still use different voices to a certain extent, so it depends on what you are looking for. I would highly suggest this if you are looking for an unabridged copy of the first installment of the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
This review is of the narration (by Rob Inglis) and not the story itself. His voice is pleasing and makes for easy listening. His change in timber for different characters is also nice. However, correct me if I am wrong, but the point of the audio version of a book is so the listener may hear the written words of a particular book. Unfortunately, that is not always the case here. Throughout, not only this book but this entire series, the narrator takes (what I consider to be unacceptable) liberties with the written word. Granted the liberties taken are slight (constantly using contractions-'I'm' instead of 'I am', 'isn't' instead of 'is not' and so on), nonetheless it change the tone of what the character is saying. However, first and foremost IT IS NOT WHAT WAS WRITTEN! Read the book as it was written! For those of us who know the story word for word, it is very distracting and extremely irritating (at least it is for me). Second, it detracts from the authenticity of the world which Tolkien painstakingly worked to create. Be it proofreader, editor, publisher (or in this case narrator), believing they knew better than Tolkien himself what word(s) were suited to express his works boils down to simple vanity on their part. Other than constantly changing the written word by using contractions where none were written, and pronunciations that would make a true follower of Tolkien run screaming from the room (Isildur is pronounced 'Is Sill Dur' not 'Is ill Door'), this is a serviceable narration.
Had trouble keeping interest. This could be due to having seen the movies and knowing what happens in the end. Reading had a hard time changing his voice to cover all the characters appropriatly.
Great reading of an awesome book. I was listening to it in the gym, before bed, and even while cooking. I read it as a child, but had forgotten the details after the movies came out.
Fantastic narrator for a wonderful book. Very easy and fun to listen to. I read this series in middle school and I have tried to go back to them several times but they always seemed too dense for me to physically read again. I'm glad I found another way to relive the LOTR.
This version is unabridged and contains all of the history, poetry, and songs that are necessarily muddying from abridged or dramatic versions. plus all roll in a proper English accent that is necessary for full enjoyment.
Amazing rendition by Rob, his voice changes for each character are to be remembered. The songs were also very well taken and when I read the actual text for the first time I'll be able to hear the voice in my head which will be dandy.
I love LOTR, and am just now journeying from the movies to the book. My what a difference is there between this book and it's movie counterpart. Some parts the movie did better (i.e. The ending) and some the book did better (dialogue, character development).
Nonetheless this is a classic novel that should be adorned by all and if you aren't going to read it then you might as well listen to it!
Thus begins the extraordinary tale of the fight for the one ring. This epic fantasy written by the father of fantasy himself, J.R.R. Tolkien, transports the listener to a wold of magic and danger and a courage. A spellbinding story that leaves the reader wanting more and purchasing the next in the series before the story is even done!
I am a huge fan of the LOTR movies and started listening to the books recently. The books are so details and Peter Jackson did such a wonderful job capturing the details in the movie. By far the best book/movie series. The Tolkin was a master writer and captured details so wonderfully in this book.