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.
The reader--Rob Inglis--is *the* voice of the Lord of the Rings for me. It's just perfect for this type of fantasy. I loved his reading of "The Wizard of Earthsea" and he does another fantastic job with Tolkien's work.
I've seen all the movies, but didn't know the things that you can only learn from the book, for example Froto was 50 when he started on his journey. I love that "coming of age" for a hobit is 33yrs, I thought that was great.
I can't really decide, (please excuse my spelling of the names) I like all of the hobits, Aegon, Gandolf, and Legolos.